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Title: Laws and Regulations of the Debating Society, 1795-1798 Electronic Edition.
Author: University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Dialectic Society
Funding from the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supported the electronic publication of this title.
Text transcribed by Caitlin R. Donnelly
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First Edition, 2006
Size of electronic edition: ca. 16K
Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The electronic edition is a part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South.
Languages used in the text: English
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2006-12-18, Stephanie Adamson finished TEI/XML encoding.
Title of collection: Records of the Dialectic Society (#40152), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Laws and Regulations of the Debating Society, 1795-1798
Author: [University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Dialectic Society]
Description: 5 pages, 5 page images
Note: Call number 40152 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Laws and Regulations of the Debating Society, 1795-1798
University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Dialectic Society

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Laws and Regulations
The Officers of the Debating Society shall be a President, Censor Morum, two Correctors, a Clerk, and Treasurer. The Time and Manner of electing these and their Duties shall be as follows.
    1st. The President, shall be chosen by Ballot once in three Weeks, and shall be appointed one Week before he takes the Chair.
    2nd. On Taking the Chair, he shall deliver an Address to the Members on the Necessity of Order, or any Subject he may think proper.
    3rd. It shall be his duty to call any of the Members to Order, impose fines, and admonish any Member when it shall be necessary.
    4th. During the Continuance of his Office, he shall be excused from the regular Exercises of the Society, unless he chuses to perform Them.
    1st. The Censor Morum shall be chosen by Ballot every six Weeks, and one Week before he enters upon his duty.

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    2nd. It shall be his duty to inspect the Conduct and Morals of the Members; and report to the Society those who persevere by Inattention to the Studies of the University, by Neglect of his duties as a Member or by acting in such a manner, as to reflect disgrace on his fellow Members.
    3rd. In the Absence of the President he shall take the Chair and execute the Duties of the place.
    1st. The Correctors shall be chosen by Ballot every six Weeks.
    2nd. They shall inspect the Compositions of the Members in the Course of each Week and report their Corrections or remarks at the ensuing Society.
    3rd. They shall inspect the Clerks Books and see that he records the Transactions in neat and correct Writing.
    1st. The Clerk shall be chosen by Ballot every six Weeks;
    2nd. It shall be his duty carefully to note down the Transactions of the Society in neat and correct Writing; he shall mark down those who have been fined by the President; he shall call over the Names at each Meeting, note down the Absentees, and shall read over the Minutes of the last Meeting

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    at the beginning of the next; & shall take care of the papers belonging to the Society.
    1st. The Treasurer shall be chosen by ballot every three Weeks.
    2nd. He shall collect all fines imposed by the President, receive Entrance Money &c &c and shall give a fair Statement of his Account before he leaves his Office.
    1st. The Society shall meet on Thursday Evening in each Week, and on Meeting, the Clerk shall read over the proceedings of the preceding Session; and the Names of those fined be called to see if each has paid.
    2nd. That if any Member has any Motion or proposal to make, it shall be made before the regular Exercises come on.
    3rd. The Members being divided into three Classes, shall read, speak and compose alternately.
    4th. Debating on a Question shall be regularly performed at each Meeting; the debate shall be opened by two persons appointed for that purpose, under the penalty of a Fine; and after they have done, all the Members have a right to join in the Debate.

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    5th. That the Subjects of Debate be not wanting, it is enjoined that every person, in the reading Class, shall give in a Question to the Clerk, on the night on which he reads with his Name undersigned.
    6th. No person shall be admited as a Member of this Society without having been regularly proposed; and if two Members be opposed to his Admittance, He shall not be admited.
    7th. When any Member is admited, he shall stand up until the Clerk reads the Constitution of the Society; the President shall then address him on the Design and Utility of the Constitution, & require his promise not to divulge any of the Secrets of the Society; after which he shall be conducted to a Seat.
    8th. No person shall wear his Hat in the Society.
    9th. Any person who takes Umbrage at being fined legally, shall be fined one Quarter of a Dollar, if he denotes it by Word, or by Action.
    10th. No person when speaking shall be enterrupted by the Laughing or Talking of Another.
    11th. The price of Entrance shall be one Quarter of a Dollar

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himself for three Months without a Diploma, [unrecovered] be readmited without a new Balloting; But if [unrecovered] said Member shall find it inconvenient to return within said time, he may, if he think proper, apply to the Society for a Diploma; which Diploma, if obtained within three Months, shall ever after be deemed valid for his Admittance: And the said Diploma shall be deposited in the hands of the Clerk, who shall be accountable for the same to the Society.