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Title: Letter from Elisha Mitchell to Charles Manly, July 5, 1834: Electronic Edition.
Author: Mitchell, Elisha, 1793-1857
Funding from the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supported the electronic publication of this title.
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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 Elisha Mitchell to Charles Manly, July 5, 1834
Author: Elisha Mitchell
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Note: Call number 40005 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Elisha Mitchell to Charles Manly , July 5, 1834
Mitchell, Elisha, 1793-1857

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University of N. Ca. July 5th 1834

To Charles Manly Esq.


When the Faculty were invited to attend a meeting of the Board of Trustees in this place, nine days since I learned the precise nature of the information desired by the Trustees previous to their making some new arrangements of the course of education and study in the institution. A wish was expressed that we would individually present our views of the methods by which the objects for which the University was established and endowed would be best secured. Some communications of this kind have been already forwarded.
After thinking a while upon the subject it appeared to me that I was not furnished with such facts and data as would entitle any opinions I might express or any discussion I might offer of the matters under consideration, to respect. I thought therefore to leave the whole business to be arranged by my worthy associates and the trustees, and now only drop this explanatory note to yourself who are a member of the Committee.
I do not suppose that any new arrangements will be made now, there is no time for them, and it is in my judgment best that for the coming session three tutors should be secured on the old plan and for the old salary.

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I would respectfully suggest to the Committee the propriety of instructing the Faculty to institute a correspondence and collect information respecting the course of study and the distribution of the duties of government and instruction in the different colleges of the United States and to be prepared to present the same at annual meeting of the Board in December next.
Even though a certain practice or arrangement should be found to be common to all or nearly all of them it would not necessarily follow that it is the best possible but whatever has been generally adopted has certainly probabilities in its favour that it is reasonable and good and with these materials before us our recommendations would have more weight and the decisions of the Trustees be more wise and intelligent than they can well be under existing circumstances.
No arrangements have yet been made respecting tutors for the next session. It seems to be necessary that the Faculty and perhaps a single member as the majority if not all are likely to be absent from the Hill the greater part if not the whole of the vacation should be authorized to secure the services of such as it may be in our power to obtain.
Will you let us hear from you when a decision shall have been had in the case.

Yours Respectfully,

E. Mitchell

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