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Minutes of the University of Georgia Board of Trustees,
1794-1817

(unnumbered page inserted between pages 2 & 3)

 

List of the Trustees of the University of Georgia

 

 

Members Names                  Date of appointment            time of death         resignation           removed

 

Abraham Baldwin                Dec. 5. 1800                           - - - - - - - -              Nov. 11 1801         - - - - - -

Hugh Lawson                       ditto                                        June 17 1802          - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

Benjamin Taliaferro              ditto                                        - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            Refd. 20 Dec. 180

 

Joseph Clay Junr                  ditto                                        - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            ditto

James Jackson                      ditto                                        - - - - - - - -              Nov. 11. 1801        - - - - - -

John Twiggs 1                      ditto                                        - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

John Clarke 2                        ditto                                        - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

Revd., Robt. M. Cunningham    ditto                                - - - - - - - -              Removed               - - - - - -

John Milledge                       ditto                                        - - - - - - - -              4th. July 1806          - - - - - -

Josiah Tattnall Junr             ditto                                        June 1803               - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

Ferdinand O Neal 3              ditto                                        - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

John Stewart 4                      ditto                                        - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

James McNeil                       ditto                                        Sept 1804               - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

George Walton                     Nov. 11. 1801                        Feb. 1804               - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

David B. Mitchell 5              ditto        appointed Prest. Of the Board           - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

Edwin Mounger 6                Dec. 20. 1802                         - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

Abraham Marshall 7            June 17.1802                          - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

Hope Hull 8                           Mar 19. 1803                          - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

Thomas Petters Carnes 9    July 22.1803                           - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

Jared Irwin 10                        Nov. 10. 1804                        - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

Dennis Smelt                         ditto                                        - - - - - - - -              8th Novr. 1811        - - - - - -

Thomas Flournoy 11           5th July 1806                           - - - - - - - -              7th Novr. 1811        - - - - - -

Peter Early 12                        5th July 1808                           - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

William H. Crawford            - - - - - - - - -                            - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

John Griffin           resigned                                                 - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

Edward Paine                        - - - - - - - -                              - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

Stephen Upson                    - - - - - - - -                              - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

Joel Abbot                            - - - - - - - -                              - - - - - - - -              - - - - - - - - -            - - - - - -

 

 

 

Savannah April 26th 1794

 

(for minutes of 1786 see page 18)

 

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At a meeting of such of the members of the Senate of the University as could be collected in Savannah at the house of John Habersham.

            Present

            The hon’ble George Walton

                               William Stith                      Judges

           

            William Gibbons, Speaker of the House of Repres.

 

            Joseph Clay     

            John Habersham                       Trustees.

 

There being five vacancies in the Board of Trustees, occasioned by death and removal from the State, namely William Houstoun, Nathan Brownson, and Abiel Holmes removed out of the State, and Jenkin Davis and William Glasscock deceased, by which means it becomes difficult to convene a quorum to transact business, Resolved that the following five persons be nominated, and if concurred in by five of the absent Members, that they be appointed to supply the vacancies in the said Board;  Provided they the said Members shall severally subscribe their assent to the same in writing.  viz. Revd. Edward Ellington & Edward Telfairo Joseph Clay Junior, Thomas P. Carnes & Thomas Glasscock

            Resolved, that Judge Stith be requested to enquire respecting the present state of the funds arising from the sale and leases of lands in Greene County belonging to the University and procure as correct a statement thereof as may be in his power, and transmit the same to the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, to be laid before the next meeting

 

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Resolved, that the next meeting of the Senate of the University be at the Filature in Savannah at Twelve O’Clock on the twenty Ninth day of July next, and that the Secretary notify the absent members thereof in writing.

            And the Bord adjourned.

 

N. B. For the minutes of the 13th of February 1786 see page 15.

 

            Whereas by the 7th. Section of the Charter of the University of Georgia it is provided that “the Trustees shall have the power of “filling up all vacancies of their own board, but not without Seven of “their number at least concurring in such Act” And, Whereas by the deaths of John Houstoun, Jenkin Davis William Glasscock and Nathan Brownson, and by he resignation of Abiel Holmes and William Houstoun, there are vacancies of six Members of the board, we the undersigned Trustees in pursuance of the powers above recited, do hereby appoint William Stephens, George Walton, Abraham Jackson, Peter Early, Thomas Peter Carnes, and John Springer to supply the vacancies aforsaid.  We do also appoint the 1st day of July next, for a meeting of the Board of Trustees at the Court House in Augusta. Oct. 20th. 1797.

                                                                                    Abraham Baldwin

                                    (signed)                                               Ben. Taliaferro

                                                                                    W. Few

                                                                                    Joseph Clay

                                                                                    James Habersham

                                                                                    John Habersham

                                                                                    H. Lawson

 

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Augusta July 2d. 1798

 

At a meeting of the Trustees of the University of Georgia, at the Academy, Pursuant to appointment of a majority of the Board, dated 20th October 1797.

            Present

            William Few                 Benjamin Taliaferro

            John Habersham                       Hugh Lawson

Four members only attending, and not being a quorum for business, they adjourned to meet tomorrow morning, at Mr. Benjamin Harris’s house at 8 o’Clock.

 

                                                                                                                        July 3d. 1798

 

The Members met according to adjournment viz.

            William Few                 Benjamin Taliaferro

            John Habersham                       Hugh Lawson.

Messrs. Abraham Jackson, Peter Early and Thomas P. Carnes appeared and took their Seats at the Board in the consequence of having been elected Trustees by a majority of the same, on the 20th. of October 1797, to fill vacancies occasioned by death and resignation. 

            Judge Few being the Senior Trustee took the Chair. 

On an application of Mr. James Patrick, stating, that he had paid the amount of a verdict and costs in an action instituted in the Superior Court of Greene County, by Robert McAlpine, on account of a mill dam erected by the said Patrick on lands of the University, Ordered, that Mr Davis Gresham be requested to render a statement to this Board respecting the said Secit at the next meeting.

            The Board then adjourned until tomorrow morning 7 o’Clock.

 

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July 4, 1798

 

The Board met according to adjournment.

Present.

            William Few, President pro tempore,

            Benjamin Taliaferro,                 John Habersham,

            Hugh Lawson,                          Abraham Jackson,

            Peter Early,                              Thomas P. Carnes

 

            It appearing to the Board that Aquilla Scott was, during their recess, appointed by the President and Mr. Few, to discharge the duties of Treasurer until a meeting of the Trustees could be had; and it appearing expedient and necessary, under the present circumstances; therefore Resolved, That this Board do approve of the appointment of the said Aquilla Scot as Treasurer pro tempore until the next meeting.

            The Board having appointed a committee to report on the mode of leasing the lands that are at present vacant, and of renewing the leases of those which are near expiring, they reported the following Resolutions, which being severally taken up and considered were agreed to viz.

 

Resolved, That the several tracts of land lying on Shoulderbone, Riehland, Falling, Fishing, Shoal, Sandy, and - - - - - - - - Creeks, belonging to the University of Georgia, be leased, in lots of 100 acres each, to the highest bidder, by the Agents in several counties hereafter appointed, for the term of Ten Years, taking separate Notes, with sufficient security, for the sums to grow dew and payable respectively on the 25th day of December in each year, until the expiration of the aforesaid term of Ten Years.

            Resolved, That where any leases have been heretofore executed by any Agent of this board, and the time mentioned in the said lease or leases has not yet expired; it shall be the duty of such Agent to lease the said lots again for such a term as that all the leases will expire and be completely ended on this 25th. day of December which will be in the year 1808.

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Provided that, in all cases of letting out the aforesaid lots, the tenants in possession shall have the preference where he, she, or they, may bid a sum equal to any other person.

            Resolved, That, where any uncultivated lot or lots may be bid off, the lessee shall have the same, rent free for the term of four years from the date of the lease, under the stipulations heretofore pointed out in former leases made by Agents of this Board.  And it is hereby Ordered, as an additional stipulation that no person shall clear, cut down and cultivate, more than 50 acres out of each lot of 100 acres leased of the agents aforesaid, and for every Acre so cut down the sum of five dollars shall be paid P annum; and, for the subsequent term of six Years, the lessee shall pay the Rent, he she or they, may bid for the same.  And, in order that the Rents may be effectually secured, the lessees shall execute Notes for the amount, payable annually to the Trustees of the University, or their successors in Office, which said Notes are to be taken for a sum not exceeding 20 dollars each: And, where any person shall lease two lots, he, she, or they, shall not be obliged to make the building improvements herein referred to on more than one of the two lots so leased: And, where it sh[a]ll  have happened that the lessees, or any of them, who have heretofore rented any lot o lots from any of the Agents of this Board, have not made the improvements stipulated in their several leases, the Agents are required to report the names of such defaulting lessees, and in what respect they have made the default, to this Board, at their next meeting, in order that measures may be taken to enforce a strict compliance with their several contracts. 

            Resolved, That the leasing of the land on Shoulderbone in Hancock County, shall be on this express condition, that if the Legislature, at their next Session, shall authorise the Trustees of

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 this board to dispose of the said tract of land,  then, and in such case, the several leases of the lots of this particular tract of land shall absolutely cease, end, and determine on the 25th. day of December 1799.

            Resolved, That the several Agents of this Board shall take especial care to advance the interest of this institution, by not suffering the lots to be bid off, unless the Sums offered, in the opinion of said Agents, shall amount nearly to the value of one fourth the part of the produce which might probably be raised on the said lots. 

            Resolved, That, if it should happen, after the day appointed for leasing the (Sic.) lots on the several tracts of land belonging to the University, that there be any lot, or lots remaining unleased, the Agent for such a tract shall have power to let the same by private contract. 

            Resolved, that the compensation to be allowed the Agents of this Board for their services shall be six per Centum on all the monies received and paid over by them: and that reasonable compensation shall be made by the Board to the Agents for those tracts which are now uncultivated, their services during the four years in which said lands are free from rent: and that the compensation to be allowed to the Treasurer for his services shall be four Per centum on all monies received and accounted for by him. 

            Resolved, That the Secretary do write to the proper Officer in the state of South Carolina, requesting him to furnish this board with the grant for a track of 5000 acres of land, belonging to the University, which lies in the fork between the Tugalo and Keowee rivers, if such a grant was forwarded to be registered in the said State of South Carolina.

            Resolved, That it shall be the duty of several Agents to transmit to the board, annually, an accurate account of all monies due, and from whom: And it shall also be the duty of the Treasurer to lay before the Board, at their annual meeting, an account, specifying all

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monies lodged in his hands and by whom, and of expenditures made. 

            Resolved, That the Agents employed by this Board do give bond, with approved security, to the Trustees, and their Successors in Office, in the sum of One thousand dollars on each tract of land superintended by them, for the faithful performance of their duty, which bond shall be taken by the Treasurer, and by him transmitted to the Board at their next meeting: That said Agents shall be empowered to collect and receive the rents annually becoming due on the leases made by them respectfully, and shall account and pay over to the Treasurer, annually, all the monies they shall so receive, which account and payment shall be accompanied with an Oath, that they are just, and in full of all they have received; the Oath to be administered by any Justice of the Peace: That the Treasurer shall, before he enters on the duties of his Office, take an Oath for the faithful performance thereof, and give bond, with approved security, to the Trustees, and their Successors in Office, in the Sum of Five thousand dollars, for the like faithful performance of his duty; the Oath to be administered by either of the Judges of the Superior Courts.

            Resolved, That the Treasurer deliver all the Notes payable to the Trustees into the hand of the Agents of Greene and Hancock counties, and that the said Agents do so severally, without loss of time, proceed to the collection of the sums of principal and interest due thereon, by suit or otherwise.

            Resolved, That the following persons be appointed Agents to this Board, who shall superintend the leasing of the land in  their respective Counties, and perform the duties of their respective Offices, as contemplated in resolutions entered into by this board, viz. In the county of Hancock, Andrew Baxter, in the counties of Greene and Oglethorpe, Davis Gresham, in the county of Franklin, Larkin Cleveland; and in the county of Jackson, Roderick Early, and in case

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 of death resignation, or refusal to Act, the Trustee of this Board who may reside nearest the place where the Agent so dying, resigning, or refusing to Act, resided, shall appoint in writing a successor.

            Resolved, That Davis Gresham, Agent for the County of Greene, be directed to call on William Greer for  a settlement of all accounts between him and the Trustees of the University; and in case the said Greer should refuse or fail to make such a settlement, and pay over all monies in his hands to the said Agent, that he be directed to pursue such legal Measure as he may deem necessary to compel such payment: And the said Agent is further directed to apply to the said William Greer for all books, bonds, notes, and other documents relative to the funds of the University; and that he be requested to lay before the board, at their next meeting, a statement, specifying the exact number of lots sold in the Town of Greenesborough, the names of the several purchasers, the amount of sales, and the number of lots yet unsold. 

            Resolved, That the several Agents appointed by this Board, after giving due notice, by advertisement at three or more of the most public places in the County, do proceed to lease the several lots at such time and place as they may think proper, and that this duty performed so soon as it can be conveniently done consistent with the interest of this institution.

            The Board then adjourned until tomorrow morning 7 o’Clock

 

July 5th. 1798.

 

            The Board met according to adjournment

            Resolved, That Aquilla Scott, Treasurer pro tempore, deliver over to the Board of Trustees at their next meeting, all bonds and monies in his hands belonging to the University.

            Letters from Messrs. Joseph Clay and James Habersham, respectively, were received, and laid before the Board, resigning their seats as Trustees; whereupon the Board proceeded to the choice of

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two persons to fill the vacancies, when Joseph Clay Junior and Seaborn Jones were duly elected.

            Statement of the Funds in hand belonging to the University of Georgia, as reported by Mr. Aquilla Scott, the Treasurer pro tempore

            In notes of sundry persons for rent of land, and sale of lots in Greenesborough - - - - -  5636:14

            Estimated amount of interest on said Notes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -   932:29

            In paper medium L75.10 at 4 dollars for every pound - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -   302: “

                                                                                                                                  _______

                                                                                                                                  $6870:43

 

In cash on hand - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 993:32

Deduct for so much paid Davis Gresham for 10 years services - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - 250: 00

 

Ditto for so much paid Aquilla Scott, Treasurer pro Tempore, for his services from May 1795 to 4th. July 1798 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  -- - - - - - - - - - -- - -  -  - - - - - --  - - - - - - - - - - - -150:00

                                                                                                                                  ________

                                                                                                                                  593:32

                                                                                                                                  $7463:75

            Say 7463 dollars and Seventy five Cents.

            Resolved, That the above statement be published, from which the Trustees are are impressed with a conviction that the Funds are sufficiently respectable to commence the building of the University; which subject will, in all probability, be taken in consideration and determined on at the next meeting of this Board.

            Resolved, That 200 Copies of the foregoing proceedings be published, under the direction of the secretary; and that he transmit a proportional number of copies to the Governor, to each Member of this Board, to the several Agents, and the Treasurer, respectively, in order that they may be distributed. 

            Resolved, That the next meeting of this Board shall be at Louisville, on the second Tuesday in January 1799, when all the Members are earnestly requested to attend punctually, as a failure on their part will, in a probability be productive of consequences highly injurious to an Institution on the prosperity of which materially depend on the liberty and happiness of the rising generation: And that

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every member who does not attend the meeting shall, unless he can give a good and sufficient excuse for such non-attendance, be fined in a sum of twenty dollars.

                        W. Few, President pro tempore

                        John Habersham, Secretary.

 

 

Louisville 8th. January 1799

 

            The Trustees of the University of the state of Georgia met this day in Louisville pursuant to their adjournment

                        Present             Benjamin Taliaferro,

                                                Thomas P. Carnes,

                                                Peter Early,

There not being a sufficient number of members present to proceed to business; those attending adjourned untill 10 o’Clock tomorrow morning to meet at the Coffee House.

 

January 9th 1799

The following members met pursuant to adjournment viz.

            Benjamin Taliaferro,      Seaborn Jones,

            Thomas P. Carnes,       Peter Early,

            A sufficient number to form a Board not having convened, the members present adjourned untill tomorrow morning 10 o’Clock.

 

Louisville January 10th 1799.

 

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The Trustees met according to adjournment.

Present,

            Hugh Lawson,              Joseph Clay Junr.

            Benjamin Taliaferro,      Abraham Jackson

            Thomas P. Carnes,       Peter Early.

            Seaborn Jones,

A Quorum having met, and the President being absent, Mr. Hugh Lawson, the eldest Trustee present took the chair.

            The Secretary of the Board not attending, Mr. Peter Early was appointed Secretary Pro Tempore.

            Mr. John Springer on of the Members, having died since the last meeting – Mr. William Stith Junr. Was elected to fill his vacancy: and Mr. Stith, being notified of such appointment, attended and took his seat. 

            A letter addressed to William Few, the former President pro tem. Of this Board, was received from Mr. William Stephens, containing his excuse for not attending the present meeting, which excuse was deemed sufficient. 

            Resolved, That his Excellency the Governor, the Judges of the Superior Courts, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, be informed, that the Trustees of the University have formed a Board, and are now ready to proceed on business with them as a Senatus Academicus. 

            Ordered, That the Secretary do deliver Copies of the foregoing resolution to each of the Officers mentioned therein, and acquaint them with the time and place to which this Board may be

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adjourned.  The Board then adjourned untill 10 o’Clock tomorrow. 

 

January 11th 1799.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present.

            Hugh Lawson,              Seaborn Jones,

            Benjamin Taliaferro,      William Stith Junr.

            Thomas P. Carnes,       Peter Early

            Joseph Clay Junr.                     Abraham Jackson

            Resolved, That whereas by the Charter of the University, the Governor and Executive Council, the Chief Justice, and the Speaker of the House of Assembly formed a Board of Visitors, and a component part of the Senatus Academicus: It is the opinion of this Board, that agreeably to the spirit of the Charter it was intended, that the Officers forming or presiding over the different departments of Government, should make a part of the Senatus Academicus; that they might feel a more immediate obligation to promote the interests of the Institution, and that therefore in consequence of the changes made in these departments by the alterations of the Constitution , the Governor, the Judges, or the Superior Courts of the President and Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, ought now to constitute the Board of Visitors.  Yet as doubts have arisen on this subject, as well as on the power of the Board to fix upon the seat of the University; It is Ordered that a Memorial be prepared or drawn up, and laid before the Legislature, representing these circumstances and suggesting the propriety of passing an explanatory Act which will obviate all difficulties,  and that Mr. Clay prepare such Memorial. 

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            The Board then adjourned untill tomorrow morning 7 o’Clock.

                                                January 12th 1799.

 

The Board met according to adjournment

Present.

            Hugh Lawson,              Thomas P. Carnes,

            Benjamin Taliaferro,      William Stith Junr.

            Joseph Clay Junr.                     Abraham Jackson,

            Seaborn Jones,             Peter Early,

            A petition was received from Jesse Saunders praying compensation for surveying the tract of land belonging to the University which lies on Fishing Creek in the County of Greene.  Whereupon Resolved, That the said survey having been made prior to the possession of any Funds by the University, and at a time when compensation could not for that reason be made: This Board are of opinion it could not have been the intention of the Legislature by whose order such a Survey was made, that the charges thereof should be defrayed from the present funds; especially as persons making other surveys for the Institution have been compensated by the Legislature.  They therefore recommend to Colo. Saunders that me make application to that Body.

            Davis Gresham Agent for the Counties of Greene and Oglethorpe paid over to the Board the Sum of Eight hundred and seventy four dollars, and sixty six Cents, and made Oath that it was full of all monies received by him.

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It appearing to the Board that Larkin Cleveland who has been appointed Agent for the County of Franklin, had declined accepting said Agency, and that Mr. Carnes had appointed to that office Mr. John Bostwick, Resolved, that said appointment be approved of confirmed.

            Resolved, That there be paid to Davis Gresham Agent, in addition to his former allowances, the sum of One hundred dollars in full for his past services.

            Resolved, That there be paid to John E. Smith Thirty seven dollars and fifty cents for printing Thirty Quires of Leases. 

            A letter was received from Aquilla Scott Treasurer P.T. informing the Board, that he cannot now pay over the monies in his hands, belonging to the University, but that he will give a Note with security for the Amount due from him.  Whereupon Resolved, that Mr. Stith do make application to him for that purpose and receive such Note.

            The Board proceeded to the choice of a Treasurer when Mr. James Meriwether was chosen to that Office. 

            Resolved, that there be paid to Davis Gresham Agent the sum of eighteen dollars for expenditures made by him in procuring stampt paper.

            Resolved, That the Sum in which the Treasurer is bound, shall be subject to be increased or diminished as the situation of the funds may require. 

            Mr. Clay reported to the Board, a memorial to the Legislature in conformity with the resolution of Yesterday, which was agreed to and ordered to be presented. 

            A communication having been received from his Excellency the Governor

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on the subject to which the aforesaid Memorial relates, Ordered that the said communication be laid before the legislature together with the Memorial.

            Resolved, that the compensation to be allowed the Treasurer of this Board, shall be four per Centum on all monies received  and accounted for by him, untill the Funds shall be so great as to make such compensation amount to Five hundred dollars per annum, which shall be the utmost extent of the Treasurers Salary.

            Resolved, That the several appropriations made during the present meeting, and the compensations heretofore provided for the Agents shall be paid by the Treasurer upon application to him by the persons intitled thereto. 

            Resolved, That the next meeting of this Board shall be at Augusta on the 18th day of November next.

            Resolved, That the Treasurer do procure proper Books and stationary for keeping his accounts, to be paid for out of the funds of the University.  (The University started without money enough to buy a Postage stamp?)

            The Treasurer gave Bond and security and took the Oath required.  And thereupon the Board delivered over to him the sum of Eight Hundred and seventy three dollars and ninety Cents.

            Ordered, That the Bonds given by the Agents of this Board be renewed upon stamt paper.

            The Board then adjourned.

            (1-12-99)

Hugh Lawson

         (Signed)       President pro. Tem.

Attest

            Peter Early

                        Secretary P.T.

 

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Louisville July 2d. 1799

 

The Trustees of the University of Georgia met & formed a Board.

Present

            Messrs. Hugh Lawson              Seaborn Jones

            George Walton                         Abraham Jackson

            Thomas P. Carnes                    Peter Early

            William Stith

The President being absent Mr. Hugh Lawson the Senior Trustee present took the chair.

            The Secretary being absent Mr. Peter Early was appointed Secretary Pro tempore.

            The members of this Board having convened at the present time and place in conformity to a proclamation by his Excellency requiring a meeting of the Senatus Academicus; a committee consisting of Messrs. Jones and Stith were appointed to wait on the Governor and inform him, that the Trustees have formed a Board, and are ready to join a Board of Visitors, and form a Senatus Academicus.  The committee appointed as aforesaid reported, That they have received for answer, that a Board of Visitors  could not be this day formed.

            Whereupon the Trustees proceeded to the ordinary business assigned them by the charter.

            A petition was received from Colonel Jesse Saunders praying compensation for surveying the Tract of Land belonging to the University, which lies upon Fishing Creek together with an account of his charges.  Whereupon, Resolved, that there be paid to Colo. Saunders the sum of Seventy dollars and fifty cents in full for his services and expenses incurred in making the aforesaid survey aforesaid.

            The Board then adjourned untill tomorrow 11 o’Clock in the forenoon. 

 

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July 3d. 1799.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present,

            Messrs. H. Lawson                  S. Jones

                          G . Walton                 A. Jackson

                        T. P. Carnes                 P. Early

                        W. Stith

            Resolved, That the Agent for the County of Greene do cause suits to be instituted against all persons settled on the Tract of Land belonging to the University which lies on Falling Creek, where the person so settled have not a lease from such Agent.

            Resolved, that Peter Early esquire be appointed Attorney and counsel to the University, with powers to prosecute or defend all Actions in which said Board shall be a party. 

            Resolved, that Mr. Carnes, Mr. Stith and Mr. Early be a committee to digest and report a statement of the  situation of that Tract of land surveyed for the University, which lies in the State of South Carolina, between the Tugalo and Keowee rivers.

            It having heretofore been found extremely difficult to assemble the Senatus Academicus of the University of Georgia; and notwithstanding the direction of the Legislature and the Proclamation of his Excellency the Governor, requiring that Body to convene at this place on the 2d. Instant, a sufficient number of members have not attended:  This Board taking into serious consideration the great and important objects of the Trust, the deranged and inefficient state of the Senatus Academicus, Do Resolve to meet at this place again on the 27th day of November next; and do earnestly recommend it to all the members of the Board of Trustees, and also of the Board of Visitors, then

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punctually to attend. 

            And it is Ordered, that a copy of the foregoing resolution be transmitted to every absent member of each Board, and be also published in one of the Gazettes of Augusta, Savannah and Louisville.

            The Board then adjourned.

                                                            (Signed)                       Hugh Lawson

                                                                                                President pro tempore

Attest

            Peter Early

Secretary Pro Tempore.

                         

 

(The following minutes ought to have been inserted at the beginning of this Book, but have only come to hand since the foregoing was transcribed.)

 

Augusta 13th. February 1786.

 

At a meeting of the Trustees of the University of the State of Georgia

Present

                        Abraham Baldwin, President,

William Few                             Nathan Brownson

William Glasscock,                   Hugh Lawson

John Habersham,                                  Benjamin Taliaferro

 

Pursuant to An Act of assembly passed third of February one thousand seven hundred and eighty six and with the concurrence of the Senate of the University, for laying out a Town in the County of Green on the College survey of Land on Richland Creek. 

Resolved, that Thomas Harris, Davis Gresham, and William Grier esquires, be agents, and they are hereby appointed, and a majority of them are

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authorized and empowered to choose and fix a place most proper and convenient for a Town, in which the Court-House and Jail, and other public buildings are to be erected for the County of Greene, on the said College survey of Richland Creek, and to lay out the streest [suspicion of a typo – most likely “streets”] and alleys of the Town of Greenesborough, in such a manner and form as this Board may hereafter direct and point out.  The said agents shall have power to fix on eight lots on such a part of said town as may be most convenient for a Church, Academy, Court-House, and Jail, and to advertise and sell at public auction twenty lots and no more ‘till further Orders, to be paid for in three equal payments, for which three separate Notes with security, shall be taken by the Agents, payable to the Trustees of the University of Georgia or their Order, in three, eight, and twilve (Sic.) months from the date of purchase, at which time the Trustees will make a title in fee simple, conditioned only, that a mansion House of framed or squared timber twenty feet long and sixteen feet wide shall be built and made tenable within the term of two years from the time of sale on said lot:  Provided nevertheless, that the purchaser or purchasers of such lot or lots do according to contract and the tenor of his or their Note or Notes pay the full price of such lots as it becomes due, otherwise the Lots shall revert, and the said Agents are hereby empowered to bring suit on such Notes in the name of the Trustees, and to sell again such forfeited Lot or Lots in the manner and on the Terms aforesaid.

            Resolved, that William Green be, and he is hereby appointed Treasurer for the Trustees in that County, whose duty it shall be to keep a Book, in which shall be entered a full and fair account of all the money transactions of said Agents.  And in his hands shall be deposited all the bonds, Notes, and money, as it becomes due, and is collected subject only to the order of this Board.

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            Resolved, that the surveyor of the County of Green be requested to make a particular survey of the tract of land on Richland Creek belonging to the University, running six parallel lines at right angles, that the whole may be divided as nearly as may be into forty nine tracks of equal quantity; carefully marking the lines and every corner of each tract, also noting down with particular care all water courses and the quality and the face of the land in each survey, and return an accurate plat of the same to this board within three months.  And that Mr. Davis Gresham be requested to make a similar survey and plot of the Tract on Shoulderbone Creek, also the tracts on Falling and Fishing Creeks belong to the University and return the same as aforesaid. 

Resolved, that as soon as the surveys and plats are compleated in the manner before pointed out, the lands shall be leased to any person applying for the same on the following conditions,

First – That there shall not be leased to any one person more than four lots.

Second – That the term shall be for seven years.

Third, For the four first years no rent shall be required, provided the person who leases the same shall build a tenantable house of framed or squared timber or not less than twenty feet by sixteen, and shall plant sixty apple trees, and alike number of pear or peach trees, and clear ten acres on each lot.  For the last three years the rent shall be one fourth part of the produce.  And in the case of neglect in the beforementioned conditions in the four first years, he or they shall pay a sum equal to the value of the rent for the last three years.

Fourth.  At the end of the first seven years the tenant shall have the preference of leasing it for other seven years, on such conditions as

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may then be agreed on by the Board.

            Resolved, That the President, Mr. Few, Mr. Taliaferro and Mr. Lawson be a standing committee to contract with any person for the lease of the beforementioned Lands, and to take such measures as they may find necessary for carrying the foregoing resolves into effect, who shall report their proceedings at the next meeting of the Board.

            Extract from the Minutes of the Board of Trustees.

 

                                                            (Signed) John Habersham

                                                                                    Secretary

 

 

 

Louisville Wednesday 27th. November 1799.

 

The Trustees of the University of the State of Georgia met pursuant to adjournment.

            Present.  Hugh Lawson,                        Abraham Jackson,

                        Joseph Clay Junr.,        William Stith,

                        Thomas P. Carnes,       Seaborn Jones,

                                                            Peter Early.

            The President being absent, Mr. Lawson the senior Trustee present took the Chair.

            Resolved, That the compensation to be allowed the Secretary of the University shall be five dollars per day for his attendance, and the like Sum for every thirty miles travel.

            A letter was received from Mr. Stephens containing his excuse for not attending this meeting; which excuse was deemed sufficient.

            John Habersham esquire a member of this board, having died since the last meeting the board proceeded to the choice of a successors when George Walker esquire was elected to fill the vacancy. 

            The Board then proceeded to the choice of a Secretary to

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the University, when John Hamill was elected to that Office.

Attest.

            Peter Early Secy. Pro. Tem.

                                                            Adjourned until 4 o’Clock P.M.

 

 

Wednesday 27th November 1799.  4 o’Clock P.M.

 

The Board met according to adjournment.

Present.

            Hugh Lawson Prest. P.T.                      Seaborn Jones

            Joseph Clay Junr.                                 William Stith

            Abraham Jackson                                 George Walker.

            Peter Early

 

            Resolved, that Messrs. Early and Stith be a committee to wait on the board of Visitors, and inform them, that the board of Trustees are now met, and will be happy to form the Senatus Academicus.

            Adjourned untill tomorrow morning 9 o’Clock.

 

 

Thursday 28th.  November 1799.  9 o’Clock A.M.

 

Present

            Messrs. Lawson, Clay, Jackson, Early, Jones, Carnes, and Walder.  The Board received a letter from James Meriwether containing a statement of the Funds of the University, which was read and taken under consideration.

            Received and read a letter and an account from Abner Franklin, Ordered that Messrs. Carnes and Jackson be a committee to enquire into the reasonableness of his account & report thereon to this Board.

            Mr. Stith attended and took his seat.

On motion, Resolved, that the Secretary be empowered to purchases a strong well bound book for the use of this Board, and another for the

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Senatus Academicus, and that he do fairly transcribe therein all the proceedings, which have heretofore, or may from time to time hereafter take place, keeping the Records of the respective Boards separate and distinct from each other; and for recording all the proceedings anterior to this meeting, this Board will make him a reasonable and adequate allowance. 

            The Board then adjourned ‘till tomorrow morning 9 o’Clock.

 

Friday 29th. November 1799.  9 o’Clock A.M.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present.            Hugh Lawson, President pro. tem:                     Seaborn Jones,

            Thomas P. Carnes,                               George Walker,

            Peter Early,                                          William Stith,

            Joseph Clay Junr.                                             Abraham Jackson

 

            On motion of Mr. Early, Resolved, That the Agents of this Board, who have not already made returns to the Treasurer of the Notes taken by them for Leases commencing on the 25th. December 1798, do make such returns as speedily as possible; the returns to be made in a list which shall contain an account of the amount of each Note, by whom given, and the number of the lot for which it was given. 

            Resolved, That the Agents who have in their possession for collection, Notes or Papers, obtained for Rents under Leases prior to the 25th. December 1798, shall keep the accounts of collection on such papers, separate and distinct from all accounts accruing after that day, and shall in their annual returns to the Treasurer observe the same distinction. 

            Resolved, That the Treasurer do open the accounts for all funds arising from Leases made to commence on the 25th. day of

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December 1798 or since, separate from the accounts of funds due or accruing under Leases or sales prior to that day.

            Resolved, That the Secretary transmit a copy of the foregoing resolutions to the Treasurer and Agents of this Board.

            Resolved, That the Secretary be directed to purchase a Trunk for the safe keeping of the Papers appertaining to his Office, and that the expense of the same, and of stationary amounting to $8.871/2 be paid him by the Treasurer.

            Mr. Carnes from the committee appointed to enquire into and report the sum proper to be allowed to Abner Franklin esquire for his services in distinctly laying off into lots or tracts of one hundred acres each, the five thousand acre tract of land lying on Big shoal Creek in the County of Franklin, reported the following resolution,

            Resolved, That the Sum of Sixty dollars be paid by the Treasurer to Abner Franklin esquire in full for his, and the services of the Chainbearers in performing of the aforesaid duty. 

            And the said Report being read was agreed to.

            Mr. Early from the committee appointed (at the last meeting) to digest and report a statement of the situation of that tract of Land surveyed for the University, which lies in the State of South Carolina, between the Keowee and Tugalo Rivers, reported as follows, viz

            The undersigned committee of the Trustees of the University of Georgia, in conformity to the resolution of this Board, directing them to digest and report a statement of the situation of that Tract of land which lies in the fork of the Tugalo and Keowee rivers, beg leave to report, That the Tract of country lying between those Rivers was ceded to the State of South Carolina by the Treaty of Beaufort, bearing date on the 28th day of April 1787; one of the clauses of which declared void all grants under the State of Georgia, which

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were not registered in the State of South Carolina within twelve Months from the date thereof.  That this treaty was ratified by the State of South Carolina on the 29th. day of February 1788, but such ratification was not communicated by the Executive of that State, to this, untill the 26th. day of May 1788.  That the Grant for the tract of Land in question was sent to the proper Office in South Carolina to be registered immediately after the reception of such communication, but was not recorded.  Your committee submit to the Board, whether the treaty began to operate untill after the exchange of ratifications between the two States, and of course whether the Grant was not transmitted and presented for enrolment in time.  They also submit whether as the tract of land in question was the property of the University prior to the treaty of Beaufort, any power was vested in the commissioners of Georgia to transfer this property to any persons whatsoever, or whether under all circumstances attendant on this transaction, the University could be divested of any property vested in that body by the Legislature of Georgia previous to the said convention at Beaufort.

            Your committee state that the tract in question is now settled claimants under the State of South Carolina, and that the same is in value very considerable. 

                                                            Thos. P. Carnes.

                                    (signed)                        W. Stith.

                                                            Peter Early.

 

                        And the said report being read was agreed to.

 

On the motion of Mr. Clay, Resolved, That the Agent for the County of Greene be directed to survey or cause to be surveyed One hundred acres around the Town of Greensborough at equal distance from its extremities, and that he gave notice to all persons who are or may hereafter be trespassing on the land of the University beyond the limits of that One hundred acres, that they desist from such trespasses, and that if they persist therein he give notice to the attorney of this Board who in such case is hereby directed to institute suits against such trespassers:

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            The Board then adjourned ‘till tomorrow morning 9 o’Clock.

 

Saturday 30th. November 1799.  9 o’Clock A.M.

 

The Board med pursuant to adjournment. 

Present.

                                    Hugh Lawson, Prest. Pro. tem.

            Thomas P. Carnes,                   Seaborn Jones,

            Peter Early,                              William Stith,

            Joseph Clay Junr.                                 George Walker.

 

            The report of the committee as to the claim of the Trustees of the University to lands lying between the Tugalo and Keowee rivers, being taken up, Resolved, That the same be referred to Messrs. Clay, Stith & Walker to report their opinion as to the claim and title of the University to those lands, and the best mode of persecuting that claim. 

            The Board then adjourned ‘till 6 o’Clock this evening.

Six o’Clock P.M.

The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present.                                    Mr. Lawson, President Pro. Tem.,

                        Mr. Carnes                   Mr. Clay

                        Mr. Jackson                 Mr. Jones

                        Mr. Early                      Mr. Stith

 

            Resolved, that John Wright be allowed the sum of Three dollars for providing fire, candles and attending on the Senatus Academicus, and that the same be paid him by the Treasurer.

            The Board then adjourned ‘till four o’Clock on Monday evening.

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Monday 2nd.  December 1799.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present.                                    Mr. Lawson, President Pro. Tem.,

                        Mr. Carnes                   Mr. Clay

                        Mr. Jackson                 Mr. Jones

                        Mr. Early                      Mr. Stith

Mr. Walker

 

Resolved, That the sum of Forty dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated to John Hamill esquire as Secretary of the University, which the Treasurer is hereby directed to pay. 

Resolved, That this Board do now adjourn untill the Third Monday in June Next, and the same was according adjourned untill that time. 

                                                (Signed) H. Lawson prest. pro. tem

 

Attest

            J. Hamill Secy.

            of the University

 

 

Louisville Monday 16th. June 1800.

 

            This being the day appointed for the meeting of the Senatus Academicus of this University, the following Trustees appeared and took their seats at the long Room at Mr. Posners. 

            Mr. Baldwin, Prest.                  Mr. Early,

            Mr. Walton,                             Mr. Jones,

            Mr. Carnes,                              Mr. Walker,

There not being a Board, the members agreed to attend again at four o’Clock this afternoon.

            In the mean time Judge Walton and Judge Carnes were requested to attend at the Executive Chamber at three o’Clock to form a board of Visitors.

            The said Judges having attended accordingly:  they

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returned and laid before the Trustees an Extract of a letter from William Stephens esquire in the words following, viz,

            Extract of a letter from William Stephens esqr. To his Excellency James Jackson, dated Savannah 6th. June 1800.

            “From the raging of the small pox in Town and Country, it appears, that neither Judge Clay, nor myself, will be able to attend the Senatus Academicus, and on this point we conferred with Judge Carnes, wishing that it were possible, that an adjournment could take place – I have 18 or 20 in family to be inoculated, and of course humanity, and interest, both demand my attention, and the situation of MR. Clay must still be more anxious, as his children (two of them) and a number of his Negroes are to take the disorder – If it were proper for You, to notify the fact, it would at least be gratifying – but these indulgencies must not be too easily granted – true, but if we from the seat of infection, spread the disease, in the Western Country, it will be said we ought to have been interdicted.”

                                    “Taken from the Original”

 

            Whereupon the attending Trustees express it as their sense, that it would be adviseable that another meeting take place on the Third Monday in July next; and that it be signified to that effect to the Board of Visitors, the said Judges having reported that the said board of Visitors were to meet again at Ten o’Clock tomorrow. 

            His honor Judge Carnes is requested to lay a copy of the foregoing before the board of Visitors; and in case of concurrence, that notice thereof be published in the Savannah and Augusta Gazettes.

 

Attest.                                                  Abraham Baldwin, President

            J. Hamill Secy.

            of the University.

 

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Louisville 24th. November 1800.

 

            On the 17th. June 1800, Judge Carnes reported to the President of this board (the members having left Town) that the board of Visitors, expressed their disagreement to the resolution of this board having for object the next meeting on the third Monday  in July;  and proposed that the next meeting of the Senatus Academicus be on this day, being the 24th of November 1800.  In pursuance where of (and notice having been given by the Secretary) the following members met at Mr. Posners, viz.

            Mr. Lawson, Senr. Trustee & Pres. Pro. tem.               Mr. Clay,

            Mr. Walton,                                                     Mr. Jones,

            Mr. Carnes,                                                      Mr. Stith,

            Mr. Early,                                                         Mr. Walker,

 

            On motion, Resolved, That Mr. Early and Mr. Walker be a committee to wait on the Governor, the President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, and inform them that the board of Trustees are now convened, and will be happy to meet the board of Visitors to form the Senatus [sic] Academicus. 

            Mr. Walker from the above committee, reported that they had performed their Mission, and that the Governor informed them, that He would notify the Board of Visitors to meet at three o’Clock this afternoon, and would afterwards inform this Board of the result of the meeting of the Board of Visitors.

            Judge Carnes from the board of Visitors, informed this Board, that the board of Visitors would be happy to form the Senatus Academicus at the State House at five o’Clock this afternoon. 

            The Board then adjourned untill tomorrow morning at 10 o’Clock.

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Tuesday 25th. November 1800.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present.  Mr. Lawson, Prest. pro. temp.            Mr. Clay,

            Mr. Walton,                             Mr. Jones,

            Mr. Carnes,                              Mr. Stith,

            Mr. Early,                                 Mr. Walker,

 

            Mr. Walker from the committee appointed at the last meeting to report their opinion as to the claim and Title of the University, to lands lying between the rivers Tugalo and Keowee, Reported, which report was read and ordered to lay on the table.

            The Treasurer laid before the Board an Abstract of the funds of the University.

A letter was received from William Barnett esqr. Chairman of the joint committee, addressed to Hugh Lawson esqr. President of the Board of Trustees, requesting information respecting the University, whereupon Resolved, That the President pro tempore, notify Mr. Barnett, that this Board have appointed Messrs. Early, Stith and Walker to give such information; and they have directed their Treasurer and Secretary to wait upon the Committee with their books and papers, and to give such information as may be in their power.

            The Board then adjourned ‘till tomorrow morning 10 o’Clock.

 

Wednesday 26th. November 1800.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present.

            Mr. Lawson, Prest. pro. tem.    Mr. Clay,

            Mr. Walton,                             Mr. Jones,

            Mr. Carnes,                              Mr. Stith,

            Mr. Early,                                 Mr. Walker,

 

            Mr. Stith from the committee appointed to give information to the joint committee of both Houses, Reported, that they had attended the committee, and given such information as they were possessed of. 

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            A letter was received from Henry Chappelier Agent for Franklin County, respecting the Rents of four lots in that county rented out by Larkin Cleveland former Agent, setting forth that the rents were payable in produce, and requesting to be instructed whether to receive such Rents.  Whereupon, Ordered, That the present Agent Mr. Chappelier be authorized to demand and receive such rents, and to dispose of the same on twelve months credit and security, bearing interest from the time of Sale, and that the Secretary inform the Agent thereof.

            An account was received from Roderick Easly agent of Jackson County for his services in renting lands &c, and those of Daniel W. Easly and Ezekiel Offutt for laying off and chequering into 100 acre lots, two tracts of 5000 acres each in Jackson County.  Whereupon Resolved, That Messrs. Carnes and Jones be a committee to report what sum shall be allowed for the Services aforesaid.

Resolved, That the attorney of this Board do institute against Aquila Scott late Treasurer pro. tem. to recover the balance remaining in his hands belonging to the University.  The Board then adjourned ‘till tomorrow morning 11 o’Clock. 

 

Thursday 27th. November 1800.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present.                        Mr. Lawson, President pro. tem.

            Mr. Walton,                 Mr. Jones,

            Mr. Carnes,                  Mr. Stith,

            Mr. Early,                     Mr. Walker,

 

            Mr. Jones from the committee appointed to report what sum shall be allowed Roderick Easly for his own services, and those of  Daniel W. Easly  &Ezekiel Offutt, Report, That they find the sum of One hundred and forty Six dollars and Seventy five Cents due to the said Roderick Easly, for Sundry expenditures for stamped Paper, a Cryer at the leasing of the public lots – and for his and Daniel W. Easly’s and Ezekiel Offutts surveying and checking two of the tracts of land belonging to the University.  and recommend that the Treasurer be directed to pay the same to the said Roderick Easily.  The committee further find that Mr. Easly has acted as Agent of Jackson County from October 1798 to the present time, and recommend that the sum of Eighty dollars  be allowed and paid to the said Roderick Easly in full for his services as Agent for this Board to the 25th of December next:

            Which report being taken up was agreed to.

            The Board then adjourned untill tomorrow morning 10, o’Clock.

 

Friday 28th November 1800.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment. 

Present,                        Mr. Lawson President pro. tem.

            Mr. Walton,                 Mr. Jones,

            Mr. Carnes,                  Mr. Stith,

            Mr. Early,                     Mr. Walker,

 

            On motion, Resolved, That the report of the committee appointed to report their opinion as to the claim and Title of the University of lands lying between the rivers Tugalo and Keowee, be recommitted to the same committee, and that they report thereon at the next annual meeting. 

            Resolved, That agreeably to the recommendation of the Senatus Academicus, Josiah Meigs esquire be appointed first Professor of the University, and to preside therein in the absence of the President.

            Resolved, That the plan of education for a course of six years recommended by the Senatus Academicus be adopted.

            Resolved, That the Sum of One thousand dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated for the purchase of the Library and apparatus recommended by the Senatus Academicus, and that the said sum be by the Treasurer transmitted to Mr. Baldwin together with a list

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of the books and apparatus aforesaid, to be by him laid out at such a place, and in such manner as shall in his opinion best conduce to the benefit of this institution. 

            Resolved, That this board do approve of, and conform the committee appointed by the Senatus Academicus to contract for the erection of a wing of the University in the County of Greene, and that the said committee be authorized to proceed in the manner prescribed in the resolution of said Board, and to carry the same into full and complete effect; and to call for, receive, and account to this Board for any monies subscribed for the benefit of this institution.

            Resolved, That the sum of One hundred dollars be paid by the Treasurer to Peter Early Esquire on account for his services as the attorney of this Board. 

            Resolved, That the Treasurer pay the account of John Hamill esquire for his attendance as Secretary of the Board amounting to Thirty Five dollars, and also the further sum of Twenty dollars for travel and attendance in June last.

            On the application of Henry Chapalier Agent of Franklin, Resolved, That the Sum of Thirty dollars be allowed him in full for his services up to the 25th. December next.

            The Board then adjourned untill the fourth Wednesday in November next.

                                                                        H. Lawson,

                                                                                    President. pro. tem.

Attest

            J. Hamill Secy.

            Of the University

 

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            Pursuant to a Proclamation by his Honor David Emanuel, President of the Senate and commander in chief &c., requiring the Board of Trustees of the University of the State of Georgia to meet at Louisville on Monday the 15th. of June 1801.

            The following Members met on that day at the house of Mr. Posner, viz,

                                                Mr. Baldwin President,

                        Mr. Lawson,                            Mr. Cunningham

                        Mr. Jackson,                            Mr. Milledge

                        Mr. Twiggs,                              Mr. Stewart

                        Mr. Clarke,                              Mr. McNeil

 

            Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inform the President of the Senate, that the Board of Trustees are now met, and will be happy to join the board of Visitors and form the Senatus Academicus; and Mr. Lawson and Mr. Clarke were appointed to that committee.

            Mr. Lawson from the committee appointed to inform the President, informed this Board, that they had discharged that duty, but that the board of Visitors had not yet assembled.

            Resolved, That the Salary of the President of the University shall from this day be Fifteen hundred dollars P annum. 

            Resolved, That the further sum of Four hundred dollars be allowed to Mr. Professor Meigs for the expenses of the removal of himself and family to this State. 

            The Board then adjourned untill 4 o’clock P.M.

 

 

4, o’Clock P.M.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment. 

            This Board having understood that the Board of Visitors had not yet assembled, adjourned untill tomorrow morning, 10 o’Clock.

 

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Tuesday 16th. June 1801

The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

Present,                                    Mr. Baldwin, President

            Mr. Lawson,                            Mr. Cunningham

            Mr. Jackson,                            Mr. Milledge,

            Mr. Twiggs,                              Mr. Stewart

            Mr. Clarke,

Messieurs Barnett & Bailey a committee from the board of Visitors, informed this Board, that the board of Visitors had assembled, and would be happy to form the Senatus Academicus at the State House. 

            Resolved, That the Treasurer pay to Mr. Meigs such sum as may be due to him agreeably to the resolution of the Senatus Academicus on the 27th.  of November last. 

            This Board then proceeded to the State House to join the board of Visitors, which having taken place, Mr. Baldwin resigned to the Senatus Academicus the Presidency of the University: and then moved that the Board of Trustees be permitted to retire in order to nominate a proper person to be appointed in his stead, agreeably to the charter - --- Whereupon, leave being granted, the Trustees retired Executive Chamber, and on motion, Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to examine Professor Meigs, and to report his qualifications for that Office, and that Messrs. Baldwin, Cunningham and Jackson be that committee.

            The Committee accordingly awaited on Professor Meigs, and were perfectly satisfied with that Gentleman’s qualifications to superintend the literature of this State, and his moral and general character.  And on motion it was Resolved, That this Board will nominate Josiah Meigs to the Senatus Academicus for President of the University of this State, - which on returning to the Senatus Academicus was done.

            And Mr. Meigs was unanimously appointed – and was qualified

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agreeably to an Ordinance for that purpose passed the Senatus of this day – and took his seat as a member of that body. 

                                                                        (Signed)

                                                                                    Abr. Baldwin, President

Attest

            J. Hamill Secy.

            Of the University.

 

            The Board returned, and Mr. Meigs elected President of the University, attended and took his seat as President of the board of Trustees.  Mr. President Meigs submitted, to the consideration of the members, the outlines of a plan of education to be taught in the University, as also a list of Books which he approves of as most proper for University instruction. 

            The Board then adjourned ‘till nine o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Wednesday June 17th 1801

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present.                                    Mr. President Meigs

            Mr. Baldwin,                Mr. Clarke,

            Mr. Lawson,                Mr. Milledge,

            Mr. Jackson,                Mr. Stewart,

            Mr. Twiggs,                  Mr. McNeil,

 

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            Resolved, that Mr. President, Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Milledge be a committee to form, devise and provide a common seal for the use of the University.

            Resolved, That the President be authorized to draw on the Treasurer for the Sum of Fifty dollars annually, to be by him distributed in premiums to the students of the several academies throughout this State, in such a manner as he shall think best. 

            Resolved, That the rate of Tuition at the University be twenty four dollars annually. 

            Resolved, That the President, Mr. McNeil, Mr. Twiggs, Mr. Clarke Mr. Cunningham and Mr. Stewart, or any three of them ( the President to be one ) be a committee to carry into effect the fourth section of the act of assembly on the 5th. of December 1800.

            Resolved, That the thanks of this Board be presented to Mr. Baldwin for his present to the Library of the University of Pole’s Synopsis Criticorum; and to Doctor Obadiah Hotchkess for the Transactions of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

            Resolved, That the President be authorised to return the thanks of this Board, to such as may from time to time make any donations to the University. 

            Resolved, That the committee appointed to carry into effect the 4th. Section of the act &c. enquire into and report to the next meeting respecting the claim of the University to lands lying between the Tugalo and Keowee.

            Resolved, That the Treasurer pay to John Hamill the balance of his account to this day, amounting to Fifty two dollars.

            Resolved, That the Secretary do write to such of the Trustees, named in the act of the 5th of December last, as have not attended this meeting, requesting to know whether they have accepted the trust.

            Resolved, That the established course of Study, and Books of instruction in the University be as follows, to wit,

 

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1st Freshman’s Class

            Virgil, Cicero’s Orations, Greek Testament, Clarke’s introduction to making Latin, Arithmetic and Book keeping interspersed with frequent essays in Elocution, both before their respective classes in the presence of their Tutor, or before the University collected.

2nd. Sophomore Class

            Continuation of languages, with two or three of the first books of Homer’s Iliad, Horace, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration of Superficies and Solids, Conic Sections, Plane and Spherical Trigonometry, with their application to Navigation and Surveying, and the ascertaining of heights and distances. – Geography, particularly the astronomical part, with a frequent and thorough use of the Terrestrial Globe. – Frequent essays in composition and public speaking, and reading should be considered as particularly useful during the year.  English Grammar.

3d. Junior Class.

            Astronomy, with the application of its Principles to the determination of Geographic longitudes and latitudes by observations of solar eclipses, by the eclipses of Jupiter’s satellites, and by the Lunar observation. – The use of the celestial Globe, Natural Philosophy, to be taught in all possible cases by experiment.  Chemistry with actual experiments demonstrative of its principles.  The out-line of Linnean System of Botany.  Cicero de Oratore should be perfectly read this year, together with occasional attention to the Greek language. – Logic, Priestly’s Lectures of History.  Forensic disputations in the presence of the Tutors, Once of twice a week composition and essays on Elocution. 

4th. Senior Class.

            Rhetoric, Moral Philosophy, Laws of Nature and Nations, The Constitution of the United States, and of the individual States.  Forensic disputations and composition. 

 

Books

 

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1st. Freshmans Class

            Ruddiman’s Latin Grammar; Westminster Greek Grammar; Ainsworths Latin Dictionary; Schrevolius’ Greek Lexicon; Virgil Delphini, Clarke’s introduction to making Latin; Pikes Arithmetic; Cicero Delphini. 

2nd Sophomore Class.

            Homer’s Iliad; Ward’s Mathematics; Hammond’s Algebra; Horatius Delphini; Bonnycastle’s Mensuration; Simpson’s Conic Sections; Atkinson’s Navigation; Gibson’s Surveying; Morse’s Geography; English Grammar by Doctor Lowth.

3d. Junior Class.

            Ferguson’s Astronomy; Ewings Practical Astronomy; Enfield’s Natural Philosophy; Priestly’s Lectures on History; Duncan’s Logic; Cicero de Oratore.

4th. Senior Class

            Blair’s Rhetorical Lectures; Paley’s moral Philosophy; Vattel’s law of Nature and Nations.

 

            Resolved, That the following Books and Instruments be purchased by the President for the Use of the University, viz.

Adam’s Lectures - - - Octo. - - - 5 vol.

Bonnycastle’s Algebra - - - - - 1 - - 12 vo.

Gregory’s Oeconomy of Nature -  - 3.

Bonnycastle’s Mensuration - - 1.

Cavello on Electricity - -  -  - - - -  - 3.

Zimmerman on National pride – 1 -  8 vo.

Priestly on Air -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  3. 

Vince’s Hydrostatic’s -  -  -  -  -  1 – “

Chaptal’s Chemistry - - - - - - - - - -  3.

Howard’s Geometry -  -  -  -  -  -  1 – “

Goldsmith’s animated Nature -  -  - 4.               

Vince on Fluxions -  -  -  -  -  -  -  1 – “

Fourcroy’s Chemistry -  -  -  -  -  -   5.               

Simpson’s Euclid  - - - - - - - - - - 1 – “

Ainsworth’s Latin Dictionary - -  -  1.

Simpson’s Conic Sections - - - - -1 – “

Schrevolius’s Lexicon - - - - - - - - - 1.               

Boyer’s French Dictionary - - - -  1 – “

Fergusons Lectures - - - - - - - - - - - 1.

Ewings Practical Astronomy -  -  1 – “

Darwin’s Zoonomia - - - - - - - - - - -2.

Wood’s Mechanic’s - - - - - - - - - 1 – “

Darwins Phytologia - - - - - - - - - - - 1.

Burretti’s Italian Dictionary -  -  - 1 – 4to

Darwins Botanie - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1.               

Vince’s practical astronomy - - - - 18oo

Paley’s Moral Philosophy - - - - - - - 1.             

Emerson’s mechanic’s - - - - - - - - 1 – “

Blair’s Lectures on Rhetoric - - - - - -2.             

a mercurial thermometer.

Vattel’s Law of Nations - - - - - - - -  1.

a Barometer.

 

 

 

 

            Resolved, That this board do now adjourn untill the first

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Wednesday in November next, and the same was adjourned accordingly. 

                                                            J. Meigs, President

Attest.

            J. Hamill Secy.

            Of the University.

 

 

Copy of the Secretary’s Letter to the absent Trustees.

 

Board of Trustees.  Thursday 18th.  June 1801.

 

            Resolved, That the Secretary do write to such of the Trustees named in the Act of the 5th. of December last, as have not attended this meeting, requesting to know whether they have accepted of the trust.

                                                                        George Town 24th. June 1801.

 

Sir,

            In conformity to the above resolution I do myself the honor of writing you, and request you will be so obliging as to inform me if you have accepted the appointment of a Trustee of the University under the Act of the 5th. of December last.

            I am Sir, with due respect,

                        Your very obedient Servant,

                                    J. Hamill Secy.

 

Sent copies & post.

            To Benjamin Taliaferro, Joseph Clay Junr., Josiah Tattnall Junr. And Ferdinand O Neal.

 

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Louisville, Wednesday 4th. November 1801.

 

The following Members of the board of Trustees, met at the house of Mr. Posner,

                                    Mr. President Meigs,

                        Mr. Lawson,                Mr. Clarke,

                        Mr. Jackson,                Mr. Stewart,

            There not being a sufficient number to form a Board, the members present, Resolved, That Messrs. Clarke and Stewart be a committee to inform the board of Visitors thereof, and that the Members of this Board adjourn untill tomorrow morning nine o’Clock.

 

 

Thursday 5th November 1801.

 

The following members met

                                    Mr. President Meigs,

                        Mr. Lawson,                Mr. Stewart,

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. W. Neil,

                        Mr. O Near,

Adjourned untill tomorrow morning Nine o’Clock.

 

 

Friday 6th November 1801.

 

The following members attended

Mr. President Meigs,

                        Mr. Lawson,                Mr. Stewart,

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. McNeil,

                        Mr. O Neal,

Adjourned untill Monday morning Nine o’Clock.

Monday 9th. November 1801.

 

The following members attended,

                        Mr. Twiggs,                  Mr. O Neal

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. Stewart

                        Mr. Tattnall,                 Mr. McNeil

 

Adjourned untill tomorrow morning Nine o’Clock.

 

Tuesday 10th November 1801.

 

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The following members attended,

                        Mr. Twiggs,                  Mr. O Neal

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. Stewart

                        Mr. Tattnall,                 Mr. McNeil

 

Adjourned untill tomorrow morning Nine o’Clock.

 

 

Wednesday 11th November 1801.

 

The following members attended,

                                    Mr. President Meigs,

                        Mr. Lawson,                Mr. O Neal

                        Mr. Twiggs,                  Mr. Stewart

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. McNeil

                        Mr. Tattnall

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed.

            The Secretary reported, that he had in pursuance of the resolution of the 18th. June last, wrote letters to the respective members who did not attend that meeting, but that he had not received any answer.

            Letters were received from Mr. Baldwin, and Mr. Jackson, resigning their places as members of this Board. 

            The Board then adjourned untill tomorrow morning 9 o’Clock.

 

 

Thursday 12th. November 1801.

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present.                                    Mr. President Meigs

                        Mr. Lawson,                Mr. O Neal,

                        Mr. Twiggs,                  Mr. Stewart,

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. McNeil,

                        Mr. Tattnall,

 

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            The Board proceeded to fill up the vacancies occasioned by the resignation of Messrs Baldwin and Jackson, when it appeared that the Honorable George Walton and David B. Mitchell were duly elected.  Ordered, That the Secretary inform them thereof.

            Mr. Walton attended and took his Seat as a member of this Board.

            Resolved, That Messrs. Clarke and O Neal be a committee to inform his Excellency the Governor, that this board is now met, and are ready to join the board of Visitors, and form the Senatus Academicus.

            Mr. Mitchell took his Seat as a Member of this Board.

            Mr. Tattnall withdrew from this Board, in order to preside in the Board of Visitors, and thereby to form the Senatus Academicus. 

            A message was received from the board of Visitors by Judge Carnes and the President of the Senate, informing this Board, that the board of Visitors were formed, and ready to form the Senatus Academicus.

            Resolve, That this Board do meet tomorrow morning 9 o’Clock.

            The Board proceeded to join the board of Visitors and form the Senatus Academicus.

 

Friday 13th. November 1801.

 

The Board met.  Present

                        Mr. President Meigs

            Mr. Lawson,                Mr. O Neil (Sic.)

            Mr. Twiggs,                  Mr. Stewart,

            Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. McNeil,

            Mr. Tattnall,                 Mr. Walton,

                                                Mr. Mitchell,

 

            Resolved, That the committee appointed to contract for the building of the University, be directed to proceed and complete the several contracts for finishing the same.  Mr. President Meigs presented an account for sundries amounting to Thirty one dollars, Ordered, that the Treasurer pay the same. 

 

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            The Board took into consideration the subject of compensation to the members ; and Resolved, That the sum of Three dollars per diem be allowed to each in coming to, attending at, and returning from, the meetings of the Board, whether to attend to form the Senatus Academicus, or a special meeting of the Board of Trustees.  This Resolution to extend to the committee appointed to choose the site of the University, and to contract for a Collegiate building, and their Clerk, and that the President draw upon the Treasurer for the same. 

            Resolved, That the President be authorised to draw on the Treasurer for such Sums as may be necessary and approved by the committee to complete the dwelling house at Athens, and sundry improvements necessary to render the same eligible and comfortable, as a place of residence. 

            Resolved, also, That the President be authorised to draw on the Treasurer as may become due on the contracts entered into, or which may be hereafter made by the committee for the collegiate building &c.

            Mr. President Meigs from the committee appointed to devise and procure a Seal for the University, Reported, That they had agreed upon the form and the motto; he also presented a drawing of the Seal, which was examined and approved of, and the drawing ordered to be preserved.

            Resolved, That the Secretary be allowed the Sum of Ten dollars for his attendance two days in June last to have the signature of the President of the Senate affixed to the minutes of the Senatus Academicus. 

            The Board then adjourned untill Six o’Clock this evening.

 

(Where is the record with respect to the location of the Col[legiate Building]?  See minutes of Senatus page 26)

 

Friday 13th November 1801.  6, o’Clock P.M.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present.                                    Mr. President Meigs

                        Mr. Lawson,                Mr. Stewart,

                        Mr. Twiggs,                  Mr. McNeil,

                        Mr. Tattnall,                 Mr. Walton,

                        Mr. O’Neal,                 Mr. Mitchell,

 

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            The members of the this Board, who are members of the Legislature, and receiving compensation as such, signified their intention of declining to receive compensation for their attendance on the business of the University during any session of the Legislature.

            Resolved, as the sense of this Board, that when the President of the University, is called from the University to attend a meeting of the Trustees, or the Senatus Academicus, that he be allowed the same compensation for his attendance as a member is.

            The Treasurer delivered in a statement of the funds of the University. 

            A letter from Davis Gresham (dated 29th. October 1801, and addressed to the Treasurer) agent for the lands of the Trust in Greene and Oglethorpe was read and considered.  Whereupon Resolved, That the balance due for his agency be paid, first being examined and ascertained by the Treasurer and approved by the President. 

            Resolved also, That the Agency of Mr. Gresham be approved by this Board; and that he be requested not to decline it, as suggested in his letter; and that himself, and all the other Agents of the Trust lands, be continued until further order of this Board.

            The Senatus Academicus having resolved, that the President of the University do make application to the Legislature, during the present Session, for a loan to the  same of Five thousand dollars; Resolved, That the President be requested to direct all necessary information to be ready to be given to the Legislature, by the Officers of the University. 

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            The committee appointed to report on the situation of the claim of the Trust on the survey in the fork of the Tugalo and Keowee, begged further time to report; which was granted.

            Ordered, That it be a standing rule for the Secretary to notify in one or more of the public prints, the time of the meeting of the Senatus Academicus, at least One month  before the time of such Meeting.

            Resolved, That the President be requested to continue his attention to Students in their Rudiments at Athens, until a sufficient number, [in] his opinion, shall attend, to justify an appointment of a teacher; in which event, that he be authorized to appoint one; and that this Board will provide a suitable and adequate compensation.  Resolved, That Mr. McNeil be added to the committee for contracting for erecting the collegiate building at the Seat of the University; Mr. Baldwin having resigned his Seat, and thereby vacated his place in the committee; and that a Majority of those in the State be empowered to proceed.

            The Board then adjourned untill Wednesday after the first Monday in November next.

                                                                                    J. Meigs, President.

Attest

            J. Hamill Secy.

            Of the University.

 

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Executive Chamber, Louisville, Monday 8th. March 1802.

 

Pursuant to public Notice, the following Members met,  viz.

            Mr. Twiggs,                  Mr. Stewart,

            Mr. Tattnall,                 Mr. McNeil,

            Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. Walton,

 

The President of the University being present.

            There not being a majority of the members present a complete board could not be formed: But, inasmuch as the President stated to the meeting the urgent necessity of drawing some monies from the Treasury, to comply in part with contracts already entered into, and completed on the part of the Undertakers; and to defray unavoidable expenses.

            Resolved by the members present, unanimously, That the President be advised to make the necessary draughts on the Treasurer; they being well assured that the first meeting of the Board will sanction and authorise the same.

            Resolved, That the President be advised to contract for putting up one or more log buildings for temporary school rooms at the Seat of the University upon most reasonable terms in his power.

                                                                                    J. Meigs, President.

Attest.

            J. Hamill Secy.

            Of the University.

 

 

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            At a meeting of the Board of Trustees at Louisville on Thursday the 17th of June 1802.

 

            Present.                        Mr. President Meigs

                        Mr. Twiggs,                  Mr. O’Neal,

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. McNeil,

                        Mr. Tattnall,                 Mr. Mitchell,

                        Mr. Milledge,

            The Board proceeded to the election of a member to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Colonel Hugh Lawson; and on counting the ballots it appeared, that the Reverend Abraham Marshall of Columbia County was unanimously elected. 

            Mr. Clarke was appointed a member of the committee for contracting for the erecting the collegiate building in the room of Mr. Lawson deceased.

            The Board recommended to the President to call a meeting of the Senatus Academicus during the next Session of the Legislature. 

            Resolved, That Mr. Twiggs be requested to purchase on credit ‘till January 1. 1803, one hundred casks of stone lime for the use of the University, and that the first monies received into the Treasury shall be applied to the payment thereof.

            Resolved, That the Records and Papers of the University in possession of the Secretary, be lodged in the executive Chamber in the State-House in Louisville.

            The Board then adjourned Sine die. 

                                                                                    J. Meigs, President.

Attest

            J. Hamill Secy.

            Of the University.

 

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Louisville, Wednesday 3d. November 1802.

The following members met,

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. Stewart,

                        Mr. Milledge,               Mr. McNeil,

            The President of the University being present.

 

There not being a sufficient number to form a Board, the members present adjourned untill Saturday, in hope that by that time there will be a sufficient number.

 

Saturday 6th November 1802.

 

The following members met, viz.

            Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. McNeil,

            Mr. Milledge,

 

            The President informed the members, that Mr. Stewart had returned home, but had promised to attend here on the 20th.  Instant, and to bring Mr. Cunningham along with him if possible; and there not being any prospect of forming a Board sooner, the members present adjourned to that day. 

                                                                                    J. Meigs, President

Attest.

            J. Hamill Secy.

            Of the University

 

            At a meeting of the Board of Trustees at Louisville on Monday the 20th. of December 1802.

Present.                                    Mr. President Meigs,

                        Mr. Twiggs,                  Mr. Stewart,

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. McNeil,

                        Mr. Cunningham,                      Mr. Walton,

                        Mr. Milledge,               Mr. Mitchell

 

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Monday 20th. Dec. 1802.

 

            The Treasurer laid before this board a statement of the funds of the University, which was read and ordered to be filed.

            The President laid before this Board a letter which he had received from Mr. James Gunn, making a donation to the University of One Thousand dollars, which letter is as follows, viz,

            “Louisville 20th. Nov. 1802.”

 

“Sir

            Impressed with a lively sense of the liberality of the Legislature and Executive of the State, in relinquishing the claim set up on the part of the State, in relinquishing the claim set up on the part of the State, and quieting my claim to the Estate of my deceased Uncle Brigadier General James Gunn, I am prompted by gratitude for those distinguished marks of public favor to fix my attention on some Public institution the usefulness and influence of which it may be considered of the first importance to the happiness and independence of the people to promote and extend. 

            “The University over which you preside confessedly embracing those objects, I have to request their acceptance of One thousand dollars for the present, which will be paid by my esteemed friend Major Maxwell in the City of Savannah in Ten day from this date, to any person appointed to receive the same.

                        With sentiments of great respect and esteem,”

                                                            (copy)    “James Gunn”

“Josiah Meigs esqr.

            President of the University of Georgia.”

 

To Which the Trustees who were present at the time directed the following answer.

 

“Louisville November 25, 1802.”

 

“Sir,

            I received by the hands of Colonel D.B. Mitchell your favor of the 20th.  Instant.  I have communicated its contents to those members of the Board of Trustees who were then in this place, and am directed to express to you the grateful sense they have of your liberality in presenting One thousand dollars to the University[ ]of Georgia.

            You will not doubt of the satisfaction with which I perform this official duty.  With earnest wishes for your prosperity and happiness, and with personal esteem. 

                        I am most respectfully, Yours

Mr. James Gunn                       (copy)              “J. Meigs, President”

 

            Whereupon resolved, That the thanks of this Board be presented to the said James Gunn for such his Donation, with the assurance that it shall be faithfully applied to the purposes intended; as the same will appear upon the collegiate Records of the University.

            There being two  vacancies at this Board, occasioned by the non-attendance of Benjamin Taliaferro, and Joseph Clay Junr. And their declarations to the effect of their not considering themselves longer members of the same; Resolved that this Board will now proceed to the choice of a member in the place of Mr. Taliaferro, and the Board proceeded accordingly, and upon casting ballots it appeared that Edwin Mounger was unanimously elected.

            Ordered, That the Secretary inform Mr. Mounger thereof.  Mr. Mouger attended and took his seat as a member of This Board. 

            The Board proceeded to appoint a Professor of languages in the University, and upon the recommendation of the President, they unanimously appointed William H. Jones Professor of languages with a salary of fine hundred dollars per annum.

            The President reported, that he had in consequence of authority from this Board, employed the said William H. Jones as an assistant teacher in the University; and that the said William H. Jones had acted as such from May last; whereupon Resolved, That the said

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William H. Jones be allowed the sum of Three hundred and Seventy five dollars as a compensation therefore[e], and that the President draw for the same.

            The Board then adjourned untill tomorrow morning 9, o’Clock.

 

Tuesday December 21. 1802.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                    Mr. President Meigs

                        Mr. Twiggs                   Mr. Stewart,

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. McNeil,

                        Mr. Cunningham,                      Mr. Mitchell,

                        Mr. Milledge,               Mr. Mounger

                                                            Mr. Walton,

 

            Daniel W. Easly having made a full and complete relinquishment to John Milledge esquire, of all right, title, and claim to the lands in Clarke county whereon the collegiate buildings are erected, and the Secretary having reported that the said Deed had been duly proven, it is Ordered, that the same be deposited in the Executive Chamber agreeably to the terms of the Act of the General Assembly, and it was deposited accordingly.

            His Excellency the Governor informed this Board, that it would receive a Mortgage of the Shoulderbone Tract of land in Hancock County as a security for the loan appropriated to the University by the Legislature. 

            Resolved, That the Ten lots laid out in Athens on Front-Street be leased for the term of Fifty years, upon the following terms and conditions. 

            Each lot shall be held free of Rent for five years.  After which a ground Rent of Twenty five dollars shall be paid annually during the next twenty years of the term; and fifty dollars annually for each lot for the remaining twenty five years of the term.  Persons who have already built under the sanction of the committee of the University, or of the President, have the Option of retaining the lots built on.  Lots which have not been built on, shall on the

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first Monday in March Next at Athens be exposed to public sale for choice, the purchase to be paid in cash.  Upon failure of the payment of the said ground rent for any two years in succession, the lots to be reentered and taken by the Trustees.

            Resolved, That Messrs.  Clarke, Stewart and Cunningham or any two of them, together with the President be a committee for carrying the foregoing into effect.

            Resolved, That the Baptist congregation have the priviledge of erecting a Meeting-house on the University lands on Fishing Creek, adjoining Belchers lot in Olglethorpe County; and to have the use of the Spring, and a sufficient space of ground for that purpose, not exceeding three acres.

            Resolved, That the committee appointed to lease the Lots on Front-street in Athens, be authorized to call to account Andrew Baxter esquire, agent of the University lands in Hancock, and to insist upon a complete liquidation and payment of Rents up to the first day of January next.  And also, that they be further authorised to enquire into the state of the lots in Greensborough, and also joining that Town, which the Trustees are authorised to dispose of.  And to make a report of all which to the President.

            Resolved, That the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of General John Twiggs for Two hundred and ninety seven dollars expended by him in purchasing lime for the University, and in favor of Col. James McNeil for Forty dollars paid by him for a pair of Globes.

            The Mortgage and Bond required by his Excellency the Governor having been duly executed, it is Ordered, that the President and Secretary wait on his Excellency with the same, and request drafts

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on the Treasury for the amount of the loan appropriated by the Legislature.

            The President reported, That he had delivered the Mortgage and Bond to his Excellency the Governor, and that he had approved of the same.

            Ordered, That the Secretary do write to Col. Joseph Habersham requesting he will be pleased to have all the papers of his late Brother Major John Habersham examined for papers and documents belonging to the University, and if any such are found, that he will cause them to be transmitted to the Secretary by some safe conveyance. 

            The Board then adjourned until tomorrow morning 9, o’Clock.

 

Wednesday 22d. December 1802.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present,                                    Mr. President Meigs

                        Mr. Twiggs,                  Mr. Stewart     

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. McNeil,

                        Mr. Cunningham,                      Mr. Walton,

                        Mr. Milledge,               Mr. Mitchell,

                                                            Mr. Mounger,

 

            Resolved, That the President draw an Order on the Treasurer for five hundred dollars in favor of John Billups on account of the work and labour at the University; and also an Order in favor of David Gaddy for Two hundred dollars in advance on account of his contract.

            Resolved, That the President draw an Order on Col. D.B. Michell for One thousand dollars in whose favor the President had heretofore drawn an Order for the like sum being the donation of Mr. James Gunn to the University; and that the said Sum, when received, be appropriated to the University, as part of the funds thereof.

            Resolved, That the Sum of One thousand dollars be appropriated towards the purchase of Lime and Nails for the collegiate building at Athens; and that a warrant be drawn on the Treasurer for that sum, in favor of General John Twiggs, who is empowered to contract for the same.

            Whereupon the President drew a warrant on the Treasurer in the following words, viz.,

 

“University of Georgia”

“Louisville Dec. 22, 1802”

 

“Mr. Treasurer Meriwether,”

 

            “Pay to Gen. John Twiggs One thousand dollars, it being appropriated towards the purchase of Lime and Nails for the Collegiate Building at Athens”

 

            Resolved, That the Treasurer of the University be authorized to wait on the Executive, and receive and receipt for the warrants on the Public Treasury of the State, for the loan of Five thousand dollars to the use of the University by Act of the Legislature.

            Resolved, That the Treasurer pay Mr. President Meigs'’s account amounting to seventy seven dollars and twenty eight cents. 

            Ordered, That the Secretary cause a notice to be published in the Augusta Chronicle of the time at which the lots in Athens will be leased.

            The Board then adjourned untill the Wednesday after the first Monday in November next.

                                                                                                            J. Meigs, President

Attest

            J. Hamill, Secy.

            Of the University.

 

(Copy of a letter to Colonel Habersham)

 

At George Town 27th. December 1802

 

Colonel John Habersham,

                                    Sir:

                                                The Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia, have directed me to write you, to request that you will be so obliging as to cause the Papers of the late Major Habersham to be examined and searched for sundry papers belonging to the University, which he had in his possession as Secretary pro. tem.: and if any such are found, that you will (be) pleased to forward them to me at Augusta.

            I am Sir, with much respect, your very obed’t Humb. Servt.

                                                                        J. Hamill Secy.

                                                                        Of the University.

 

 

Louisville Saturday 19th. March 1803.

 

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            At a meeting of the Board of Trustees pursuant to notice, the following members met, viz.

                                    Mr. President Meigs.

                        Mr. Twiggs,                  Mr. McNeil,

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. Walton,

                        Mr. Milledge,               Mr. Marshall,

                        Mr. Stewart,                 Mr. Mounger,

 

            The committee appointed to enquire into the State of the lands at Greensborough &c. reported, which report was read and ordered to be filed.

            The Secretary informed the Board, that he had written to Colonel Joseph Habersham respecting the[ ]papers belonging to the University, supposed to be among the Papers of the late Major Habersham, but had not received an answer.  He also informed the Board that he received a letter from William H. Jones esq. notifying his acceptance of the Professorship of languages, and his obligations to the Board for that appointment.

            The Board having agreed with Daniel W. Easley for erecting a wooden building at Athens, for the use of the University, to be twenty feet square, and One and an half stories high; and the Board being informed and satisfied that the same is nearly completed Resolved, That the President be authorised to draw a warrant on the Treasurer for the Sum of One hundred, eighty seven dollars and twenty seven cents for erecting the same. 

            On motion, Resolved, That the agent for the county of Greene be directed to survey, or cause to be surveyed One hundred acres around the Town of Greensborough, at equal distance from its extremities; and that the same be allotted as common for the use of the Inhabitants of said Town.

            The Board of Trustees of the University having been authorized by act of the Legislature dated the 3d. February 1786, to

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lay out a town in the County of Greene upon the lands of the University, and to dispose of the lots, together with a tract of land in fee simple; the whole not to exceed One thousand acres.  And it appearing to the Board, from the Report of their committee, that the intention of the Legislature has not been fully carried into effect.  And it also appearing that the quantity of land so laid out in lots, together with one hundred acres around the said Town appropriated for common being deducted from the principal quantity so authorized to be sold, leaves eight hundred and thirty four and an half acres yet to be disposed of; Wherefore, Resolved, that David Gresham esq. the agent for said county of Greene, be directed to lay out the aid 834 ½ acres into thirty three equal parts, in such manner as shall be most advantageous; and that the committee appointed to examine into the state of those lands [the typed transcription has a space between the “d” and “s” in ‘lands’, though it seems to be a typographical error], together with the committee appointed to contract for building &c. do cause the same together with the remaining unsold lots in the said Town to be disposed of at public sale in the said Town of Greensborough on Thursday the 2d. of June next on a credit of twelve months, the purchaser giving bond with approved security and a mortgage on the premises.

            Resolved, That the President draw an Order on the Treasurer for the Sum of One Thousand dollars in favor of Jett Tomas in part payment of his contract for building at Athens, to be paid as soon as the Treasurer shall receive the Sum of Two thousand dollars from Andrew Baxter esquire.

            Resolved, That the President be and he is hereby authorised to draw from the Treasury, the sum of Seven hundred dollars for the purpose of defraying the expence of transporting the lime from Augusta to Athens.  And that he also draw the further sum of Fifty dollars due for the transportation of lime to Athens in the summer of 1802.

            Resolved, That Messrs. Twiggs, Clarke and McNeil be requested

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to employ such counsel learned in[ ]the law as they shall think fit, to institute a suit or suits for the recovery of the tract of 5000 acres of land lying between the Tugalo and Keowee, the property of the University, and that the said committee superintend the same; and that they be authorised to draw from the Treasury for the purpose aforesaid the sum of three hundred dollars. 

            Resolved, That the Treasurer be requested to go to, and receive of Andrew Baxter esquire, such monies belonging to the University as shall be in his hands, particularly the sum of two thousand dollars, which he mentioned in his letter to the President of the 8th. Instant that he had then on hand.

            The Board then proceeded to fill up the vacancy occasioned by the non-attendance of Mr. Clay, when upon counting ballots it appeared that Hope Hull was duly elected.  Ordered that the Secretary inform him thereof.

            Ordered, That the Secretary do cause notice to be published in the Augusta Chronicle, and the Monitor, of the time and conditions of Sale of the lots and land at Greensborough.

            On motion, Resolved, That this Board do now adjourn to meet at Greensborough on Thursday the second of June next.

            And the same was adjourned accordingly.

                                                                                                J. Meigs, President

Attest

            J. Hamill Secy.

            Of the University.

 

Greensborough Thursday 2d. June 1803

 

            The following Members of the board of Trustees of the University of Georgia, met at this place agreeably to the adjournment of the 19th. of March last, viz.

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. Marshall,

                        Mr. Cunningham,                        Mr. Mounger,

                        Mr. Stewart,                 Mr. Hull,

            Altho’ there were not a sufficient number of members present to form a Board, it was however deemed advisable to proceed to the sale of the lots, agreeably to the advertisement of the 19th. of March last.

 

The following persons became purchasers viz.

Purchasers Names.

Number of lot

Quantity of Acres               

Price P acre

Total amt.

John McAlester

3

45:  4:75 

$5.90      

     $268:30

Young Gresham   

4

33:  2.43 

3.25        

     108.03

Cuthbert Coleman

      5       

25-  6: “  

5.61/4     

     129.59

Do

9

25   6  “  

5.61/4     

129.59

William Scott       

11

24.  “  “  

5.371/2   

     129. “

Ditto

12

25.  “  “  

5.12L      

     128.061/4

Moses Spier         

     23      

25.  6. “

5.561/4   

     142.40

Ditto      

26

25.  6. “

4.75

     121.60

Abraham Heard   

28 

26.  4.50 

2.75        

     72.73

Ditto

29

25.  6. “  

2.52

54.51

Ditto      

30

25.  5.52

2.52

     54.39

Ditto      

31 

25.  2.72 

5.1          

126.61

Thomas Carleton

4  

- - - - - -  

- - -

     31.50

Robert Martin

5

- - - - - -  

- - -

25.50

Rene Fitzpatrick

6

- - - - - -  

- - -

     14. “

Robert Martin

7

- - - - - -

- - -

     13. “

 

 

 

 

       ____________

 

 

 

 

$1548.  811/4

 

 

 

Athens, Monday 6th. June 1803

 

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            The following Members of the Board met, viz.

                                    Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. Marshall,

                                    Mr. Cunningham,                      Mr. Mounger,

                                    Mr. Stewart,                 Mr. Hull

                                    Mr. President Meigs also attended.

 

            The President was advised to draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of Davis Gresham esq. for One hundred and five dollars and seventy nine cents, being the amount of his account for surveying the lands in the vicinity of Greenesborough, agreeably[ ]to a resolve of the board of Trustees of the 19th. of March last.

            Capt. John Billups having laid before the Members an agreement between him and the committee for building &c., relative to the making of three hundred thousand Bricks, the members on viewing them, were of the opinion that the agreement has been, on the part of Capt. Billups, faithfully executed as to the quality of the Brick, but the quantity they have not ascertained. 

            The Members present thought it expedient to request Capt. John Billups to make and deliver at Athens as many Brick as may be necessary to complete the Collegiate building there; and that in their opinion he should be allowed at the rate of seven and an half dollars a thousand.  The President is requested to communicate this opinion to the committee for Buildings and to urge their immediate attention to the subject.  It is thought proper to state that the reason why we approve the price of seven and an half dollars, is the evident impossibility of procuring good clay for Brick at a less than about two miles from Athens. 

            The President is advised to draw an Order in favor of Mr. David Gaddy on the Treasurer for Thirteen hundred and Six dollars and ten Cents, which is the amount of his bill for laying three hundred and twenty four thousand nine hundred brick at four dollars per thousand, and for rubbing four hundred and thirteen square feet of brick for arches &c., at the rate of half a dollar Per square foot, as appears to have been approved by the committee of buildings in September 1801.  and communicated in a letter of Sept. 11. 1801. from Mr. Abraham Baldwin to the President.

            The President is advised to draw an Order in favor of Capt. John Billups on Mr. Davis Gresham for five hundred and forty one dollars and twenty six and a quarter Cents.

            The President is advised to draw an Order in favor of Capt. Jett Thomas for twelve hundred dollars in part of his contract, and to encourage him to proceed to complete the collegiate building.  The members present not conceiving the work however to be half finished. 

Peter Early esquire attorney for the Board, represented that his present circumstances as to business, made it inconvenient for him to continue in the exercise of his present office & requested to resign the same.

            The Members present requested Mr. Early to continue in the exercise of his office until a meeting of the Board of Trustees; which with the approbation of four members, the President was requested to call at Augusta on Thursday the 21st day of July next.

                                                            (Signed)             Robt. M. Cunningham

                                                                        Jno. Stewart.

                                                                        Edwin Mounger

                                                                        Hope Hull.

A. Marshall.

John Clarke

 

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Ashton’s Tavern, Augusta Thursday 21. July 1803

 

Pursuant to public Notice the following members met, viz.

 

                        Mr. Twiggs,                  Mr. Stewart,

                        Mr. Clarke,                  Mr. McNeil,

                        Mr. Milledge,               Mr. Walton,

                        Mr. Cunningham,          Mr. Hull,

                       

            A sufficient number attending, a Board was formed, and Mr. Twiggs the eldest Trustee present took the chair.

            The proceedings of the members at Greenesborough on the 2d. ultimo, and at Athens on the 6th. were read and approved.

            A letter from Messrs. Watkins and Hamill on the subject of the land in the fork of the Tugalo and Keowee was read.

            A letter was received from Peter Early esqr. to the Secretary resigning his appointment as attorney to the Board of Trustees, and also his account for services, a balance due him forty four dollars.  Which resignation was accepted of, and the balance due, ordered to be paid by the Treasurer.

            Mr. Clarke presented an account from Sarah Hillhouse for advertising the sale of the Lots in Greenesborough, amounting to seven dollars and 683/4 Cents, which was ordered to be paid by the Treasurer.

            Resolved, That Young Gresham esquire be and he is hereby appointed Attorney and counsel to this Board, in the room of Peter Early esquire resigned, with full powers to prosecute and defend all actions and suits in which the Trustees may be a party.

            Ordered, That the Secretary purchase blank deeds, and fill them with the names &c. of such persons as purchased Lots at Greenesborough on the 2d. Ultimo, and that the Trustees will execute the same, to be deliver’d to the purchasers on complying with the terms of sale. 

            The Board then adjourned untill tomorrow morning ten o’Clock.

 

 

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Ashton’s Tavern, Augusta 22d. July 1803

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

Present

                        Mr. Twiggs, in the Chair,                      Mr. McNeil,

                        Mr. Clarke,                                          Mr. Walton

                        Mr. Cunningham,                                  Mr. Marshall,

                        Mr. Stewart,                                         Mr. Hull,

           

Mr. Clarke presented a proposal from Col. Roderick Easley for furnishing what Brick may be wanted to complete the collegiate buildings, which was read and ordered to lay on the table.

The Board proceeded to sign titles for John McAlester for lot No. 3; to Young Gresham for lot no. 4; to Cuthbert Coleman for lots Nos 5 & 9; to William Scott for lots Nos. 11 & 12; to Moses Speir for lots Nos 23 & 26; and to Abraham Heard for lots Nos. 28, 29, 30, & 31, in the vicinity of Greenesborough; and to Thomas Carleton for lot No. 4, to Robert Martin for lots Nos. 5 & 7, and to Rene Fitzpatrick for lot No 6, all in the Town of Greenesborough.

            Resolved, That the several Deeds this day executed and filled up, to purchasers of lots in Greenesborough Township, be transmitted to the agent in that county, and that he be requested, at the time of delivering the same, to take from the respective purchasers notes for the amount, and a Mortgage of the lots purchased, in conformity to the terms of Sale.

Resolved, That said Agent be empowered to make sale of all or any of the remainder of the Lots in the said Township unsold; upon the terms of the former sale, and taking care to secure a price with shall average therewith.

It appearing to the Board, that the original contract for making the Brick wanted at Athens, has proved inadequate to complete the building; and that it is supposed there will yet be wanting three hundred thousand more: Whereupon, Resolved, That the Board do extend

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the contract with Captain John Billups, who is now prepared to make and deliver the same with expedition; and that he be allowed for making and delivering at Athens, at the rate of seven dollars and an half per thousand: the Board deeming the saving of an half dollar in the thousand not adequate to the danger of delay. 

            Mr. Clarke laid before the Board a letter from Joseph Dabbs, demanding payment for the expense and trouble of going to, and obtaining a list of the Settlers upon the land claimed by the University in South Carolina.  Whereupon, it is Ordered, that he be allowed twenty five dollars for the same, and an half dollar paid the Clerk of the Court, and that a warrant be drawn for the same. 

            It being suggested that several lots belonging to the University, in the Township of Greenesborough, have been built upon by mistake, Resolved, That such persons have a preference to the same; and that they be required to pay a price which shall average with the sales lately made, having regard to a situation; and that the Agent do make due enquiry into the same, ascertain the numbers of the lots, and report his opinion what average prices shall appear to him to be just and reasonable. 

Resolved, That the committee of the collegiate building at Athens, or a majority of them be empowered, if they think it advisable, to make such alteration in the interior of the building as shall be sufficient to afford an ample Room for scholastic and religious exercises.  And that Messrs. Stewart and Hull be added to the said Committee.    

The Board then proceeded to ballot for a member to fill up the vacancy occasioned by the death of Mr. Tattnall, and upon casting up the ballots it appeared that Thomas Petters Carnes esquire was duly and unanimously elected. 

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            Ordered, That the attorney of this Board do furnish the Agent of the counties of Greene and Oglethorpe, with the proper form of a Mortgage to be taken on the Lots at Greenesborough.

            Resolved, That the farther sum of three hundred dollars be appropriated to the use of the committee appointed to superintend the prosecution of the claim of land by the University, in the State of South Carolina; and that a warrant be drawn for the same.

            The Secretary presented an account for a seal and stationary amounting to twelve dollars, fifty Cents, Ordered that the same be paid.

            The Secretary informed the Board, that he had received from Colonel Habersham, such papers belonging to the University as could be found among the papers of the late Major Habersham.

            The Trustees having gone through the business of the University, adjourned to visit the Richmond Academy and no other business being laid before the Board, the adjourned without day.

                                                                        John Twiggs, Senior Trustee

and President Pro. tempore.

Attest

            J. Hamill Secy.

            of the University.

 

            I do certify that I have compared the proceeding sixty five with the Original minutes, and find that they are correctly transcribed.

 

                                                                                    J. Meigs, President

 

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Louisville Wednesday 9th November 1803

 

At a meeting of the Board of Trustees pursuant to adjournment and public notice.

Present.

                                                Mr. President Meigs

                        Messrs. Clarke,                        Mounger,

                                     Cunningham,                Hull,

                                     Milledge,                     Carnes,

                                     McNeil,

 

            A letter and proposals from Jett Thomas was received and read as also a letter from David Gaddy, both of which were Ordered to lie on the Table.

            The Board took into their consideration the manner in which the interior of the Collegiate Building should be finished, (there not having been any previous Order in that regard) and Resolved, that the walls and partitions shall be plaistered, and the cielings (Sic) over head, be finished with plank.

            The Board then adjourned untill eight o’Clock tomorrow Morning.

 

Thursday 10th. November 1803.

 

            The Board met according to adjournment

Present.                                    Mr. President Meigs,

                        Messrs. Clarke,                        Mounger,

                                     Cunningham,                Hull,

                                     Milledge,                     Carnes,

                                     McNeil,

 

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            The Treasurer delivered in his annual statement of the  funds of the University, which was read, and ordered to be filed.

            The Board then adjourned untill 4 o’Clock this evening.

           

Thursday 10th. November 1803. 4, o’Clock P. M.

           

            The Board met according to adjournment

Present.                        Mr. President Meigs,

                        Messrs.Twiggs,                                    Mounger,

                                    Clarke,                         Hull,

                                    Cunningham,                 Carnes,

                                    McNeil,

 

            Resolved, That the Secretary of this Board, inform His Excellency the Governor, such of the Judges as are in town, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives that the Board of Trustees are now convened, and are ready at any time, which may be convenient to the board of Visitors, to join them in order to form the Senatus Academicus of the University of Georgia; and that this Board will again convene at the hour of four o’Clock tomorrow afternoon.

            The Board then adjourned untill Nine o’Clock tomorrow Morning.

 

Friday 11th November 1803

 

The following members met, viz.

Messrs. Twiggs,                       McNeil,

             Clarke,                        Hull,

             Cunningham,                Carnes,

 

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            The President of the University being present

There not being a sufficient number to form a Board, the Members present adjourned untill four o’Clock this afternoon.

 

Saturday 12th. November 1803.

The Board met pursuant to Notice.

Present,                        Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs,                       Mounger,

                         Clarke,                        Hull,

                         Cunningham,                Carnes,

                        McNeil,                          O’Neal,

 

The President of the University made the following communication, viz.

           

                        “Gentlemen of the Board of Trustees,”

            “When I left Athens, which was on the sixth day of this Month, the outside walls of the collegiate Building in that place were finished; and the Masons were employed in carrying up the partition walls, which, I believe, will be finished within ten days. – The Carpenter began to raise the frame of the Roof on Monday last – he has finished the window sashes, the Doors, and the shingles for the Roof – he has his plank ready and well seasoned for flooring, and every other article requisite to the complete execution of his contract.

            Three dwelling houses, three stores, and a number of other valuable Buildings I believe are contracted for, and numerous applications have been made to me for lots on the street which it has been contemplated to lay out on the North of, and parallel to Front- Street.

            The Students and the Citizens and the inhabitants of Athens,

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and its vicinity, have been remarkably healthy during this year, as they were in the year 1802. – The Spring in the neighborhood of the college has at least not failed as to the quantity of water; and I have reasons to believe it has increased. 

            The number of Students this year has been between thirty and Forty five. 

            My Object has been to organize the four classes which usually constitute the Collegiate family in our literary institutions in the United States, and in those of Europe.-

            Twelve young Gentlemen compose the Senior Class: they are pursuing with laudable ambition and singular industry, a course of reading, study and academic exercises, which it has been expected would terminate by the first of May next, at which time it is believed they will merit the honour of the first degree, usually conferred in all regular collegiate establishments.

            The students of the Senior Class have been subjected to peculiar inconveniences and embarrassments in their progress, from the want of Books and Instruments, as have also the students of the inferior Classes, tho’ in a less degree.

            It is probable, from the information I have received, that the Philosophical apparatus, and a valuable though small selection of Books, are now on the passage from London to Savannah.  This apparatus I am confident will be at least equal in real utility, to any one belonging to any literary institution in the United States.

            Such is the actual state of things, won which it is proper you should receive information. 

            I hope the Board will be able to proceed without delay to the completion and finishing of the interior of the Building; as well as to execution, on their part of existing contracts; But,

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for this purpose, it is well Known that they have need of more active property, than is now at their disposal.

            Since the period of the American Revolution numerous attempts have been made in various parts of the Union, and particularly in the middle and southern States to found and establish colleges; most of which have unfortunately proved abortive – It would be a subject of deep regret to every lover of his fellow men, if such should be the fate of the institution which it is in a peculiar manner entrusted to your care. – You have in less than two Years done much, if you compare the effects of your labours with those of the directors of the ancient similar institutions of William and Mary in Virginia, Cambridge in Massachusetts, and Yale in Connecticut – none of those College have more than 200 students, though they have been in existence from 100 to 170 years.

            I regret that so little attention has been paid to the support and encouragement of the different County Academies.  Their situation demands attention.  On very many accounts it is to be wished that they may be furnished with teachers able to qualify the Youth of the State (by teaching particularly the learned languages) for admission into the Collegiate family at Athens. 

            Permit me to suggest whether a union of the funds and resources of two, three or more counties, might not produce a respectable academy in such United District.

            I have also to request your attention to the importance

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of erecting a Building at Athens for the purpose of public worship, and the public exercises of the students. 

            Such a Building should be spacious enough to accommodate on the lower floor as large an assembly as usually meets for public worship, and on the upper floor it should contain apartments for the Library – for Philosophical and Mathematical apparatus, - for the meetings of the Board of Visitors and Trustees, and for the preservation of their papers and Records. 

            It would probably be the best oeconomy to erect such a Building of Brick, since there is a fair prospect of a waggon Road through the Western Country to South West Point, which will enable you to procure lime at a moderate expense in comparison with that which has already incurred for that necessary article.

            The activity and industry of the Directors of literary institutions in the other states – the immense Country opening to our view between us and the Pacific Ocean – the want of Education for the bare purpose of reducing new Countries to pleasant fields – and particularly the absolute and indispensable necessity of the diffusion of learning and science among any people who wish to be either politically or religiously free; concur in inciting you to perseverance in that laudable progress you have already made in the execution of the important trust committed to your wisdom and prudence.

                                    I am, Gentlemen

                                                Very respectfully yours

                                                            J. Meigs.

 

University of Georgia

Louisville, Nov. 11, 1803

 

 

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            Mr. Clarke presented an account from the Administratrix of David Hillhouse for printing, amounting to $14.061/4 which was ordered to be paid by the Treasurer. 

            An account was presented from Davis Gresham esqr. for so much paid for crying the lots in Greensborough amounting to two dollars, Ordered, that the same be paid by the Treasurer.

            An account was presented from Davis Gresham esqr. for so much paid for crying the lots in Greensborough amounting to two dollars, Ordered, that the same be paid by the Treasurer.

            The Board then adjourned untill 4, o’Clock this afternoon.

 

The Board met according to adjournment

Present,                                    Mr. President Meigs

                        Messrs.  Twiggs,                      Mounger,

                                    Clarke,             Hull,

                                    O’Neal,                        Carnes,

                                    McNeil,

 

The President having been notified that the Board of Visitors would meet at this hour, Resolved, that Messrs. Twiggs and Carnes be a committee to inform the Board of Visitors, that this Board is now formed, and ready to join with the Board of Visitors and form the Senatus Academicus.

            Mr. Twiggs from the above committee reported, That the Board of Visitors were now met and ready to form the Senatus Academicus; whereupon this Board proceeded to the Senate Chamber to join the Board of Visitors.

 

Monday 14th. November 1803.

 

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            The Board met pursuant to notice

Present,                                    Mr. President Meigs

                        Messrs. Clarke,                        Mounger,

                                    Milledge,          Hull,

                                    O’Neal,                        Carnes,

                                    McNeil,

 

            On motion, Resolved, that a committee consisting of two Members of this Board be appointed to contract for and superintend the printing five hundred copies of the Laws for the government of the Collegiate family, and that this Board will provide for the expense attending the same.  And that Messrs. Milledge and Carnes be that committee.

            Mr. Milledge resigned his appointment as one of the committee of Collegiate Buildings.  On motion, Resolved, That Mr. Carnes be and he is hereby appointed a Member of the said committee in the room of Mr. Milledge.

            On motion Resolved, That Mr. Hull, Mr. Carnes, and Mr. Clarke be the prudential committee for this Year; and that they be empowered and directed to lay out and dispose of the Lots and appurtenances at Athens, provided the Legislature shall grant leave for that purpose. 

            A communication from Davis Gresham in a letter to the Treasurer now before this Board was read; thereupon ordered that the four notes given by John Tate be filed by the Secretary.

            Resolved, that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of Revd. Hope Hull for One hundred and fifty dollars to

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defray the expense of transporting lime from Augusta to Athens, for which sum Mr. Hull is to be accountable.

            The Secretary informed the Board, that he had received from Colo. Habersham such papers belonging to the University as could be found among the Papers of the late Major Habersham, and that he had fairly transcribe the same into the Minute Book.  Whereupon Resolved, That the President draw on the Treasurer in favor of the Secretary for transcribing pursuant to a former resolution of this Board.

            Resolved, That the President draw an Order in favor of the legal Representatives of John Habersham esq. for $18:14 paid by him for printing for the Board of Trustees to Nichs. Johnson and Seymour & Wolhopter of Savannah.

            Resolved unanimously, That the Prudential Committee be authorized and directed to erect and establish at Athens, as soon as the state of the funds will permit, a Grammar school for the purpose of qualifying youths for admission into the University, and for furnishing the means of acquiring a good English education, and that the said schools be under the special superintendance, and direction of the President. 

            The President reported that he had in conformity to a former resolution of this Board examined and approved the account of Davis Gresham amounting to $166:50 for commission on monies received and paid by him to the Treasurer for the years 1799 and 1800.

 

Friday 18th. November 1803.

 

The Board met pursuant to notice

 

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Present,                                    Mr. President Meigs,

                         Messrs. Twiggs,                      McNeil,

                                    Clarke,             Mounger,

                                    Milledge,          Carnes,

                                    O’Neal,

 

Resolved, That the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of John Twiggs for One hundred and fifty dollars to pay for thirty casks of lime purchased for the University of John Willson. 

            The President of the University presented his account for expences of transporting lime from Augusta to Athens amounting to $648:22L, and leaving a balance in favor of the Board of $151:77L cents, which account was ordered to be filed. 

            General John Twiggs presented is account with satisfactory vouchers, for the purchase and transportation of lime from Savannah to Augusta amounting to $1006.371/2 and the balance in his favor amounting to $6.371/2 cents, which was ordered to be paid by the Treasurer.

            Resolved, that General Twiggs be authorised to contract for Nails, Glass, Locks, Hinges, and such other articles as may be necessary for the finishing of the Collegiate Building at Athens.

            The Board then adjourned without day.

                                                                        J. Meigs, President

Attest

            J. Hamill Secy.

            of the University.

 

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Washington 6th. January 1804.

 

Pursuant to a call and notification of the President, as recommended by the Members of this board who met at the Town of Sparta on the 27th. of December last, the following members appeared and took their seats.

            John Clarke, Senior Trustee, President pro. tem.

Messrs.  McNeil,                      Cunningham,

            Stewart,                       Mounger,

            Hull,                 Carnes,

 

            The day being far advanced, the Board adjourned to meet tomorrow morning at Sunrise at Mr. Griffin’s office in this Town. 

 

Saturday 7th. January 1804.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

                        Present as Yesterday

            The Board took into consideration the propriety and expediency of immediately proceeding to the sale of the tract of land containing Five thousand acres belonging to the trust situated on Shoulderbone in the County of Hancock, in conformity to the authority vested in this board by an Act of the Legislature passed at their late Session entitled an Act.

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and thereupon came the following resolutions,

            Resolved, That a committee consisting of three members of this board be appointed to sell and dispose of the tract of land belonging to the trust in Hancock county by private Sale, either to companies or individuals, taking especial care to obtain the best possible price for the same, and not on any account or pretext whatever to sell or dispose of the Same for a less sum than twenty thousand dollars.

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Be it further Resolved, That the aforesaid committee dispose of the aforesaid tract of land or any part thereof upon the following conditions and not otherwise; that is to say, the purchaser or purchasers shall pay to the said committee one fifth part of the purchase money immediately on closing the contract; that bonds and approved personal security shall be given and executed by the purchaser for the balance in four equal annual instalments with interest from the date if not punctually paid:  And the said Committee after having received the prompt payment above mentioned shall deliver to the purchaser on purchases a deed or deeds of the quantity of land by him, her or them purchased, and take a mortgage on the premises so disposed of for better securing the payment of the aforesaid instalment bonds.

            And be it further Resolved, That the committee shall not be authorized to dispose of any part of the said tract of Land, so as to disturb the present lessees now in possession under the authority of this board, untill their several leases shall expire, but dispose of the same subject to all the advantages and disadvantages of the leases now in operation.

            And Be it further Resolved, That in case a satisfactory sale of the lands cannot be effected by private contract, the committee are hereby authorized and required to advertise the same in two or more public news-papers to be sold at public auction at such time and place as they may think proper, giving at least ninety days notice of the time and place of such sale, and the said committee shall in such sales at public auction, conduct themselves in the same manner, and take the same assurances and security, as they are directed to take in cases of the private contracts aforementioned.

            The Board then proceeded to the appointment of a committee to carry the foregoing resolutions into full and complete effect, when it appeared that Mr. Rob. M. Cunningham, Mr. J. Stewart & and Mr. McNeil were unanimously appointed.

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            On the motion the Board came to the following Resolution, whereas it is indispensably necessary that the treasury together with all the books and documents appertaining to the University of Georgia, should be deposited at Athens or the vicinity thereof:  Be it therefore Resolved, that James Merewether esquire Treasurer, and John Hamill esquire Secretary to this board, do remove or cause to be removed the whole of their respective Offices on or before the first day of July next; and deposit the same in such apartments as shall be assigned for their reception and safe keeping by Mr. President Meigs. – and it is further Resolved, that the President pro tempore do cause the aforesaid Officers, and each of the agents of this board to be furnished with a copy of the foregoing resolution that they may govern themselves accordingly.

            The President pro tempore and the other members present signed, sealed and delivered over to the committee, sixteen blank deeds to be filled up by the said committee, and delivered over in the name and behalf of the board to purchasers at the approaching sales. 

            Proposals were this day received from David Gaddy, and Stockley Morgan for plaistering the collegiate building, Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee of building, and the proposals were delivered accordingly to Mr. Stewart a member of that committee.

            An accompt was received from Daniel W. Easly against the board for lumber furnished, boarding workmen, &c &c., Ordered, that a decision on the said account be postponed untill the next meeting of this Board.

                                                            (signed) John Clarke, President pro. tem.

            The Board then adjourned without day

Attest

            Thos. P. Carnes – Secy. pro. tem.

 

 

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Athens, Wednesday 30th. May 1804.

 

The following members met pursuant to public notice.

                                    Mr. President Meigs

                        Messrs. Clark,              Mitchell,

                                    Cunningham,     Marshall,

                                    Milledge,          Hull,

                                    O’Neal,                        Carnes,

                                    Stewart,

 

            The President informed the members that the Revd. Mr. Cunningham was to preach in the forenoon, and that the Junior Students were to perform exercises in the afternoon, that it would therefore be inconvenient to have a further meeting of the Board this day, and proposed to meet tomorrow morning at six O’Clock; whereupon the members present agreed to attend sermon and the exercises of the Students, and that they would meet in the college at six o’Clock tomorrow morning. 

            The Board then adjourned

 

Athens Thursday 31 st. May 1804. 

 

The Board met at the College pursuant to adjournment

Present                         Mr. President Meigs

                         Messrs. Clark,             Mitchell,

                                    Cunningham,     Marshall,

                                    Milledge;          Hull,

                                    O’Neal,                        Carnes,

                                    Stewart,

 

            The prudential committee having been heretofore authorized and directed to erect and establish at Athens, as soon as the

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State of the funds will permit a Grammar school for the purpose of qualifying youths for admission into the University, and for furnishing the means of acquiring a good English education, and the funds to be applied to this purpose not having been pointed out; It is resolved that the prudential committee or a majority of them do proceed immediately to contract with some person or persons, to erect a framed building one story high with two brick chimneys and underpinned with prick or stone, for the purpose of accommodating the grammar school; that two lots each one acre be reserved for the above purpose, and the building placed on one of them in such a situation as the aforesaid Committee amy [Sic] think most eligible; and the funds, or so much thereof, as may be necessary for that purpose, arising from the sale of the vacant lots, be the same is hereby appropriated for erecting the aforesaid building. 

            The Board conceiving it to be of primary importance to have the collegiate buildings at Athens insured as soon as possible, Resolved, That the President do cause an exact plan and description of the Collegiate and circumjacent buildings to be made out as soon as possible, and that when the same is accurately done, that he be authorized and required to write on to the Phoenix Insurance Company in the City of London and have the insurance effected.

            A memorial from the commissioners of the Academy of Greene county was received and ordered to be filed. 

            Mr. Clark from the committee appointed to prosecute the claim of the trust to the lands in the fork of the Tugalo and Keowee laid before the Board a communication from Messrs. Watkins and Hamill enclosing a duplicate of Dr. Jones’s deposition; Whereupon Resolved, that the

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said committee be requested to direct the said Messrs. Watkins and Hamill to prepare and present to the Legislature of South Carolina at their next session a respectful address and remonstrance stating the claim of the Trustees to the tract of land abovementioned, and praying that honorable body to adopt such measures as may do justice to the trust, and consequently quiet the claims of the present possessors of the said tract of land.  That it be stated in the said remonstrance as the wish of this board, that any appearance of misunderstanding if any should exist on this subject, should be settled in an amicable manner, according to the disposition evinced by the respective States, between whom from their vicinity there ought to prevail the utmost harmony and good will; and that the said Messrs. Watkins and Hamill be requested to attend the legislature of South Carolina and advocate the claim of the trust and report the result thereof:  and that Thomas Petters Carnes esquire be also requested to attend and aid them in advocating the claim.

            Mr. Hull to whom[ ]One hundred and fifty dollars had been appropriated to pay for the transportation of lime, delivered in an account of the expenditure thereof, with the proper vouchers which was read, allowed, and ordered to be filed.

            Davis Gresham esquire reported that he had some monies on hand belonging to the trust, which he wished to pay in.  Resolved, That he pay the same to the President, and that his Receipt be a sufficient voucher to Mr. Gresham for the account.

            Mr. Hull delivered in an account for iron for the use of the University amounting to Ninety dollars, which was ordered to be drawn by the President for the amount, that it be allowed in the Treasurer’s account.

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            Resolved, that Mr. Stewart be requested and authorized to apply to Major Phinizy or any other person, to procure a bell for the University, and that this board will defray the expence of the same.

Resolved, that the President be empowered and authorized to procure one or more electric conductors for the Collegiate building and that this board will defray the expence of the same.  Resolved, that the President make out a list of such Mathematical and Philosophical instruments as are necessary for the University, and transmit the same to General Mitchell at Savannah, and that he be requested to procure the same, and that this board will defray the expence.

            Resolved, that the rate of tuition in the grammar school be fifteen dollars P annum, and in the English school Ten dollars P annum.

            Proposals from Stockley Morgan for plaistering the Collegiate Building, and from William Gathright for painting the same were received, Ordered; that they be referred to the committee of building and they were accordingly delivered to Mr. Hull.

            An account was received from Daniel W. Easly amounting to One hundred & twenty four dollars and 49L Cents; Ordered, that the President draw an order on the Treasurer in favor of Mr. Easly for the amount and that he pay the same.

            Resolved, That Thomas Petters Carnes esquire be and he is hereby appointed aiding counsel to Young Gresham esq. the attorney of this Board.

            Resolved, that for affixing the seal of the University to a diploma, the secretary shall receive the sum of two dollars.

            The Committee appointed to dispose of the 5000 acre tract

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in Hancock County reported, which report was read and Ordered to be filed. 

            The President presented a Diploma which he had issued, directed to Addin Lewis and others, authorizing them to examine the Candidates for degrees at the approaching commencement, with their report thereon, whereupon Resolved, That the President shall this day confer the degree of Bachelor of Arts on the young Gentlemen whose names are underwritten viz. Gibson Clarke, Augustine Smith Clayton, Thomas Irwin, Jeptha Vining Harris, Jared Irwin, William Henry Jackson, James Wayne Delton Jackson, Robert Rutherford and William Williamson, alumni of this University, and that Ebenezer Harlow Cumming Bachelor of Arts of the College of Hambden Sydney be admitted at eundem; and that Elijah Clarke, William Prince, John Forsyth, and Henry Meigs be respectfully admitted to the degree of Master of Arts. 

            The Board then accompained [Sic] the students in procession to attend the commencement, when the following exercises were performed viz.

Sacred Music

            A Prayer by the Revd. Mr. Marshall.

            A Salutory Oration by William H. Jackson.

            An Oration in favor of liberty, and the superior advantages possessed by the United

States over the Governments of Europe by Jeptha Vining Harris

An Oration in praise of virtue and the necessity of enforcing it by example – Thomas

Irwin

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A Poem descriptive of the means by which the Lands on the Oconee were obtained – The

former possessors described and contrasted with the present, and a prediction of its future

greatness by Augustine S. Clayton.

A dialogue between Messrs. Williamson, Mr. Jackson & Harris.

An Oration exciting to gratitude to France for her assistance during the revolutionary war,

and the Cession of Louisiana by Jas. W. D. Jackson.

An Oration on the dignity of Man, exhorting to agriculture and a knowledge of the Arts

and Sciences by Robert Rutherford.

An Oration in praise of a representative government and the Sciences by William

Williamson.

A Dialogue between Messrs. Jared Irwin, James W. D. Jackson Rutherofrd [Sic] and

Clayton.

A disquisition on Taste by Ebenezer Harlow Cumming of Hambden Sydney College.

A Valedictory Oration by Gibson Clarke.

 

The President in conformity to the preceding resolution conferred the respective degrees on the Gentlemen therein mentioned. 

A concluding Prayer by the Revd. Mr. Hull

The Board returned to the college

The Board with pleasure and satisfaction beheld the great and rapid improvement in science of the students at the University, and felicitate themselves on the prospect of the institution becoming conspicuously and eminently useful to the community. 

The Board adjourned until six o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Friday 1st. June 1804

 

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The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present,                                    Mr. President Meigs

                         Messrs. Clarke,                       Mitchell,

                                    Cunningham,     Marshall,

                                    Milledge,          Hull,

                                    O’Neal,                        Carnes,

                                    Stewart,

            The Board proceeded to appoint a Tutor to the University, and upon the recommendation of the President, the unanimously appointed Addin Lewis Tutor, with a salary of eight hundred dollars, and that he be allowed at the same rate from the time he commenced as a teacher at the University. 

            On motion Resolved Unanimously, That the President of the University be allowed the Sum of two thousand dollars P annum for his Salary to commence from the first day of May last.

            Capt. John Billups delivered in an account of all the work &c. which he had done for the University, Resolved that the same be referred to the committee of building to settle and adjust, and that they report thereon to the next meeting of the Board, & the acct. was delivered to Mr. Hull.

            Mr. Hull stated that he had advanced twenty seven dollars for lime for the University, Ordered, that the Treasurer do pay for the same.

            Resolved, that the President pay (out of monies received from Major Gresham), to General Stewart for Major Phinizy one hundred

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dollars, and the further sum of One hundred and fifty dollars advanced by General Stewart to David Gaddy.

            An account was presented from Coll. McNeil for two dollars twenty five Cents paid by him for printing, Ordered that the same be paid by the Treasurer.

            Resolved, that the Revd. Mr. Cunningham be requested to furnish the President with a copy of the address delivered by him to the candidates and that the President cause five hundred Copies thereof to be printed & that this Board will defray the expence.

 

                                                                                    J. Meigs, Presid.

Attest

            J. Hamill Secy.

            of the University

 

Monday 4th. June 1804.

 

            Mr. Addin Lewis a tutor in the University took the Oath of Office prescribed by the Charter before the President of the University.

 

Attest J. Hamill Secy.

 

Louisville, Wednesday 7th. November 1804.

 

                        The Board met pursuant to Notice

 

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Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs

                                    Messrs.  Twiggs,                      Marshall,

                                                Clark,               Mounger,

                                                Milledge,          Hull,

                                                Mitchell,           Carnes,

 

            The Treasurer delivered in an Account of the Recipts (Sic.) and expenditures for the Year ending 1st. Nov. L804 [Sic], which was read and Ordered to be filed.

            The Board then adjourned untill five o’Clock tomorrow evening.

 

Thursday 8th. November 1804

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs

                                    Messrs.  Twiggs,                      Marshall,

                                                Clark,               Mounger,

                                                Milledge,          Carnes,

                                                Mitchell,

 

            A proposal was received from Joseph Fletcher for furnishing lime. Referred to the Committee of building.

            A Petition was received from the Rev. Jas. H. Ray which was read, and Ordered to lay on the Table.

            The Board then adjourned ‘till four o’Clock tomorrow evening.

 

 

Friday 9th.  November 1804

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, Mitchell, Marshal, Mounger, Hull and Carnes.

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            A Report from Messrs. Stewart & Cunningham a majority of the committee appointed to dispose of the five thousand acre tract of land on Shoulderbone in the County of Hancock (was received by the Board at Athens) wherein they state, that they have disposed of the said tract to Henry Mitchell, John Lucas,  James Bishop & Solomon Rountree for the sum of twenty thousand dollars payable by instalments, one of which to wit four thousand dollars has been received and the other four will become due as follows, to wit, one on the sixth of March next, and one on each succeeding sixth of March untill the whole are paid.  That they have taken bonds and security for the payment of the purchased money, and a mortgage on the premises as they were directed to do by the board of Trustees.

            Mr. Hull stated to the Board, that he had it in charge from Genl. John Stewart to deliver to this Board the Notes and mortgage received (and which are sure to accompany the said report) and an account of the Receipts & disbursements of the monies, leaving a balance due the board by Genl. Stewart of sixty two dollars and Nineteen Cents. 

            That the recent death of Coll. McNeil, the indisposition of Genl. Stewart’s family, and the non attendance of Mr. Cunningham (those three Gentlemen being the committee appointed to dispose of the aforesaid tract of land in Hancock) had put it out of the power of the committee to make their report in due form: under these circumstances it is Resolved, that the report and Vouchers be received, and that the Receipts, accounts and other vouchers accompanging [Sic] the report be referred to the Treasurer of this Board, and that he be directed to prepare a fair statement of the situation of the funds of the University as soon as may be, to be laid before the Senatus Academicus.

           

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Ordered that the notes for the payment of the balance of sixteen thousand dollars be deposited with the Treasurer.

            Mr. Hull from the Prudential Committee reported as follows towit;

            The Prudential committee beg leave to make the following report, That they have according to the directions and Orders of this Board passed on the 14th. November 1803 and 31sy of May 1804, contracted with Daniel W. Easly for the building of a house for a Grammar school on the square of the University, for the sum of One thousand and forty three dollars, and that according to the terms of the contract Mr. Easly hath erected the said house of the dimensions specified in the Order of this Board. 

            That the same is well built, and compleated except Glazing and hanging the doors, which will be done in a few days.  That in pursuance of the Authority vested in your committee, and to meet the demands of Mr. Easley for building the aforesaid house, the proceeded to dispose of eight lots in the Town of Athens, as follows, to wit,

            Lot No. 2. sold to Capt. John Cary for             $155.00

            “     “    21  “     ditto                                         $155.00

“      “   3          to Capt. Jett Thomas                $155.00

            “      “   4          to Nicholas Pope                                  $151.00

half of   Lot No. 5         to Doct. William Wright                        $77.50

            “     “    6          to David Allen                          $155.00

            “     “    18        to James Morris                                    $190.00

            “     “   20        to James Hayes                                    $155.00               

                                                                                    $1193.50

 

making in all Eleven hundred and Ninety three dollars and fifty Cents payable in three annual instalments- out of which there has been received as follows to wit

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From Capt. John Cary                                                  $110.00

“           David Allen                                                      $55.00

“           Kennedy for Morris                                          $63.333/4

“           Doctor William Wright                                      $28.00

                                                                                    $256.333/4

in all two hundred and fifty six dollars and 331/4 Cents.  [does not match up to previous numerical figures]

            That Mr. Hull has paid to Mr. Easley on account of building the said house two hundred and ninety five dollars, leaving a balance due Mr. Easley of Seven hundred and forty eight dollars.

(Signed)                       Hope Hull

                        9th. Nov 1804.                                                 Thos. P Carnes

                        John Clark

                        Prudential Committee

 

Which report was received, read and agreed to.

            Resolved, That the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of Daniel W. Easley for the sum of Seven hundred and forty eight dollars, being the balance due to him as per the foregoing report. 

            Resolved, That in the future no monies shall be drawn from the Treasury, unless by Order of the Board, which Order shall be signed by the President, or in his absence by the Senior Trustee, and attested by the Secretary.

            The Board then adjourned until twelve o’Clock tomorrow.

 

Saturday 10th November 1804

 

Present.                                    Mr. President Meigs,

                        Messrs.  Twiggs                       Mitchell,

                                    Clark,               Mounger,

                                    Milledge,          Hull,

                                                            Carnes,

            Resolved, That the President, and Mr. Hull be requested to survey and stake of the Town of Athens, and present a correct plot thereof to be filed with the secretary of this Board, who is directed to insert a copy of the same in the Minutes of the Board of Trustees.

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            Mr. Hull presented an account for monies paid Daniel W. Easley and for services rendered to the University amounting to Ninety nine dollars and 661/4 Cents, which was approved of, and Ordered to be paid by the Treasurer.

            Resolved, That the tuition money at the Grammar school shall be paid to the Master thereof by each scholar quarterly in advance, and no scholar shall be admitted into the said school, or permitted to continue therein, unless his tuition money is regularly paid in advance for the succeeding quarter: and that on the collegiate quarter-days the Master of the school shall make to the President a state and circumstances of the school; and that the President shall make a return half yearly of the Sums received for tuition in the said school to the Treasurer of this Board. 

            The Board proceeded to fill up the vacancies occasioned by the deaths of Judge Walton and Coll. McNeil, and upon casting up the ballots it appeared, that Genl. Jared Irwin, and Doctor Dennis Smets were unanimously elected.

            Ordered that the Secretary inform them thereof.

            The Board then adjourned untill Nine o’Clock on Monday morning next.

 

Monday 12th. November 1804

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Twiggs,                      Marshall,

                                                Clark,               Hull,

                                                Milledge,          Carnes,

                                                Mitchell,           Irwin,

 

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Mr. Hull presented an account of monies paid by him to John Cary and William Cowan amounting to twenty four dollars.  Ordered that the same be paid by the Treasurer.

            Mr. David Gaddy presented an account for work done by him at the University, stating the balance due to him be One thousand nine hundred and fifty five dollars and eighty Cents.  Whereupon Resolved, that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of Mr. Gaddy for the Sum of One thousand dollars in part of his account, and that the said account be referred to the building committee for examination & final settlement; and a copy thereof was delivered to Mr. Hull.

            Resolved, that the President draw a further Order on the Treasurer in favor of David Gaddy for the sum of Two hundred and fifty dollars.

            Resolved, That his Excellency the Governor, the Judges of the Superior Courts, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives be informed, that the Trustees of the University have formed a Board and are now ready to join the board of Visitors, and form the Senatus Academicus. 

            Ordered, That the Secretary do deliver copies of the foregoing resolution of each of the Officers therein mentioned.

            A letter was received from Henry Mitchell esquire in behalf of himself and the other purchasers of the tract of land in Hancock County, that the same do lie on the table for the consideration of the board. 

            The Board then adjourned untill three o’Clock this afternoon.

 

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Monday 12th. November 1804.  3, o’Clock P.M.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Clarke,                       Hull,

                                                Milledge,          Carnes,

                                                O’Neal,                        Irwin.

                                                Marshall,

 

            Resolved, That the Prudential committee be authorized to dispose of as many of the vacant lots in Athens either by public or private sale as they may think advisable, they the said Committee to be accountable.  That out of the first monies arising from the sale of any of the aforesaid vacant lots the said Committee be advised to cause the grammar & English school-house at Athens to be well and decently painted.

            Resolved, That the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of Charles Dougherty for eighteen dollars for the transporting of five casks of lime form [Sic] Augusta to Athens.

            The board then adjourned ‘till two o’Clock tomorrow afternoon.

 

Tuesday 13th. November 1804.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Twiggs,                      Mounger,

                                                Milledge,          Hull,                

                                                O’Neal,                        Carnes,

                                                Mitchell,           Irwin,

                                                Marshall,

 

            The President of the board of Visitors informed the board of Trustees, that the board of Visitors were convened, and would meet the board of Trustees at three o’Clock this afternoon to form the Senatus Academicus.

            The Board then adjourned to meet with the board of visitors. – and this Board to reassemble at half past six this afternoon.

 

Tuesday 13th.  November 1804.  half past 6. o’Clock P.M.

 

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            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Twiggs,                      Marshall,

                                                Milledge,          Hull

                                                O’Neal,                        Carnes,

                                                Mitchell,

 

            A letter was received from James Merewether esq., resigning his appointment as Treasurer of the University. 

            An account was received from Messrs. Lyon & Morse for printing amounting to five dollars and twenty five cents; Resolved, that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in their favor for that amount.

            Capt. James Merewether having offered his resignation as Treasurer, under the impression that the resolution entered into by this Board on the 6th. day of January last required the residence of the Treasurer at Athens after the first day of July last past.  It is resolved, that the resignation be not accepted.  That the Board will dispense with his residence at Athens, and will consider it a compliance with the resolution above recited, by the said James Merewether’s having at Athens an Agent to transact his business.  That the attendance of the Treasurer at Athens shall not be required except at the time of the annual commencement; unless some extraordinary occasion, in which event, his attendance shall be required in writing by the President.

            Ordered, that a true Copy of the foregoing resolution may be delivered to Capt. Merewether by the Secretary, soon as may be.

            The Board then adjourned untill half past nine o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Wednesday 14th. November 1804.

 

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            The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Twiggs,                      Marshall,

                                                Milledge,          Mounger,

                                                O’Neal,                        Carnes,

                                                Mitchell,           Irwin.

 

            Mr. Hull presented his account for attending this board amounting to forty four dollars, Ordered that the same be paid by the Treasurer.

            The Board then adjourned untill half past six o’Clock this evening.

 

Wednesday 14th. November 1804.  6 o’Clock P.M.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Twiggs,                      Marshall,

                                                Milledge,          Carnes,

                                                O’Neal,                        Irwin,

                                                Mitchell,

 

            Mr. Marshall presented his account for attending this Board amounting to thirty four dollars, Ordered that the same be paid by the Treasurer.

            On motion, Resolved, That Messrs. Mitchell and O’Neal be a committee to confer with Henry Mitchell esqr. on the subject of advancing money on account of the purchase of the Shoulderbone tract of land; and that the said committee report to this Board at their next meeting.

            The Board then adjourned untill twelve o’Clock tomorrow.

 

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Thursday 15th. November 1804

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Twiggs,                      Mounger,

                                                Clark,               Carnes,

                                                O’Neal,                        Irwin,

                                                Mitchell,

 

            The committee appointed to confer with Henry Mitchell esq. reported, that they had conversed with him on the subject, but had not come to any determination.

            Resolved, that the Secretary inform Genl. Henry Mitchell that the Board requests he will state explicitly what he wishes or expects them further to do or perform relative to the contract or sale of the land in Hancock County, and the he be invited to attend this board either in person, or by counsel, or both that their next meeting, in case he should think it necessary to make any explanations on the subject.

            The Board then adjourned untill 9, o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Friday 16th. November 1804.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present                                     Mr. President Meigs

                                    Messrs.  Twiggs,                      Mitchell,

                                                Clark,               Mounger,

                                                O’Neal,                        Carnes,

                                                Milledge           Irwin.

 

            A letter was received from James Merewether esq. expressive of his obligations to the board, and that in consequence of the late order of the Board he would continue to discharge the duties of Treasurer.  Ordered that the same be filed.

            Mr. Stith attorney for the purchasers of the tract of land in Hancock County attended this board.

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            Ordered, That the Secretary draw up such an assignment or power of attorney as Mr. Stith and the Secretary shall think agreeable to the terms of the contract, and report the same to this Board.

            Resolved, That the President shall be authorized to draw on the Treasurer quarterly for the salaries of the respective Officers as they become due untill the next annual commencement, at which time this Board contemplates making annual appropriations.

            The Board then adjourned untill nine o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Saturday 17th.  November 1804

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Twiggs,                      Mounger,

                                                Clark,               Carnes,

                                                O’Neal,                        Irwin,

                                                Mitchell,

 

            The Secretary reported, that Coll. Stith and himself had agreed on the form of a letter of attorney; which letter of attorney was read and approved of by the Board. –

            Ordered, that a fair copy thereof be made out; signed by the President, attested by the Secretary, and the seal of the University affixed and delivered to the purchasers.

            Resolved, that the President be authorized to borrow the sum of Five hundred dollars, on the best possible terms, not to exceed eight cent P annum payable on the sixth of March next, and that he execute a Note or Notes in behalf of the Board for the same should it be necessary, - and that Three hundred dollars thereof be appropriated to the use of Messrs. Watkins, Hamill, and Carnes who are to advocate the claim of the University before the Legislature

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of South Carolina; and two hundred dollars to the use of the President of this Board on account of his Salary.

            Mr. Carnes presented his account for attendance &c. at this Board amounting to Fifty seven dollars.  Ordered that the same be paid by the Treasurer.

            Mr. O’Neal presented his account for attendance &c. at this Board amounting to fifty dollars.  Ordered that the same be paid by the Treasurer.

            The Secretary presented his account amounting to one hundred and twelve dollars 83/100 Ordered that the same be paid by the Treasurer.

            The Board then adjourned to meet at Athens at the next commencement.

                                                                                                            J. Meigs, President.

Attest

            J. Hamill Secy.

 

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At a meeting of the Board of Trustees in the college at Athens on Tuesday the 28th. May 1805.

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Clarke,                       Marshall,

                                                O’Neal,                        Hull,

                                                Stewart,                       Carnes,

                                                Mitchell,           Irwin

 

            The President presented a Diploma which he had issued directed to Messrs. Addin Lewis, James E. Morris, Hope Hull and William Wright to examine the candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts.

            The Board then adjourned untill 6. o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Wednesday 29th May 1805

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Clarke,                       Marshall,

                                                O’Neal,                        Hull,

                                                Stewart,                       Carnes,

                                                Mitchell,           Irwin

            Mr. Hull form the committee appointed to examine the candidates reported, that they had examined Wilson Bird, Gabriel Mathis, Willis Harris and Rowland Thurman and found them qualified, whereupon Resolved, that the President be and he is hereby authorised to confer the degree of Bachelor of Arts on the said mentioned gentlemen.

            Resolved, That it is expedient that  Professor of the French language be appointed at the University.

            The Board then proceeded to appoint a Professor of the French language, when it appeared that Monsieur Pettit of Savannah was unanimously appointed.

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            The Board then adjourned untill ten o’Clock to attend the commencement, and to meet after the exercises are finished.

 

            The Board med pursuant to adjournment

Present as in the morning

            The Board accompained [Sic] the Students in procession to attend the commencement, when the following exercises were performed, viz.

            Sacred Music

A Prayer by Revd. Hope Hull

A Salutory Oration in latin by Wilson Bird.

An English Oration by Gabriel Mathis.

            A Forensic disputation on the question: Have moral causes a greater influence in the formation of national character than physical causes?  By Gabriel Mathis Stephen W. Harris, Rowland Thurmond & Wilson Bird.

            A humorous dialogue between the same persons.

            An English oration by R. Thurmond.

            A dialogue on criticism by Messrs. Bird, Mathis, Harris & Thurmond.

            A valedictory oration by S. W. Harris.

 

            The President then with the public assent of the Board of Trustees conferred the degree of Bachelor of Arts on the following young Gentlemen vizt.

            Wilson Bird of Warren County

            Stephen Willis Harris of Greene County

            Gabriel Mathis of Washington County.

            & Rowland Thurmond of Jackson County.

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            The President then declared that of the Junior Class the premium was adjudged to Reuben Hill; that John Douglas of Burke, and Samuel Meigs were equal in merit; that the premium for the Freshman Class was merited by Charles Davis, and in the Grammar school by William Mitchell of Chatham County.

            The exercises of the day were concluded with Prayer by the Revd. Abraham Marshall.

            The Board then adjourned untill 9 o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Thursday 30th. May 1805

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Clarke,                       Marshall,

                                                O’Neal,                        Hull

                                                Stewart,                       Carnes,

                                                Mitchell,           Irwin,

            Mr. Hull from the committee of building reported, that the western half of the college was finished, and thereupon the Board, having examined the same, agreed to the Report, and accepted of the said One half of the Building, subject nevertheless to an alteration being made in the stair cases, which Capt. Thomas has stipulated to do. 

            Messrs. Carnes & Watkins who were appointed to advocate the claim of the Trust to the land in the fork of the Tugalo and Keowee, before the Legislature of So. Carolina reported, which report was read and Ordered to be filed; and thereupon resolved, That this Board, do approve of the conduct of their agents in this regard.  And that

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they be requested to attend the ensuing session of the Legislature of So. Carolina, and endeavor to obtain a decision of that Body on their claim; and in case the said Agents can obtain a resolution to have the Grant recorded, that they be and are hereby authorised and empowered to compound, compromise, adjust and settle the said claim on such terms, and for such compensation or sum of money as they may deem just and reasonable, having a special regard to the interest of the Trust.

            Resolved, that the Salary of the Professor of the French language shall not for the present exceed the sum of four hundred dollars, and that when the funds of the institution shall warrant an increase of Salary, and the labours of the Professor shall merit it, the Board will make an adequate compensation; and that Genl. Mitchell be requested to engage Mr. Pettit to come to Athens, and take upon him the Professorship.

            Resolved, That Davis Gresham esq. be allowed the sum of One hundred dollars for extra services in selling lots, talking mortgages &c., and that the President draw an order on the Treasurer for the same. 

            Resolved, That the sum of One hundred dollars be allowed James E. Morris annually for his board in addition to his former salary. 

            A letter was read from David Dickson esquire which was read and ordered to be filed.

            A letter was received from Edwin Mounger esqr. requesting the Board to grant him an Order for $120 – in lieu of two drafts of #30 & $90 which he had lost or mislaid, whereupon Resolved, that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer for the said Sum of One hundred & twenty dollars Mr. Mounger to be answerable & to indemnify the Board in case the said drafts should afterwards appear.

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            A letter was received from Messrs. Gardener, Pittman, and Malone respecting the establishment of a Female Academy at Clarkesborough, whereupon Resolved, that this Board will confer with them on the subject matter of their letter at four o,Clock this afternoon, and that the secretary notify them thereof.

            Resolved, that Mr. Hull be requested to procure conductors for the college, and that he pay the expence thereof out of such monies as may come into his hands from the sale of lots, and that he also have a belfry erected.

            An account was received from Mr. Alexander McMillan with an Order thereon in favor of John Hamill esquire for printing and carriage of Mr. Cunnigham’s address, to the amount of forty three dollars & fifty Cents, Ordered that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of Mr. Hamill for that account.

            The Board then adjourned untill 4 o’Clock P. M.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Clarke,                       Marshall,

                                                O’Neal,                        Hull

                                                Stewart,                       Carnes,

                                                Mitchell,           Irwin,

            A communication having been this day received from Samuel Gardner, James Pittman & William Malone a joint committee from the Academies of Jackson and Clark Counties, requesting the countenance of this board as to the establishment of a female academy at the Town of Clark’sborough, to be considered the joint academy of Clark and Jackson Counties. – This Board conceiving it laudable that all seminaries of learning should be noticed and encouraged, and it being evinced by a conference with Mr. Malone one of the applicants, that

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for the present nothing more is requested than being recognized by this Board as a female academy:  and this Board being impressed that nothing should be withheld which would tend the encouragement of science in both sexes, Resolves, that the design of the commissioners is laudable and meets with the approbation of this Board.

            The Board then adjourned untill 9 o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Friday 31st. May 1805

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Clarke,                       Marshall,

                                                O’Neal,                        Hull

                                                Stewart,                       Carnes,

                                                Mitchell,           Irwin,

            The Prudential Committee reported, that in pursuance of the powers in them vested they Yesterday proceeded to sell and dispose of the following lots, vizt,

Doctor Philip Gowen

Lot No.   19

(@)

$105.00

Robert Martin

6

 

$105.00

President Meigs

8

 

$90.00

Major Ferdinand Phinizy

Lots No  9, 10, & 11

 

$200.00

James E. Morris

12, 13, & 14

 

$121.00

David Allen

15 $50 16 $70

 

$120.00

Douglas

17.

 

$100.00

Ferdinand Phinizy No. 1

 

 

$102:00

John Cary

22

 

$60.00

Frederich Colheim letter D

 

 

$30.00    

 

 

 

$1033:00

 

 

            Resolved, unanimously that the present collegiate building at Athens be hereafter denominated and known by the name of Franklin College

            A communication was received from Capt. Jett Thomas

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purporting to be an account against the Board for work done on the collegiate building, accompanied with an account for work done on the President’s house, Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee of building to report thereon.

            An account was received from Major Ferd. Phinizy amounting to $ 975: 111/4, and also an account from Messrs. Mein and Mackay for Phyolosophical apparatus amounting to L205.18.6 Sterling.

            Ordered, that the sum of three hundred dollars be appropriated toward the discharge of Stockley’s Morgan’s account; four hundred dollars towards the discharge of Ferdinand Phinizy’s account; and five hundred dollars towards the discharge of Mein and Mackay’s account, and that the President draw on the Treasurer for the same.

            Resolved unanimously, That the President be and he is hereby appointed Professor of Mathematics & Natural Philosophy

            Resolved, That the sum of ten dollars be paid by each person (other than those who are or have been members of the College) who may attend the course of lectures on Natural Philosophy.

            Resolved, that the President be and he is hereby authorised to draw on the Treasurer quarterly for the salaries of the respective Officers as they become due, untill such time as this Board shall make further order to the contrary.

            The following accounts were presented, vizt.

Mr. Mitchell’s               $56:00

Mr. O’Neal’s               $63:60

Mr. Irwin’s                   $30.00

            Carried over - $149.60

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Brought over                $149.60

Mr. Marshall’s              $26.00

Mr. Stewart’s               $16.40

Mr. Carnes’s                $22:00

Mr. Clark’s                  $19.60

Mr. Hull’s                     $12.00

Mr. Hamill’s                 $60.00

                                    $305:60

 

            Ordered, that the President draw Orders on the Treasurer for the said sums respectively.

            Resolved, that the Treasurer call upon Colo. Roderick Easley for a settlement of his account as one of the Agents of this Board, up to the present period, and that Colo. Easley do pay him whatever balance may be in his hands.

            Ordered, that the Secretary do cause the plat of the Town of Athens to be recorded on the minutes of this Board.

            The Board then adjourned to meet at Louisville on the second Monday in November next.

 

Attest

            J. Hamill, Secy.

                                                                                                J. Meigs, Presidt.

 

[note – the separation between page 105 and 106 is not noted in the typed edition from which this work was transcribed.  An examination of the original handwritten volume provided the location of the page change above noted.]

 

(pge 107)         PLAN of part of the Lots lain off in ATHENS, ordered to be recorded, May 31, 1805.

 

[note – there is no notation of page 108 in the typed edition]

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Louisville Monday 11th. November 1805.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment and public Notice, vizt

                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.  Twiggs,                      O’Neal,

                                                Clark,               Stewart,

                                                Milledge,          Mitchell,

 

            There not being a sufficient number to form a Board the Members present adjourned untill half past eight o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Thursday (Tuesday) 12th. November 1805 (Sic.)

 

The Board met, present,

                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.            Twiggs,                        Stewart,

                                                Clark,               Mitchell,

                                                Milledge,          Mounger,

                                                O’Neal,                        Irwin,

 

            The Treasurer delivered in a statement of the funds of the University up to the first instant, which was read and Ordered to be filed. 

On motion, Resolved, that the Secretary inform his Excellency the Governor that the Trustees of the University have formed a Board, and are now ready to join the board of Visitors and form the Senatus Academicus.

The Board then adjourned to meet in the Treasury office at four o’Clock this afternoon.

 

Treasury Office 4 o’Clock P.M.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.            Twiggs,                        Stewart,

                                                Clark,               Mitchell,

                                                O’Neal,                        Mounger,

                                                                        Irwin

 

            The Board then proceeded to join the Board of Visitors, and for the Senatus Academicus

 

Thursday 14th November 1805.

 

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The Board met, present,

                                                Mr. President Meigs

                                    Messrs.            Twiggs,                        Stewart,

                                                Clark,               Mitchell,

                                                Milledge,          Mounger,

                                                O’Neal,                        Irwin,

 

            Resolved, that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of James Coller for sixty two dollars and fifty Cents for carriage of Philosophical apparatus from Savannah to Athens.

            Resolved, that the President draw on the Treasurer in favor of David Gaddy for Ninety seven dollars in lieu of three drafts drawn by Genl. Stewart on Davis Gresham, and which were paid by him and that he also draw an Order in favor of John Floyd for twenty dollars for Chalk furnished for the College.

            Resolved, that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of the Executors of John E. Smith for Thirty one dollars & seventeen Cents for printing done for the University.

            Resolved, that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of Genl. John Stewart for the sum of sixty dollars being so much lost by him in collecting the first instalment of the shoulderbone tract.

            The Board then adjournded [Sic.] untill half past three o’Clock P.M. this afternoon.

 

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Thursday 14th. November 1805.  half past 3 o’Clock P.M.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                                    Messrs.            Twiggs,                        Stewart,

                                                Clark,               Mitchell,

                                                Milledge,          Mounger,

                                                O’Neal,                       

 

            A petition from Mr. Anne Ray, widow of James J. Ray was received and read.  Whereupon Resolved that the Agent for Greene and Oglethorpe be directed not to demand the payment of the purchase money of the lots purchased by Mr. Ray untill further Order of this Board. – It not being their wish to distress the indigent widow of a person who has been the Rector of an academy under the direction of this institution. 

            A Report was received from the committee of building which was read, agreed to, and Ordered to be filed;  Whereupon Resolved, that the President draw an order on the Treasurer in favor of John Billups for the sum of fifteen hundred & sixteen dollars & eighty eight Cents being infull the balance of his account;  an Order in favor of Jett Thomas for the sum of four thousand two hundred and twelve dollars and seventy seven Cents being infull of the balance of his account – and that previous to the said drafts being delivered to them, that they respectfully sign special Receipts in dull of all demands against the University.

            Resolved, that the President be authorised to draw on the Treasurer for the sum of three dollars P day for the time he was actually attending the meetings of this board and the Senatus

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Academicus away from Athens previous to the 31st. of May 1804.  $243. –

            Resolved, that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of Genl. Stewart for sixty dollars being the amount of his account for attendance.

            Drew an Order on the Treasurer in favor of Genl. Clark for twenty six dollars for his attendance.

            Resolved that the next annual commencement shall be held at Athens on the fourth day of July next, and that the Board of Trustees will meet at that place on the third day of the same month.

            Resolved, that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of John Hamill for the sum of fifty dollars being the amount of his account

            The Board then adjourned to meet at Athens on the third day of July next.

 

                                                                                    J. Meigs, President

Attest,

            J. Hamill Secy.

 

            At a meeting of the Board of Trustees at the house of his Excellency the Governor on Monday the 18th. of November 1805, Pursuant to notice, and upon the request of three members.

 

Present.                        John Twiggs Senior trustee in the chair

                        Messrs.            Milledge,                      Mounger,

                                    O’Neal                         Carnes,

                                    Mitchell                                    Irwin,

 

            This Board heretofore towit on the 31st May 1804, appointed Messrs. Watkins and Hamill to prepare & present to the Legislature of South Carolina at their then next Session a respectful address and remonstrance stating the claim of the Trustees to the tract of land in the fork of the Tugalo and Keowee, containing five thousand acres, and praying that Body to adopt such measures, as might do justice to the Trust and consequently quiet the claims of the present possessors of the said tract of land, and the Board having in addition to the two gentlemen abovementioned Thomas P. Carnes esquire to attend and aid in advocating the claim.  And the said Robert Watkins, John Hamill and Thomas P. Carnes having made the remonstrance as above directed to the Legislature, and Robert Watkins and Thomas P. Carnes having attended at Columbia, and done as much as in their power lay to bring the business to a final close with the Legislature of South Carolina, and satisfactorily reported to this Board therein, wherein it is stated that they had attended to the duties of their agency, and made as the agents conceived a favorable progress therein; and this Board having after receiving the said report and approving of the conduct of their agents

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in that regard, on the Thirtieth day of May last, requested the attendance of their agents at the then next ensuring Legislature of South Carolina to further advocate the cause and claim of the Trust, and Colonel Robert Watkins having lately departed this life, and it being the opinion of this Board that in the present situation of the claim of the Trust, now depending, that one of the Gentlemen will be sufficient to attend the Legislature at the present Session, to complete what hath been so happily done in the premises. – It is therefore Resolved, that Thomas P. Carnes esq. a member of this board be requested to attend the present session of the Legislature of South Carolina, and endeavor to finally adjust and settle the claim of the University to the lands in the fork of the Tugalo and Keowee, and that he be invested with all the powers and authority of the former Agents, and that he report his proceedings herein to this Board at their next meeting.

            Resolved, that the said Thomas P. Carnes be allowed the sum of One hundred and fifty dollars to defray the expences of attending the Legislature of South Carolina. 

            It having been suggested to this Board by Thomas P. Carnes esquire their Agent as above appointed to advocate the claim of the Trust to the land in the fork of the Tugalo and Keowee, that pretences may be opposed, at least in argument to the claim, on account of money which is alledged to have been lodged in the Treasury of this state by the late attorney general Alexander Moultrie of South Carolina esquire; - The Treasurer of this State is requested by this board to furnish the said Thomas P. Carnes with such documents as he may require shewing the sum deposited in the State Treasury by the said Alexander Moultrie, at what time, and for what purpose, and that this Board will defray the expense attending the same.

                                                                                    (Signed) John Twiggs, Senior Trustee.

Attest

            J. Hamill Secy.

 

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Franklin College, Athens Thursday 3d. July 1806

 

            At a meeting of the board of Trustees of the University of Georgia pursuant to adjournment.

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                        Messrs.            Twiggs,                        Marshall,

                                                Clark,                           Mitchell,

                                                O’Neal,                        Irwin,

                                                Stewart,

            The President presented a diploma directed to Messrs. Addin Lewis, Pettit de Claville and John Hodge to examine the candidates for the degree of Batchelor of Arts; together with the report of the said Examiners, which were read and ordered to be filed. 

            The Board Resolved, that they would attend and hear an address read from the Revd. Mr. Best to the Candidates for degrees, and that they would meet tomorrow morning at six o’Clock.

 

Friday 4th. July 1806.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                        Messrs.            Twiggs,                        Mitchell,

                                                Clark,                           Marshall,

                                                Milledge,                      Carnes,

                                                O’Neal,                        Irwin,

                                                Stewart,                       Smett.

 

            The Board took up the report of the examiners, and thereupon Resolved, That the President be authorised to confer the degree of Batchelor of Arts on Thomas M. Berrien, Samuel Boykin, Early Harris, Reuben Hill, Thomas Lamar, John Whitehead and James Whitehead.

            Resolved, That hereafter the President do annually send written invitations to such persons whom he may deem competent, not

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exceeding five, to attend the examination of the Candidates for the degree of Batchelor of Arts previous to the commencement.

            Resolved, That the President be authorised to confer the degree of Doctor in divinity on the Reverend William Best now of Savannah formerly of Trinity College Dublin.

            Resolved, That the President be authorised to confer the degree of Master of Arts on Addin Lewis now a Tutor in this College. 

            Mr. Milledge resigned his Seat as a Member of this board.  Resolved, That this Board do now attend the exercises of the Students, and return here, after the exercises are finished.

            A letter was received from Doctor W.M. Strain respecting the purchase of some lots at Greensborough.  Ordered that the same do lie upon the Table.

            The Board then attended the commencement when the following exercises were performed, vizt.

 

Prayer by the Revd. Mr. Marshall

            Music

Salutory oration in latin by Samuel Boykin.

Forensic dispute between Messrs. Boykin & Jas. Whitehead.

Greek Oration by Thomas M. Berrien

A dialogue between Messrs. Lamar, Boykin, Harris & Jas. Whitehead.

An ironical Oration in favor of Monachy (Sic) by Mr. Lamar,

The declaration of Independence read by Mr. Lewis.

An Oration in commemoration of the declaration of Independence by Reuben Hill.

Valedictory Oration by John Whitehead.

            Music

Prayer by the Revd. Mr. Hodge.

 

            The Board resumed their meeting in the College and adjourned untill eight o’clock tomorrow morning –

 

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Saturday 5th. July 1806

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjounrnment.

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs

                        Messrs.            Twiggs,                        Marshall,

                                                Clark,                           Carnes,

                                                O’Neal,                        Irwin,

                                                Stewart,                       Smett.

                                                Mitchell,

            A letter was received from Thomas P. Carnes esquire respecting his Agency to the Legislature of South Carolina.

            An account was received from Daniel Sturges for a plat of the land, called the ceded lands, amounting to the sum of thirty dollars, which was read and ordered to lie on the Table.

            An account was received from Davis Gresham for costs of a suit in Jackson County, amounting to thirty six dollars.  Ordered that the President draw an Order for the same

            An account was received from Young Gresham for professional services as attorney to this Board, amounting to One hundred and four dollars, Ordered that the President draw an Order for the same; and that he also draw an Order in favor of Thomas P. Carnes esquire, for the sum of sixty nine dollars as a compensation for his services respecting the suits in Jackson and Oglethorpe Counties.

            Resolved, That the President be and he is hereby authorised to sign titles in behalf of this board, and to cause the seal of the University to be affixed thereunto for such lots in Greensborough and its vicinity as may have been sold by Major Davis Gresham, and that Mr. Gresham govern himself in the delivery of the deeds by the former order in that regard.

            An account was received from John & Francis Garner for smith work amounting to twelve dollars & 61/4 Cents Ordered, that the President draw an Order for the same

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            Ordered, that the Treasurer settle the account & ascertain the balance due to Major Ferdinand Phinizy, and that the President draw an Order in his favor for the balance if any be due.

            Resolved, That the President draw an Order in favor of Mr. Pettit de Claville for the sum of Four hundred dollars for his salary for the last year, and that in the future he be allowed the annual sum of six hundred dollars for his salary.

            Resolved, that the President sign a deed to Richard Moore for Lot No. 21. and cause the seal of the University to be thereunto affixed, the said Lot having been relinquished to him by John Cary, and Mr. Hull having reported that the purchase money has been paid. – and that the president execute titles in the same manner to Stephen & Jett Thomas for lot number three. (3)

            An account was received from Messrs. Watkins and Hamill for professional services amounting to Fifty dollars, Ordered that the President draw an Order for the same.

            An account was presented from Stockley Morgan for putting up conductors amounting to twenty five dollars, ordered that the President draw an Order for the Same.

            Resolved that the President draw an Order in favor of Thomas P. Carnes esquire for One hundred & fifty dollars, pursuant to a resolution of the 18th. November last

            An account was presented from John Malone for pointing the conductors amounting to twenty two dollars & 16 Cents ordered that the President draw an Order for the same.

            A letter was received from the Treasurer respecting some of the agents of this board, whereupon Resolved, that the Secretary deliver the bonds of Roderick Easley and Henry Chapelier to the attornies of this Board, that they may compel a settlement and payment,

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and that the Treasurer furnish them, with the amount of balances due.

            Messrs. Thomas’ presented their account amounting to eighty five dollars and 933/4 Cents.  Ordered, that the President draw an order for the same.

            Resolved, that the President be allowed the sum of Fifty dollars for the use of a servant to sweep out the college &c. &c.

            Resolved, that the President do cause a well to be dug in the College Yard for the use thereof, and that this board will defray the expence.

            Thomas P. Carnes esquire, the agent of this Board to the Legislature of South Carolina, reported which report was read and ordered to be filed, and thereupon, resolved that as every endeavor to effect a compromise with the State of South Carolina has failed, that a suit be immediately instituted in the circuit court of the United States for the said District of So. Carolina, and the Messrs. De Saussure & Ford be requested to continue their exertions in favor of this Board, and that Messrs. David B. Mitchell & Thomas P. Carnes be appointed counsel in this cause, in addition to Mr. Hamill who is directed to continue his services.

            The Board then adjourned untill 4 o’Clock this afternoon.

 

Saturday 5th. July 1806, 4 o’Clock P. M.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present as in the morning.

            An account  was presented from Messrs. Wray & Childesy for a Mortar and Pestle, amounting to five dollars, ordered that the President draw an Order for the same.

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            Resolved, that the President be authorised to cause a Privy to be erected contiguous to the College for the convenience of the studends (Sic.) and scholars belonging to the same; and that this board will defray the expense.

            Resolved, That the Revd. Hohn [Sic] Hodge be and he is hereby appointed master of the Grammar school, that his salary be seven hundred dollars P annum from the the (Sic) time he commenced that duty, and that if he accept his appointment, it be on condition, that he shall not relinquish his Office, without giving to the President, three months notice of such his intention.

            Resolved, That John Allen be and he is hereby appointed an Usher in the grammar school.  That he be allowed a salary of three hundred dollars P annum; and that he also be exempted from any charge for his tuition in the College during his appointment as Usher.

            A communication was received from Mr. Hodge addressed to the secretary, which was read, whereupon, Resolved, that the evils mentioned therein are serious and ought to be remedied; that we deprecate them, and that the President, or the Tutors and the Master of the Grammar schol (Sic.), with the approbation of the President take such measures as to them shall seem necessary to remedy the evil, and prevent the commission of the offences complained of; and should they think it necessary to inflict moderate Corporal punishment that they be authorised to inflict such as is usual in schools, and customary in the government and education of Youth: That we will view with extreme disapprobation the conduct of those who keep boarding houses for the accommodation of students, if the permit any improprieties in the students boarding with them; and we recommend that such persons be tender of their boarders, and extremely careful of their morals.  That every impropriety they may observe in their conduct be reported to the President; and that if any difficulty should arise between the boarders and the keepers of boarding houses, it be immediately submitted to the President for his determination.

            The Board proceeded to fill up the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Mr. Milledge, and upon casting up the ballots it appeared that Thomas Flournoy esquire was duly elected.

            This Board having ordered suits to be commenced against Roderick Easley and Henry Chapelier, two of their Agents, provided they do not on application pay up the balances by the respectively due.

            Ordered, that whenever a representation is made to the President by the attornies of this Board or either of them, that the said Agents either of them have failed to pay into the Treasury of the Board the sums due by them respectively, that he the President, be authorised to nominate other and proper persons to fill the vacancies with the directions to receive the papers, and perform the duties of Agents untill the next meeting of this board.

            The Board then adjourned untill tomorrow morning tomorrow morning eight o’Clock.

 

Sunday 6th. July 1806

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

Present                                     Mr. President Meigs

                        Messrs.            Twiggs,            Stewart,           Irwin,

                                                Clark,               Mitchell,           Smett,

                                                O’Neal,            Carnes,                       

 

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            Resolved, That the President be authorised to employ a fit and proper person as a Tutor, whose salary shall not exceed the sum of four hundred dollars P annum.

            Resolved, that the thanks of this Board be by the President, presented to the REvd. William Best for his excellent address to the Students of the University.

            The following accounts were presented viz,

John Twiggs                 32.00               Brought up                   186.00

John Clark                    19.60               Abraham Marshall        23.00

Ferdinand O’Neal        64.00               Thomas P. Carnes        22.00

John Stewart                16.40               Jared Irwin                   30.00

David B. Mitchell          54.00               Dennis Smett                32.00

            Carried up        186.00             John Hamill                   58.331/3                     

                                                                                                $351.331/3

            Ordered, that the President draw orders on Treasurer for the respective amounts.

            The Board then adjourned to meet in Louisville on the second Monday in November next.

 

Attest.

            J. Hamill Secy.                                                              J. Meigs, President

            of the University

 

            Resolved that the President be authorised to cause a piazza to be put to the north side of the house which he inhabits, and that this board will defray the expence. 

Attest.

            J. Hamill Secy.                                                              J. Meigs, President

            of the University

 

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At a meeting of the Board of Trustees at the house of his Excellency Governor Irwin in Louisville on Monday the 10th. of November 1806 pursuant to adjournment.

Present.                        Mr. Twiggs, Senior Trustee in the Chair.

                        Messrs.            O’Neal,                        Marshall,

                                                Stewart,                       Irwin,

                                                Mitchell,                       Flournoy,

 

            The President not having arrived, and the books, and papers not being here the Board adjourned untill ten o’Clock tomorrow morning

 

Tuesday 11th. November 1806.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                        Messrs.            Twiggs,                        Marshall,

                                                Clark,                           Mounger,

                                                O’Neal,                        Carnes,

                                                Stewart,                       Flournoy

                                                Mitchell,

 

            Resolved, that Treasurer Merewether be requested to furnish this Board with a correct statement of all the Monies paid to David Gaddy for and on account of the work done to the College. 

            The Treasurer laid before the Board a statement of the funds of the University, which was read, and Ordered to be filed.

            On motion, Resolved, that the Secretary inform his Excellency the Governor that the Trustees of the University have formed a Board, and are now ready to join the board of Visitors and form the Senatus Academicus.

            The Board then adjourned untill one  Clock this afternoon.

 

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Tuesday 11th. November 1806.  1, o’Clock P. M.

 

The Board met, present as in the forenoon.

            The Secretary informed the Board, that the board of Visitors would convene at four o’Clock this afternoon.

            The Treasurer reported that he had examined the accounts of Mr. David Gaddy and that he finds a balance due to him of Two hundred & twenty One dollars and Seventy Cents; whereupon, Resolved that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer for the said Sum, and that the Secretary take Mr. Gaddy’s Receipt in full of all demands against the Trustees of this University.

            The Board then adjourned to attend the Senatus Academicus, and to meet tomorrow morning at 11, o’Clock

 

Wednesday 12th. November 1806

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present.                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                        Messrs.            Twiggs,            Marshall,

                                                Clark,               Mounger,        

                                                Cunningham,     Carnes,                                   

                                                O’Neal,                        Flournoy.

                                                Mitchell,

 

            Mr. Mounger presented an account for attendance in 1803 and 1804 amount to twenty seven dollars, Ordered that the President draw on the Treasurer for the same.

            Mr. Mitchell presented an account from Robert & John Bolton for a Cask of Nails, amounting to thirty dollars, Ordered that the President draw on the Treasurer for the same.

            A letter was received from Mr. S. W. Harris praying an increase of salary, Resolved, that the consideration thereof be postponed untill the next meeting.

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            Mr. Hamill laid before the Board a copy of the letter written by him to Messrs. De Saussure & Ford in consequence of the resolution of the 5th. of July last, and informed the Board that he had not received an answer:  Whereupon the Board requested that steps should be forthwith taken to ascertain whether Messrs. De Saussure & Ford will continue their professional services in favor of this board, and if they should decline so doing, that some other professional Gentlemen of eminence in Carolina be applied to for the purpose of commencing suits in time for the ensuing spring Term of the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of South Carolina.

            The Board then adjourned untill Nine o’Clock tomorrow Morning.

 

Friday 14th. November 1806

 

The Board met, present

                                                Mr. President Meigs,

                        Messrs.            Twiggs,                        Stewart,

                                                Clark,                           Marshall,

                                                Cunnignham,                 Carnes,

                                                O’Neal,                        Flournoy,

 

            The account of Daniel Sturges esq. amounting to Thirty dollars was taken up, Ordered, that the President draw on the Treasurer for the  same.

            The following accounts were presented, vizt.

 

Mr. Twiggs                   23 “                  Brought up                   151 “

Mr. Clark                     29 “                  Mr. Michell                  31 “

Mr. Cunnigham 24 “                  Mr. Marshall                25 “

Mr. Stewart                  30 “                  Mr. Carnes                   36 “

Mr. O’Neal                  45 “                 Mr. Flournoy                24 “

Carried up                    151 “                Mr. Mounger                37 “

                                                            J. Hamill                       60 “     

                                                                                                $364 “

 

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            Ordered that the President draw on the Treasurer for the respective amounts.

            On motion, Resolved, That Thomas Flournoy Esq. be and he is hereby requested to attend the Legislature from and after Thursday next, on the subject of the intended application to the Body for leave to establish a lottery for the purpose of enabling this Board to raise three thousand dollars to purchase books for the use of the University: and it is further Resolved, that the Treasurer of this Board do furnish the said Thomas Flournoy on application with the sum of three dollars per day for the time he may be engaged in attending to the business specified in the foregoing resolution, together with ten Cents per mile for coming & the same for returning.

            Resolved, That if the application to the Legislature for the foregoing purpose should prove successful, that the following persons be recommended as managers of the lottery, vizt Thomas Cumming, John Murray, John Wilson, John Twiggs & Thomas Flournoy Esquires; that the said Lottery be drawn in the city of Augusta; and that after a law is passed for the above purpose, the President requested the managers to meet as soon as convenient and make the necessary arrangements for carrying the same into effect with the utmost possible expedition.

            Resolved, that this Board will now adjourn to meet the Senatus Academicus, and re-assemble after the adjournment of that Board.

 

Friday 14th. November 1806. – 5, o’Clock P. M.

 

            The Board met, present as in the morning.

            Resolved, that this Board do now adjourn to meet at Athens at such time in the month of July next, as the President of this Board shall direct and notify by publication in one of the Newspapers to Savannah, Augusta and Washington.

Attest.

            J. Hamill Secy.                                                              J. Meigs, President

            of the University

 

            Franklin College, Athens, Sunday 19th. July 1807

 

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            The Board met pursuant to public notice,

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twigs, Clark, Cunnigham, O’Neal, Stewart, Marshall, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Smett and Flournoy.

 

            The board attended divine service, when a Sermon was delivered by the Revd. Hope Hull.  After service the board adjourned untill tomorrow morning 8, o’Clock.

 

Monday 20th.  July 1807.

 

            The board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, Cunningham, O’Neal, Stewart, Mitchell, Marshall, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Smett & Flournoy.

            Pursuant to a diploma directed to Messrs. Addin Lewis, Petit de Claville, John Hodge, Hope Hull, William H. Crawford, Peter Early and Obadiah Jones, to examine the candidates for the degree of Bachelor of the Arts, and they having reported, that John Allan, John Douglass, Thomas Greer, Thomas Hamilton, Samuel W. Meigs, were duly qualified; it is thereupon resolved, That the President be authorised to confer upon each of them respectively the said degree of Batchelor of Arts. 

            Resolved, that the President be authorised to confer the degree of Master of Arts Messrs. William H. Jackson, James D. Jackson, Gibson Clark, Thomas Irwin & Eben. H. Cummins, and that he be also authorised to admit the Revd. John Thompson Batchelor of Arts of Columbia College N. York ad eundem.

            The Board attended the commencement, when the exercises were as follow, to wit,

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            A Prayer by the Revd. Abraham Marshall.

 

Mr. Lewis read the declaration of Independence.

 

A Salutatory Oration in latin against party spirit, by Jas. Merewether.

 

An Oration recommending & advocating the study of the classics, by Thomas Greer.

 

A French Oration against the opinion that the business of elocution is to teach what to think & not how to think, by John Allan.

 

A comic dialogue between Messrs. Hamilton, Greer, Meigs, O’Neal, Rutherford & Merewether.

 

An Oration on the liberty of the Seas, by Saml. W. Meigs.

 

A Greek Oration on education by Thomas Hamilton.

 

An Oration on agriculture, by George Putnam.

 

An Oration against commerce, by Joseph O’Neal

 

An Oration in praise of commerce, by William Rutherford

 

A comic dialogue between Messrs. Merewether, Hamilton, Meigs, Greer, and Rutherford.

A Poem on the increase & advantages of science, by Jas. D. Jackson.

 

Valedictory Oration, by John Douglas.

 

            The degree of Batchelor of Arts, was then conferred on John Allen, John Douglass, Thomas Greer, Thomas Hamilton, Samuel William Meigs, James Merewether, Joseph O’Neal, William Rutherford and Geo. Putnam; the degree of Master of Arts on Gibson Clarke, William H. Jackson, James L. Jackson, Thomas Irwin & Eben. H. Cummins; and the Revd. Hohn Thomson Batchelor of Arts of Columbia College New York was admitted ad eundem. 

 

            Concluding prayer by the Revd. Hope Hull.

 

            The Board then adjourned untill 8 o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Tuesday 21st. July 1807.

 

 

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, Cunningham, O’Neal, Stewart, Mitchell, Marshall, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Smett and Flournoy.

            Resolved, That Stokely Morgan be allowed interest on the sum of Nine hundred & twenty four dollars 77/100 from the 1st. day of January 1806, untill paid.

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            The Trustees impressed with the necessity of providing as speedily as possible the payment of debts due to a number of individuals, and the state of funds not allowing a speedy payment, whereupon, Resolved, that the operation of the resolution of this board, of the 13th. November 1801, authorising the payment of three dollars P day as a compensation for the attendance of the members be suspended for the space of five years, and that they do receive drafts in the usual form on the Treasurer for the amount of such compensation payable at the expiration of the term of five years as aforesaid.

            The Revd. Hope Hull having proposed to the Board, that if they appropriated to him One hundred dollars for the purpose of erecting a Belfry, he will cause a building to be erected of the dimensions of 60 by 40 and 18 feet high, connected with the Belfry aforesaid; the said building to be erected on such a site as shall be approved of by the President, and to be considered as a chapel devoted to the use of the Students in their ordinary business, and for public meetings; whereupon Resolved, that the President draw an order on the Treasurer in favor of the Revd. Hope Hull for One hundred dollars for the purpose aforesaid.

            Major General Twiggs for the better carrying into effect the intention expressed in the foregoing resolve generously gave to the Board the sum of fifty dollars to be applied in the building of the said chapel.

            Resolved, that the thanks of the Board be given to Major General Twiggs for his donation aforesaid.

            Resolved, that the President of this board, be, and he is hereby authorised to make and execute titles to such lots in Athens as have been sold by an Order of this Board, dated the 14th. day of November 1803, on the purchaser producing and depositing with the President a receipt from the Treasurer or his agent for the purchase money.

            It having been represented to the Board, that the students experience considerable inconvenience from the rise of boarding;

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whereupon Resolved that a Steward be engaged with all convenient speed at as moderate a price as can be had, for the purpose of providing commons for the accommodation of the collegiate family; and that the President forthwith publish in one of the news-papers of Washington and Augusta, that sealed proposals will be received by him for the above purpose untill the 20th day of October next, for furnishing a convenient house and providing commons for seventy five persons in the Town of Athens, to continue from the first day of December next for one whole year, and that upon receiving the proposals as aforesaid the same shall be compared, and an engagement entered into with the person making the lowest proposals, provided he give bond with good Security for the faithful discharge of his duty, to be approved of by the President; and that in case the person making the lowest bid is incompetent to give the security required, the President shall be authorised to contract with the next lowest bidder who shall give the required security.

            Resolved, that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of Colonel Thomas Flournoy for the sum of Thirty two dollars & 13 Cents, being the amount of expences incurred by him in attending the business of the Trust at Louisville; and which sum he has generously given to assist in erecting the chapel proposed by the Revd. Hope Hull.

            An account was presented by Thomas J. Wray, Ordered that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer for the sum of three dollars 433/4 Cents being the balance of the said account.

            The Board then adjourned untill 8, o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Wednesday 22d. July 1807.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, Cunningham, O’Neal, Stewart, Mitchell, Marshall, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Smett & Flournoy.

            Mr. Flournoy reported respecting the Lottery for furnishing a library for the University, Ordered that the same be filed. 

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            Resolved, that the President of the University be directed to require the members of the Senior Class to read and recite, as a classical book, the treatise on government written by Algemon Sydney.

            An account was presented from William Strong, Ordered that the President draw on the Treasurer for the balance amounting to One hundred, thirty eight dollars and 371/2 Cents.

            An account was presented from William J. Bunce, Ordered, that the President draw in his favor on the Treasurer for the amount sixteen dollars & 321/4 Cents.

            The Revd. Hope Hull presented his account which was approved and Ordered to be delivered to the Treasurer.

            Resolved, that the President be and he is authorised to confer the degree of Batchelor of Arts on the Reverend John Hodge. 

            Resolved, that in all cases which may arise in future when transfers or relinquishments of purchases made of this Board, are made by the purchasers, the said transfers or relinquishments shall be reduced to writing, and the property intended to be transferred shall be particularly described, and the person or persons names to whom the transfer may be so made shall be inserted into the instrument evidencing the relinquishment; and upon the said relinquishment or transfer being signed and sealed by the Purchaser, and attested by two subscribing Witnesses at least, one of whom shall be a justice of the peace, the same will be held and deemed valid by this Board, and sufficient to authorize a deed to be executed by the transferee.

            The Board viewing with concern the trespasses which have been committed by the Citizens of Athens on the lands belonging to the Trust, in taking wood therefrom for fuel and other purposes without making any compensation therefore; and it appearing to this board that a preservation of the timber growing on the tract of land adjoining town is of primary importance; it is hereby resolved that all and every person or persons who shall commit the like

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 Trespasses in future shall be prosecuted for every such offence, with the utmost rigor of the law:  provided that every citizen of the Town who may wish to be supplied with wood for fuel from the lands of the Trust may be permitted to take the same from the land aforesaid at and after the rate of eight dollars P annum for each fireplace by them used; and that all persons wishing to supply themselves with fuel from the lands aforesaid, shall execute a note with approved security to the President for the use of the trust for the Amount of the wood so intended to be received from the college lands to be paid quarterly.

            And it is further resolved that in all cases where trees are cut down for the above purpose, the whole of the trees are capable of making fuel shall be cut up and carried.

            That Mr. David Allan be empowered to see the preceding resolution be carried strictly into effect, and that for his services in this regard he shall be permitted to take his fire wood gratis.

 

            The following accounts were presented viz.

John Twiggs                             32:00               Brought up                               239.40

John Clark                                27:00               Thomas P. Carnes                    21:00

Robert M. Cunningham 20:00               Jared Irwin                               33:00

Ferdinand O’Neal                    64:00               Dennis Smett                            32:00

John Stewart                            16:40               Thomas Flournoy                      32:00

David B. Mitchell                      27:00               John Hamill                               58.83  

Abraham Marshall                    27:00                                                               $416:23

            Carried up        $239:40          

 

Ordered, that the President draw on the Treasurer for the respective amounts.

            The Board then adjourned untill the second Monday in November next.

Attest

            J. Hamill                                                           J. Meigs, Presidt.

            of the University

 

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Milledgeville, Monday 9th. November 1807

 

The following members met, to wit,

            Messrs. Clark, Marshall, Hull, Carnes & Flournoy

There not being a sufficient number to form a board, the members adjourned until Eleven o’Clock tomorrow morng (Sic).

 

Tuesday 10th. November 1807.

 

The following members met, to wit

                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Clark, Cunningham, Marshall, Hull, Carnes & Flournoy

            Mr. Irwin being indisposed, and there not being a sufficient number present to form a board, the members adjourned untill Eleven o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Wednesday 11th. November 1807.

 

The following members met, to wit

                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Clark, Cunningham, Marshall, Hull, Carnes & Flournoy.

            A sufficient number not having assembled, and there not being a probability of forming a board at this time, the members present agreed that Messrs. Clark, Carnes & Flournoy should request the President to call a meeting of the Board at such time & place as they may think proper.

            Warrants were drawn on the Treasurer in favor of the following persons, for the respective sums annexed to their names, vixt.

            Abraham Marshall                    25:00               Brot up                         64:00

            Hope Hull                                 23:00               Thomas Flournoy                      27:00

            Robert M. Cunningham 16:00               John Hamill                   45:00

                        Carr. Up                      $64:00                                                 $136:00          

 

The members then adjourned.

 

Attest

            J. Hamill Secy                                       J. Meigs, Prest.

            of the University

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Washington Friday 8th. January 1808.

 

 

The following members met pursuant to notice

                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Clark, Cunningham, Stewart, Hull, Carnes & Flournoy

            There not being a sufficient number to form a board, the members present adjourned untill Ten O’Clock tomorrow morning.

           

Saturday 9th. November 1808.

The following members met pursuant to notice

                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Clark, Cunningham, Stewart, Hull, Carnes & Flournoy

            There not being a sufficient number to form a board, and no prospect of any other members attending, the members present adjourned without day. 

 

            The President drew an Order in favor of John Hamill for his attendance &c. for $26:66

 

Franklin College, Athens, Sunday 3d. July 1808.

 

            The following members met pursuant to notice vizt.

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, O’Neal, Mounger, Hull, Carnes, Irwin & Flournoy.

 

            The members attended a divine service when a Sermon was delivered by Revd. Francis Cummins and afterwards adjourned untill tomorrow morning five o’Clock.

 

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                        Monday 4th. July 1808.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs. Clark, O’Neal, Mounger, Carnes, Flournoy, Irwin & Mitchell.

            The minutes of the last meetings at Milledgeville & Washington were read.  Whereupon Resolved, that the same be confirmed. 

The President laid before the board a diploma directed to Messrs. Addin Lewis, Petit de Claville, Revd. Hohn Hodge, (Sic.) Revd. Hope Hull, Revd. Francis Cummins, William Wright, Peter Early, William H. Crawford, Obadiah Jones, Michael Angelo Gouvain and Stephen Upson to examine the candidates for degrees at this commencement. – The following examiners to wit, Messrs. Lewis, de Claville, Hodge, Hull, F. Cummins, Wright & M. A. Gouvain, returned that they had examined Swepson Cox, John Atkinson, Charles M. Davies, James Woodruff, and that they had made laudable progress in literature, & and the arts and sciences, and were qualified to receive the degree of Batchelor of Arts. 

Whereupon Resolved, That the President be authorized to confer the degree of Batchelor of Arts on the aforesaid Candidates.  Resolved, that the President, Professors, and Tutors be requested to lay before the Board at their meeting tomorrow a statement of the numbers, & names of the students under their direction & the particular branch of literature pursued be each.

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            The Board then adjourned untill half past nine O’Clock.

 

Half past Nine o’Clock A,. M.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present.                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs.            Twiggs, Clark, O’Neal, Mitchell, Mounger, Marshall, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Flournoy, & Stewart.

 

            Mr. Clark presented an Acct. from Sarah Hillhouse for printing amounting to $8:73 which was ordered to be paid.

            The Board then proceeded to the Chapel to attend the exercises, when they were performed in the following order to wit

 

Prayer by the Revd. Abraham Marshall.

Declaration of Independence red by Mr. Thomas Irwin.

Salutatory oration in latin by Wiley Gresham.

An English Oration by Alexander Thomas.

A Greek Oration by James Woodruff.

An Oration on American Independence by Chars. M. Davies.

A French Oration by John Atkinson

A forensic disputation between Messrs. Atkinson, Gresham, and Woodruff.

A Comic Dialogue between Messrs. Atkinson, Davies, Gresham, and Merewether.

 

The President delivered an impressive address to the Candidates.

 

The degree of Batchelor of Arts was then conferred on Messrs. Swepson Cox, John Atkinson, Charles M. Davies, Wiley Gresham, William Merewether Alexander Thomas, & James Woodruff.

 

Valedictory Oration by William Merewether.

Prayer by the Revd. Hope Hull.

 

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            After the exercises were finished, the Board returned to the College and adjourned untill Six o’Clock this afternoon.

 

Six o’Clock P.M.

 

            The Board met present as in the morning.

            The Treasurer delivered a statement of the Receipts, expenditures, and funds of the University to the 1st. of November 1807, which was read & ordered to be filed. 

            On motion resolved that we proceed to consider whether it will be most expedient to lease out the lands belonging to the trust, or to apply to the Legislature for leave to dispose of those lands, and to vest the proceeds in the public funds for the benefit of the institution and that it be the Order of the day for tomorrow.

            The Board then adjourned untill 8 o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Tuesday 5th. July 1808.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, O’Neal, Stewart, Mitchell, Mounger, Marshall, Hull, Carnes, Irwin & Flournoy.

 

            His Excellency laid before the Board a concurred resolution of the General Assembly, which was read and Ordered to lie on the Table.

            The Board took up the resolution of yesterday and Resolved, that it is inexpedient at present to sell the lands, belonging to the trust, and that the next period of leasing them out be fore the term of two years.

            The Board proceeded to fill up the vacancy occasioned by the removal of the Revd. Robt. M. Cunningham to the State of Kentucky, when it appeared that the Hon. Peter Early was duly elected. 

            Ordered that the Secretary inform Judge Early thereof.

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            The Board then adjourned untill half past three o’Clock this afternoon.

           

           

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present as in the morning.

            The President laid before the board returns of the number of students at the College, with the course of their several studies.

            The Board then adjourned untill 8 o’Clock tomorrow morng.  (Sic.)

 

Wednesday 6th. July 1808.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, O’Neal, Stewart, Mitchell, Mounger, Marshall, Hull, Carnes, Irwin & Flournoy.

            Resolved that the powers heretofore vested in the agents of this board shall from this time cease & determine, and the authority heretofore given them shall be and the same is hereby vested in the prudential committee hereafter named to wit Revd. Hope Hull, John Stewart, and Thomas P. Carnes; and that in addition to the duties required of said committee by the Laws of the College, they do attend and perform the following, duty to wit, They shall employ some accurate surveyor upon the best terms that may be, and with him proceed to all the lands in the state belonging to, or claimed by the Trust, and make an accurate resurvey there of, carefully making the lines thereof anew designating all interfering claims, and have two

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plats of each tract.  That they make a statement of the situation condition and value of each tract or lot of land, the quantity of cleared land, the number of fruit trees, and the state of the timber houses & fences, in order to more effectually guard against wanton trespasses, or the neglect of duty on the part of the Tenants, and prevent imposition in regard to the price of rents.  The said Committee are requested to give thirty days notice in four of the public Gazettes of this State, that on certain days, they will proceed to lease said lands by public outcry on or near the respective tracts to the highest bidder for the term of two years, taking bonds with approved security for the payment of the Rent, which bonds shall contain a covenant not to assign the lease without the consent of the Chairman of said Committee, and another clause obligating said Tenants not to commit trespasses or waste on the said lands and to leave them in gool [Sic] repair under a penalty of double the yearly value of the place so rented.

            In all cases of assignment to give security to observe the contents of said bonds and covenants and be rendered accountable in the same manner as the Original lessees were.  The said committee is further required to take a copy of the Resolution passed by the last Legislature and addressed to this board, and make out a statement which will satisfy the call made upon the board so far as relates to the lands of the trust, and have the same ready for inspection at our next meeting in November.  And that the said Committee have power to call upon the agents and all others indebted to the Trust for all papers, monies &c.

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in their hands belonging to the Trust.  That in case the price offered for any lot, should be considered too small, the said Committee are required to have the same bid off in the name of the Board, and afterwards rented privately as applications may be made.

            Resolved, that the said Committee lease or resell such of the lots in Athens as have been already sold & the terms not complied with; and lay out not exceeding twenty four lots of one acre each in addition to those already laid out, and that the same be sold by them at private or public sale as in their discretion may seem best.

            And be it further resolved that said Committee be requested to lay off such lands belonging to the College tract, which has been already cleared of the timber, or such size and shape as may be thought adviseable, and lease the same to the highest bidder for the term of three years taking bond and security as is herein before mentioned.

            Resolved, That this board will defray the expence which may be necessarily incurred by the prudential Committee in carrying every part of the foregoing resolutions into effect.

            Resolved, that the President draw two Orders in favor of Major F. Phinizy, the one for $261:331/2 & the other for $313:773/4 making $575:111/4 in full of the balance of his acct.

            That he drawe (Sic) an order in favor of Col. Bedford Brown for $10. – being the amount of his account for nails furnished for the grammar school.

            The prudential Committee having reported verbally that they have examined the rooms of the college, and the situation of the house,  and that they find many of then foul and much out of repair – It is

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ordered, that Mr. Hull chairman of the prudential Committee be requested to employ some fit and proper person or persons to clean and scour out the rooms, and make such repairs as may be deemed necessary – to have good strong locks put upon the doors, glass in the sashes, and the windows fastened down so as to prevent them from being opened from without, and that hereafter all the rooms, not in the immediate occupation some one or more tutors, or students be locked up and the keys thereof kept by the President, except when the Rooms are opened once each month to be aired, or whenever the said Chairman shall apply for them.  And be it further resolved that the President draw on the Treasurer for the sum of One hundred dollars payable to said Chairman, to enable him to carry into effect the foregoing resolution.

            The Board took up the resolution of the Legislature and thereupon ordered that the said resolution together with the report of the President on the state of the students and scholars in the college, and Grammar school, be referred to a committee of three members, who shall report to this meeting their opinion on the best means of satisfying the call of the Legislature upon all such points as remain to be enquired into, and the probably cause of the diminution of the number of students & scholars, and any other matters which may appear to them calculated to promote the advancement of the institution and prevent the further decline of this important and interesting establishment. 

            Resolved that Messrs. Mitchell, Flournoy & Carnes be that Committee.

            The foregoing committee having retired, for a short time, returned, and make the following report, vizt. That the first part of the Resolution of the Legislature by which a statement of the funds is required, be referred to the Treasurer, who will furnish the same, and

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deposit them with the Secretary on or before the next meeting of the board of Trustees; and in making such statements the Treasurer have strict regard to the different items as specified in the said Resolution, in order that the wishes of the Legislature as well as of the board of Trustees may be gratified by an ample and full disclosure of this important branch of the institution.

            In passing from this to the next point referred to the Committee, they acknowledge that they cannot approach it but with feelings which can be more readily felt than described, and in which they believe they are sharers with every member of the board of Trustees.  For a number of years this institution has lain as it were under a cloud, after its first establishment, but for some years back it had by the fostering care of those who felt the want and the importance of such an institution, as the best means of diffusing light and knowledge in the land, and of preserving unimpaired the liberties of the people again been brought from that obscurity under which it had so long lain, and the friends of learning & science were flattered with the prospect of its rising usefulness and importance; It is therefore with the most sincere regret that your committee observe by the Report of the President now before them, that the number of students in the College are reduced from upwards of thirty as heretofore to thirteen; and that the number in the grammar school is also reduced from upwards of forty to twenty five; the causes of this decline must there strike every one as being a subject of not only real regret to the Board of Trustees, the friends of the institution, & the community at large, but a subject meriting the strictest enquiry and investigation.

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The committee are not possessed individually, or as members of the board of Trustees of any clear or evident facts from which they could state the cause of the present depressed state of the institution, other than such as they have understood as the general impression of the Citizens at large respecting the conduct of the President, and this they conceive to be too vague and uncertain for them to form a decided opinion upon; they therefore conceive it will be proper for the board of Trustees to appoint at their present meeting a committee whose duty it shall be to make diligent enquiry into the cause and foundation of the reports & impressions which have thus gone abroad, and they are of the opinion that this course of proceeding will be the more necessary, as well as the most fair & eligible, since it is alleged that a portion of the discontent now prevailing has arisen from causes which affect the reputation of the President of the College as well as the moral character & discipline of the institution generally.  Justice to the President as well as to the interest of the College demands the enquiry, and it is hoped the result will fix the blame were it ought, and the true causes of the decline being once ascertained, the remedy can be efficiently applied.

            The committee are further of the opinion that the present number of students in the college does not warrant a continuance of all the present Teacher, they therefore recommend the following resolution viz. Resolved that Addin Lewis be henceforth discontinued as a Tutor in Franklin College.

            Which report being read and unanimously agreed to.

            And thereupon Resolved, that Messrs. Mitchell, Carnes, Flournoy, Clark and O’Neal be a committee to make the enquiry in the report mentioned.

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            Mr. Hull having communicated to the board that he had purchased four lots of  land lately sold under execution issued out from the Superior Court of Jackson County for the purpose of satisfying the costs of defending several suits in ejectment wherein judgments were recovered against the boarding said County, & that he had paid the sum of One hundred, eighty nine dollars & twenty Cents, & incurred the other expences in attending to said business, amounting in all to Two hundred dollars, It is therefore ordered that the President draw on the Treasurer in favor of Mr. Hull for the said sum of two hundred dollars to bear interest from the date.

            It is further Ordered, that as soon as the aforesaid draft is paid to Mr. Hull or his assigns that the sheriff’s Receipt held by Mr. Hull be placed in the hands of the attorney of this board, who is hereby required to obtain a conveyance from the sheriff to the Board for the said lands.  And it is further Ordered that the attorney of this board with the aid of their counsel be requested to examine the bills of Cost in said cases at the next term of the Superior Court of Jackson County, and have the same correctly taxed.

            The Board having at their last meeting given leave to the Revd. Mr. Hull to erect a Chapel on a site to be assigned for that purpose, which is now in a state of for wardness. – To prevent any misunderstand as to the right of the property in said Chapel, or any abuse of the privileges appertaining thereto, it is Resolved that it was the opinion of this board at their last meeting, and it is now their opinion that the house belongs exclusively to the trust, and under their sole management and control, not subject to the right of preference in any religious denomination in prejudice of others.  And it is thereupon resolved, that this board will pay whatever sum may be wanting

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to compleat the payment for the building of the Chapel, if the subscriptions on foot shall not be equal to the sum contracted for, in erecting and compleating the same.

            Colonel Peter Randolph of Clark County having generously made a donation, equal in value to the sum of two hundred dollars, for the purpose of aiding the building of the aforesaid Chapel, it is hereby resolved, that the President respectfully tender the thanks of this board to Col. Peter Randolp (Sic) for his liberal donation in that regard.

            Mr. Hope Hull having in a Zealous & praise worthy manner, made himself individually responsible for the expences already incurred in building a Chapel for the use of the University, which is now in a state of forwardness, and justice requiring that he should be remunerated, and it appearing from the statement of Mr. Hull that he is bound for the payment of $689 – on account of the work so far as it hath progressed, therefore resolved, that the President draw an Order on the Treasurer in favor of Mr. Hull for the said sum of six hundred and eighty nine dollars in full for the work now performed on the Chapel aforesaid, and that the order is so Drawn express on the face of it the purpose for which it is drawn, and that the same bear interest ‘till paid. 

            The Board then adjourned untill 5. o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Thursday 7th. July 1808.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, O’Neal, Stewart, Mitchell, Mounger, Marshall, Hull, Carnes, Irwin & Flournoy.

 

            Read the minutes of the meeting, which being corrected were ordered to be recorded.

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            Resolved, that the Charges made in the quarter bills against Messrs. Atkinson, Simms, Woodruff, & Gresham on their admission from the grammar school in Athens into the Freshman Class at the beginning of the third quarter of that class be and are hereby remitted, the same being inconsistent with the true intent and meaning of third section of the second Chapter of the laws of the University.

            The Board the proceeded to the appointment of a steward to the College when it appeared that Capt. John Cary the Steward elect, will provide commons for the students at seventy five dollars the Collegiate term, and that Capt. John Billups will be his security for the faithful performance of the duties of the appointment.

            It is Ordered, that the prudential committee or a majority of them take bond in the sum of five thousand dollars, conditioned for the faithful fulfillment of all the duties belonging to the office of Steward aforesaid.

            Major B. W. Kigney having produced Receipts for the purchase money of lot No. two, and also an Order from Capt. John Cary to make him titles, the President executed the same accordingly. 

            The following accounts were presented viz

            John Twiggs                 35.00   Brought up                   251.00

            John Clark                    43.00   Hope Hull                     29.40

            Ferdinand O’Neal        69.00   Thomas P. Carnes        43:00

            John Stewart                27:00   Jared Irwin                   27.00

            David B. Mitchell          24.00   Thomas Flournoy

            Edwin Mounger            27.00   John Hamill                   68.33  

            Abram Marshall            26.00                                       $469.73

                                                $251:00

 

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            Ordered, that the President draw on the Treasurer for the respective amounts.

 

Attest

            J. Hamill Secy

                                                                                                J. Meigs, President

 

Milledgeville Monday 14th. November 1808.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, Mitchell, Marshall, Hull, Carnes and Irwin.

 

            Ordered, that the Secretary inform his Excellency the Governor, that the Board of Trustees is now formed, and that they are ready to meet the board of Visitors and form the Senatus Academicus.

            The Board then adjourned untill two o’Clock tomorrow afternoon.

 

Tuesday 15th. November 1808.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, Stewart, Mounger, Marshall, Hull, Carnes & Irwin.

            The Secretary informed the Board that pursuant to the order of yesterday he had notified his Excellency the Governor that the Board was convened.

            His Excellency the Governor notified the Board that the Senatus Academicus were to meet this afternoon at four o’Clock. 

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            Mr. Hull from the Prudential Committee reported, which report was read, unanimously agreed to and ordered to be filed.

            Upon motion Resolved, that Messrs. Mitchell, Flournoy, Hull, Stewart and Carnes be a committee, to prepare a report to lay before the Legislature in conformity to their resolution of the 9th December last. 

            Messrs. Mitchell & Flournoy attended in their places

            A committee from the Senate, consisting of the President of the Senate, and Messrs. Fluellen and Carter, informed this board, that the board of Visitors were formed, and ready to form the Senatus Academicus; whereupon this Board attended the board of Visitors and formed the Senatus, and after the adjournment of that Board, this Board adjourned untill tomorrow morning 9, o’Clock.

 

Wednesday 16th. November 1808.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, Stewart, Mounger, Marshall, Hull, Carnes, Irwin & Flournoy.

 

            The Treasurer delivered in his annual statement which was read and ordered to be filed.

            Mr. Treasurer Merewether signified his wish to this Board to resign his appointment, which resignation was accepted of; and thereupon resolved that this board cannot take leave of Mr. Treasurer Merewether without expressing their decided approbation of his integrity and upright conduct during the time he has been engaged in the arduous task of arranging and keeping in masterly order the books and papers

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belong to that department, and think it unfortunate that so valuable an Officer shall be compelled from private considerations to resign his appointment and that the Secretary furnish Mr. Merewether with a copy of this resolution.

            It having been stated by Messrs. Hull & Carnes that Coll. Young Gresham is desirous of resigning his appointment as attorney of the Board, and it being deemed proper to unite the office of attorney with that of agent and Treasurer.  It is thereupon resolved, that the Board will now proceed to the election of a proper person to discharge & perform the duties of Treasurer, agent, & attorney of the Board, who shall receive as a compensation for his services, for the ensuing year only, a salary of six hundred dollars.  And it shall be the duty of the person so elected to reside at Athens, and attend each meeting of the Board with his Papers and Statements, and it is further resolved, that the person so elected shall give bond with two or more securities in the sum of Fifteen thousand dollars, for the faithful discharge of duty.

            The Board proceeded to the election of the aforesaid Officer, when it appeared that Augustin S. Clayton was unanimously elected.

            Ordered, that the Secretary prepare a bond for Mr. Clayton and his securities to execute.

            Resolved, that when the said bond is executed the late Treasurer deliver over to Mr. Clayton the Books and papers belonging to the Trust.

            The Board then adjourned untill half past three o’Clock this afternoon

 

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(Wednesday 16th. November 1808) half past three o’Clock P. M.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present as in the morning

            The Board attended the Senatus Academicus & and after wards adjourned untill 9, o’Clock tomorrow morning.

           

Thursday 17th. November 1808.

           

The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present                                     Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, Stewart, Mounger, Marshall, Hull, Carnes & Irwin.

            The Board then adjouned until 9, o’Clock tomorrow morning

 

Friday 18th. November 1808.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, Stewart, Mounger, Marshall, Hull, Carnes & Irwin.

            The Board adjourned to give time to prepares a statement to lay before the Legislature untill half past three o’Clock this afternoon.

 

Half past 3, oClock P. M.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present, as in the morning with the addition of Messrs. Mitchell and Flournoy.

            The Board attended to meet the Senatus Academicus, but there not being a sufficient number of Visitors to form that Board, this Board adjourned until half past Nine o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

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Saturday 19th. November 1808.                      

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, Stewart, Mounger, Hull, Carnes, Irwin & Flournoy,

            The Board adjourned untill 3, o’Clock this afternoon.

 

Three O’Clock P. M.

 

The Board met, as present in the morning, except Mr. Flournoy.

            Mr. Treasurer Clayton presented his bond for the faithful performance of his duty, which was approved of, and thereupon ordered that the late Treasurer deliver to him such papers and books belonging to the Trust as relate to the department of Treasurer, and that the Secretary deliver to him such notes and bonds as have been returned by the Prudential Committee.

            An account was presented by Genl. Stewart for monies paid the Crier and Chain Carriers amounting to Ten dollars, Ordered that the same be paid.

            An account was received from Mr. Hull amounting to sixty nine dollars, for Mr. Stewart amounting to Seventy five dollars & from Mr. Carnes amounting to Sixty nine dollars, for their services as the prudential committee in viewing, valuing, and leasing the lots of land belonging to the Trust; and from Mr. A. S. Clayton who acted as their Clerk amounting to sixty nine dollars.  Ordered that the said several sums be paid.

            The Board then adjourned untill Nine o’Clock on Monday morning.

 

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Monday 21st. November 1808.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present                                     Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, Stewart, Mounger, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, & Flournoy.

Upon taking into view the scarcity of money at this period, and the small number of students at Franklin College, Resolved, that the salaries of the Officers from this time be as follows, to wit,

The President, fifteen hundred dollars P annum

The Master of the Grammar school six hundred dollars, and the Professor of the French language four hundred dollars.

            The President presented an account for sundries amounting to Two hundred & thirty eight dollars – Ordered that the same be paid

            A memorial was received from the Honble. Ezekiel Park.  Ordered that he same do lie on the Table for the present.

            A letter was received from Mr. Treasurer Clayton praying the instructions of this Board with regard to paying monies; whereupon ordered that the secretary furnish Mr. Clayton with a copy of the resolutions on this subject and the amount of the salaries of the Officers of the College, for his guidance in this in particular.

            Mr. Carnes from the committee appointed to prepare a statement to lay before the legislature in conformity to their resolution

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of the 9th. of December last, reported that they had performed that duty, and that such statement had been laid before the Legislature.

            An account was presented from Hezekiah Luckie for re-surveying the lands &c. amounting to Sixty Seven dollars & fifty Cents.  Ordered that the same be paid.

            The Board then adjourned untill half past three o’Clock this afternoon.

 

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present as in the morning

            The Board attended the Senatus Academicus, and after the adjournment of that Board, assembled as Trustees, when the following accounts were presented

 

John Twiggs                 40.00               Brought up                   137.00

John Clark                    33:00               Hope Hull                     39.00

John Stewart                43.00               Thomas P. Carnes.       24.00

Edwin Mounger            21.00               Thos. Flournoy 24.00

            Carried up        $137.00           John Hamill                   85.00  

                                                                                                $309:00

 

Ordered that the President draw on the Treasurer for the said several sums.

            The Board then adjourned to meet at Athens on the first Wednesday in August next.

 

Attest, J. Hamill Secy.                                       J. Meigs, Presidt.

            of the University

 

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Franklin College, Athens,

Wednesday 2d August 1809.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs, O’Neal, Stewart, Mitchell, Hull, Carnes, Flournoy and Early.

            The President laid before the Board a Diploma directed to Messrs. Addin Lewis, Petit de Claville, Revd. Joh n [Sic] Hodge, Revd. Hope Hull, Augustin S. Clayton and Michael A. Gouvain to examine the Candidates for degrees at this commencement; who reported that they had examined Charles D. Meigs, Creed Strong and Robert Scott, and that they had made laudable progress in literature, and the Arts and Sciences, and were qualified to receive the degree of Batchelor of Arts.  Whereupon, Resolved, that the President be authorised to confer the degree of Batchelor of Arts on the aforesaid candidates.

            Resolved, that the President be authorised to confer the degree of Doctor of Laws on Joel Barlow Esqre. of Washington City. 

            The Board then went in procession to the Chapel, where after the exercises were gone through, the degree of Batchelor of Arts was conferred on Chas. D. Meigs, Creed Strong and Robert Scott, and the degree of Doctor of Laws on Joel Barlow Esquire.

            The Trustees returned to the College and adjourned untill Nine O’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

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Tuesday 3d. August 1809.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs, O’Neal, Stewart, Mitchell, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Flournoy & Early.

            It appearing to the Board by the late Treasurer’s Receipt, that Doctor Hugh Neisler had paid the purchase money for Lot number five (5) in the Town of Athens, It is thereupon ordered that the President execute a Title to him for the same.

            An account was presented from Mr. William Merewether for his services amounting to twenty two dollars, ordered that the same be paid.

            A memorial was presented from Capt. John Cary, Ordered that the same do lie on the Table.

            The Board attended to hear the exercises of the Grammar School, and after they were gone through, returned to the College.

            Resolved, That the Treasurer be authorised to pay interest (if demanded) on any drafts heretofore issued, or which may be hereafter issued from the Time they respectively become due.

            The Board proceeded to the choice of a prudential committee, when it appeared that the late Committee (Messrs. Hull, Stewart & Carnes) were unanimously chosen as the Prudential Committee for the ensuing year.

            Resolved, that the memorial of Capt. John Cary by referred to Messrs. Flournoy, Mitchell & Irwin to report[ ]thereon.

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            Resolved, that the Treasurer furnish this Board with a statement of his accounts, and that henceforward he furnish this Board with such a statement at each annual commencement.

            A Petition was received from Mr. M. A. Gouvain.  Ordered that it be referred to the prudential Committee to report thereon.

            The Board then adjourned until 9, o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Friday 4th August 1809.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs

            Messrs. Twiggs, O’Neal, Stewart, Mitchell, Hull, Carnes Irwin & Flournoy.

            Mr. Flournoy from the committee to whom the memorial of Capt. John Cary was referred, reported, which report being amended to read as follows viz. “The Committee to whom was referred the memorial of John Cary, Report, That in their opinion Mr. Cary ought to be continued as Steward; and that in consequence of the Collegiate Term having been enlarged by reason of there being in future allowed only one vacation in each year, the price of board should be consequentially increased to the sum of Ninety dollars.

            They are of the Opinion that it would be inexpedient, on several accounts, to build a house, for the purpose of Commons, at this time, and that the Steward provide as heretofore.  That he be allowed to exclude the students from the eating room, till the meal is on the Table, should he find it necessary to do so.

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            To prevent irregularities, the Committee are of the Opinion, that the Steward and some of the Tutors should preside at every meal, and if any student should misbehave whilst in the room, the Steward shall be allowed to call to order, & in case of misbehaviour, disobedience or improper conduct, the Offending student may be turned out of the room, and lose his meal for that time.  And it shall be the duty of the Senior Class to aid the Tutor and the Steward if called upon for that purpose.

            In the opinion of the committee the students should be chargeable with any wanton injury done to the Room or furniture – and that the hour for each Meal in the day should be agreed upon by the Steward and Tutor, which each student shall be bound to observe in convenient time, or forfeit his meal, unless there should be some good reason for his absence, of which the Tutor shall judge” was unanimously agreed to.

            Mr. Carnes from the committee to whom was referred the petition of Mr. Gouvain reported as follows, towit, “The Prudential Committee beg leave to report, that in pursuance of the resolution of the board the 3d. Instant on the subject of the petition of Mr. Michael A. Gouvain that they have taken a view of the situation of the lot on which Mr. Gouvain resides, and the ground adjoining, and recommend that titles be executed to him by one acre of land including his improvements, or such of them as may be on the land belonging to the trust, upon his paying into the hands of the Treasurer the sum of sixty eight dollars; Which report was agreed to.

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            The Board then adjourned ‘till 4, o’Clock P. M.

 

4 o’Clock P. M.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

            The President having represented to the Board that from the increased number of students since the last annual commencement he found it necessary to employ Mr. Addin Lewis to aid him in the discharge of his duties.  Resolved therefore that the President draw on the Treasurer in favor of Mr. Lewis for whatever sum may be found due for the time he has been in service at the rate of five hundred dollars P annum & he drew accordingly for one hundred and thirty two dollars 80 Cents.

            The number of students in college having considerably increased since the last commencement, it becomes proper to employ another teacher, Wherefore resolved, that the President & the Prudential Committee or a majority of said Committee employ, untill the next meeting of the Board, some fit and proper person to aid the President in the discharge of his duties in College, and to advertise in one or more of the Gazettes for a suitable Character, should no private contract be made within the space of four weeks.

            Be it further resolved, that henceforth no professor, Tutor or other Officer shall be employed without the approbation and concurrence of at least a majority of the prudential committee.

            And be it further resolved that the salary of the person

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so to be employed as assistant teacher shall be at the rate of six hundred dollars P annum.  And that the salary of the Professor of the French language shall be six hundred dollars P annum.

            Resolved, that the salary of the master of the grammar school be seven hundred dollars, and that of the president of the University be eighteen hundred dollars P annum, to commence from this day. 

            Resolved, that William Sims be continued as an assistant to the master of the Grammar School,, and that he be allowed his Tuition and Commons from the 16th. of April last, and that the Treasurer give him a Receipt for any arrearges of Tuition money due him.

            Resolved, that in future when any scholar from the Grammar school at Athens, or any of the County academies appendant to this institution, shall be admitted to an advanced standing in the College, he shall not be charged with any additional sum:  It being contrary to the true intent and meaning of the 3d. Section of the 2d. Chapter of the laws of this University.

            The Board then adjourned untill eight o’Clock on Monday morning next.

 

Monday 7th. August 1809.

 

The board met pursuant to adjournment

Present,                                                Mr. President Meigs

            Messrs. Twigg,s Clark, O’Neal, Stewart, Mitchell, Carnes, Irwin, Flournoy & Early.

On motion, the board reconsidered the minutes of Friday so

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far as respects the vacant lots adjoining Mr. Gouvain, and thereupon Resolved, that the Clause respecting them be stricken out.

            A letter was received from Genl. David Dickson; Whereupon Resolved, that Messrs. Early, Flournoy & Hull be a committee to report thereon. 

            On motion, Resolved that the Treasurer of this Board be and is hereby authorised and required to receive in payment for property purchased from the Trust all drafts drawn by the President of this Board and attested by the Secretary, and drafts for salaries to which the attestation of the Secretary is not necessary whether the same be due or not at the same time they may be presented for payment.

            Mr. Flournoy from the committee appointed to investigate and examine the claims of Genl. Dickson, Reported, that they are of opinion that the loss or injury sustained by him amounts to the sum of two hundred and thirty two dollars. – They therefore recommend that the amount due the board from Genl. Dickson be deducted from the aforesaid sum, and the excess if any be paid to him by a draft in the usual way:  and Genl. Dickson being consulted, and having acceded to the aforesaid terms, It is resolved that the same be adopted, and that a release of all actions or causes of action be made out by Genl. Dickson, and lodge with the attorney of this board before the notes of said Dickson be given up to him.  Which report was read & unanimously agreed to.

            The Board of Trustees having perused the minutes of evidence made by the President of the College upon an enquiry had by the authority of the same, into certain charges exhibited against some of the students for killing hogs on the property of Daniel. W. Easly, and

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they having been requested by the authority aforesaid to express their opinion upon the said evidence, and also as to the steps proper to be taken thereupon do Resolve that the evidence appears to them sufficient against John Davis, Yelverton King and James Thweat, & advise that the said persons be by the President publickly admonished in the college chapel.

            William Williams having submitted to the board a certificate from Davis Gresham Esquire former agent of this board stating that Mr. Williams had paid the amount of the purchase money for lot No. 80 (eighty) in the Town of Greesborough, and praying titles to be executed to him for the same, It is ordered that titles be executed to him for the said lot.  And it is resolved that in all cases where application shall be in future made for titles, that the same shall be executed to the person making application for that purpose on a certificate being produced from the agent or Treasurer that the full amount of the purchase money hath been paid. 

            Resolved that the Treasurer of this Board shall not pay out of the Treasury any monies to any person, when such person appears to be indebted to the Trust, without deducting from such demand the sum or sums which may be due to the board.

            Mr. Hull presented an account for erecting the chapel on which account there appears to be a balance due to him of six hundred & three dollars and 471/2 Cents.  Ordered that the same be paid. 

            On motion, Resolved, that the Prudential Committee or a majority of them be authorised to adjust the price of the lots purchased of the Board by the Revd. John Hodge and Mrs. Lucy Cary, making

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the lots of Captain Cary and Mr. Lewis the data upon which an average valuation is to be made, and that they have titles executed to the same upon their paying into the Treasury the sums with interest certified to be the value by the said Committee or a majority of them.

            On motion, Resolved, that a committee be appointed to enquire into the state of the funds of the institution so far as it respects Tuition money; and that they report what Sums remain due for Tuition; the best manner of Collecting the same; and how it has happened that there are sums remaig (Sic) unpaid; and to devise the best mode of collecting quarter dues in future.  And Messrs. Flournoy, Mitchell & Carnes were appointed that committee.

            The Board then adjourned untill six o’Clock this evening.

 

Six O’Clock P. M.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

            Mr. Flournoy from the Committee appointed to inquire into the state of the funds relative to Tuition money &c. reported, that there are considerable sums due for Tuition, but cannot ascertain the precise amt. as the present Treasurer is not possessed of all the papers which would afford light on the subject, the former Treasurer having not yet delivered over all the papers in his hands.  As to the best manner of collecting the sums due for tuition the committee are at a loss to say what would now be the best mode of collecting the balances due, as in many cases bonds were not taken in terms of the laws of College to secure the payments. – This has arisen perhaps not so much from Negligence, as for a sense of delicacy on the part of the President who

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is authorised to receive the bonds, knowing that in all new establishments the prejudices of many are to be encountered, and that time and gentle means are necessary to reconcile mankind to rigid rules indispensable in all institutions:  under the circumstances they are of the opinion that the Treasurer should write to all those who are indebted to the board, and if the money cannot be collected, to draw from the debtors an acknowledgement of the justice of the demand, that a recovery may be rendered more certain.  The Committee are decidedly of Opinion that in future no student ought to be admitted, in any Case, untill a bond is given in terms of the law; and that the quarter bills ought to be regularly made out and presented for payment, which must be insisted on, & a compliance enjoined before the commencement of the next ensuing quarter.  They feel the necessity of recommending that in future no student shall be permitted to graduate untill all his arrearges are paid, and the Receipt of the Treasurer, Steward & other, as required by law, be presented to the Board:  and they are also of opinion that the institution is now of sufficient maturity to commence a strict observance of the laws of College in all things relating thereto.  Which report was read and unanimously agreed to.

            The Board taking into consideration the memorial of Ezekiel Park Esquire on behalf of the Commissioners of Greensborough praying for a Title for twenty three acres of land belonging to the University, for the purposes of a Grave Yard, and for erecting an academy, and a place of public worship; also, a letter from George Wells Foster on the same subject, thereupon Resolved, that the President be and he is hereby authorised to execute to the Commissioners of the Academy of Greene

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County & of Greensborough, Titles for the Twenty three acres of land prayed for, to wit lot No Twenty One (21) on which Siloam meeting house now stands adjoining the Town of Greensborough, upon their paying into the hands of the Treasurer of this board the sum of twenty three dollars as a consideration for the same.

            And be it further resolved, that a reservation be made in the said deed restraining the said Commissioners and their successors in office from selling or leasing any part of the aforesaid twenty three Acres of land, or from excluding any minister of the Gospel regularly licensed or authorised from preaching in any building that may be erected thereon as a place of public worship at any time when the same shall not be occupied by the minister located at that place.

            The Board then adjourned untill 8, o’Clock tomorrow morning.

 

Tuesday 8th. August 1809.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present                                                 Mr. President Meigs,

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, O’Neal, Stewart, Mitchell, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Flournoy & Early.

            On motion Resolved, That the Treasurer and Secretary prepare a report and abstracts to accompany the same, for the purpose of exhibiting to the ensuing Legislature a statement of the funds of the institution, and shewing as far as in their power the actings and doings of the board of Trustees since the month of November last:  and on the report and abstracts being so prepared, that the same be submitted to the President & prudential committee, and upon their approving of the

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same, that two fair Copies be made out and transmitted by the President, one of them to the Senate, and the other to the House of Representatives at the ensuing session of the Legislature.

            The following accounts were presented, viz.

John Twiggs                 42:00               Brought up                   232:40

John Clark                    21:00               Thomas P. Carnes        34:00

Ferdinand O’Neal        78:00               Jared Irwin                   39:00

John Stewart                28:40               Thomas Flournoy                      42:00

D. B. Mitchell               39:00               Peter Early                   15:60

Hope Hull                     24:00               J. Hamill                       96.121/2                     

                                                                                                $459:121/2

 

Ordered that the President draw on the Treasurer for the same.

            Resolved that the next annual commencement shall take place on Wednesday after the first Monday in August next.

            The Board then adjourned untill the first Monday in August next.

 

Attest

            J. Hamill                                   J. Meigs, Presidt.

            of the University.

 

 

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Athens, August 6th.  1810

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment-

Present,                                                President Meigs

                                    Mr. Twiggs                   Mr. Irwin

                                    Mr. Clark                     Mr. Stewart

                                    Mr. ONeal (Sic)                       Mr. Hull &

                                    Mr. Carnes                   Mr. Flournoy,

 

            The Board proceeded to the election of a secretary in the place of John Hamill deceased when Duncan Green Campbell Esqr. was unanimously elected.

            The Board then adjourned untill tomorrow morning 9 Oclock

 

 

7th. August 1810.

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment-

 

Present.                                                President Meigs –

                                    Mr. Twiggs,      Mr. Hull

                                    Mr. Clark         Mr. Carnes

                                    Mr. O’Neal      Mr. Irwin

                                    Mr. Stewart      Mr. Flournoy

                                    Mr. Mitchell     Mr. Early

            The President laid before the Board a Diploma directed to the Revd. John Hodge, the Revd. Hope Hull Petit de Claville, Addin Lewis, Augustin S. Clayton Michael A. Gouvain, Thomas Lamar, Thomas P. Carnes Ruben Hill, & James Merewether to examine the candidates for degrees at this commencement, who reported that they had examined Armstead Cary, Peyton Cary Henry O’Neal, William Mitchell & James Tait and that they had made laudable progress in the liberal arts and sciences and were qualified to receive the usual honors of the University-

Where upon,

            Resolved, that the President be authorised to confer the Degree of Batchelor of Arts upon the aforesaid candidates. 

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            Resolved that all liquidated demands due from this board or hereafter to become due be received by the Treasurer for any debts due to the Board, discounting eight per cent upon amounts not due at the time they are presented for payment, and that the resolution of the seventh of August last be and the same is hereby rescinded-

            Resolved that in future no draft upon the Treasurer shall be valid unless the same be presented to the Treasurer for his acceptance within thirty days and be by him accepted and entered in a Book, and that it be his duty to accept and enter the same accordingly – Provided that it appear that the amount drawn for be due the person in whose favor the draft is given.  And whenever a person in whose favor a draft has issued shall be indebted to the Board the Treasurer shall accept for the amount of the balance only –

            Resolved that the Treasurer of this Board be required to five notice in the public papers for the space of six successive weeks notifying all persons possessing orders or drafts upon the Treasurer to produce the same to him on or before the 25th of December next that the said orders or drafts may be accepted and chequed in conformity to a resolution of the Board passed on this day

            The petition of sundry persons inhabitants of the county of Green was received and ordered for the present to lie on the table – the Petition of Thomas Dawson was received and ordered to lie on the table also – The Treasurer presented a report which was in the first

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instance ordered to lie on the table but was afterwards committed to the Senatus Academicus – The Board then adjourned untill 5 Oclock this evening –

 

Franklin College 5 Oclock 7th. August

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment – Present the same as in the morning; there being no business at present to be submitted to the Board adjourned untill 8 Oclock tomorrow morning ---“------

 

8th August 1810 –

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment-

Present,                                                President Meigs-

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clarke, O’Neal, Stewart, Mitchell, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Flournoy and Early –

            The minutes of the last meeting were read.  Resolved that the President be authorised to confer on Jared Irwin junr. M. D. and Samuel W. Meigs the Degree of Master of Arts –

            Resolved that the thanks of this Board be presented by the secretary to the Revd. Mathew L. Weems for his appropriate discourse delivered yesterday in the chapel of the University in the presence of this Board.

            The Board then adjourned to meet the Senatus Academicus for the purpose of proceeding to the Chapel to attend the exercises of the day. –

 

5 Oclock P. M.

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present as in the morning with the exception of Mr. Twiggs.  There being no business submitted the Board adjourned ‘til tomorrow morning 8 Oclock.

 

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9th. August 1810.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment –

Present                                     President Meigs

            Messrs. Twiggs, Clark, Stewart, Oneal (Sic), Hull, Irwin, Flournoy, Carnes, Early – and Mitchell.

            The report of the master of the Grammar school was received and ordered to lie on the table – Hezekiah Luckie Esqr. presented an account of twenty dollars for laying out 18 lots in the town of Athens and returning a plat of the same which was ordered to be paid.  The Board proceeded to the choice of a prudential committee when it appeared that the late committee (Messrs. Carnes Hull and Stewart) were unanimously Chosen to act the Present Year.  Mr. Flournoy moved that the petition from the inhabitants of Green County be now taken up which was agreed to.  Whereupon, Resolved that the petition of the inhabitants of Green County praying that an application might be made to the Legislature for leave to sell the lands belonging to the trust in said county unreasonable and cannot be granted-

            On motion of Mr. Flournoy

            Resolved that the prudential committee proceed as early as possible to take new leases of the lands heretofore leased (to commence after the expiration of the present leases for seven years in the manner proscribed by a resolution passed on the 6th. day of July 1808 – The Board then adjourned for half an hour.

            After the expiration of half an hour the Board met, Present as at the adjournment.

            A communication was received from the Senatus Academicus informing this Board that Josiah Meigs had resigned his

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appointment as President of the University and that the same had been accepted Whereupon the Board proceeded to the nomination of a successor in conformity to the provisions contained in the Charter, when it appeared that the Revd. Henry Kollock of Savannah was unanimously nominated as the president of the University of this State to supply he vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Mr. Josiah Meigs.

            Thereupon Resolved that the Senatus Academicus be immediately informed of the aforesaid nomination.

            The Board then adjourned ‘til 9 )clock tomorrow morning.

 

10th August 1810.

 

Present

            Messrs. Twiggs – Clarke, Oneal, Stewart, Hull, Carnes Irwin, Mitchell, & Flournoy

            On motion of Mr. Flournoy Resolved that the Prudential Committee be and they are hereby authorised and requested to lease on acre of land lying at a convenient distance below the public spring for the term of seven years, at the rate of one dollar Pr. Annum for the purpose of erecting at least two shower baths, two plunging baths of cold water and six tipid baths, taking bonds with security from the persn or persons who may take the lease in the final ? sum of one thousand dollars to be void upon condition that the said baths be finished in substantial and secure manner by the first day of August next of such sort and description as may be expressed in the condition of the said Bond, and the same kept in good and neat repair during the term of said lease for which the said undertaker shall and may be allowed to Charge six and a quarter cents for each time of bathing in the shower or plunging baths, and twelve and an half cents for each time of bathing

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in the tipid baths; which resolution was unanimously agreed to.

            On motion of Mr. Carnes

            Resolved that for the performance of the duty of Professor of Mathematicks, Natural Philosophy and Chymistry with attention and diligence the said Professor shall be allowed the sum of twelve hundred dollars per annum; and that the duty of the Professor of Chymistry be performed by Mr. Josiah Meigs in addition to the duty already assigned him, and that the professor aforesaid retain possession of his present residence and the appurtenances belonging thereto.

            Resolved that the President be allowed for his salary the sum of, two thousand dollars Pr. Annum, and that the Prudential Committee be required to procure by rent or otherwise a suitable house in the village of Athens for the reception of the President, and his family.

            Resolved that the Treasurer be at liberty henceforth to pay any debts due from this Board by giving up and assigning notes for money due to the Board, but upon the express Condition that this board is not liable upon the indorsement or otherwise.  Mr. Hull presented an account of fifty two dollars for which amount a draft was directed to be issued.  A letter from Davis Gresham to the Treasurer of the University on the subject of the sale of a lot to Thomas Victory in the Town of Greensborough was received and referred to the Prudential Committee.

            Resolved that hereafter the Grammar school shall be held in the rooms of the College on the lower floor of the western end and west of the passage, and that the building heretofore occupied as a Gramar (Sic.) school be and the same is hereby placed under the direction of the prudential committee who may appropriate the same to the

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accommodation of the Steward as a common Hall.  And also that the said committee be and they are hereby authorised to contract with some fit and proper person to act as steward on the terms heretofore allowed to Capt. John Cary under the resolution of the 4th. of August 1809 – and the said committee are hereby authorised to lay of such part of the ground around or convenient to the house heretofore occupied as a grammar school as shall be necessary and sufficient for the purposes of a Garden, Kitchen, smokehouse, &c. ------- and to enter into such contracts or arrangements as in their opinion may be necessary for the establishment of the said commons and to promote this end they are authorised to remove or cause to b3e removed the house at present occupied as a printing office to any place where in their opinion the same can be usefully imployed.  And the said committee are authorised and requested to have a sufficent (Sic.) number of rooms in the Collegiate building commencing at the east end put in a state of good repair for the accommodation of students and other residents of College who are required to occupy the same.

            Resolved that the attorney of the Board institute without delay an action or actions of ejectment aganst (Sic) persons in possession of any portion of the lands granted to the Trustees of the University where the persons in possession claim by adverse titles and that the prudential committee employ assistant counsel upon the best terms in their power.

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            A letter was received from Mr. Josiah Meigs signifying his acceptance of the terms offered him in the resolution of today which was ordered to be filed.

            The Board then adjourned until 4 Oclock this evening.

 

4 Oclock P. M.

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment

Present as in the morning –

            The following accounts were presented and ordered to be paid (towit)

 

Col. Ferdinand O’Neal $69                  Thomas Flournoy          33

            Robert Walker             33                    Jared Irwin                   33

            John Twiggs                 33                    Hope Hull                     67

            John Stewart                19.40               D. G. Campbell            41.66

                                                154.40             Peter Early                   18       

            John Clark                    29                                                        192.66

            D. B. Mitchell               29                                                        154.40

                                                58                                                        347.6  

                                                                                                            58       

                                                                                                Total    405.6  

 

            Resolved that drafts be issued in favor of the gentlemen who  have attended as Visitors to form the Senatus Academicus and who are not members of this Bard at the rate of three dollars per day, and that the same rate for every thirty miles of travel to & from their several places of abode –

            The Prudential committee having reported to the Board that they had valued the lot whereon Revd. John Hodge now resides bounded by Walton Street on the North – Green Street on the south – Alley No 2 on the west and lott No 36. on the east being distinguished in the plan of the Town by No. 35) at the sum of one hundred dollars and he

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now requesting a Deed for the same from this Board

            It is ordered that the President do sign the same accordingly and that the Treasurer charge the aforesaid sum of one hundred dollars in the account of the said John Hodge –

            The Board then adjourned to meet at Milledgeville on the 2nd. Monday in Nov. next.

 

                                                                        John Twiggs, President

Attest.                                                              Of the Board of Trustees

Duncan G. Campbell                                                    Pro. Tem.

            Secretary

 

Milledgeville – 13th. November 1810

 

            The following members of the Board of Trustees attended pursuant to adjournment, To wit,

            Messrs. Mitchell, Irwin, Hull, Carnes, Flournoy and Early.  There not being a sufficient number to form a Board those present adjourned until tomorrow morning 9 Oclock –

 

14th. Novr. [1810]

 

            Messrs. Twiggs, Mitchell, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Flournoy & Early having attended the Board of Trustees was formed and proceeded to business-

            His excellency the Governor having communicated to this Board the answer of Doctor Henry Kollock by which he declines accepting

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the Presidency of Franklin College

            Resolved that it is highly important that no time should be lost in adopting the best mode in our power to provide for the exigency of the occasion: first, by keeping in operation the discipline, management and progress of the College, and secondly to obtain as early as may be, some fit and proper person to take the appointment of President.  To accomplish these objects –

            Resolved that the prudential committee take upon themselves the care, management and decipline (Sic.) of the institution, using their best discretion and authority over the professors, Tutors and scholars, and all other persons, matters or things connected with the institution and appertaining to the office of President untill the next annual meeting of the Senatus Academicus: And that in the meantime they publish an advertisement in such of the Gazettes as they may think proper to select, and thereby make it known, that the office of President of the college is vacant, and that a salary of not less than fifteen hundred dollars, together with a suitable house, garden &c. will be given to such a person who from his recommendations and qualifications may be chosen to preside over the College –

            All persons who may offer themselves as candidates for the appointment to be requested to signify the same to the Prudential Committee in person or by letter together with the requisite profs (Sic.) of their qualifications and recommendations.

            An account of three hundred and forty two dollars was presented by Thomas P. Carnes for work & repairs on the College and

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erecting Stewards buildings which was accepted – Whereupon it is ordered that the President draw an order in his favor for the amount.

            Mr. Carnes having communicated to the Board that in a conversation with Mr. Meigs on the subject of providing a suitable place for the reception of the President and his family, he Mr. Meigs suggested that the propriety of fitting up the first set of rooms in the east end of college which might be done at a small expence; and stating at the same thime [Sic.] that when the rooms were so fitted up if the President should prefer living in the house at present occupied by him, that he as Professor would willingly reside therein and give up his residence with the appurtenances –

            Thereupon resolved that the Prudential Committee be authorised to have suitable alterations made in the rooms contemplated so soon as they are assured that a proper person is willing to accept the appointment of President.

 

            The following accounts were presented – (viz)

John Twiggs                 24        Thos. Flournoy 24

David B. Mitchell          59        Thos. P. Carnes            21

Hope Hull                     21        Peter Early                   15

Jared Irwin                   5          D. G. Campbell            36.67  

                                    $110                                        206.67

                                                                                    110.    

                                                                                    $316.67

            The above account of Mr. Mitchell includes a lost draft issued in 1807 –

            Ordered that the President draw on the Treasury for the respective amounts –

            The Board then adjourned to meet at Athens on the first Monday in August next.

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Attest

Duncan G. Campbell                            John Twiggs

            Secretary of the University                    Presdt. Pro. Tem.

                                                            of the Board of Trustees.

 

Franklin College – Thursday 1st August 1811

 

            On this day the Board of Trustees Convend pursuant to the request of the Prudential Committee.

Present - -        W. Clarke Senr. Trustee in the chair

            Messrs. Stewart, Mitchell, Mounger, Hull Carnes and Irwin –

            The minutes of the last two meetings were read.

            The Board then adjourned until nine Oclock tomorrow morning –

 

Friday 2nd August 1811

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment –

Present W. Clarke Senr. Trustee in the chair,

            Messrs. Stewart, Mitchell, Carnes, Mounger, Hull, Irwin and Flournoy.

            The Treasurer submitted a report containing a statement of the funds of the University and the same was referred to a committee – ordered that Messrs. Mitchell and Flournoy be that committee –

            The Board then adjourned untill nine Oclock tomorrow morning –

 

Saturday 3rd August 1811

 

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            The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present                         W. Clarke Senr. Trustee in the chair,

            Mesrs. Stewart, Mitchell, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, and Flournoy –

            A communication was secured from the Revd. John Hodge requesting the attention of the Board to a claim for W. Newton, board, Whereupon it is Resolved that a lot of land adjoining Mr. Hodges present dwelling No. 36 containing an acre, and two lots adjoining Mrs. Cary No. 23 and another to the east thereof and adjoining the Same, be conveyed to them, as a full compensation for their respective demands.

            Mr. Flournoy presented a resolution rescinding all resolutions heretofore passed allowing Compensation to the Trustees and Board of Visitors for their attendance – ordered that the same do lie on the table. 

            Stephens Thomas presented an account of Seventy six dollars eleven and an half cents – Whereupon it is ordered that the Treasurer do pay the same immediately –

            Mr. Hull presented an account of Sixteen dollars and fifty cents in favor of George Shavers for whitewashing College, ordered that the same be paid –

            Another account was presented in favor of Robert Mitchell of fourteen dollars, ordered that he have Credit for the Same on His notes payable to the Board –

            Sarah Hillhoun (Hillhouse) presented an account of eleven dollars six and a quarter cents for printing, ordered that a draft be drawn in her favour for that amount –

            Mr. Hull presented an account of twenty seven dollars for services rendered in repairing the College and attending the leasing of the lands – orderd that he have Credit for that amount –

            Mr. Carnes presented an account for forty eight dollars for work done by his Carpenters – ordered that a draft issue in his favour for that amount.

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            Mr. Hull having Stated to the Board that the sum of one hundred dollars which had been appropriated by them for the erection of a Belfry to the Chapel and placed in his hands, as not sufficient for that purpose and that he is ready to return the money to the Board.  It is ordered that the Treasurer receive the same from Mr. Hull, or deduct that amount with interest, out of any debt due him by the Board.  The Prudential Committee laid before the Board a Diploma directed to Josiah Meigs, Clement Early, and William Merewither to examine the Candidates for degrees at this Commencement; who reported that the had examined David Callaham, Ebenzer Newton, John L. Wingfield, John Phinnesy, James Thweat, and Joseph Mallory, and that they had made laudable progress in the Arts and Sciences, and were qualified to receive the degree of Batchelor of Arts.  Whereupon Resolved that the degree of Batchelor of Arts be conferred upon the aforesaid candidates.

            The Board then adjourned untill ten Oclock tomorrow morning ------

 

Sunday 4th August 1811

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present             W. Clarke Senr. Trustee in the chair,

            Messrs. Stewart Mitchell, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Flournoy, and Early. 

            The Board attended by the Revd. John Brown, the Professor of Mathetics, Natural Philosophy, And Chymistry, the teacher of the French Language, Tutor of the Grammar School – Senior Class, the Students of the College and the Grammar School went in procession to the Chapel where an appropriate discourse was delivered addressed to the Candidates for Degrees by the Revd. John Brown, after which the Board returned and adjourned untill tomorrow morning nine Oclock ----

 

Monday 5th August 1811 –

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment. 

Present                         W. Clarke Senr. Trustee in the chair,

            Messrs. Stewart, Mitchell, Mounger, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Flournoy, and Early.

            A communication was received from Mr. Hunt, the Steward, which was ordered to lie on the table –

            Dr. Neisler reported the state of the Grammar School,

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which report was ordered to lie on the table.

            Mr. Carnes from the Prudential Committee Submitted a report relative to the procurement of a President, accompanied by documents of Correspondence per-Ordered that the same lie on the table –

            The Board then adjourned until three Oclock this evening.

           

 

             At three Oclock the Board met pursuant to adjournment –

Present as in the morning –

            The communication this day laid before the Board of Trustees by the Senatus Academicus informing the Board that the Revd. Henry Kollock had declined to accept the appointment of President - - being taken up together with the report of the Prudential Committee as to the steps they had taken to procure a proper person to accept the appointment, It is resolved that this Board will now proceed to make the Senatus Academicus a nomination as directed by the Charter and that such nomination be by ballot - - Whereupon the Board proceeded to such a nomination and upon taking and Counting the ballots it appeared that the Revd. John Brown was unanimously nominated – It was thereupon ordered that the Secretary lay an extract of the aforesaid nomination before the Senatus Academicus –

            The Board then adjourned untill nine Oclock tomorrow morning –

 

Tuesday 6th August 1811

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

Present             W. Clarke Senr. Trustee in the chair,

            Messrs. Stewart, Mitchell, Mounger, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Flournoy, and Early.  A communication was received from the Senatus Academicus informing this Board that the Revd. John Brown the President elect had attended before that Board and taken and subscribed the oath prescribed by the ordinance of the Sixteenth of June Eighteen hundred and one, Whereupon Resolved that Messrs. Carnes and Flournoy be a committee to wait on the President and request his attendance; -

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the Committee having performed that duty the President appeared and took his seat as President of this Board –

            Mr. Flournoy moved that the Stewards Communication be now taken up, which being done the same was referred to Messrs. Hull and Flournoy and they ordered to report thereon ------ Mr. Early submitted the following resolution which was readily agreed to – Resolved that John R. Golding, rector of the Academy in Columbia, State of South Carolina be and he is hereby appointed Professor of Languages in Franklin College and that he be allowed a Salary of twelve hundred dollars per annum----

            Mr. Flournoy moved that the resolution offered by him rescinding the resolutions allowing compensation to the members for their attendance, be now taken up which the same being done, the Same was ordered to lie on the table for further consideration –

            It having been suggested to this Board by his excellency the Governor that Doctor Henry Jackson is willing to be employed as an instructor in the College – It is Resolved that the services of Doctor Jackson be accepted, and that the President draw on the Treasurer from time time for such sums as will be sufficient to discharge the expences of Boarding and lodging for said Mr. Jackson, untill such a time as the State of the funds shall authorise a Competent Salary for his Services – It is further Resolved that the President be requested to acquaint Doctor Jackson of his appointment and obtain his answer thereto and his personall attendance on the Second Monday in September next.

            Resolved that all resolutions heretofore passed allowing compensation to the Teacher of the Grammar School be and the same are hereby rescinded, and that the President be authorised to permit any person whom he may find to be possessed of Capacity and good moral Character to occupy the two lower rooms in the western end of College for the purpose of Keeping a Grammar School therein on Condition that such person rely for Compensation on the tuition money alone, provided that the person so undertaking to Conduct the Grammar School shall at all times de subject to the Control and direction of the President and removable at his discretion.  Which was agreed to.

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            Resolved that the Secretary Call upon the Professors of Mathematics, Natural Philosophy, and Chymistry and of the French language and notify them that the Board expect a report from them without delay—

            Resolved, that the Secretary make out a manuscript copy of all the Laws of College with the different amendments aberrations and additions with a broad margin on each page and that the same be handed to the President on or before the Second Monday in September next, that he may have a full view of the whole and thereby be enabled to recommend any alterations or additions thereto that he may think proper at the next meeting of the Senatus Academicus.

            The Board then adjourned untill four Oclock this evening –

 

            At four Oclock the Board met pursuant to adjournment---

Present as in the morning---

            Reports were received from the Professors of Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Chymistry and the French Language which were ordered for the present to lie on the table.

            Mr. Mitchell from the Committee to whom was referred the Treasurers Statement of the funds of the University submitted a report [which] was ordered to lie on the table.

            The following Resolution was offered and agreed to.  Resolved that the Salary of the President of the University be paid quarter yearly in advance.

            Mr. Flournoy from the Committee to whom Mr. Hunts communication was referred Submitted a report which was ordered to lie on the table –

            The Board then adjourned untill eight Oclock tomorrow morning –

 

Wednesday 7th August 1811 –

 

            The President having leave of absence the Senior Trustee W. Clarke took the Chair – Present Messrs. Stewart, Mounger, Mitchell, Hull Carnes, Irwin, Flournoy, and Early.  Mr. Hull presented an

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account of forty eight dollars in favor of John Pettis for sweeping College and taking Care of the Chapel, for which amount a draft was ordered to be issued.

            Mr. Flournoy presented an account in favour of Wm. J. Hobby for binding two Books amounting to Six dollars and fifty cents.  Ordered that the same be paid immediately.

            Mr. Mounger having stated to this Board that a Draft for his services as a Trustee in November 1808 issued in his favor for twenty one dollars and that the same was attested by the Secretary but not signed by the President.  It is ordered that a new draft do now issue for twenty one dollars for the aforesaid services –

            Resolved that all resolutions heretofore passed allowing Compensation to the Teacher of the French Language be and the same are hereby rescinded.  And that the President be authorised to permit any person whom he may find to be possessed of Capacity and good moral character to occupy any one suitable room in College for the purpose of teaching the French Language therein, provided that such person rely for Compensation on the tuition money alone, and be at all times subject to the Control and direction of the President and removable at his discretion –

            James D. Cole Communicated his proposals for furnishing Commisary for the Students of College after the resignation of the present Steward – the same were ordered to lie on the table –

            Mr. Hull moved that the report of the Committee on Mr Hunt’s Communication be now taken up which was disagreed to.

            The Trustees then attended the Senatus Academicus that that Board might be formed for the purpose of attending the public exercises – After the exercises were over the Board returned and adjourned untill Six Oclock tomorrow morning.

 

Thursday 8th August 1811

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment. 

Present                         W. Clarke Senr. Trustee in the chair,

Messrs. Stewart, Mitchell, Mounger, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Flournoy, and Early –

The Board after being formed adjourned for one hour.

The Board met pursuant to adjournment,  Present as before-

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            Resolved that the house now in occupancy of Mr. Professor Meigs with the Garden and land appurtinant thereto be given up by him on or before the first day of next month – And that the Same be the for the future occupied by the President – Ordered that a copy of the foregoing resolution be served on Mr. Meigs by the Secretary.

            Resolved that Said house when so given up be taken charge of by Col. Carnes untill the President shall remove to this place.

            The Committee appointed to Consider of and report upon the Communication of Mr. Hunt, are of opinion that the sum of two hundred and three dollars twenty five cents the amount of Mr. Hunts demand against this Board be paid to him by a draft to be drawn upon the Treasurer payable on the first day of November next.  The Committee are further of opinion that the Prudential Committee hereafter to be appointed should advertise untill the first day of September next that the Stewardship will be vacant in the first day of January, after which time a successor will be desired to conduct the Commons for the next year – And that the Steward employed to provide the Commons in the house heretofore set apart for that purpose and occupied by Mr. Hunt.  Whereupon Resolved that the applications of the Candidates for the Stewardship, presented to this Board be referred to the Prudential Committee, who are hereby authorized to receive further proposals and Contract with such applicant as will in their opinion best discharge the duties attached to the appointment. 

            Hope Hull one of the members of this Board gives the following information and exhibets [sic] the same as charges against Mr. Professor Meigs which he urges should be inquired into by the Board.  Viz, that o the best of his recollection the day after the adjournment of the Board in August last and at the door of the printing office he Mr. Meigs addressing himself to Mr. Hull uttered

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in substance the following words – “You have appointed Campbell as your Secretary, however, I suppose he will do well enough as a Secretary for the TORIES.  Mr. Meigs has further said in the presence of Mr. Hull that the State of Georgia has great reason to thank God for one honest man – Judge Early – if it had not been for him the lands belonging to the institution would have been sold and the money pocketted; and many other expressions and observations of a similar import but not now precisely recollected.

 

Sworn to before me this

8th August 1811 at Athens                                            (Signed) Hope Hull

Robt. Walker Judge

 

            In a conversation with Mr. Meigs a few days after the adjournment of the Board in August last upon the subject of the Congressional and County elections he observed in substance as follows – You, addressing himself to me, cannot think to gain the confidence of the people after your conduct relative to the College lands.  The facts stated in the piece that appeared in the Express against you last was furnished by me, and there are other facts which I intend to Communicate – But I cannot so much blame you for you are a tool of other great men.  But for one honest man or the only honest man among them the Board of Trustees would have sold the College lands, and would have squandered the money away to their own uses – They were all a damned pack or band of tories and speculators, and if they had have turned him out of his office,  he would have shewn them in their proper colours – They had made him Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chymistry, and given him a poor pitiful salary of twelve hundred dollars – damn them, he reckoned they would make him next Professor of Cabbages and Turnips – And much more such conversation not now detailed, but the above is the substance of the Conversation.

 

Sworn to before this

8th August 1811 at Athens                                                        (Signed) Augustin L. Clayton

Robt. Walker Judge –

 

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The foregoing Charges having been exhibited against Professor Meigs which Call for a full and Complete investigation an account of involving matters which strike at the honor and integrity of this Board, and tend to bring the institution into contempt and disgrace, and as it is a principle of justice that all persons charged with offences should have an opportunity of meeting their accusers and have a fair and impartial hearing It is ordered that the Secretary do inform Mr. Professor Meigs that his presence is immediately desired in this Board.  Mr. Meigs attended according to notice and the Charges exhibited against him were read by the Secretary and Submitted to his perus al [sic] upon which he made some observations denying in general the Substance of them to be true, and Concluded by requesting Copies in order to enavle [sic] him to determine what course to pursue.

Thereupon Resolved that the said Charges be entered at large on the minutes and the originals file with the Secretary, and that a copy of the Charges together with this resolution be served on Mr. Meigs without delay that he may have an opportunity to deliberate thereon and answer thereto.

A Communication as received from Col. Walton Harris relating to disputed College lands, which was ordered to be filed. 

Messrs. Carnes, Hull and Stewart were reappointed the Prudential Committee for the present year, and for their extraordinary services the last year the sum of thirty five dollars was ordered to be paid them –

The Board then adjourned to 7 Oclock tomorrow morning –

 

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Friday 9th August 1811 –

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment. 

Present                         W. Clarke Senr. Trustee in the chair,

            Messrs. Stewart, Mitchell, Mounger, Hull, Carnes, Irwin, Flournoy and Early –

            Mr. Early having stated to the Board that the drafts in his favour issued for his services at the two last meetings of the board are lost or mislaid – It is ordered that a new draft do now issue for the sums contained in the said two drafts so lost as aforesaid.

            Mr. Hull presented an account of thirty two dollars in favour of John Hodge for boarding Wm. Simms an assistant in the Grammar School – Ordered that a draft do issue therefore. 

            The Board of Trustees having this day heard the defense of Mr. Professor Meigs and the affidavits exhibited in support thereof, and having maturely Considered the same together with the charges and proofs exhibited against him are of the opinion that he hath been guilty of great misconduct and ought to be removed from the office – Whereupon Resolved, eight members voting in the affirmative, that Josiah Meigs be and he is hereby removed from the office of Professor of Mathematicks, Natural Philosophy and Chymistry in Franklin College.

            Ordered that a Copy of the foregoing be served on Mr. President Meigs by the Secretary – Ordered that the affidavits submitted by Mr. Meigs in his defence be filed with the Secretary –

            The following accounts were presented and drafts ordered to be issued for the respective amounts - to wit                                                                                             brought up                    $180

Mr. Early for present Services and two lost drafts          $54.60

            Flournoy                                                 31                  Mr. Irwin                      45.

            Stewart                                                              27                  Walker                         45.

            Carnes                                                   27                  Mounger                      29.

            Clarke                                                    40                  Campbell                      87.50  

            Mitchell                                                              40                  Total                            441.10

            Carried up                                            $180

 

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            It having been represented to this Board by the Prudential Committee that the repairs on the Collegiate building have not been completely finished in the manner Contemplated by the Board and in order to effect this purpose the Board do require of the Prudential Committee to take the best and most speedy method of having Portico’s made over the outer doors of every section or quarter of the building of suck extent as will secure the several passages in the building on both sides – and have the windows glazed and the Portico’s painted in such a manner as the Committee may think necessary to answer the wishes of the Board and that this Board will defray the expences thereof.

            Resolved that the President of the University be and he is hereby appointed Professor of Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Chymistry and that these sciences be taught by him and Doctor Henry Jackson who has been appointed an assistant instructor until other arrangements can be made.

            Resolved that the Prudential Committee be impowered to adjust claims and issue drafts for such sums as may be found due from this Board to the late Professors Meigs and Pettit, and that they be made to bear interest from the days their salaries became due –

            Mr. Meigs presented a claim for ringing the Bell which was referred to the Prudential Committee. 

            The Board then adjourned to meet at Milledgeville the Thursday after next the first Monday in November next.

Attest

            Duncan G. Campbell                            John Clarke Senr. Trustee

            Secretary of the University                    Presiding

 

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Milledgevill [sic] 7th November 1811 –

 

            On this day the following persons, members of the Board of Trustees Convened in the Executive Chamber pursuant to adjournment, To wit,

Mr. President Brown,

Messrs. Clarke, Stewart, Mitchell, Carnes, Irwin and Early. 

There not being a sufficient number to proceed to business those present adjourned untill tomorrow morning ten Oclock –

 

Friday 8th November 1811 –

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

Present                         Mr. President Brown

            Messrs. Clarke, Stewart, Mitchell, Carnes, Irwin and Early - -

            Mr. Flournoy Communicated his resignation as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the University, and the same was received.  Doctor Smith having at the last meeting of this Board communicated his resignation as a Trustee and the same not being then noticed upon the minutes – It is ordered that Said resignation be now received.

            The Board then adjourned until half past eight O’Clock tomorrow morning –

 

Saturday 9th Novr. 1811 –

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjounrnment –

Present             Mr. President Brown

            Messrs. Clarke, Stewart, Mitchell, Carnes, Irwin, and Early –

            Mr. Early submitted the following resolution and it was adopted – Resolved that a Committee be appointed to prepare and lay before the Legislature a Statement of all the actings and doings of the Board Since their last report to that body; and that the Said Committee do prepare and present to the Legislature a memorial, representing to that body the depressed and inactive state of

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the funds of the University and the necessity that exists for their aid in relieving the institution from the imbarrasments Consequent thereon.  And further to represent the propriety of vesting the Board with the power of removing its own members for neglecting to attend to the duties of their appointment.  Ordered that Messrs. Mitchell, Carnes and Early be that Committee.

            The following Resolution was submitted by Mr. Early also and unanimously agreed to.  Resolved that the Secretary do prepare and transmit a letter to each of the Members of Board who do not now attend informing them that the Board will meet again at this place on Tuesday the 19th Instant; and that their attendance or resignation at that time is earnestly requested, in as much as without attendance or resignation a meeting ot the Senatus Academicus will probable then be frustrated as it has at this time.

            Mr. James D. Cole having Communicated to the Board that there was some misunderstanding between himself and the Prudential Committee at the time his bed was offered and accepted as Steward of the University; as at that time the subject of having some addition repairs and buildings in and about the Stewards house and premises was not taken into Consideration – It is thereupon resolved that the Prudential Committee be vested with full power to enter into any agreement on this subject with Mr. Cole as to such alterations as they may think advisable and necessary, provided the expence to be incurred on this subject shall not exceed the sum of three hundred dollars - -

            The Board the adjourned to meet again at this place on Tuesday the 19th of the present month.

Attest

            Duncan G. Campbell

            Secretary of the University

 

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Milledgeville 19th November 1811

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment –

Present – Messrs. Clarke, Stewart, Mitchell, Marshall, Hull and Irwin.  There being no business now submitted the Board adjourned until tomorrow morning ten Oclock.

 

Wednesday 20th November 1811

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

Present – Messrs. Clarke, Stewart, Mitchell, Marshall, Hull, Irwin, and Early.

            The Committee appointed by resolution of the Board passed on the 9th Instant to draft a memorial and to make a Communication to the Legislature requested further time which was granted to them, and thereupon the Board adjourned untill ten Oclock tomorrow morning.

 

Thursday 21st Novr. 1811 -

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

Present                         Mr. President Brown

            Messrs. Clarke, Stewart, Mitchell, Hull, Marshall, Irwin and Early. 

            The Committee now reported a memorial and a summary of the proceedings of both Boards since their last annual report to the Legislature which were approved and ordered to be transmitted.

 

Friday 22nd Nov. 1811 –

 

The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

Present             Mr. President Brown,

            Messrs. Clarke, Stewart, Mitchell, Mounger, Hull, Marshall, Irwin and Early.

            The President resigned the several professorships of Mathmaticks – Natural Philosophy and Chymistry which had been Conferred upon him at the last annual meeting of the Trustees.  Whereupon it is Resolved that Doctor Henry Jackson be and he is hereby appointed Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chymistry, and that he be allowed a salary of twelve hundred dollars per annum.

            Resolved that the attorney of the Board do prosecute all persons who may trespass upon the College lands in the vicinity of Athens; and that the Treasurer do take notes from those of the inhabitants of said town who may take firewood from said land under

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the resolution of this Board of 22nd July 1807 – And further, that the appointment of David Allen under the aforesaid regulation be and the Same is hereby revoked.  And be it further resolved that the Faculty of the Collge do give to the attorney of this Board any information they may mosses at any time of any Trespass Committed on the land aforesaid which may inable him to prosecute the offender to Conviction - -

            The Senatus Academicus laid before this Board various alterations, amendments and additions which they had made to the laws of the College, whereupon it is ordered that the Secretary do make out a fair Manuscript Copy of the Laws of the College as they now stand, and forward the same to the President that five hundred whereof may be printed - -

 

The following accounts were presented and Drafts ordered to be issued therefore –

Mr.      Hull      26 dols.                        Mr.      Gresham           23                    The Board adjourned

            Clarke  21                                Marshall                       24                    to meet at Athens on

                                                            Mounger          19                    the 1st Monday in

            Stewart            41                                Talbot              21                    August nest [sic]. - -

            Irwin    31                                Iverson             21

            Early    38                                Campbell          106.27

            Mitchell            21                                                        $ 412.67

 

Attest

            Duncan G. Campbell                            John Brown Presidt.

            Secretary of the University

 

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Athens, Franklin College

Saturday January 25. 1812

 

            Pursuant to appointment by the President of the University, of a special meeting of the Board on this day, the following Gentlemen attended and took their Seats –

            To wit, Messrs             John Griffin

                                                Peter Early

                                                Stephen Upson

And being a majority of the Board under the late law, proceeded to business –

            The Board took into Consideration the Salary of the Secretary, Treasurer and Attorney, which offices by law are henceforth to be united in One Person, and established the Same at five hundred dollars – They then proceeded to the choice of Said Officer, and upon receiving and Counting Out the votes it appeared that Augustin L. Clayton was unanimously elected –

            The Treasurer Stated to the Board, that a Considerable quantity of the University lands, remain at present unleased – Ordered that he be authorized to lease any of the Said lands upon application from any person taking Care to lease the Same at the price which was placed on each lot by the Prudential Committee of the last Board, and to secures the payment of the rent in the manner heretofore practiced.

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            Mr. James D. Cole presented a letter to this Board enclosing an account relative to certain repairs done at his expence in and about the house set apart for the Steward and praying Compensation for the Same – Ordered that the further Consideration of his Said Claim be postponed untill the next meeting of the Board, in order that Mr. Cole may furnish this Board with Satisfactory evidence that Said repairs were done agreeably to Contract, between him and the Prudential Committee, under a resolution to that effect passed at Milledgeville on the 9th day of November 1811.

            The Board received a letter from Mr. John Bethune of Greene County, propsing to purchase from them the following lots in the town of Greensborough, to wit, Numbers 53, 58, 59, 60.  Resolved that the Treasurer be authorized to sell the said lots at public sale in the town of Greensborough to the highest bidder, giving due and sufficient public notice of Said Sale, provided the Said lots shall not be Sold for a sum under One hundred and fifty dollars – And the President of the University, if Said lots are Sold Shall be Authorized o make deeds to the purchaser in the manner heretofore practiced. 

            It appearing to this Board that a certain Lot in the town of Greensborough, to wit, No. 48 has been Sold twice by former Boards

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of Trustees or their agents – And that the Said Lot had lately been sold at Marshalls Sale as the property of the first purchaser, and was purchased by Charles L. Mathews Esq. by which the Board may become liable to pay Considerable damages, On the warranty of their Deed to the price and all expences he may have been at in purchasing the Said Lot, and receive a deed for the Same.

            The Board then adjourned until Thursday the 14th day of May next, to meet again at this place –

Attest                                                               John Brown Presidt.

  1. L. Clayton Secty.

 

Athens, Franklin College

Thursday May 14, 1812

 

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment. 

Present.            - Messrs. Griffin, Upson, Paine and Early with the President of the University.

            The Board attended the public exercises of the Students of  the College, at the Chapel, and then returned to College to take up this unfinished business of the last meeting and such as might be laid before them –

            Doctor Hugh Niesler presented an account for Services performed by him as Teacher of the Grammar School from January to

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August in the year eighteen hundred and eleven, which amounted to the Sum of $399.15.  The Board having examined minutely into his right of demand against them and finding very Considerable difficulty in ascertaining the precise Contract with the Former Board, upon which he intended on his Said Services, are of Opinion that the only just accurate rule by which they can arrive at the true amount Owing to Doctor Niesler, is to give him what he was willing to take on a former occasion, which was three hundred and fifty dollars, proposed by him, as he acknowledged to this Board to be taken, from Old Board at their meeting in August last – Resolved that the Treasurer issue a draft to the Said Niesler for the above last mentioned Sum, and the further Sum of three dollars for one Gallon of Oil furnished by him for the use of the College, taking Care to deduct whatever sums may have been paid in Consideration of his Said Claim.

            Mr. James D. Cole pursuant to a resolution of the Board at their last meeting, produced a certificate of a majority of the Prudential Committee of the former Board, Stating that the Said Cole was authorized by them to make  the repairs to the Steward’s House as exhibited in his account, whereupon the Board took into consideration the demand of the Said

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 James D. Cole and find that it amounts to $227.28 ¾.  But upon examining the Several items of his account they also find that some of them are too exorbitant to be allowed, and that there are one or two errors in the Same, both of which Circumstances will reduced the Said account to 178.69 ¾.  Whereupon resolved that the Treasurer issue a draft to the Said Cole for the last mentioned amount, but Subject by agreement between the Said Cole and the Board, to a credit of not less than One hundred dollars, provided the House which is the subject of his Claim does not Sell for that amount at public Sale, which Sale the Treasurer is authorized to effect without delay. 

            The Board then adjourned untill  eight Oclock to Morrow morning.

 

Friday May 15, 1812

 

Present             Mr. President Brown

            Messrs. Early, Griffin, Paine and Upson.

            The Board with the assistance of the Authority of the College proceeded to the examination of the Students Composing the Several Classes in the College, On the various branches of Science in which they had been engaged for the last term, made Considerable progress therein, and then adjourned untill two Oclock this evening –

 

2 OClock P. M.

 

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Present as in the morning –

            The Board Continued the examination until Six OClock and then adjourned for one hour.

 

7 OClock P. M.

 

            Present as before –

            The President laid before the Board an account of William Findley, amounting to $61.64 for Certain work done by him in and about the House and lot of the President of the University, and upon examining the Same they Consider it to b unreasonably high, and believe that $41.00 would be a just and ample Compensation for the work performed, Therefore they resolve that the Said William Findley have a draft on the Treasurer for that amount On his receipting the Treasurer in full for the Said work –

            The President represented to the Board that a Small part of the floor of the Chapel Galary remained unfinished, Ordered that the have the Same Compleated, and that the Treasurer pay the expence thereof. 

            Colo. Thomas P. Carnes presented an account for two Porches erected by him, before the doors of the South Side of the College, amounting to one hundred and seven dollars Sixty Six and three fourths cents – and the Board Conceiving the charge too high, both on account of the work and materials do resolve

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that the Treasurer of the Board be Authorized to choose on the part of the Trustees a person to meet Such person as may be chosen by Colo. Carnes, whom together shall value the Said Porches, and report the amount thereof to the next Board. 

            The Board then adjourned untill to Morrow morning 7 Oclock. 

 

Saturday May 16. 1812

 

Present -          Mr. President Brown

            Messrs. Early, Griffin, Paine, and Upson.

            The Board finished the examination of the Students this day at one OClock, and then Came to the following resolution. 

            Resolved that the Commencement Shall take place on Wednesday the29th day of July next and that the Board will meet at this place on Wednesday the 17th of June preceeding, to examine the candidates of the Degree of Batchelor of Arts – and they adjourned accordingly untill the 17th day of June next to meet at this place.

 

Attest                                                               John Brown Presidt.

    • A.L. Clayton Sect.
    • (pge 200)

       

      Athens Franklin College

                  Wednesday June 17. 1812

       

                  The Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment,

      Present             Mr. President Brown

                  Messrs. Early, Griffin, Paine, and Upson.

                  The Board repaired to the Chapel for the purpose of attending the examination of the Candidates for the degree of Batchelor of Arts, when Messrs. Nathanial Ashly, Richard Jones, Welden Jones, Thomas Foster and John Phinizy, young Gentlemen Composing the Senior Class, presented themselves for that honor – after spending some time in examination, the Board adjourned untill tomorrow morning half past 7 OClock.

       

      Thursday June 18th.

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment, present as yesterday

                  The Board prosecuted the examination untill half past 12 OClock, and then adjourned until 2 OClock this evening –

       

      2 OClock P. M.

                 

                  Met pursuant to adjournment, Continued the examination untill 7 OClock, and then adjourned untill 8 OClock tomorrow morning.

       

      Friday June 19th.

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment, present as yesterday, -

                  The Board finished the examination this day at One OClock and then Came to the following decision, that Messrs. Nathanial Ashly, Richard

      (pge 201)

      Jones, Welden Jones and Thomas Foster are entitled to the degree of Batchelor of Arts and that Mr. Marks Phinizy be denied that honor – whereupon it was ordered that the Said degree be conferred upon the first four named Gentlemen.

                  The Board took into Consideration Colo. T. P. Carnes account for building to Proches [sic] to the South doors of the College, presented at their last meeting, and agreed to allow the Same, Whereupon it was ordered that the Secreataray issue a draft in favor of Said Carnes for One hundred and Seven dollars, Sixty Six and three fourths Cents –

                  The Board came to the following resolution

                  Resolved,

                  That the President be and he is hereby authorized and instructed to prohibit any attempt at erecting porches before the North doors of the College until a contract for the purpose be made under the authority of the Present Board of Trustees.

                  Resolved,

                  That the time of Commencement, as fixed upon by the board at their last meeting, be published in the Georgia Express, the Monitor, the Georgia Journal, the Augusta Chronicle, and the Savannah Evening Ledger – The Board then adjourned untill Tuesday the twenty eighth day of July next to meet at this place.

      Test                                                                  John Brown Presidt.

      1. L. Clayton

       

      Athens Franklin College

      (pge 202)

      July 28th 1812. Tuesday

       

                  The Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment –

      Present                         Mr. President Brown,

                  Messrs. Crawford, Early, Pain, Griffin and Upson – Being the day appointed for the delivery of the Commencement Sermon the Board attended divine Service and afterwards adjourned untill tomorrow morning 9 OClock.

       

      Wednesday July 29th 1812

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment

      Present as yesterday

                  The President informed the Board the he had received an application from Mr. Augustin L. Clayton a graduate of the College in the year 1804, desiring to be admitted to the degree of Master of Arts –

                  Resolved by the Board that Mr. Clayton be admitted to the Said degree.

                  The President likewise informed the Board that Welden Jones a member of the Senior class since the resolution of the Board admitting him to a degree – has been guilty of rude and highly insulting language and conduct towards the Revirend Hope Hull on account of certain observations used by him in a Sermon delivered at the Chapel on the 19th Inst. – Whereupon the Board took the same under immediate consideration, and after thougherly investigating the Subject, Came

      (pge 203)

       to this decision, that the Said Welden Jones, before he should receive his degree, should in the presence of the Trustees, the whole Authority and the Students of College Subscribe and read the following instrument, to wit. - - I. Welden Jones having on the Sabbath day preceding the last improperly and indecorously insulted the Reverend Hope Hull in the College yard, and being duly impressed with a sense of the impropriety of my conduct on that occasion do hereby acknowledge my regret and sorrow for the Same.

                                                                  Signed. Welden Jones

       

                  Which having been accordingly done was ordered to be entered on the minutes.

                  The Board then accompanied the Students and Authority of College in procession to attend the Commencement and after the performances were ended adjourned until 5 OClock this evening.

      5 OClock P. M.

                  The Board met, present as in the morning.

                  Several letters were received from different persons of Greene County proposing to purchase of the Board certain lots in the town of Greensborough and its neighborhood.  But the Board wishing to have an opportunity of examining said lots, in order to ascertain their real value, postponed the Consideration of said applications untill the next meeting of the Board, which they resolved should be on the 8th day of September, at Greensborough.

                  Adjourned accordingly to that time and place

       

      Test                                                                  J. Brown Presidt.

      A. L. Clayton Sect.

       

      (pge 204)

       

      Greensborough, Georgia

      September 8th. 1812

       

      The Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment at Henry Sanford’s House in the town of Greensborough,

      Present

                  Messrs. Crawford, Early, Griffin, Paine and Upson, from which place they repaired to view and examine the Several Lots, they had been applied to, at their last meeting to sell, and after examining the Same, they Authorized their Treasurer to Sell to the Applicants, upon their paying five dollars an acre, for all the lots except one, which they disposed of to William Howe at two dollars per acre – Adjourned to meet at Milledgeville on the Second Monday in November next.

       

      Test

      A. L. Clayton                                                   Peter Early

                  Sect.                                                    Senior Trustee

                                                                              Presiding

       

      State House Milledgeville Monday

      (pge 205)

      November 9th. 1812

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

      Present             Mr. President,

                  Mr. Early, Mr. Upson and Mr. Paine

                  The Board agreed upon a report relative to the funds and state of the institution to lay before the Senatus Academicus, and ordered their Secretary to lay before that body the Same – adjourned to meet the Board of Visitors this Evening in the Senate Chamber, 3 OClock.

      Monday Evening Senate Chamber

                  The visitors having withdrawn, the Trustees adjourned to meet that body again to morrow evening at this place, at 3 OClock –

       

      Tuesday Evening Novr. 10th.

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment present as yesterday – and having gone through the business of the Senatus Academicus – The Trustees adjourned to meet at Athens on Thursday the 13th day of May next.

       

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      A. L. Clayton                                                   J. Brown. President

       

      (pge 206)

      Athens Franklin College

                  May 13th. 1813

       

      The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

      Present,

                  Messrs. Early, Paine, upson and Abbott, together with the President of the University.

                  The Board proceeded to the Examination of the Students and spent this day in that business.

       

      May 14th

       

      Present as yesterday – Continued examination throughout this day.

       

      May 15th

       

      Present as yesterday – Finished the examination this day –

                  Received a letter from Criswell McDonald Containing propositions to lease the Franklin tract of land – agreed to lease him Said land with Some alteration in his proposals – which are to be fully specified in a lease, which the Secretary of the Board is to draw up, and when signed to be a Contract –

                  Received an address from Wm. H. Hunt desiring to purchase two acres and three quarters of land on the back limits of the College

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      lands, which he built his Cabins upon through mistake – at the Same time exhibiting an account against the Trustees for repairs made on the Steward’s House and lot and Services rendered the Trustees and Steward of College amounting Sixty dollars – Ordered that the account is disallowed in the manner which the Said Hunt proposes – the Same having been before twice rejected on account of its impropriety – but that the President of College Sell him the quantity of land required, upon his giving at the rates of thirty dollars per acre, and this Said demand of sixty dollars may be received in part pay for the Same, to be in full of all demands against the Board, and provided he will permit Certain trees which shall be pointed out by the Secretary of the Board before the completion of the Contract, to remain for the use of the Trust –

                  Allowed eight days relaxation on account of the additional application of the part of the Students, to prepare for the examination –

                  Nominated Mr. Greene to the Professorship of Mathematics and Astronomy with a Salary of twelve hundred dollars and to supply the place of Doctor Henry Jackson, who has gone to Europe in the Capacity of Secretary to a Legation –

                  Adjourned untill the last Monday in July next.

       

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      A. L. Clayton Sect.                                           J. Brown. President

       

      (pge 208)

       

      Athens, Franklin College

      Monday July 26, 1813

       

                  The Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment

      Present                         Mr. President Brown

                  Messrs. Early, Paine, and Upson,

      and Comminced at nine OClock the examination of the Students of College for the purpose of ascertaining their qualifications to rise grade in their respective classes – prosecuted the examination throughout this day and adjourned until tomorrow morning 8 OClock.

       

      Tuesday July 27

       

      Met pursuant to adjournment, present as yesterday –

      Finished the examination this day, the Board expressed their approbation of the Same, and were unanimously of Opinion that the respective classes Should rise grade, that is to say, the junior Class Commence Senior, the Sophomore Junior, and Freshmen Sophomore.  Adjourned untill to morrow morning ten OClock.

       

      Wednesday July 28th

       

      Met pursuant to adjournment, present as yesterday, with the addition of Mr. Abbot –

      The Board then accompanied the Students in procession

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      to the Chapel to attend an exhibition and after the exercises were finished adjourned untill tomorrow morning 8 OClock.

       

      Thursday July 29th

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment, present as yesterday.

                  Resolved

                  That Whereas it is Conceived that a mistake to the detriment of the University has been made in the deed dated ……………….. Convoying lot No two (2) adjoining the town of Greensborough signed by Josiah Meigs late President to William McCane for forty two acres nine Chains and ninety Seven links, being the quantity purchased by the Said McCane - - in this; that the Said lot No 2 as described and bounded in the Said deed Contains an additional surplus quantity of twenty four acres, three chains, and fifty four links – for the purpose of ascertaining the Said mistake and finally settling the difference thence arising – It is ordered that the Secretary of this Board do on the part of this Board appoint a fit and proper person who, together with a person to be appointed by Charles D. Stewart, the Vendee of the said McCane shall have power and authority finally to Settle the Said Controversy – by an award in the premises – and if the said Arbitrators Can not agree it is ordered and agreed that the Said Arbitrators have the power of umpireage – and it is further Resolved that the President do enter into Mutual bonds with the Said Charles D. Stewart to abide by and perform the award of the Said Arbitrators or Umpire

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                  Resolved

                  That the Attorney of this Board without delay institute an Action or actions against all and every person or persons holding or claiming an adverse possession or right to the University lands in the County of Jackson

                  Adjourned until tomorrow morning 8 OClock

       

      Friday July 30th

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment, present as yesterday.

                  Resolved, That every Student of this College and of the Grammar School shall write his name on the outside of any letter which he may send by mail from Athens.

                  Resolved, That the Post Master at this place be requested not to receive a letter from any Student unless such Students name be written on the Outside thereof –

                  Resolved, that the President, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Green, Doctor Niesler and Mr. Josiah Newton be appointed Commisioners, who or a majority of them to make out a resurvey of the tract of land upon which the College is Situated and to Comprehend within the Same a plan of the town of Athens and the Glebe lands – and also to Survey and lay out so much of the land lying westardly and Northwestardly of

      (pge 211)

      the College as then may Consider most proper into Acre lots, marking particularly all the Springs, branches and eminences in the Same, and that an accurate map of the whole be made out and submitted to the Board at their next meeting – adjourned untill tomorrow 8 OClock. 

       

      Saturday July 31st.

       

                  Resolved that Doctor Hugh Niesler be and he is hereby appointed agent and Superintendant of the tract of land on which Franklin College is situated, to prevent the destruction of Timber, firewood, and injuries to the Springs or any other acts which may be detrimental to the Said land, to ascertain and guard against trespasses and unlicenced encroachment On the Same and that the Said agent immediately Communicate to the Attorney of this Board any acts affecting the Said lands that may require a legal remedy – Resolved that the Said Doctor H. Niesler Shall have a reasonable compensation for his Services as Such agent and Superintendant – And it is further resolved that no person Shall be Considered as licenced to take wood or timber or otherwise to interfere with the land until a Certificate from the Treasurer has been obtained by them and presented to and accepted by the Said Niesler and that no person Shall be allowed to Cut any timber for hewing or Rails without a Special licence – Resolved that not person Shall be permitted to cut, have or carry away for the purposes of firewood or for any other purpose any green timber growing on the Said tract of land.

                  The President having laid before the Board of Trustees the Case of Thompson Bird, a Student in the Freshman Class, who had

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      been suspended until this meeting, On a charge of being the writer and publisher of a highly immoral and scandalous libel reflecting upon the faculty of College, and particularly upon the President together with satisfactory proofs of the truth of the Charge, and also an application On the part of Mr. Bird to be restored - : The opinion and advice of the Board was requested on this subject – The Board of Trustees on mature deliberation are of the Opinion that it would be inexpedient and of dangerous example to restore Mr. Bird – and advise that he be expelled from Franklin College.

                  Adjourned to meet at Greensborough on Tuesday the Seventh day of September next.

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      Tuesday September 7th Greensboro:

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment,

      Present Messrs. Early, Paine, and Upson, Adjourned to meet at Milledgeville on Monday the eight day of November next.

       

      Milledgeville, Executive Chamber, November 8th. 1813

       

                  The Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment,

      Present             Messrs. President Brown, Early, Paine, Abbot and Upson, -

                  The Board prepared the usual annual report to in Conformity with the law, to be laid before the Senatus Academicus  - and then adjourned to meet the Board of Visitors this afternoon at 4 OClock.

       

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      Milledgeville Tuesday 9 Nov. 1813

                  The Board met,

      Present                         Messrs. President Brown, Paine, Abbot, and Upson –

                  The following resolutions being Considered were adopted –

                  Resolved that the part of the College land lying West of the town of Athens and North of Front Street be Continued to the intersection of a line running N. 20. W. from a Stake Corner, be laid off into lots of four acres each and be Sold on a Credit of two years to the highest bidder on the third day of January next, provided it is not sold for less than $ 15 per acre – that a notice be given of the time and place of Sale in One of the Augusta and Milledgeville papers, and that the purchaser give bond and Security for the payment of purchase money and also a Mortgage upon the lot or lots purchased.

                  Resolved that the President be and he is hereby Authorized to have laid off into acre lots and to lease On ground rent at not less than $2 per acre that part of the College land lying South of Front Street and West of the Glebe land to any person or persons desirous of erecting buildings for the use and accommodation of youth to be educated in the said College or in the Grammar School attached thereto – the Said lease or leases to Cease and to be null and void whenever the lessee Shall fail to send a Student or Students to the Said College or Grammar School.

                  The Board of Trustees was then adjourned until Thursday the 16th day of June next, to meet at Athens –

       

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      Athens Thursday June 16th 1814

       

                  The Trustees of the University Convened at Franklin College According to adjournment –

      Present                         Messrs. President Brown, Early, Abbot, Paine and Upson –

                  The Board repaired to the Chapel for the purpose of Attending the examination of the Candidates for the degree of Batchelor of Arts, when Messrs. Asberry Hull, William Baldwin, (Thadeus) Goode Holt, and Milton Howard, Young Gentlemen Composing the Senior Class presented themselves for that honor.  After Spending this day in that business, adjournment until to morrow Morning 8 OClock –

       

      Friday June 17.

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment, present as yesterday –

      The examination was Continued throughout this day, and the Board adjourned untill to morrow morning 8 OClock.

       

      Saturday June 18.

       

      Met pursuant to adjournment – present as yesterday –

      The Examination being finished this day the board Came to the following Resolution, resolved that Messrs. Asberry Hull, William Baldwin, Goode Hull and Milton Howard are entitled to the degree of Batchelor of Arts and that the Same be Conferred On them in the usual manner.

                  The Board then adjourned to meet at this place on Monday the 25th day of July next.

       

      Franklin College

      Monday July 25 1814

       

      (pge 217)

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

      Present             Messrs. President Brown, Early, Abbot, Upson and Paine –

                  The Treasurer of the Board laid before them his annual statement of funds of the University which was referred to a Committee Composed of Messrs. Upson and Paine – adjourned untill to morrow Morning 10 OClock.

       

      Tuesday 26th

       

      Met pursuant to adjournment, present as yesterday –

      The President then informed the Board that he had received an application from Duncan C. Campbell Esq. a graduate of Chapel Hill College in North Carolina, desiring to be admitted to the degree of Master of Arts – Whereupon Resolved that Mr. Campbell be admitted to the Said degree –

      This being the day appointed for the delivery of the Commencement Sermon the board together with the Authority and Students of College attended Said Sermon and afterwards adjourned till to Morrow Morning 10 OClock.

       

      Wednesday 27.

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment, present as yesterday.

                  A letter was received from Thos. J. Moore Esq. Praying that his Security to Certain notes for rent, given by him to the Trustees of the University – Might be released and then others taken in his Stead – Whereupon Resolved that it is inexpedient to grant the request of the Said Moore.

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                  The hour for the public Commencement having arrived the Board accompanied the Authority and Students in procession to the Chapel and after the performances usual On that occasion were ended, they adjourned untill to Morrow Morning 10 OClock.

       

      Thursday 28.

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment, Present as yesterday.

                  The Board attended the exercises of the Students, at the public Chapel, Composing the Subordinate Classes in College, which when finished, they adjourned untill to Morrow Morning 10 OClock.

       

      Thursday 29.

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment, Present as yesterday. 

                  The Board appointed Mr. Hozekiah Luckie of Oglethorpe to Carry into effect the Sundry resolutions passed by them One on the 30th of July and the others on the 9th of November 1813.  Relative to the laying off Certain lots in the town of Athens.

                  Resolved that this Board will purchase of Doctor William Greene his large Globes for the use of the College and that the President shall issue a draft in his favor to the amount of two hundred dollars for that purpose. 

                  Resolved that the business of Chas. D. Stewart, relative to the disputed lot of land near Greensborough, between him and the Trustees, be referred to the Treasurer of the Board, with authority

      (pge 219)

      to lease him the Said lot of land in dispute till the amount of rent Shall discharge the award in his favor, and if he improves the value of the land, whenever the Board are Authorised to Sell the Same, Said Stewart Shall have a preference – that in the event of his not complying with the above proposition the Said Treasurer is empowered to lease the Same to the best advantage to any other person.

                  Mr. Heard submitted a letter proposing to purchase a lot of land near Greensborough, No. 32.  Resolved that the Board will sell him the said lot for four dollars per acre at twelve month credit, to bear interest from date, if not punctually paid.

                  Mr. Dawsons letter, relative to the failure of the Consideration of his note, given to the Board for rent, was Ordered to lie on the table –

                  The Secretary of the Board was ordered to write a Circular letter to each Senator in the State requesting him to make a return of the Academy of his County to the next meeting of the Senatus Academicus – The Board then adjourned untill the 14th of November next to meet at Milledgeville.

       

      Milledgeville Monday 14th November 1814

       

                  The Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia met

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      and adjourned to meet at 10 OClock on Tuesday.

       

      Tuesday 15.

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment. 

      Present             The President His Excellency Peter Early, Dr. Joel Abbot, and E. Paine –

                  The President laid before the Board a letter from C. D. Stewart accompanied by a Certificate of the County Survey of Greene County, requesting that a lease may be executed to him for the land particularly described in the said certificate, agreeably to a Contract made heretofore with the Trustees. –

                  It is ordered that such Deed be made on his Complying with the Said Contract.

                  The President laid before the Board his annual Report which was read and approved – and ordered to be laid before the Senatus Academicus. –

                  Adjourned to meet with the Senatus Academicus at half past 3 OClock in the Senate Chamber, and at 10 Oclock in the executive Chamber tomorrow morning. –

       

       

      Wednesday 16th.

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment.  Present as before.

                  Ambrose Day Esq. laid an account before the Board for printing done for the University from 17th June 1800 to the 18th January 1806 whereupon it is

                  Ordered that the Secretary examine the Books of his office and if the Said Account is not paid off, issue a draft in his favor – which was done and the draft issued accordingly. –

      (pge 221)

                  Adjourned to meet tomorrow morning 10 OClock.

       

      Thursday 17th.

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment.  Present as before.

                  On motion it is Ordered that the President requested and he is hereby authorized to appoint two or three fit persons to examine the Accounts of the Treasurer of the University from the Commencement of the Institution, and that such persons as may be appointed make report to this Board at their next meeting of the result of the Examination. –

                  The Board adjourned untill the 14th day of June 1815.

       

      Athens Franklin / College

      Wednesday June 14th. 1815

       

                  The Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment,

      Present             Mr. President Brown,

                  Messrs. Early, Gresham, and Paine –

                  The Board after minute examination of the candidates for the degree of Batchelor of Arts, resolved that John M. Erwin, Henry Hull, Archer F. Mathews and Jabez P. Marshall are entitled to the Said degree and that the Same be Confered on them in the usual manner. 

                  The Board then adjourned to meet at Athens on Tuesday the 25th of July next.

       

      (pge 222)

      Athens, Franklin College

      Tuesday 25th July 1815

       

                  The Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment,

      Present                         Mr. President Brown

                  Mr. Early, Abbot, Gresham, and Paine –

                  They resolved unanimously that the degree of Doctor of Arts be Confered on the Reverend John R. Thompson of Augusta –

                  Adjourned untill tomorrow morning 8 OClock.

       

      Wednesday July 26th.

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment, present as yesterday –

                  The hour for the public Commencement having arrived the Board accompanied the Authority and Students of College in procession to the Chapel – and after the exercises usual on that Occasion the degree of Batchelor of Arts was publickly Confered on John M. Irwin, Henry Hull, Archer F. Mathews, and Jabez P. Marshall –

                  The Board adjourned untill to morrow morning 10 OClock.

       

      Thursday July 27th.

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment, present as yesterday –

                  The Board attended the exercies [sic] of the Students at the public Chapel, Composing the Subordinate Class in College -         

      (pge 223)

      A . J. Clayton having resigned the offices of Secretary and Treasurer of the University, the Board

      proceeded to the choice of a successor in those two offices when the Revd. John Hodge was unanimously elected.

      Resolved that John Hodge be allowed two hundred and fifty dollars per annum, in full of his Salary as Secretary and Treasurer of the University –

      Resolved that the President Convey to Mrs King thirty feet of ground in front, running back - - - - - feet in a line with the lot now occupied by Said Mrs. King, on the payment of twenty dollars as the Consideration Money – The Said thirty feet being part of the Glebe land.

      The Board then adjourned to meet at Milledgeville On the 2nd Monday in November next –

       

      (pge 224)

      Greensborough

      Feby. 9. 1816

       

      Agreeably to an appointment by the President of the University, of a special meeting of the Board, on this day, the following gentlemen attended and took their seats, to wit,

      Messrs.  President Brown, Early, Abbot, Paine, Gresham, Clayton and Merriwether; and being a competent number to form a board, under the state law, proceeded to business.

                  Pursuant to an act of the Genl. Assembly of the State of Georgia, passed the 16th of December 1815, entitled “An Act to authorize the Trustees of the University of Georgia, to Sell the lands belonging to Said University, took into consideration the expediency of Selling the land authorized by the Said act not to be disposed of, and unanimously, Resolved that it is expedient to Sell Said lands, mentioned in the Said act in terms thereof. –

      And after Some consideration of the best time and

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      manner of effecting Said Sales, the Board adjourned to meet tomorrow morning at 9 OClock.

       

      Feby. 10. 1816

       

      Met agreeably to adjournment – Present as yesterday.

                  Resumed the consideration of the most proper time and manner of disposing of the lands of the University, and after some further discussion, adopted the following Resolutions, to wit,

                  Resolved that the said lands are to be resurveyed, and accurately laid off into one hundred acre lots, by Surveyors to be appointed by the Board, whose duty it Shall be to make out a proper plan or plot of each tract, designated by numbers, each lot; and that when examined and properly valued, by fit and proper persons, or a majority of them, who Shall           [appears to be a word missing] the Said value opposite to the numbers of each lot so valued; and the said lots, after the valuation is completed, Shall, by the said values, or a majority of them, together with one of the Trustees, be improved to Sale, in the terms of the Said

      (pge 226)

      act, at the following times and places, to wit,

                  The Richland-Creek Tract, on Monday the 8th day of May next, at Greensboro; the Fishing and Falling Creek tracts, on Monday the 13th day of May, at China Grove; the Sandy Creek tract, on Monday the 20th day of May at Athens; and the Shoal Creek tract, on Monday, the 27th day of May, at Cames’s Mills, in Franklin County – And the Said Sales to continue from day today untill they are finished.

                  And that the persons appointed to attend the Sales of Said lands, be authorized, for and on the part of the Trustees to bid for the lots, as the Same may be Severally exposed to Sale, So as to make them Sell for the valuation annexed opposite to each, as required by this resolution, or for Such other Sum as they or a majority of them Shall in their discretion, think most to the advantage of the Said University.

                  Resolved that Hezekiah Luckie, and Thomas Mitchell, be appointed the Surveyors, and the Rev. Hope Hull, Genl. David Meriwether, and Majr. John Selman, the Valuers to carry into effect, the foregoing

      (pge 227)

      resolution; and that a Sum not exceeding three dollars a day, be given to each of the Said Valuers, as a Compensation for their services; and that a reasonable Compensation be allowed for the Said Surveyors for the duties to be done by them.

                  Resolved that it Shall be the duty of the Said Surveyors to make out a duplicate plot of each tract of land, with the lots distinctly marked and numbered, and that the Same shall be exposed to public inspection, at the places appointed to Sell the respective tracts, as soon after the Surveys are made, as the plots can be conveniently made out.

                  Resolved the the terms of Said Sales Shall be as follows, to wit,

                  Immediate possession will be fiven [sic] of all the lands not under lease, and possession of the lands under lease, will be given on the twenty fifth day of December 1817 – the purchaser to receive at the time of Sale, a deed for the land So purchased by him, upon his giving bond, and good personal Security, together with a mortgage

      (pge 228)

      of the purchased premises, the Said bond to be given in four equal installments, the first to become due on the twenty fifth of December 1817. 

                  Resolved that the Said Sales be published in the Savannah Republican, the Augusta Chronicle, the Georgia Journal, the Washington News, and the Athens Gazette, weekly till the day of Sale; and at such other place or places as the Secretary may deem expedient.

                  Adjourned to meet at 2 O’Clock P. M.

       

      2 O’Clock P. M.

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment. Present as in the forenoon –

                  Whereas the embarrassed state of the funds of the Institution imperiously requires that the Salaries of the officers be reduced to enable this board, in Some measure to pay the debts and meet the disbursements of the Institution therefore,

                  Resolved that from this date the Salary of the

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      President of the University Shall be one thousand dollars per annum; the Salary of the Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy Seven hundred dollars, and the Salary of the Professor of Languages, Six hundred dollars per annum.

                  And that it Shall be the duty of Said officers, together with the Treasurer, to collect the tuition as the Same may regularly become due, and apply the Same to the discharge of their Salaries, in proportion to the amounts hereby assigned to each.  And for this purpose, the Said officers Shall assemble in the President’s Chamber, on the first day of each quarter in the year, and require of each Student, the payment of his quarter’s tuition in advance, in Cash, and when collected to be applied, in the manner and proportion before directed.  And in case of failure to pay Said tuition, the person, so neglecting, Shall not be allowed to proceed to the business of his Collegiate duties, until he complies with this resolution.

      (pge 230)

      And if such student be permitted to pursue his regular studies and recitation without payment as aforesaid, the Said officers shall be answerable for the amount of his tuition in the proportion of their Salaries.

                  Resolved that the President of the University, the Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy, and A. J. Clayton Esq. a member of this board, be appointed to prepare and report to this board, at their meeting in August next for their approval, to be laid by them before the Senatus Academicus, certain laws and regulations for the government of Franklin College.

                  The Board then adjourned sine die. -  -

       

      John Hodge                              John Brown

                  Secretary                                  Presidt. –

       

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      Franklin College

                  Athens May 20 1816

       

                  Pursuant to an appointment by the President of a Special meeting of the board on this day, the following gentlemen attended and took their Seats, to wit,

                  Mr. President Brown

                  Messrs. Early, Paine, Gresham, Clayton, Meriwether and Cobb.

                  After Receiving the President’s communication, containing the reasons which had induced him to call the present meeting, the board adjourned, until 8 OClock tomorrow morning.

       

      May 21. 1816

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment  - Present as yesterday.

                  A letter was received, addressed to the Board from Hezekiah Luckie and Thos. Mitchell Esquires, who had been appointed at the last meeting of this board, to resurvey and lay off into one hundred acre lots, the lands belonging to the University, Stating that they had performed the duty assigned to them to the best of their skill, and praying that such Compensation Should be allowed them as to the board might appear reasonable and just.

                  Whereupon resolved that the Sum of eight hundred dollars

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      be, and is hereby appropriated to H. Luckie and Thomas Mitchell for their Said Services in resurveying the lands of the University and laying them off into hundred  acre lots, and that the President be authorized to issue a draft or drafts for the Same. 

                  Resolved that the ensuing Commencements be on the fourth Wednesday of July next, and that the examination of the Senior Class take place on the 17 of June next.

                  Resolved that the Salary of the Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy, be henceforth Six hundred dollars to take date from the first Wednesday of this present month.

                  Adjourned untill 5 o’Clock P. M.

       

      5 O’clock P. M.

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment – Present as in the morning. 

                  Resolved that the Treasurer of the board make out a fair statement of Prof. William Green’s accounts and present it to the board at their next meeting. 

                  Resolved that the President and the Rev. Hope Hull be authorized to examine into the present Situation of the College edifice, and contract with some proper person to have such repairs done to the Same as may be necessary before the next Commencement.

                  Adjourned until tomorrow morning at 8 O’clock.

       

      May 22 1816

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment – Present as yesterday.

                  Resolved that the President have the laws of the College rigidly inforced, with regard to requiring the Professors, Tutors, and Students to attend strictly, to all the religious and Collegiate duties, prescribed by the laws and customs of this College; and that all recitations Shall be had in the College or Chapel, where it has been heretofore usual to have them, and at the proper hours, prescribed by the President.

                  Adjourned to meet at this place on the 17th day of June next.

      Attest

      John Hodge, Secretary                         John Brown, Presidt.

       

      Franklin College – Athens

      Monday June 17th. 1816

       

                  The following gentlemen attended on this day, viz,

                              Mr. President Brown

                  Messrs. Clayton and Meriwether.

                  And the number not being sufficient to constitute a board, the members present adjourned until tomorrow at 3 O’clock P. M.

       

      Tuesday June 18. 1816

       

                  The Trustees met pursuant to adjournment –

      Present             Mr. President Brown

                  Messrs. Paine, Abbot, Gresham, Clayton, Meriwether and Cobb.

                  A quorum having met, the board proceeded to attend the examination of the Senior Class, and after Spending Some time in that exercise, repaired to the President’s Chamber to take up Such other business as might be before them.

                  Read the minutes of the last Session.  The Board then adjourned until 8 O’clock tomorrow morning.

       

      Wednesday 19 June 1816

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment.  Present as yesterday. –

                  Resolved that Col. A. L. Clayton be and he is hereby associated with the Rev. Hope Hull and the President in contracting for the repairs to be done to the College edifice before the next Commencement. –

                  The board repaired to the Chapel and attended the further

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      examination of the Senior Class ‘till evening and then returned to the President’s Chamber and took up the unfinished business of the Meeting. 

                  Resolved that the Secretary be and he is hereby authorized to adjust the account of Prof. William Green without charging interest for any over payments which may have been made in his favor, and that the Secretary be also directed to deduct from Mr. Green’s account the charge of houserent –

                  Resolved that the three dollars per day each be allowed to the Rev. Hope Hull, Genl. David Meriwether and Col. John Selman for their Services while in the employ of the Trust, in placing a valuation on the different lots of land belonging to the University, and attending the Sales thereof – and that the additional sum of five dollars per day be allowed to Col. John Selman, as a Cryer at the sales of the aforesaid lots, and that the Prest. Of the University be authorized to issue drafts to those gentlemen for the amounts due to each, when the President can be informed by those gentlemen respectively that they have performed the Services as may be specified in their Several amounts.  And also that the Rev. John Hodge be allowed the Sum of eighty dollars, for printing deed, bonds and Mortgages and for extra Services in attending the Sales of the land and that the President be authorised to issue a draft in his favor for that amount. –

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                  Resolved that Col. Clayton be requested to assist the Secretary in making out a report of the debts owing by and to the University, and that their report be laid before the board at their next meeting.

                  Adjourned until tomorrow morning at 8 O’clock.

       

      Thursday June 20. 1816

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment – Present as yesterday. –

                  Repaired to the Chapel and completed the examination of the Senior class.

      Whereupon

                  Resolved that Waters Briscoe, R. H. Randolph, W. C. Dawson, Etheldred Langston, Milus C. Nesbit, and William W. Carnes, members of the Said Senior Class, are entitled to the degree of Batchelors of Arts, and that the Same be conferred on them in the usual manner.

                  Resolved that the President and Col. Clayton be authorised to Sell to the best advantage a Small lot of land upon which Mr. John Epsey has lately erected a Smith Shop.

                  The Board then adjourned to meet at this place on the 22 day of July next –

      Attest

                  John Hodge – Secretary                                               John Brown Presidt.

       

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      Athens. Franklin

      College July 22 1816

       

                  On this day the following persons, members of the Board, attended pursuant to adjournment, to wit, Mr. President Brown, and

                  Messrs. Abbot, Gresham, Mitchell, Wayne, Elliot, Meriwether and Cobb. – Read the minutes of the three occasional Sessions of the Board, which took place Since the last stated meeting at Milledgeville; and the Same were approved.

                  The President Submitted an account for $27, in favor of the Rev. Abr. Marshall, for services by him rendered, while a member of the Board of Trustees, which was ordered for the president to lie on the table.

                  That being the day appointed for the delivery of the Commencement Sermon, the members attended Divine Service, which being ended the Board again Convened in the President’s Chamber.  Messrs. Crawford and Paine arrived and took their seats. – The Treasurer Submitted a Statement of the Funds of the University, which being read was referred to a Committee Composed of Messrs. Clayton, Paine and Meriwether.

                  The Commissioners appointed to value and expose to Sale the land of the University, laid before the Board a Statement exhibiting the amt. of Sales of Said lands which was also refered to the same Committee.

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                  On motion of Mr. Abbot, Resolved that the aforesade Committee be directed to lay before the board, tomorrow morning, or as soon thereafter as can be conveniently done, a Statement of all the Subjects necessary to be acted on by the Trustees vat their present Session. – Adjourned until 10 O’clock tomorrow morning. 

       

      July 24 1816

       

                  Met pursuant to adjournment – Present as yesterday with the addition of Mr. Early. –

                  The Board then accompanied the Authority and Students of College in procession to the Chapel, to attend the publick exercises – where, after the usual exercises, the degree of Batchelor of Arts was conferred on the following persons, members of the Senior Class to wit, Waters Briscoe, R. H. Randolph, W. C. Dawson, Etheldred Langston, and Milus C. Nesbit.

                  The Board then adjourned until 8 O’clock tomorrow morning.

       

      July 25 1816. –

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment – Present as yesterday with the exception of Mr. Wayne –

                  The committee appointed to lay before the Board, the Subjects necessary to be acted on during the present Session, submitted the following report, which being read and approved was acted on by Several Subsequent resolutions.

                  Report –

                  The Committee appointed to inquire into the business necessary to be done at the present Sitting of the board of Trustees report, that from the consideration of the Several documents referred to them they are of the opinion that the matters to be transacted fall

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      under two general heads.

      1st.  The Situation of the funds of the University

      2nd. The internal regulation of the College.

                  Under the first head the present for Consideration

      1st. The disposition necessary to be made of the bonds and mortgages for which the lands have been Sold, and whether all, or a part of them Shall be deposited in the treasury of the State. 

      2dly.  What disposition shall be made of the lots which remain unsold. 

      3rdly.  What course shall be pursued with regard to the lots of land, which have been Sold and which are in dispute; whether the Same Shall be Settled by amicable adjustment in the way of arbitration, or by Suit at law. 

      4thly.  A suitable mode of Securing in the office of the clerk of this board, a correct account of the Sales of the land; and whether such account shall remain of file, or be intered upon the minutes of this board or both.

      5thly.  Whether any, and what ways and means shall be adopted to procure sufficient fund, in ready money, to discharge the most pressing debts of the institution, and to procure to be done repairs absolutely necessary to the College edifice and Chapel. 

      6thly.  Whether any, and what ways and means shall be adopted to procure an additional apparatus and library, and to repair the apparatus already procured. 

      7thly.  Whether an inquiry Shall be instituted in relation to the management and disposition of the funds heretofore; and if So the manner in which that inquiry shall be made.

      8thly.  Whether from the manner in which the books of the treasury have been kept any correct information can be obtaind as to the number of drafts which have been issued, ect.---

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                  Under the Second General head,

      1st. whether any, and what changes Shall be made in the officers of the College; especially whether there shall be a change in relation to the Presidency, and whether that change now take place – Whether there shall be a change in relation to the Professorship of Mathematicks there shall that change now take place – and additional professors and tutors be now employed or measures adopted to procure them.

      2dly.  In as much as complaints have been made to some of the Trustees in relation to the moral deportment of the Students, that inquiry be had whether the laws of College have been sufficiently enforced upon that subject, and whether any and what officers of the College have been negligent of their duty; and whether any amendment of the laws are necessary in that respect. 

      3rdly.  Whether shall any measures be adopted to procure a revision of the laws of this College, and to consolidate and print the same. 

      4thly.  What rule shall be adopted as to the manner of Confering honorary degrees?

      5thly.  Whether any new rule Shall be adopted in relation to the examination of Students for degrees, So as to have the Same more rigid for the better ascertainment of their qualifications?

      6thly.  Whether Shall a committee be appointed to make a report and to examine the documents to accompany the Same, to be laid before the Senatus Academicus, and thro’ that body to the legislature, in relation to the disposition of the lands, the Situation of the funds, ect. 

                  The President had leave of absence for the remainder of the day, and Mr. Early Senior Trustee was appointed to the chair.

                  The Secretary had leave of absence for the remainder of

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      the day, and Mr. Clayton was chosen Secretary protempore.

                  Mr. Cobb offered the following resolution, to wit, On motion Resolved that all the bonds and mortgages taken upon the Sale of the lands of this institution, under the act of General Assembly of this State, be deposited in the Treasury of this State, by the Secretary of this Board, pursuant to the requisitions of Said act and that the Said Secretary do accompany Said bonds and Mortgages with a schedule thereof upon which Shall be designated Such as are token for actions, and for lots the title whereof is in dispute, and that he also accompany the Same with a copy of the memorandum made upon the back of each deed for fraction and also the written Contract Signed by the purchasers of lots in disputes – Which was read and agreed to.

                  Mr. Paine offered the following resolution to wit, The Governor having Communicated verbally to the board that in pursuance of the act incorporating the bank of the state of Georgia, he had Subscribed for one thousand shares of Stock of Said Bank, for the University of Georgia – It is therefore

                  Resolved that the Governor of Georgia, immediately on a deposit being made, of the bonds and mortgages, taken to Secure the payment of the purchase money of the lands of the University lately Sold, be requested to transfer the one thousand Shares of the Stock of bank of the State of Georgia, lately Subscribed him, for the University, to the Trustees of the University of Georgia. – Which was read and agreed to.

                  Mr. Meriwether then offered the following resolution to wit, Resolved that the commissioners heretofore appointed, be directed

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      to provide to Sell Such lots in the Several tracts as remain unsold, except fraction No. 8 and Lots Nos. 43, 41, 29, 30, 27, 28, 15, 16, 13, and 14, of the Sandy Creek Tract, at Such time and place they may think fit, upon the Same terms as those which have been sold, provided that Such Sale Shall be made previous to the next Session of the General Assembly. – Which was read and agreed to.

                  Mr. Cobb offered the following resolution, to wit, Resolved that Messrs. Peter Early, Edward Paine, and Augustin L. Clayton, and they are hereby appointed the attornies, both at law, and in part of this board, for the purpose of having Settled in the most expedient manner, the disputes in relation to the title of Such lots as have been Sold; to alter a part Whereof, other persons have claims; and that they have power to Settle the Same, either by amicable adjustment, by arbitration, or Suit at law, or in Such other manner, as in their discretion, the Shall believe most Conducive to the interest of this institution. – Which was read and agreed to. –

                  Mr. Meriwether offered the following resolution, to wit, On motion, Resolved That the Commissioners who where appointed to Sell the University lands, be requested, with the aid of the Secretary, to preface a detailed report of their proceedings to be entered upon the minutes of this board. – Which was read and agreed to. –

                  Mr. Elliot offered the following resolution, to wit, Resolved that no draft shall be drawn but for monies actually due, and when drawn they Shall be signed by the President, Countersigned by the Secretary and entered in a book to be kept by the latter officer for that purpose. – Which was read and agreed to. –

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                  Mr. Crawford offered the following resolution, to wit, Resolved that this President be required to lay before this board, any information in his possession, relative to the violation of any resolution, or any instance of the nonobservance of the laws of College, by any Professor or Tutor and that he do at the Same time Communicate to this board, the measures he may have taken to have carried into effect the Said resolutions and laws.  He is also required to inform the board, whether the discipline of the College has been relaxed in the government of the Student and the reasons of Such relaxation. – Which was read and agreed to. –

                  Mr. Crawford also offered the following resolution, to wit, Resolved, that William Greene Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy, be required to show Cause to this bard, why he has refused obedience to the laws of the College and especially, the laws and regulations assignated in the resolution of this bored of the 22 May 1816.  Which was read and agreed to. – And the Said two last mentioned resolutions having been served upon the President, and the Professors of Mathematics and Astronomy, and those gentlemen, having in obedience to those resolutions, attended and made certain verbal statements, the Prof. of Mathematics and Astronomy tendered his resignation – Whereupon the further Consideration of the Subject was postponed till tomorrow morning, eight o’clock, and the board then adjourned until that time.

       

      Friday July 26. 1816.

       

                  The board met pursuant to adjournment.  Present as yesterday with the exception of Mr. Elliot.

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                  Mr. Abbot offered the following resolution, to wit, Resoled that the resignation of President Brown, which was tendered to this board in May last, be accepted, to take effect on the 2d. Monday in November next, his salary and services as President to be Continued to that time; and that measures be adopted to enable the board to recommend to the Senatus Academicus, a Suitable person to be President of the University of Georgia.

                  Resolved that Peter Early, Wm. H. Crawford and D. B. Mitchell be a Committee to procure the information necessary for that purpose,

                  Resolved that a copy of the foregoing resolution be presented to Dr. Brown.  Read and agreed to. -

                  Mr. Paine offered the following resolution, to wit, This board having received with Concern, the frequent and gross dilapidations of the College Edifice, and the general want of decency and cleanliness in the halls, and in the occupied as well as unoccupied rooms, Resolved that the President and Professors use their utmost vigilance to prevent those mischiefs so offensive to Strangers, and so pernicious to the health of the Students; and that it be, and it is hereby declared to be the duty of the President and Professors to make the Students responsible for any injuries which may be done to the rooms occupied by them respectively, and that injuries which may be done to the rooms occupied by them respectively, and that injuries done to the vacant rooms and Halls Shall be repaired by a general tax on all Students in the

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      College, unless the person or persons doing the mischief Shall be discovered, and then, and in that Case, he or they Shall be alone answerable.  Which was read and agreed to. 

                  Mr. Mitchell offered the following resolution, to wit, Resolved that in Consideration of extra Services performed by Mr. William Greene, Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy, in discharging the duties of Prof. of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry, any monies due by him to the Trustees, not exceeding one hundred and fifty dollars, be remitted, and delivered to him as compensation for Said services.  And that Mr. Clayton be authorised to receive from Professors William Greene any property belonging to the University.  Which was read and agreed to.

                  Mr. Meriwether offered the following resolution, to wit, Resolved that the resignation of Professor Greene be accepted – Which was read and agreed to.

                  Mr. Paine offered the following resolution, to wit, Resolved that the Treasurer do immediately place in the hands of Col. Augustin L. Clayton any notes in the Treasury which he may selected, for the purpose of discharging two judgements lately obtained by Charles D. Stewart, against the Trustees of the University, the exceptions issued on which judgements are now threatened to be levied; And that the Treasurer take Col. A. L. Clayton’s receipt for the Same, specifying the subjects of this appropriation – Which was read and agreed to.

                  Mr. Paine also offered the following resolution to wit,

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      Resolved that Henry Kollock, T. U. P. Charlton and J. M. Wayne, be a committee for the purpose of negociating a loan, not exceeding five thousand dollars, with any bank or banks in this State to be appropriated to the most pressing exigencies of this institution; and that Mr. President be and he is hereby directed to make and execute to the Said Committee a power of Attorney under the Seal of the University to carry the above resolution into effect – Which was read and agreed to.

                  Mr. Cobb offered the following resolution, to wit, Resolved that Mr. James Camak, a graduate of South Carolina College, and whose letter has been not before this board, signifying his willingness to accept either a professorship or tutorship in this College, be employed as a tutor in the College, for the purpose of instructing Students in Such branches of Study as the President Shall prescribe, and that he Shall be allowed for his Services, a Salary not exceeding Six hundred dollars per annum.

                  He is further Resolved that the President do correspond with Mr. Camak, communicating to him these resolutions, and giving him assurances from this board, that he will be promoted to a Professorship, so soon as they Shall be Satisfied that he has the necessary qualifications. 

                  He is further resolved that the President do request Mr. Camak in case he Shall accept the above appointment of tutor that he will commence his duties thereof, upon the opening of College after the present vacation – Which were read and agreed to. –

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                  Mr. Clayton offered the following report, to wit, the Commissioners appointed to Superintend the repairs of the College and Chapel and to procure materials for that purpose, have performed that duty in part and Report the following Statement of expenditures:

                  For 8 boxes of window glass 10 by 12              $          161.77

                  “ 4                                8 by 10                                                36.00

                  “ 1 barrel of lime                                                                       10.00

                  “  136 ½ lbs. Putty at 15 cts. & 3 Tars                          27.82 ½

                                                                                                      236.59 ½        

                 

                  work upon the Chapel and College                                           35.46 ½

                  hauling materials from Augusta                                      15.00

                                                                                                      $287.05                      

       

                  Which was read and the following resolution adopted thereon, to wit,

                  Resolved that the President issue a draft in favor of the Commissioners appointed to procure materials for repairing the College and Chapel and to have the Same applied to the Repairs of Said  buildings, for the Sum of two hundred and eighty Seven dollars and five cents to pay for the Said materials and repairs, to be paid out of the five hundred dollars borrowed by the Trustees at their last meeting.

                  Mr. Meriwether offered the following resolution, to wit, Resolved that Messrs. Paine, Clayton, and Cobb be a Committee in Conjunction with the Faculty of College to propose a report of the General State of the institution to be laid before the board at their next meeting – Which was read and agreed to.

                  Mr. Cobb offered the following resolution, to wit, Resolved that the Secretary do furnish his Excellency D. B. Mitchell

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      with copies of the resolutions in relation to the deposit of the bonds and mortgages in the Treasury, and the transfer of the Stock from the State to the Trustees of the University, and that directing a negotiation for a loan of four thousand dollars.

                  Mr. Paine offered the following resolution, to wit, Mr. William Green having resigned the Professorships of Mathematics and Astronomy, and having signified his wish that this board would express its sense of his merits, Resolved that it is the opinion of the board that Mr. William Green is a man of Science and literature, and a zealous instructor of youth.  Read and agreed to.

                  Mr. Clayton offered the following resolution, to wit, Resolved that the President of the University be Authorized to employ Mr. Asbury Hull as a Tutor in Franklin College and he be allowed a Salary of four hundred dollars per annum to Commence at the beginning of the next term.  Which was read and adopted. –

                  The Board then adjourned to meet at Milledgeville on the Second Monday of November next.

       

      Test. John Hodge                                                         Peter Early

                  Secretary                                              Senior Trustee

                                                                              Presiding

       

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      Milledgeville

      Executive Chamber

      November 11 1816 –

       

                  The Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia met pursuant to adjournment –

      Present                         Mr. Presd. Brown

                  Messrs. Paine, Abbot, Mitchell, Ware, Clayton, Meriwether, and Cobb.

                  The President of the University laid before the Board his annual report, which was read. 

                  Read the minutes of the last meeting.  The Board then adjourned ‘till 4 O’clock this evening.

       

      4 O’clock P. M.

       

                  The board met pursuant to adjournment.

      Present             Mr. President Brown

                  Messrs. Early, Paine, Abbot, Mitchell, Charlton, Wayne, Clayton, Meriwether and Cobb. 

                  The Board of Trustees were informed that the Board of Visitors were ready to receive them, Whereupon this board repaired to the Senate Chamber to join the board of visitors and form the Senatus Academicus.

                  The board having joined the board of Visitors and formed the Senatus Academicus, and that body having been adjourned, the Board of Trustees again convened in the Executive Chamber.  Present as before.  Mr. Early Senior Trustee in the Chair.

                  Mr. Cobb offered the following resolution, which being read was adopted, to wit. 

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                  The minutes of a Session of the Board of Trustees held at Athens in July last, having been read, and it appearing that the Said minutes have not been duly signed, On Motion it is Resolved that the President be requested to Sign the Said minutes nunc pro tunc.  And a copy of Said resolution being served upon the President he refused a compliance with its terms whereupon it is ordered that the Said minutes be Signed by the present Chairman.

                  The Board the adjourned untill 9 O’clock tomorrow morning.

       

      Tuesday 12 Nov. 1816

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment. 

      Present                         Mr. Early Senior Trustee in the Chair,

                  Messrs. Paine, Abbot, Charlton, Wayne, Ware, Clayton, Meriwether and Cobb.

                  The Treasurer presented to the Board a report of the State of the funds of the University, which being read was laid on the table for instruction of the members.  Mr. Mitchell arrived (+ inspection) and took his seat.

                  On motion of Mr. Charlton, Resolved that the Treasurer’s report relative to the funds, together with the Schedule of “Bonds and Mortgages taken upon the Sale of the lands of the University”, be laid before the Senatus Academicus, and that the minutes of the proceedings of this board Since November last be also Submitted.

                  On motion Resolved that Messrs. Ware, Clayton, and Cobb, be and they are hereby appointed to a Committee to examine into the laws and ordinances governing the College and report the same to this Board at their meeting tomorrow and what alterations are necessary. –

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                  The Board then adjourned ‘till five O’clock this evening.

                 

      Five O’clock P. M.

       

                  The board met pursuant to adjournment.  Present as in the morning.

                  The following note was received from DR. Brown, which being read, It is ordered that the Same be entered on the minutes in compliance with his request,

       

                  “The Honorable Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia,

                  Permit me, Gentlemen, very respectfully, to State, as a reason why I hesitated, on yesterday to Subscribe to the minutes your last session, that a Clause in those minutes seemed to imply that my resignation of the office of President of the University Should go to your Honorable Board; Whereas it appeared to me more regular, that, after the example of my predecessor, I should give in my resignation to the Senatus Academicus, the Board from which I received the appointment. 

                  Will you have the goodness, Gentlemen, to allow this note to be entered with your records, and oblige,

                                          Your obedient,

                                                                  John Brown”

       

                  The Board then adjourned ‘till 9 O’clock tomorrow morning.

       

      Wednesday 13 Novr. 1816

       

                  The Board convened pursuant to adjournment.  Present as yesterday.

                  The Committee appointed to examine into the laws and ordinances, governing the College and to report the Same to this

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      Board, and what alterations are necessary to be made therein,

                  Report that they have made considerable progress, but are not able to lay before the Board a System, and pray further time for that purpose.

                  They recommend that So much of the first Section of an Act passed December 1811, as vacates the Seat of any Trustee who Shall fail to give his attendance for two meetings Successively, the latter clause of the fourth section, and the whole of the sixth section of said Act, be repealed, And they recommend the Senatus Academicus to request the Legislature to authorize the board of Trustees to appoint a president pro tem, whenever it may become necessary.

                  Which was read and agreed to.

                  Mr. Wayne offered the following resolution to wit, Resolved that it is the opinion of this Board, that the resignation of all Officers of Franklin College Shall be made to this Board – Which was unanimously read and agreed to.

                  Mr. Paine offered the following resolution to wit, Resolved That the care of the Collegiate Buildings, and the General Superintendence of the Tutors and Students, be confided to Mr. Professor Golding until a President can be procured – which being read, was agreed.

                  The Board then adjourned ‘till 9 O’clock tomorrow morning.

       

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      Nov. 14 1816

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment.  Present as yesterday.

                  Read the minutes of last meeting.

                  The Committee appointed to examine into the laws and ordinances governing the College, and report what alterations are necessary to be made therein, Reported a Code of laws for the government of Franklin College, which being read, were on motion, ordered to lie on the table.

                  The Board then adjourned ‘til three o’clock this afternoon.

       

      3 O’clock P. M.

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment – Present as in the forenoon.

                  Read the minutes of the last meeting.

                  On motion of Mr. Meriwether, it is ordered that the Code of laws for the government of Franklin College reported this morning by the Committee appointed for that purpose, and Which was then laid on the table, be now taken up.

                  Whereupon the Board proceeded to read and amend the Same, Section by Section, and having made considerable progress therein, the further consideration thereof was on Motion, Suspended till tomorrow morning.

                  The Board then adjourned till 9 O’clock tomorrow morning.

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      Nov. 15. 1816

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment – Present as yesterday.

                  Read the minutes of the last meeting.

                  On motion, Resumed the consideration of the “Code of laws for the government of Franklin College” Submitted yesterday by the committee appointed for that purpose, and having read and amended the Same throughout, Section by Section, It was agreed to.

                  The Board then adjourned ‘till 9 o’clock tomorrow morning.

       

      Nov. 16 1816

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment. 

      Present             Mr. Early Senr. Trustee in the Chair.

                  Messrs. Paine, Mitchell, Wayne, Ware and Clayton.

                  Read the minutes of the last meeting.  Mr. Early had leave of absence, and Mr. Paine the next Senior Trustee, took the Chair.

                  On motion, Resolved that the account of T. K M. Charlton, Editor of the News amounting to nine dollars 31 1/2 cents – the acct. of

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      and F. Grantland, amt. $16.00 -.  The acct of Geo. Adams administrator and D. Driscol amt. $18.75 (if on examination it appears to be unpaid) the acct. of F. S. Fell Editor of the Republican amt. $8.50, the whole being for printing done for Franklin College, be paid by the Treasurer, and the accts. With receipts thereon be filed.

                  Resolved also That the Sum of fortyeight dollars be and the Same is hereby, allowed Mr. John Hodge, for extra Services, and for traveling expences – and that his acct. thereof be filed among the papers of the Secretary of this Board.

                  On motion of Mr. Ware, Resolved that the order passed at a Session of the Board of Trustees on the 25th July last, authorizing the Commissioners appointed by this board to proceed to the Sale of certain lands in the Said order Specified, which expired at the meeting of the legislature, be and the Same is hereby revived and declared to be in full force until rescinded.

                  Mr. Clayton offered the following resolution, to wit,

                  Whereas from the resignation of the President of the College, and the Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy, the institution cannot progress in Such manner as to give general Satisfaction, and as the places of Said officers are contemplated to be filled on or before the first day of January next, Resolved,

                  That the business of Said College be Suspended and a

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      vacation take place until that time. – Which was read and agreed to. 

                  On motion Resolved that Peter Early, Young Gresham, A. L. Clayton, J. Meriwether, and E. Paine, members of the Board of Trustees, be and they are hereby appointed a Prudential Committee, any three of whom shall be a Quorum.

                  The Board then adjourned Sine die.

      Attest                                                   Peter Early

      John Hodge Secy.                                Senr. Trustee Presiding

                  Of the University. –

       

      Athens. Franklin College

      Monday December 23. 1816

       

                  Pursuant to an appointment by Mr. Early Senr. Trustee of the University, of a special meeting of the Board on this day, the following gentlemen attended and took their seats, to wit

                  Mr. Early Senr. Trustee in the chair,

                  Messrs. Paine, Gresham, Clayton, and Meriwether, and being a quorum proceeded to the business.

                  On motion resolved, That the Rev. Robert Finley of New Jersey be, and he is hereby appointed President of the University of Georgia pro. tem. In the place of Rev. John Brown resigned, with a salary of fifteen hundred dollars per annum, and that a copy of the above resolution be transmitted to Mr. Finley by Governor Early the Senior Trustee presiding, at this meeting, together with a Statement of the funds in prospect, and an assurance of an increase in salary, when

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      those funds are realized.

                  Mr. Gresham offered the following resolution which being read was accepted, to wit,

                  Resolved that the Salary of the Professor of Languages be the Sum of eight hundred dollars, the Salary of Mr. Tutor Camak, eight hundred dollars, and the Salary of the Treasurer and Secretary of this Board, five hundred dollars, per annum, Commencing at the beginning of the next quarter.

                  The Board then adjourned until 3 O’clock P. M.

       

      3 O’clock P. M.

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment.  Present as in the forenoon with the addition of Mr. Cobb.

                  On motion, Resolved, That the Treasurer of this Board apply, without delay, to the Governor of the State for a warrant on the Treasurer of the State for ten thousand dollars, directed by the Legislature at their last Session to be advanced to the University, on the pledge of its Surplus bonds, and that he be authorized to receipt for the same, and that after procuring Said warrant, he apply to the Treasurer of the State, and draw five thousand dollars, for the purpose of paying all demands, according to their dignity, take place as soon as practicable; and that for the other five thousand dollars Mr. Treasurer Hodge procure a check of the Treasurer of the State on either of the banks of Savannah, for the purpose of paying the five thousand dollars borrowed of the bank of the State of Georgia.

                  On motion of Mr. Gresham Resolved, That the Senior member of the Board be and he is hereby appointed president of the University

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      pro tem until the inauguration of a president.

                  Mr. Cobb moved the following resolution, which was read and agreed to, To Wit,

                  Resolved, that the Secretary of this Board do advertise in the “Athens Gazette”, in the “Georgia Journal” and in the Washington “News”, that he will receive proposals until the third day of March next, of the terms upon which any person or persons will undertake the office of Steward of Franklin College, and that in Such his advertisement, he State that the Steward will be furnished with a house of one Story consisting of two rooms of twenty feet square, and a passage twelve feet wide, to which the trustees of the University will have built, a dining room, the whole length of the house, and Such out houses as are necessary, and also Stating in Said advertisement, the fare and waiter which will be required, and which Shall be Such as are required by the laws of Yale College:  And that So soon as all the proposals Shall be received by him, he lay the Same before the board of trustees at their next meeting hereafter.

                  On motion Resolved that the Rev. Hope Hull and A. J. Clayton Esq. be appointed a Committee to contract for any repairs, which they may think necessary to be done on the Presidents house and the College edifice and the Chapel.

                  The board then adjourned until 8 O’clock tomorrow morning.

       

      Tuesday December 24. 1816

       

                  The board met pursuant to adjournment.  Present as yesterday.

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                  It was moved by Mr. Cobb and seconded, to reconsider So much of the minutes of yesterday as respects the appointment of a president of the University, and the questing being put to reconsider the same was carried, Whereupon the Said minutes were read as follows and agreed to; to wit,

                  Resolved that the Rev. Robert Finley, of New Jersey, he, and he is, hereby appointed president of the University of Georgia until the next meeting of Senatus Academicus in the place of the Rev. John Brown resigned, with a Salary of fifteen hundred dollars per annum, payable quarterly, and that a copy of the above resolution be transmitted to Mr. Finley, by Governor Early the Senr. Trustee presiding at this meeting; together with a Statement of the present and future funds of the University.

                  On motion of Mr. Gresham Resolved, That the Salary of Mr. Tutor Hull be increased to the Sum of five hundred dollars per annum – the increase to take effect at the Commencement of the next quarter of the Collegiate year.

                  Mr. Meriwether offered the following resolution which being read was agreed to, To Wit,

                  Resolved, That the Secretary of this board be directed to correspond with M. W. Dobbins Esq. and give him the assuarance of receiving the Sum of Seven hundred dollars as principal of the Grammar School in Athens with a request that he will take charge of the Same as soon as possible: Provided that he be answerable for the whole of the tuition money of Said School. - -

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                  The following resolution was moved and adopted, to wit,

                  Resolved that Mr. Clayton and Mr. Hodge be a committee to examine the accounts of Mr. Brown and report to this board at their next meeting. 

                  Mr. Clayton offered the following resolution which being read was adopted, To Wit,

                  Whereas the General Assembly of this State at their last Session, having liberally placed with the powers of the Trustees, the means necessary for conducting the business of the University, with confident hope of Success, Resolved,

                  That the Collegiate exercises will commence on the first Monday in January next, under the control of and Superintendence of the Honorable Peter Early, appointed as president pro. tem. Until the inauguration of the Rev. Robert Finley, appointed president at the present meeting, and under the immediate instruction of Mr. Professor Golding, and Messrs. Camak and Hull.  And that this resolution be published in the Georgia Journal, the Augusta Chronicle, and the Savannah Republican.

                  The Board then adjourned to meet in Watkinsville on the third Monday of March next.

       

      Attest John Hodge Secy.

                  Of the University

       

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      Watkinsville, Monday March 17. 1817

       

                  This being the day which the board stood adjourned, the following members attended, to wit,

                  Messrs. Paine, Gresham, Clayton and Cobb, and not being sufficient to form a board, those present adjourned till tomorrow evening at 4 O’clock.

       

      Tuesday, March 18. 4 P. M.

       

                  The board met pursuant to adjournment. 

      Present             Mr. Early Senior Trustee in the chair,

                  Messrs. Paine, Gresham, Clayton, Meriwether and Cobb. 

      Read the minutes of last Session.  Messrs. Clayton and Hodge, who were appointed a committee to examine Dr. Brown’s accounts and report to the Board at this meeting, Reported that they had performed the duty assigned to them, and that upon Dr. Brown’s refunding to the Treasurer the sum of five hundred dollars and four dollars and Sixty-Six cents, being So much tuition money collected while President, there would be a balance in favor of the Trustees of one hundred and ninety four dollars and 29 cents – The Committee further Submitted an account exhibited by Dr. Brown against the Trustees for Sundry repairs by him procured to be done while President of the College, to the buildings of the University, and for extra services. 

      The following resolution was moved and adopted.  Resolved that Messrs. Clayton and Hodge’s Report on Dr. Brown’s account, and also the account just exhibited to this Board by Dr. Brown bearing

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      data the 18 of March 1817, be referred to a Committee, to consider and report to this board at the next meeting; and that Messrs. Clayton and Hodge be that Committee.

                  Resolved that the Revd. John Brown be permitted to remove the stable, corn crib, and carriage house which he placed upon the Glebe land, to his own premises or any other place me may think proper.

                  The Board then adjourned to meet tomorrow evening at 5 O’clock.

       

      Wednesday 19. March 1817 5 P. M.

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment.  Present as yesterday. 

                  There being no business submitted the board adjourned till Friday evening 3 O’clock.

       

      Friday 21 March 1817.  3 P. M.

       

                  The board met pursuant to adjournment.  Present as at the last meeting.

                  The President pro. tem. Having laid before the board the letter addressed to him by the Revd. Robert Finley of the date of February 21. 1817, On Consideration of the Same, Resolved, That the Secretary of this Board, do express to Mr. Finley the views of this board, liberally to increase his Salary, and to make it two thousand dollars So Soon as the funds of the Institution, and the well grounded expectations of its prosperity, Shall warrant it.  And that the Secretary also communicate to Mr. Finley that the necessary traveling expenses from New Jersey to Athens, will be cheerfully defrayed, and that his Salary shall commence from the time of his arrival at Athens, and taking charge of the College. 

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                  Resolved, That the appointment of Steward of Franklin College be given to the Revd. John Henning upon the terms contained in his letter to the board dated 17. March 1817, upon his giving the usual bond and security for the performance of the duties of that office, and that the Secretary be authorized to take and retain Said bond.

                  Resolved, that the Salary of Professor Golding be raised to one thousand dollars to Commence from the beginning of the next quarter.

                  Resolved that Ebenezer Newton be appointed Principal of the Grammar School with a Salary of Six hundred dollars per annum, he being answerable for all the tuition money, which is to be collected Quarterly in advance, and if there Should be a Surplus Such Surplus be paid into the Treasury of the College. 

                  The Board then adjourned sine die.

      Attest

      John Hodge

                  Secy. of the University

       

      Franklin College

      Athens June 4. 1817

       

      Pursuant to an appointment by Mr. Early Senior Trustee of the University of a special meeting of the board on this day, the following gentlemen attended, to wit,

                  Messrs. Abbot, Cobb, and Clayton, and not being sufficient to form a board adjourned till tomorrow morning eight O’clock.

       

      Thursday June 5. 1817

       

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                  The board met pursuant to adjournment.

      Present             Mr. Early Senior Trustee in the chair

                  Messrs. Abbot, Gresham, Clayton, and Cobb.  Read the minutes of the last meeting.

                  Whereas the Revd. Dr. Robert Finley having been appointed President of the University of Georgia on the 24th of December last until the next meeting of the Senatus Academicus, and in pursuance of said appointment having arrived at Franklin College and Signified his acceptance thereof;

                  Resolved, that the Revd. Dr. Finley now proceed to the duties of his said office, and that a Committee wait upon him and inform him, that the Board of Trustees are now in Session, and ready to receive him to preside over that body, in terms of the Charter of the University, and the Messrs. Cobb and Abbot be that committee.  And the Said committee having performed that duty, the Revd. Dr. Finley appeared, and took his seat as President of the Board of Trustees.  The following resolution was moved and adopted, to wit,

                  Resolved that the Honorable W. H. Crawford, a member of this board, be and he is hereby requested to correspond with Dr. Henry Jackson Prof. of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry in Franklin College, soliciting his return from Paris to Athens at as early a period as possible, to resume the duties of his appointment – And that the Secretary of this Board do furnish Mr. Crawford with a Copy of this resolution. 

                  Mr. Cobb offered the following resolution which, being read, was adopted, to wit,

                  Resolved, that the Secretary do wait upon Col. Thomas P. Carnes, and inform him that the Board are now ready to proceed in the case of the appeal against his son Robt. From the sentence of expulsion pronounced against him by the faculty, and also to the request the attendance of Mr. Profs. Golding and Messrs. Tutors Camak and Hull.

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                  On motion, Resolved that the Sum of four thousand dollars be appropriated for the purpose of purchasing a library for the use of the College, and that the President and Messrs. Clayton and Profs. Golding be and they are hereby authorized to procure Such books as they may deem necessary, and in any manner they may think proper, provided the Said purchase can be made upon a credit of 1, 2, or 3 years. 

                  Adjourned ‘till two O’clock P. M.

       

      Two O’clock P. M.

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment, Present as in the forenoon.

                  On motion Resolved, that Messrs. Clayton and Cobb be, and they are, hereby appointed a committee to prepare and report to this board at their present meeting a Subscription paper, the object of which Shall be to raise a Sum of money for purchasing a library for the use of the College – and when approved, that the President be authorized to appoint Some number of agents as he may think necessary to carry the same into effect, and upon Such terms as he may think calculated to insure its success – Whereupon the aforesaid Committee, after retiring a few minutes, reported a Subscription paper, which being read, was approved.  On motion of Mr. Cobb, Resolved, That the Sum of eight hundred dollars, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise disposed of, be and the same is hereby appropriated, for new Shingling painting and otherwise repairing the College edifice.

                  Resolved, that the sum of twelve hundred dollars, be and the Same is hereby appropriated, to repairing and finishing the Chapel. 

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                  Resolved, That the Chapel shall be repared and finished in the following manner; the windows Shall be furnished with Sash and Glass, the whole interior Sealed, and the whole house painted inside and out, in a pain, neat, but substantial manner.  And Such alterations and repairs made in the interior of the building, as the Committee of repairs heretofore appointed, Shall be direct as being necessary, and that a belfry or Steeply be built at one end of the Chapel and painted, and the College bell suspended therein.

                  Resolved, that the Sum of five hundred dollars out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, be, and the same is hereby appropriated for repairing the President’s house and garden. 

                  The board of Trustees took up the appeal of Robert Carnes late a student of Franklin College, from the Sentence of 4 of May 17, and the Faculty of the College being called before the board, and having attended with their minutes, and Robert Carnes having also attended, and not denying the charges against him as contained in his sentence of expulsion, except so far as charged him with the expression of open contempt for the authority of the Faculty, of the truth of which charge the board were satisfied from his own explanations; Whereupon Resolved that the sentence of the expulsion of the Faculty pronounced against the said Robert Carnes, be, and the Same is hereby approved and confirmed.  And it is also resolved that the foregoing be read publicly in the Chapel.

                  Resolved, that a committee of repairs be requested to examine the lot of ground which Mrs. Sarah King applies to purchase from the Trustees, and report to this board at their next meeting, the quantity desired by her, and the value of the Same.

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                  Resolved, that Messrs. Early and Cobb be, and they are hereby appointed a committee to sell lots No. 85, 86, 87, and 88, and all other lots which remain unsold in the village of Greensboro, and that the President be and he is hereby authorized to execute titles thereto upon the payment of the Consideration thereof to the Treasurer of this board.

                  Resolved, that the Secretary of this board apply to his excellency the governor for such apportion of the dividend lately declared, by the Directors of the Bank of the State of Georgia, upon Six thousand Shares, in the name of the State, as may be due, and belonging to the Trustees of the University, on one thousand shares reserved to them by law. 

                  On motion Resolved that the next meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be on the fourth Monday of July next, and that the exhibition of the Students will be upon the Wednesday thereafter.

                  Resolved that the foregoing resolution be published in the Athens Gazette and Georgia Journal, with a request that other papers in the State will do the Same.  And that the Secretary immediately correspond with absent members of the Board informing them of the same. 

                  The Board then adjourned to meet as Stated in the foregoing resolution.

      Test

                  John Hodge

                              Secy. of the University

       

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      Athens Franklin College

      Monday July 28th.  1817

       

                  The Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment,

      Present             Messrs. Early, Paine, Cobb, Clayton, Abbot, and Meriwether – When the President of the University laid before them his annual Communication –

                  Resolved that the Several Measures Contained in the President’s Communication and recommended to the Consideration of the Board be refered to a committee fur the purpose of reporting upon the expediency of their adoption at the present time.

                  The Committee appointed were Messrs. Cobb, Abbot and Clayton.

                  The Board adjourned to meet on Wednesday at 1 O’clock for the purpose of attending the exercises of the Students in the public exhibitions appointed on that day at a previous meeting.

       

      Wednesday July 30th.

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment,

      Present             Messrs. Early, Paine, Cobb, Clayton, Abbot and Meriwether – and having attended the exercises of the Students, which Continued five hours, adjourned till tomorrow Morning 8 O’clock.

       

      Thursday July 31st.

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment, present as yesterday –

      On motion of Mr. Cobb

                  Resolved that the Secretary do prepare a list of

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      all the appropriations of Money which have been made at the last three Sessions of the Board, Showing which have been paid and which of them remains yet unpaid and that the Same be laid before the Board for their inspection at the Present meeting.

                  Resolved that the Secretary do also lay before the Board a list of all Salary officers of the College with the amount of Salary owed to each –

                  The Committee to whom was refered the Presidents Communication, having taken the Same under Consideration, reported the following resolutions, which were read and agreed to. 

                  Resolved that a Street b e laid off under the direction of the Prudential Committee, to be a Continuation of the one running between Doct. H. Niesler’s and Colo. Carnes Store-House lot, Commencing of front Street, which is to be left One hundred and twenty feet wide, and to run back of the President’s Garden and extending toward the Grave Yard: And one other to be a continuation of the Street running between lots Nos. Seven and eight and extending to the Watkinsville road; and that on the west Side of the last Mentioned Street Such number of half acre lots b e laid off as the Committee May think proper, who are already authorized to offer Such Number of Said lots as they may think expedient to any enterprising Mechanics of Such description as they may Select, on Condition of

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      their improving the same, in Such manner and within such time as may be required by the Said Committee.

                  Resolved that the Prudential Committee take Such measures as they may think proper for procuring and finishing the rooms of the Students with fire-wood during the winter Season in pursuance of the plan suggested by the President in his communication. 

                  Resolved that in future, the person employed to ring the bell and Sweep the College, Shall be allowed as A Compensation for the Same, the Sum of twenty-five dollars – and that it shall be his duty Once very Morning, in term time, to Sweep out and clean each inhabited room and the passages of College, and make up the beds of the Students, Professors, and tutors who reside therein – and also to scour at leas for times a year the Said passages, and to ring the bell at all Such Stated times as the regulations of the faculty may require – and that each Student be required to pay the Sum of One dollar, per quarter, in addition to their former charges, for defraying the expenses of the person employed to perform the Services contained in this resolution.

                  Resolved that the President be authorized to Clear and enclose the College lands for Such purposes as he may think proper,

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      from twenty to fifty acres, and in order to aid him in Such undertaking, that the Sum of twenty-five dollars per year, for three years, be appropriated and made payable to his order for that purpose. 

                  Resolved that a half acre lot be gratuitously given in the place recommended in the Presidents Communication to any religious denomination who Shall first apply for the privilege, under the condition that they build thereon a Church in Such manner and within Such time as the Prudential Committee may require. 

                  Resolved, that a draft be issued in favor of Mr. President Finley for the Sum of nine hundred and forty One dollars and Seventy five cents, being the amount of the expences of his and family’s removal from Basking-Ridge, New Jersey, to Athens – Conformabley to a resolution of this Board passed at a previous Session –

                  On motion of Mr. Cobb

                  Resolved that Messrs. Paine, Clayton and Meriwether of the Board of Trustees and Mr. President Finley, the Revd. Hope Hull and Mr. James Camak be and they are hereby appointed a Prudential Committee according to the 1st section of the 7th Chapter of the Laws of College.

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                  The Students having addressed a letter to this board requesting that the Summer vacation be extended to Six weeks and the next winter vacation be only two weeks, and the President and Faculty also recommending the measure – Resolved that the Summer vacation of this year Shall be Six weeks Commencing this day.

                  On motion of Mr. Early Resolved that the appropriation of the Sum of Twelve hundred dollars be made on the 4th day of June last for repairing and finishing the Chapel be and the same is hereby rescinded: and that the repairs on Said Chapel be not extended further at this time than the enclosing of the building and the painting of the outside thereof: Resolved that for the foregoing purpose the Sum of three hundred dollars be and the Same is hereby appropriated –

                  Resolved that the Prudential Committee be Authorized to select a Proper site for a President’s House, and report a plan and the probably expence of building the Same to the board at their next Meeting – And that the Said committee enquire whether the present President’s House Can be So repaired and added to as to render the erection of a new building unnecessary, and what will be the probable expence of Said repairs and addition –

                  Resolved that the Students who board with the Steward be required to pay quarterly in advance the amount of their board, and upon failure to do so, by any student and report thereof to the President being made, Such Student Shall not be Suffered to proceed in his recitations untill the Same be paid. –

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                  Resolved,

                  That Mr. James Camak at present a Tutor at Franklin College be and he is hereby appointed Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy with a Salary of eight hundred dollars per annum –

                  The Revd. John Brown having addressed a letter to this board mentioning the intention  of a Gentleman to make a Donation of one thousand dollars for the purchase of a Philosophical Apparatus, and that the Donor did not wish he name Mentioned - -

                  Resolved that the thanks of this board be presented to the Revd. Mr. Brown for his friendly and polite letter announcing a Munificence So generous and unexpected – Resolved that the Revd. Brown be, by the President, requested to Communicate with and to the Patriotic and Modest Donor the grateful thanks of this Board for a donation so liberal in amount, so honorable in Manner, and So useful in purpose.  And that the Said Donation will be cordially accepted, and Strictly applied to its object, whenever it may suit the Convenience of its Munificent author. –

                  Resolved that the Sum of fifty dollars be and the Same is hereby appropriated for the purpose of defraying in whole or in part the expence of digging a Well for the use of the Steward’s house and College, payable to the Steward, On condition that a Well with a Sufficient quantity of water for the use aforesaid Shall have been previously dug and finished.

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                  The Board took into Consideration the report of the Committee appointed to adjust the accounts of the Revd. John Brown, and after having Carefully examined Said accounts and their vouchers, find that the Sum of four hundred and eight dollars and ninety two and a half cents is due Doctor Brown as per the Stated account filed and to be kept on file in the Secretary’s office, and that the Treasurer of this board be authorized to pass Said amount abovementioned to the Credit of Doctor Brown, in the Claim which the board have against him –

                  Resolved that the Prudential Committee be authorized and they are hereby requested without delay to examine the accounts and books of the Treasurer and make out a report of the finances of the University to be Submitted to this board at their next meeting and by them to the Legislature in Conformity to law: and Should the want of health disqualify the Treasurer in the discharge of his office the Said Committee are hereby required to attend to Such duties.

                  The Board then adjourned to meet in Milledgeville on Monday the 10th of Nov. next. 

      Attest

      John Hodge

                  Secy. of the University.

       

      Milledgeville – At State House

      10th November 1817

       

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                  The Board of Trustees of the University met pursuant to adjournment. 

      Present             Mr. Paine, Mr. Mitchell, Mr. Charlton, Mr. Elliot, Mr. Meriwether, Mr. Cuthbert.  The Secretary of the Board being absent from indisposition, Mr. Paine was requested to officiate as Secretary pro tempore. 

                  On motion of Mr. Cuthbert, Mr. Golding Senior Professor was called to the chair.  Mr Golding Submitted the annual report of the Pres. To be laid before the Senatus Academicus.

                  The Treasurer’s report containing a general statement of the funds of the University was also submitted.

                  Adjourned until tomorrow Morning 9 O’clock to meet at Holt and Reed’s Tavern.

       

      Milledgeville – Holt and Reed’s Tavern

      Tuesday Morning 9 O’clock.

       

                  The Board met pursuant to adjournment present as yesterday.

                  On motion of Mr. Meriwether, Resolved that the proceedings, of this board, since the last Meeting of the Senatus Academicus together with the report of the Treasurer on the State of the funds be Submitted to that body.

                  Resolved that the President pro tem Communicate to the Board of Visitors that this Board will be ready to meet that body this evening at 4 O’clock for the purpose of forming the Senatus

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      Academicus.

                  Adjourned untill half after 3 O’clock P. M. to meet at the State House.

       

      3 O’clock P. M.

       

      Present as in the forenoon with the addition of Mr. Edward Hardin who was elected to Supply the vacancy occasioned by the death of Mr. Early.

                  Mr. Robertson the Secretary of the board of Visitors Communicated that he was directed to inform the board, that the board of visitors was organized and were ready to form the Senatus Academicus and proceed to business.

                  Adjourned to meet at Holt and Reed’s Tavern at 9 O’clock tomorrow morning.

       

      9 O’clock Wednesday Morning

       

      Present             Messrs. Paine, Mitchell, Charlton, Elliot, Cuthbert, and Meriwether.  Mr. Golding in the chair.

                  It appearing to the board that Cyrus Wood purchased of this Board lots No. 88. 89. and 90 and that Thomas Victory also purchased lots No. 85. 86. and 87. in the Town of Greensboro and that a title has not been made for the Said lots.  Resolved that the President pro tem do execute to the Said Wood and to the Said Victory respectively deeds for the Said lots, on the payment to the Treasurer the Consideration Money, to wit, Thirty dollars for each of the Said lots with interest from the first day of September 1815. –

                  Resolved that the money already raised and which may hereafter be reaised [sic] by public contribution for the purchasing a library for Franklin College be immediately paid over to Messrs. Clayton and Golding and by them applied to the payment of the Debt.  Contracted for books by Mr. Golding in Philadelphia. 

                  Resolved that the Prudential Committee be and they are

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      hereby authorized to sell the lots which have been laid off in Athens under a restriction of this board at their meeting on the 31st July last and that the President pro tem be and he is hereby authorized to execute Deeds to Such as may be Sold when the purchasers Shall produce the Treasurer’s receipts for the Consideration Money.

                  On motion of Mr. Cuthbert

                  Resolved that the Board of Trustees do request the Senatus Academicus t recommend to the Legislature the establishment of some mode of Supplying the vacancies which may hereafter occur in Said Board of Trustees by ballot. 

                  Adjourned untill 3 O’clock P. M. to meet at the State House.

                  Adjourned to form the Senatus Academicus, and untill 9 O’clock tomorrow morning to meet at Messrs. Holt and Reed’s.

       

      Milledgeville – Holts and Reed’s

      9 O’Clock A. M. Thursday Novr. 13. 1817

       

      Present             Messrs. Paine, Elliot, Charlton, Cuthbert and Meriwether.

                  On motion of Mr. Meriwether resolved that the Prudential Committee be and they are hereby authorized to make Such disposition of the unsold land on the Sandy Creek Tract as may by the Said Committee be deemed advisable.

                  Resolved that the Salary of the President of the University be two thousand Dollars, the Salary of the Professors of Languages and the Salary of the Professor of Mathematics each twelve hundred each, and the Salary of Mr. Tutor Hull Six Hundred Dollars.  The three last mentioned Salaries to Commence from the beginning of the Present Quarter.

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                  Adjourned to meet at the State House half after 3 O’clock.

       

                  The Board of Visitors met pursuant to adjournment.

      Present as in the morning.

                  The Board of Trustees having met the board of Visitors in the Senate Chamber and formed the Senatus Academicus, Adjourned Sine die.

      Test                                          John R. Golding Senr. Prof.

      Edward Paine                           and President ex officio

      Secy. pro tem.

       

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      Names of Trustees July 1816

       

      Peter Early       decs’d

      W. H. Crawford

      E. Paine

      Joel Abbot

      Young Gresham

      D. B. Mitchell

      L. W. P. Charlton

      Henry Kollock

      James M. Wayne

      Nich. Ware

      John A. Cuthbert

      Aug. L. Clayton

      Jas. Meriwether

      John Elliton

      Thomas Cobb

      And Edward Hardin

       

      11th Nov. 1817