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Title: Letter from Students to David L. Swain, July 29, 1867: Electronic Edition.
Author: Burgwyn, William Hyslop Sumner
Author: Busbee, Fabius Haywood
Author: Strayhorn, Isaac R.
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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 Students to David L. Swain, July 29, 1867
Author: W. H. S. Burgwyn
Author: Fab. H. Busbee
Author: Ike R. Strayhorn
Description: 2 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 40005 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Students to David L. Swain , July 29, 1867
Burgwyn, William Hyslop Sumner
Busbee, Fabius Haywood
Strayhorn, Isaac R.

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University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill July 29th 1867

Hon D. L. Swain
President of the University of N. C.

Dear Sir

At a meeting of the Senior Class held this morning, we, the undersigned, were appointed on behalf of the Class to express to you our deep regret at your recent step which presages the discontinuance of your functions as President of the Institution and our Instructor
We are convinced you are — not only by a long and successful career in both departments — eminently fitted to adorn them, but that when you consented to accept the Presidency of the University and the Chair which you now fill, that you selected professions which by a natural fitness for you were most certain to succeed in
We would not express the sentiments of our classmates did we fail to revert to those feelings of obligation which we in conjunction with all North Carolinians esteem ourselves as under to one who in a long life of political and civil emoluments and trusts, consistently & conscientiously devoted his time and talents to the best interests of his State, and development of its institutions
We would recall

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the days now past when under your wise and energetic direction this Institution from a state of stagnation attained in a few years to one of unsurpassed prosperity and that in the late struggle it alone of similar Institutions in the country was able to maintain its operations
We would express to you our personal regret that there is a prospect of our being deprived of your valuable instruction in your several departments of Political Economy, Moral Science Constitutional Law &c and feel that the experience, erudition, and abundant information which are combined in your person may not be found in your successor
Hoping that in consideration of the occasion, you will pardon this expression of our sincere feeling and regret which it has called forth, and assuring you we are convinced posterity will recount with pleasure and pride the deeds of one who in laboring faithfully for the improvement of the present, has insured the prosperity of the future generation and with the earnest hope that in the quiet happiness of your home you will enjoy that calmness and serenity in your remaining years which from the probity of your entire life you are suited to obtain, and which though ever the concomitants of a satisfied conscience and enviable career, are seldom the fruits of one so varied and successful

We remain Dear Sir

With the highest Respect
Your Obdt Servts

W. H. S. Burgwyn

Fab. H. Busbee } Com.

Ike R Strayhorn

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