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Title: Letter from John Haywood to Joseph Caldwell, April 25, 1811: Electronic Edition.
Author: Haywood, John, 1755-1827
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Title of collection: University of North Carolina Papers (#40005), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from John Haywood to Joseph Caldwell, April 25, 1811
Author: John Haywood
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Note: Call number 40005 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from John Haywood to Joseph Caldwell , April 25, 1811
Haywood, John, 1755-1827

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Raleigh 25th April 1811


Your several favours of the 26th January, 27th of February and 31st of March last, together with yours covering a letter from Messrs. Winslow and Huske and stating the offer made by Mr. Close for the Lime at the seat of the University which belongs to the Trustees, were all duly received by Col. Polk and by him made known to the Building Commissioners here, and would have been sooner acknowledged but for the late absences of Col. Polk and Judge Potter from this place.
I am now directed, by the Commissioners, to say to you, that all matter touching the payments made through donation towards carrying on the principal Building of the University, shall be brought into view

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and satisfactorily settled between you and them; when they shall have the pleasure of seeing you here; which they are now led to hope may be the case in course of the ensuing month.
In the mean while, I am instructed to mention to you, that the Commissioners, or rather the Committee of the Trustees appointed for the purpose of soliciting other and further subscriptions, in their endeavors and arrangements to that end, have purposely omitted the Towns of Newbern and Fayetteville , in the hope they might be so fortunate as to prevail on you, once more to embark in the irksome business of begging half: — and could you reconcile the task to your feelings, they have hoped you might make it convenient to visit those two places, on that occasion, in time of the ensuing Vacation at the University: —

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The Committee are aware that it is unreasonable, after all you have done, to ask this further service at your hands; nor would they have asked it, but from a full persuasion that no mode of application in their power promised any thing like equal success: — they are bound in duty to use the best possible means in their power:— this must be their apology to you, and their excuse to themselves: — and as for the rest, you know enough of the World long since to have learned, that as you have done and sacrificed more to secure our University than any other man has, its friends will, on every interesting occasion, be unreasonable enough to go on to hope, that you will still stretch forth your fortuning Hand in support of its interests, and continue to bear the heat and burthen of the day, and that without

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making any estimate of your former toils and sacrifices: — this is human nature; and it is thus we mortals act in most cases in which we have success particularly at heart;— always looking forward to him who has done much, in the hope he will be prevailed on to do yet more.
I am likewise instructed to ask of you to offer the Lime at the University, mentioned in the letter of Messrs. Winslow & Huske to you, and in yours covering the same when transmitted to Col. Polk, at Cost and Charges, to W. Close: — if that Gentleman will take the Lime off our hands on those terms, you will please authorize his taking possession of it immediately: if he will not take it at Cost and Charges, the Commissioners wish you to make the best bargain with him for it which may be

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in your power: — although highly valuable to Mr. Close, the Lime is, in fact, worth little or nothing to the Trustees of the University; if therefore Mr. Close will not give for it its first Cost, together with the freight & waggonage &c., then and in such case, the Commissioners wish of you, that you will make sell of it to him, or to some other person for the best price that may be had: they will not, however, be satisfied to sell it for a less sum than will be equal to the completely covering the freight, waggonage [sic] & housing of the Lime: — should you sell to Mr. Close, we want to be informed before or at the meeting of the Circuit Court here, which will happen on the 12th of next month, in order that the amt. of the sale may be deducted from the Balance still due

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him on his first Draft on Instalment, towards finishing the Main Building ; which Balance is to be extinguished in time of Court, if the Commissioners can raise the necessary sum.
With respect to the Window-Frames now in the Building and the unexpected size of them, as mentioned in your favour of the 27th February last, the Commissioners here are in not a little difficulty; and being too few in number to form a majority, they are unwilling to take on themselves to direct, positively, the course which shall be pursued in regard to them: they therefore request you will have the goodness to state the matter to Messrs. Alves and Cameron, our fellow Laborers, and ask of those Gentlemen to view & measure the windows & the frames, in order

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that the matter may be definitively acted on in time of Court; when it is hoped a majority of the Commissioners will be here: — should it be inconvenient to those Gentlemen to examine & measure the frames &c., the Commissioners here beg the favour of you again to do it:— not knowing now, how to obviate the difficulty growing out of such an unforeseen illegible circumstances, they are willing to hope that possibly, at a readmeasurement, the frames may be found not so entirely unfit for the purposes for what they were intended, as they now appear to be.

I offer my regards and remain
Much Respectfully,
Your friend & serv.

John Haywood

The Revd. J. Caldwell

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