Vol. II of minutes of the Trustees of the University of Georgia
PART I – COVERING YEARS 1817 –1823, OR PAGES 220-291 OF THE PREVIOUSLY TRANSCRIBED SOURCE, (notated in parenthesis as 1- 88 of the original).
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Athens, Decr. 10, 1817
Pursuant to an appointment of a Special meeting of the board, on this day, by Mr. Prof. J. R. Golding, president ex officio, the following members are convened, viz, Mr. Prof. Golding in the chair, Messrs. Paine, Clayton, Meriwether, Gresham and Hull – And it appear that the number was Sufficient to constitute a board, the President pro. tem communicated the reasons which had induced him to call the present meeting. Whereupon the following resolutions were adopted, to wit,
Resolved that the Resignation of Mr. John Henning as Steward, be received, and that the Prudential Committee be authorized to contract with a Suitable person to fill his vacancy, to commence with the operation of the College, at the end of the ensuing vacation.
On motion of Mr. Clayton, Resolved unanimously by the board of Trustees, that they feel with full force the testimony of respect offered by the Senatus Academicus, to the memory of the late President of the University, and do most cheerfully acquiesce in the measures recommended by that body, as demonstrative of their veneration for the lamented deceased, and their regard for his respected family: -
And in addition to those measures, this board further unanimously Resolved, that the education in manner recommended to bestowed on the eldest Son of the Rev. Dr. Finley, be extended to all his Sons; And that the Sum of two hundred dollars be appropriated for the purpose of erecting over his grave a suitable tombstone, commemorative of his worth and Services. And, that the Secretary of the board, hand a copy of this resolution to Mrs. Finley. –
Resolved, That the treasurer of the board, receive from Mr. John H. Marks, the amount of the donation on which he has been pleased So liberally to make to the Institution as Soon as it may Suit the donor’s convenience. –
Resolved, That the Sum of one thousand dollars in addition to the donation of one thousand dollars of Mr. J. Marks be and the same is hereby appropriated for the purchase of a Philosophical Apparatus and that this Sum be placed in the hands of Dr. Jackson for that purpose with a discretionary power to extend his purchases to the Sum of two thousand dollars more in addition to the foregoing amount, provided he can obtain a credit of twelve months from the 1st day of Jany. 1819.
Resolved, That the above resolution be communicated to Messrs. Crawford, Abbot, and Cobb, and that they be a committee, to carry the Same into effect.
Resolved, That the Prudential Committee be authorised to Sell., in Such manner as they may think proper, any lots in the town of Athens already laid off, or which may be hereafter laid off, in pursuance of a former resolution of this board passed the 31st of July last; first reserving to Mrs. Finley, widow of the late Rev. Dr. Finley, any two lots which She may choose out of Said range, one being a front, and the other a back lot; and the president pro tem be authorised to make a title to the Same.
Resolved, That Messrs. Crawford, Abbot, and Cobb be, and they are hereby appointed a committee, to Select and recommend a Suitable person, to take charge of Franklin College, as president, in the place of the Rev. Dr. Finley deceased; and report as soon as practicable to the Senior Professor of the Institution.
Resolved, That the Sum of five thousand dollars be, and the Same is hereby appropriated, to erect a Suitable house and other improvements for the use of the president, and that the Prudential committee take immediate measures to carry this resolution into effect.
The board then adjourned, Sine die.
John Hodge, Secy.
Athens, March 21st 1818
Pursuant to a call of the board by Mr. Prof. Golding, acting as president of the University pro tem., the board met. Present Messrs. Paine, Hull, Clayton, Meriwether, and Campbell.
The Prudential Committee to whom was referred among other things, the business of erecting a suitable house for the President of the University report, that they have had the Same under consideration and now Submit two plans to the board, by which, if either is adopted, it will appear that the Sum heretofore appropriated is insufficient for its completion. They therefore recommend that the appropriation be increased to eight thousand dollars and the building be made of brick. Whereupon the Said report being considered, the Same was agreed to, and the board made the following resolution.
Resolved, That the further sum of three thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated to build the president’s house pursuant to the report of the Prudential Committee.
Mr. Camak having Stated by letter that he had received an appointment from the Governor of the State, as Mathematician to assist in ascertaining the boundary line between this state and Tennessee, and requiesting [sic] permission of the board to fulfill that appointment, and to make use of Such instruments belonging to the Apparatus of College, as may be necessary for that business; it is resolved that the Said request be granted.
Mr. Asbury Hull having resigned his appointment as Tutor in College, and Mr. Ebenezer Newton having been appointed by the president pro tem. To fill his place, Resolved that the appointment of Mr. E. Newton be confirmed with the Same salary which was received by Mr. Hull, to be paid him from the Same Salary which was received by Mr. Hull, to be paid him from the time he undertook the duties of Said tutorship, and that So much of the resolution heretofore passed, agreeing to give him or make up to Mr. Newton the Sum of Six hundred dollars as teacher of the Grammar School, be repealed, Mr. Newton having assented thereto.
Resolved, unanimously, That the Rev. Nathan S. S. Beman be, and he is hereby appointed president of the University of Georgia protempore.
Resolved, That the Senior Prof. Mr. Golding make an immediate communication to Mr. Beman of his appointment and request his acceptance.
The Board then adjourned to meet at Greensboro on the 2nd day of March next.
March 2nd. 1818
[although this entry seems to go back in time, it is as written in the originals]
The board met pursuant to adjournment. Present Messrs. Gresham, Clayton, Cobb, Meriwether, Hull, and Campbell, and Mr. Paine, Senr. Trustee in the chair.
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Athens June 29. 1818
The board met pursuant to adjournment. Present Mr. Prof. J. R. Golding in the chair, Messrs. Gresham, Clayton, Cobb, Meriwether, Hull, Campbell and Hardin.
The treasr. Submitted a report of the State of the funds of the University, which being read was laid on the table. The Rev. Nathan S. S. Beman appeared before the board, and announced his acceptance of the appointment of this University, conferred on him by the board at their meeting in March last.
On motion of Mr. Cobb, Resolved, That the Rev. Nathan S. S. Beman be, and he is hereby nominated to the Senatus Academicus Georgia, as president of the University thereof, for appointment and qualification at their next meeting.
Resolved, That the Rev. Nathan S. S. Beman be requested to take his Seat, for the purpose of presiding over the deliberations of this board, until the meeting of the Senatus Academicus. On motion of Mr. Hull, Resolved, That the daily Sessions of this board be, hereafter, opened with prayer by the president, or any other attending clergyman.
On motion Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to confer with Mr. Camak relative to his continuance in the office of Prof. of Mathematicks, and that Messrs. Cobb and Campbell be that Committee.
Messrs. Cuthbert and Paine appeared and took their Seats.
The Committee appointed to confer with Mr. Camak, reported that Mr. Camak will give a positive answer tomorrow morning.
On motion of Mr. Clayton, Resolved, That the Sum of five hundred dollars, be, and the Same is hereby appropriated for the purpose of defraying expenses, and other Sacrifices attending the removal of the Rev. Mr. Beman from his present place of residence, to Athens. And in order to facilitate the arrangements, necessary to his convenient establishment at this place, he is permitted to draw for, and receive, in advance, any part of his first year’s Salary, not exceeding two quarters thereof.
On motion of Mr. Cobb, Resolved, That Messrs. Clayton, Paine, and Meriwether, be a committee to examine the treasurer’s report, and the funds of the University generally, with instructions to report the State thereof; Showing the amount of cash now on hand, and that will probably be received at the end of the year – the amount of appropriations heretofore made and which remain unpaid – the expediency of an increase of Salaries of the officers of College, and of a temporary Suspension thereof.
Mr. Campbell moved the following resolution, which being read was adopted, to wit,
Resolved that the president be furnished with a manuscript copy of the laws of the College, as the Same now remain in force, and that he be requested to report to the board at their next meeting, Such alterations, and amendments as he may deem expedient and necessary for the better government of the Institution.
On motion Resolved, That the Collegiate year be divided into two Sessions, the first commencing on the first day of Jany. and
expiring on the third Wednesday in June, which is to be uniformly the day of Commencement – The Commencement to be Succeeded by a vacation of three weeks. The Second session to commence immediately upon the expiration of the first vacation, and to end on the Wednesday before the Second Monday in November.
The Board being informed, that the representatives of the late president Finley are desirous of Selling a part or the whole, of his library.
Resolved that Messrs. Hull, Cobb, Cuthbert and the College Faculty, be a committee to examine the Same, and Select and purchase books as Shall be deemed Suitable for the library of the University.
Adjourned till tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock.
Tuesday June 30. 1818. –
The board met pursuant to adjournment. – Present as yesterday, with the exception of Mr. Gresham, absent with leave.
The Committee appointed to examine the treasurer’s report, and the funds of the University generally etc. Be submitted the following report of the funds, which being read and approved was acted on by Several Subsequent resolutions. Viz.
Cash on hand - - - - $4875.25
Amt. to be recd. on acct. of notes, divd. etc. - $7331.16
Amounting to $12206.41
Out of which Sum will be expended during the present year the following amts. to wit,
For a Tombstone for the Rev. Dr. Finley - $115.00
For a library - - - - $1200.00
On acct. of the President’s house - - $3500.00
“ “ Salary of the Treas. And Tutor - $550.00
Debt due on account of old apparatus - $393.00 5758.00
Leaving a balance in favor of the University of 6448.41
But on a reference to the minutes, the following appropriations are found, viz;
For the repairing of the College roof - $800.00
“ “ Chapel - - $300.00
“ “ President’s old house $500.00
Balance for purchasg. Library - - $2800.00
Digging a well - - - - $50
Purchasing apparatus - - - $2000.00
Balance for building President’s house - $4000.00
Amounting in the whole to - $10450.00
Of which your committee recommend the following be rescinded, viz.
For repairing college roof - - - $800.00
“ “ Chapel - - - $300.00
Purchasg. Library - - - $2000.00
Digging a well - - - - $50.00 3150.00
Leaving a balance of $7300.00
Out of which sum, if the appropriations
For a Library of - - - - $800.00
And Apparatus of - - - $2000.00
Not payable until January 1820 $2800.00
It will leave a balance of $4500.00
Which sum, together with the Salaries of your officers, will form the expenditures of the ensuring year. To meet which the following Sum may be relied on, to wit,
Cash on hand 1st Jany. 1819 - - $6448.41
Dividends In the ensuing year - - $10000.00
Your committee respectfully recommend an increase in the Salaries of the officers of College from and after the 1st day of January next, and a Suspension of College operations until that time.
On motion, Resolved, That the appropriations made for repairing the Chapel, digging a well, and the amount of two
thousand dollars for purchasing a library, be rescinded. –
Resolved, That the present vacation of the College continue until the 1st day of January next, at which time the officers are required to attend and enter upon their respective collegiate duties.
Resolved, That the Salaries of the officers of College be suspended until the first day of Jany. Next, and that from and after that day, the Salaries of Said officers Shall be as follows, to wit,
The President’s, twenty five hundred dollars, that of the professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry, fifteen hundred dollars – of the professor of languages, fifteen hundred dollars – of the professor of Mathematicks, fifteen hundred dollars, and that of one Tutor, eight hundred dollars, per annum, to be paid quarterly at the end of each quarter, except the two first quarters of the President, already required to be paid in advance.
Mr. Camak communicated to the board, through the committee appointed to confer with him, his determination to continue in the professorship of Mathematicks in this College.
On motion of Mr. Campbell Resolved, That the Sum of two hundred and fifty dollars be, and the Same is hereby appropriated, for the payment of the expences of Mr. Camak the professor of Mathematicks, during the time which his regular Salary will be suspended.
Resolved, That Messrs. Hull, Clayton, and Meriwether be, and they are hereby appointed a Prudential Committee for the ensuing year, and two of them Shall be a quorum.
Resolved, That the Treasr. Of this board apply to his Excellency the Governor, for Such proportion of the dividend declared and to be declared during the present year, 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 to be reserved to them by law.
Resolved, That the contract which has been made with Zechariah Sims, by Messrs. Hull and Clayton on the part of the board, for the building of a president’s house, in Athens, pursuant to previous powers given to the Prudential Committee for that object, of which Committee the Said Messrs. Hull and Clayton were members, though not a majority, be recognized and confirmed by this board – But the Said Prudential Committee are hereby authorized and impowered to alter Said Contract with Said Sims So as to repair the old Presidents house, in Such manner as they in their discretion may think will be Suitable for the residence of the President of College, and also to build a brick Chapel, forty feet by Thirty Two, neatly finished in such a manner as will conveniently answer the purpose of a Chapel, and have commodious library and Philosophical Apparatus Rooms.
Resolved, that the collections and management of the protested draft of A. Ervin, Grocer and Co. be referred to a Select Committee, consisting of Messrs. Ware, Harden and Campbell who are authorized to pursue Such measures as they may deem best calculated to prevent a loss to the board.
Resolved, that the President of the University be respectfully requested to lay before the public a Communication Containing the present State of the College, Particularly as related to its officers fund, future prospects and the time of Commencing its operations and that the Prudential Committee furnish the President Such information as they may Possess Calculated to aid him in the above object.
Resolved, That the President be requested to furnish the Sermon delivered at Athens on Sabbath the 28th of June inst. and that the Treasurer do cause the same to be published, and distributed, and defray the expenses thereof out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated. –
Resolved, That the President be requested to deliver a Sermon in Milledgeville on Sabbath before the 2nd Monday in November next.
Resolved, That the board of Trustees do attend at the delivery of Such Sermons.
The board then adjourned to meet in Milledgeville on the Second Monday in November next.
John Hodge Secy.
of the University
Milledgeville, Monday Novr. 9th
The Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment present Messrs. Elliot, Ware, Cuthbert, Campbell and Clayton, there being a quorum and the President pro tem of the University not being present, Mr. Elliot as Senior Trustee was Called to the Chair and the Board proceeded to business.
The following Communication from the Rev. N. S. S. Beman, to wit,
“To the Trustees of the University
Since my acceptance of the Office of President pro tempore of the Institution under your Care, an act of providence has rendered it inexpedient and impracticable for me to remove my family to Athens. Mrs. Beman is in a low and perhaps last stages of a chronic affection of the Liver. Her continued and increasing indisposition through the Summer has prevented me from making the slightest preparation for occupying the Post which you have assigned me. But what is decisive with me on this subject is that Mrs. B. though reconciled to the idea of going to Athens when in better health and with fairer prospects of life shrinks from the responsibility of such a Station, and entreats
me not to remove her enfeebled and Helpless as she now is, from her present home. A request from her sick bed, possibly her dying pillow, cannot be denied.
Constrained as I am by the circumstances, I would respectfully inform the board, that I am not a candidate for the Presidency of the University of Georgia and wish not to be named as Such to the Senatus Academicus. Of the probability of this step I had the honor of notifying the trustees in official communication lodged in the hand of the Secretary early in September last, and this was done as soon as I was convinced of the impractibility of occupying the char to which you elevated me that the Board might not be embarrassed in their efforts to furnish the institution with an competent number of officers.
With gratitude for the partiality to which you have heretofore shown me, my ardent wishes for the prosperity of your College, and Sentiments of personal respect I am
Gentlemen Your Obliged
And Obedient Friend and Servant
Nathan S. S. Beman President pro tempore of the
University of Georgia
And the Said Communication being read and Considered the Board came to the following resolution, to wit,
The Rev. N. S. S. Beman, for reasons satisfactory to this Board having declined an acceptance of the Presidency of Franklin College which had been offered him by resolution of a Meeting in March last – Resolved Unanimously that Doctor Ebenezer Porter be and he is hereby nominated to the Senatus Academicus as President of Said College.
The Board then adjourned to meet the Board of Visitors this afternoon at 4 Oclock and to form the Senatus Academicus and afterwards till tomorrow morning at 10o’clock.
Tuesday Morning Novr. 10
The Board met pursuant to adjournment present Messrs. Paine, Campbell, Meriwether, Elliot, Cuthbert, and Clayton – Mr. Paine, Senior Trustee in the Chair.
Resolved that this board will defray all necessary expences attending the removal of Mr. President Porter from his present residence to the town of Athens and that he be permitted to draw for two quarters Salary in advance, if that amount Should be required by him to facilitate his removal and Convenient Settlement at Athens.
Resolved that the following resolutions be Submitted to the Senatus Academicus for their Consideration and approval.
Resolved, that it shall be, and it is hereby recommended to the Senate (and House of Representatives) of Georgia in General Assembly met, to enact a law by which the Commissioners of the Academy of each County in the State Shall be requested, under proper penalties, to make the Senator of Said county, an annual Statement in writing of the funds, of the branches of literature taught, of the teachers, of the number of scholars, and of Such other circumstances as they may deem important of the Academy over which they preside – And it is further resolved, that the Secretary of this Board Shall Convey to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, a Copy of this resolution.
Resolved that it shall be the duty of every Senator, to lay before the Senatus Academicus, a Statement in writing of the funds, of the branches of literature taught, of the teachers, of the number of Scholars, and of Such other Circumstances as he may deem important, of the Academy of the County which he represents, and a general account
of Such other as may exist in Said County and it Shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Board at Said annual meeting of the Senatus Academicus to call on the Senators in alphabetical order for Such Statements, in any of whom a failure to Comply with this resolution Shall be deemed a dereliction of duty.
Resolved that in all nominations and elections by the Board of Trustees, the Same Shall be by ballot, and a Majority of the Members present and voting shall be necessary to Constitute a Choice.
Resolved that the Prudential Committee law before the public a full Statement of the prospects of the College, and the time Manner and under what Circumstances the Operations of the Institution will Commence.
The Board proceeded by ballot to the nomination of a Trustee to fill the vacancy of the Rev. Hope Hull, and upon receiving and Counting out the ballots it appeared that Stephen Upson Esq. was duly nominated.
This Board entertaining the highest Sense of the long zealous and distinguished usefulness of their deceased fellow member, the Rev. Hope Hull, and feeling the deepest regret for his loss, most unfeignedly Sympathise with his family and friends for their affliction bereavement and Cheerfully offer this public demonstration of their entire conviction of his worth and Services.
The Board then adjourned to meet the Senatus Academicus this evening at four oClock and afterwards. Sine Die
Test A. J. Clayton Secy. Pro tem.
Greensboro 1st March 1819
The Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia met pursuant to notice – Present Edward Paine Senr. Trustee in the Chair, A. J. Clayton, Stephen Upson, James Meriwether and D. G. Campbell. The office of Secretary and Treasurer of the Board being Vacant by the death of the Rev. Mr. Hodge, the Board proceeded to fill Said vacancy – When Asbury Hull was duly Elected.
Resolved that when Mr. Asbury Hull the Treasurer elect Shall have given bond and Security in the Sum of twenty-five thousand dollars, a copy of the Same being entered on the minutes of the Board, and the original filed in the Executive office, he be authorized to call upon and receive from the representatives of the late Treasurer and Secretary all the money, books, bonds, notes and papers of every description, belonging to said office, and that he make out a Schedule thereof for the inspection of the Board.
The Revd. Ebenezer Porter who was appointed President of the University in Nov. last, having Signified his non-acceptance of Said appointment to the board by latter dated 22nd Jan. 1819, Which is of file in the Secretary’s office, Resolved Unanimously by the Board of Trustees that Rev. Moses Waddel be and hereby is nominated, President of the University of Georgia, and that a Copy of this Resolution be immediately forwarded to Dr. Waddel by a special deputation from this Board and that Mr. Campbell be appointed to discharge of that Trust.
Resolved that the expenses incurred in the removal of Dr. Waddel from his present residence to the Seat of the University be defrayed by this board and to facilitate Such removal he Dr. Waddel be permitted to draw on the Treasurer for two quarters Salary in advance.
Augustin L. Clayton
Secy. Pro Tem
Agreeable to the Resolution passed at the last Meeting of the Board the following copy is entered and the Original is filed as directed.
Clarke County) Know all men by these present that we Asbury Hull, Stevens Thomas, Samuel Brown and Leander A. Erwin are held and firmly bound unto the Trustees of the University of Georgia aforesaid, in the full and just Sum of Twentyfive Thousand dollars to be paid to the Said Trustees or their Successors in office, for which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators jointly and Severally, firmly by these Present Sealed by our Seals and dated this ninth day of March, One thousand Eight hundred and Nineteen.
Whereas the above bond bound Asbury Hull was on the first of the present instant (March) appointed Treasurer of the University of Georgia. Now the Condition of the above obligation is such, that if the said Asbury Hull, Shall well and truly perform all and singular the duties required of him in the virtues of his appointment as
Treasurer aforesaid according to the trust reposed in him and the resolutions of the Said Trustees already by them passed on which they say hereafter pass in relation to his duties as Treasurer – aforesaid and, and Shall at all times when thereunto required by Said Trustees or any person authorized by them, account for all papers and monies by him received in a legal and proper manner, then the above obligations to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.
Signed, Sealed and
Asbury Hull (L. S.)
George Scott Stevens Thomas (L. S.)
George Denk L. Brown (L. S.)
Henry Hull L. A. Erwin (L. S.)
Franklin College, June 15th. 1819
The board met according to appointment. – Present Mr. President Waddel in the Chair, Messrs. Paine, Abbot, Cobb, Clayton, Meriwether, Campbell and Upson. –
Read the report of the Treasurer and received and read communications from Professors Jackson, Camak, and Golding.
On motion of Mr. Campbell the following resolutions were adopted,
Resolved, That the Treasurer’s report be referred to a Committee consisting of Messrs. Paine, Upson, Meriwether and Clayton.
Resolved, that the Communications from professors Jackson, Camak, and Golding, be referred to Messrs. Abbot, Cobb, and Campbell, and the board adjourned till three O’Clock P. M.
3 O’Clock Tuesday Evening
The Board convened as adjourned. The committee appointed to consider the communication of Mr. James Camak, tendering his resignation of the offices of Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy in Franklin College of the University of Georgia, Reported, the following resolutions, which were agreed to.
Resolved, That the resignation of Mr. James Camak of his office of Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy by accepted.
Resolved, That it is the opinion of this board, that Mr. Camak ought to be requested to refund into the Treasurer’s hands the Sum of Two hundred and fifty dollars, it being an appreciation in his favor in June last, in Consideration of an expected service, which his resignation will deprive him of the power of performing.
Mr. Professor Jackson having communicated to the Board, the fact of a donation from Mr. McClure of Paris of three Splendid
Works in the department of natural history; the Committee recommended the adoption of the following resolutions, which were agreed to.
Resolved, that the sincere thanks of the board are due to Mr. McClure for the donation which he has made to the College Library; That, as a Natural Historian and Philanthropist, this board entertains for Mr. McClure a high and affectionate consideration and ardently hope that he will long live in the enjoyment of health and happiness, dispencing to mankind the rich benefits of talents and his labours.
Resolved, further that the President of the University of Georgia be requested to make an appropriate Communication of this foregoing resolution to Mr. McClure.
The committee to whom was referred the Letter of Mr. Professor Golding on the Subject of the purchase of the books now in the Library, recommended the following resolution.
Resolved, That the sum of eight hundred and fifty Seven dollars, fifty one cents, be paid out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated to Mr. Professor John Golding, for the purpose of discharging the balance yet due by him as the agent of this board, to Messrs. M. Cary and Son for the purchase of Books in the library of the University.
Wednesday, 16th June, 1819
The Board convened. Present as yesterday.
On motion of Mr. Campbell,
Resolved, That the Secretary furnish the Committee herein named with a complete copy of the Laws of the College as they now appear in the Printed Code and on the Minutes of the Senatus Academicus and the board of Trustees and that the said Committee be requested to suggest such alterations and amendments as they may deem necessary for the better regulation and government of the Institution.
Resolved, further, that when the committee shall have suggested the alterations and amendments aforesaid they report a complete Code to the Board of Trustees for the purpose of being laid before
the Senatus Academicus at their next meeting for sanction.
Resolved, That the Treasurer cause to be printed fifty copies of the Laws of College and that the pay for the same out of any monies in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
On motion of Mr. Cobb, - Resolved, That Col. A. L. Clayton and Mr. Professor Jackson be requested to prepare an address to the people upon the present Situation and prospects of the College and cause the Same to be published as soon as possible by the Secretary of this Board in the Newspapers printed in Milledgeville, Augusta and Savannah.
Resolved, That an Inspector of the Collegiate Buildings be appointed with an adequate Salary whose duty it shall be to visit the rooms and passages in College and Chapel once in every two weeks at least, and to cause the 5th, 6th, and 7th rules of the 4th chapter of the Laws of College to be rigidly enforced, and having all injuries repaired and charged in the quarter bills as therein directed.
Resolved, Also, That Asbury Hull be and he is hereby appointed Inspector of the Collegiate Buildings pursuant to the above Resolutions with a Salary of Fifty dollars per annum.
On motion of Mr. Clayton,
Mr. John Hanning having presented an account against himself from Rev. John Brown for #13.43 ½ which he states is for lumber furnished the Stewards Hall – while occupied by him; and it appearing to the board that a final settlement has been made with Mr. Henning upon that and all other Subjects: Ordered, That the said account be rejected.
On motion of Mr. Cobb, Resolved, that the Professorship of Mathematics and Astronomy in Franklin College be and is hereby united for the present to that of Chemistry and natural Philosophy.
Resolved, That Messrs. Abbot, Upson, and Cobb, be a committee to correspond with and procure a Person properly qualified to fill the Professorship of Mathematics and Astronomy in Franklin College.
On motion of Mr. Campbell, Resolved, That the President be authorized forthwith to draw upon the Treasury for such amounts as may become due the several officers of the College at the end of the quarter now progressing, calculating the claim of Professor Camak up to the 15th of this inst. deducting the Sum of two hundred dollars according to a resolution passed at this meeting of the board.
On motion of Mr. Clayton, Resolved, the Treasurer’s report be submitted to a prudential committee and that they requested to enquire generally into the state of the funds of the institution, and particularly into the funds and papers of the officer, while in the possession of the late Treasurer and in the transfer thereof to the present Treasurer and that said Committee report their proceedings to the Board at their next meeting.
Resolved, That in future this Board will no instance pay anything for repairs or additions to the Stewards house or lot unless Specially ordered by them.
On motion of Mr. Campbell the following Resolutions were adopted.
Resolved, That Messrs. Clayton, Hull and Campbell be a committee to prepare and report a plan of a building to be erected in this place for the accommodation of a Grammar School, that the Said Committee also ascertain probable cost of such building as may be agreed on, and that they make their report at the meeting of this board in November next.
Resolved, That of the students entering the Grammar school for the future (under the present state of the funds) no tuition money shall be demanded provided the Students so entering Shall pursue the Studies usually taught in Said School, and that the Committee appointed to make the publication in regard to the prospects of the College
State this fact in public.
Resolved, that the Students of the Grammar School shall be under the Superintending authority of the President of the University.
Upon taking into view the increasing scarcity of money and the present small number of the Students in College and this board having resolved not to change anything for the Tuition of the Grammar School,
Therefore, on motion of Mr. Clayton resolved, that the Services of the present Tutor in College be exclusively appropriated to the Tuition of the Students of the Grammar School and that the Professor of Languages take entire charge of the Freshman Class, in addition to the other duties of his Office.
The Board then adjourned to meet in Milledgeville on the Second Monday in November next.
- Hull - - Secretary of the University.
Milledgeville 9th Nov. 1819.
The Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia met pursuant to adjournment - - Present President Waddel in the Chair, Messrs. Paine, Clayton, Meriwether, Cobb, Campbell and Upson.
It appearing that a legal Quorum was present – A copy of the laws of College as revised by a Committee appointed at the last meeting for that purpose, was read and ordered to be laid before the Senatus Academicus.
Mr. John Henning having presented an account against the Board for Lumber furnished the lot which he occupied as Steward to the College the following resolution was taken upon it – viz,
Resolved that the Treasurer be directed to pay acst. Submitted by Mr. Henning for $13.43 ¾.
On motion of Mr. Cobb the following resolution was adopted, viz,
Resolved that Mr. Campbell wait upon his Excellency the Governor and inform him that a Sufficient number of the Trustees having attended in Session in the Treasury Department, are ready at any hour to be appointd by the Senate with the concurance of his Excellency to join that body and the Governor in forming the Senatus Academicus of the State of Georgia – And Mr. Campbell reported that the Senatus Academicus would be formed at 3 O’clock P. M. of this day.
Resolved that Messrs. Cobb and Meriwether be a Committee to draft a report to be laid before the Senatus Academicus on tomorrow in conformity with a resolution of that body requiring the Board to report upon the affairs of the institution.
Mr. John R. Golding Professor of Languages having Communicated to this Board that he will resign his office at the expiration of the next collegiate Session,
Resolved that his resignation at that time be accepted and the board in taking leave of Mr. Prof. Golding, think it due to his long services unanimously to State, that he is a Gentleman of an upright and moral deportment, a high server of honour and fully qualified for the Professorship he has filled.
The Board then proceeded to the election of a Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy in the room of Mr. James Camak resigned and upon receiving and counting out the ballots it appeared that Mr. Alonzo Church was duly elected, Whereupon the following resolution was adopted,
Resolved that the Secretary of this Board inform Mr. Church of his appointment and that his Services in that Professorship in Franklin College are requested on and after the 1st Monday in January at which time his Salary will commence.
Resolved, That Mr. Moses W. Dobbins be and he is hereby elected and appointed Rector of the Grammar School at Athens, with a Salary of $800 per annum to be paid in the manner of the Officers of College out of the funds of the University.
On motion of Mr. Clayton,
Resolved, that at the commencement of the next term of the College on the 1st Monday in January next, the board of the Students of College, with the Steward Shall be at the rates of ten dollars per calendar month and the Steward Shall not be authorized to ask or receive anymore. –
On motion of Mr. Paine,
Resolved that the Prest. of the University, draw in favour of the Treasurer thereof, upon the Cashier of the State Bank of Georgia for the dividend declared or to be declared during the present year upon One thousand Shares in said Bank belonging to the University.
Mr. Cobb offered the following resolutions which were adopted,
Resolved, That the Secretary of this body do cause to be transmitted to the President of the Senate for the information of both branches of the Genl. Assembly of this State, A copy of the report this day made to the Senatus Academicus, as containing a full and correct Statement of all the actings and doings of the Board of Trustees as can be furnished by their minutes at this time, on conformity with a resolution or act of the General Assembly passed 22nd December 1808, and that a copy of this resolution accompany this report.
Resolved, that the Laws of this College this day passed by the Senatus Academicus, together with all the acts of the General Assembly now in force upon the subject of the University be printed and a copy thereof be furnished to each of the Trustees, Officers, and Students, of the College, (each Student being charged in his quarter-bill 25 cts. Per copy) and that the expense of causing the same to be printed be defrayed out of any money the of the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
The Board then adjourned Sine Die.
Athens 20 June 1820
New College Chapel
A sufficient number of the Board of Trustees having attended form a Quorum – Present President Waddel, Mr. Abbot, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Cobb, Mr. Meriwether, and Mr. Campbell.
The Session was opened by Prayer from the President of the College.
The Exercises of the Students composing the Sophomore and Freshman Classes in Elocution being about to Commence, the board adjourned till 3 O’clock and repaired to the old Chapel.
Tuesday evening 3 O’clock
The Board met pursuant to adjournment. Mr. Upson appeared and took his seat. On motion the following Resolution was offered and adopted,
Resolved unanimously that in the opinion of the board that the Rev. Francis Cummins is entitled to the degree of Doctor of Theology and that the same be publickly conferred on him by the President in the usual form.
Dr. Henry Jackson having trough Judge Clayton laid on the Table a Statement of accounts relative to the purchase of Apparatus in Paris, the board passed the following communications of Dr. Jackson and the accompanying documents relating the apparatus be referred to a committee consisting of Messrs. Clayton, and Campbell.
Mr. Meriwether having laid before the board an account from H. Harrison or work done on the President’s House, Ordered that it be referred to the Prudential Committee.
Adjournment till ½ past 7 O’clock tomorrow morning.
Wednesday Morning 7 Oclock
Mr. Paine appeared and took his seat – Prayer by the President.
Mr. Campbell from the Committee to whom was referred Dr. Jackson’s Communications, Reported that the account and vouchers as exhibited by Dr. Jackson, are Satisfactory, and that this Board will indemnify the Doctor, against any charges incurred in the Purchase of Said Apparatus.
The Professorship of Languages being vacant by the resignation of Mr. John Golding, On motion of Mr. Upson,
Resolved that the appointment of a Professor be suspended for the present – And be it further resolved that the vacancy in the Professorship of Languages be filled by the appointment of two Tutors who shall be unmarried men, and also shall reside in the College and lodge there, and board in the Commons free of expense, and subject to the immediate order and direction of the Presidential with a regard to the internal police and Government of the College, and also with regard to the Studies and recitations of the Students placed under their care and direction, and that each of these Tutors receive a Salary of Seven hundred and fifty dollars.
It is also resolved that the person appointed Tutor at this Meeting Shall discharge all the duties required of two Tutors till the appointment of a Second shall be made, and the President is hereby vested with authority to make such appointment subject to the Confirmation of the Board at their next meeting.
The Board then proceeded to the election of a Trustee to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Dr. Kollach, and on counting out the votes it appeared that Stephen W. Harris Esq. was duly elected, Whereupon Ordered that the Secretary inform him of his appointment.
On motion of Mr. Campbell
Resolved that the President be requested to ascertain at what price printed diplomas can be obtained for the use of the future Graduates of the College and if after obtaining the necessary information, he shall deem it expedient, That he Shall purchase Such number as he Shall think proper to be furnished the Graduates at Cost.
Resolved further, that the President draw on the Treasurer for the amount necessary in carrying the above resolution into effect.
Mr. Upson offered the following resolution which was agreed to. Viz. –
That the Secretary of this board do make out a full and complete index to the several Books of minutes of the Board of Trustees and Senatus Academicus of all Resolutions and other matters entered upon the minutes up to the present time, and that do in the future make out an index
of this kind immediately after each meeting of the Board, and that he be allowed such Compensation as may be deemed reasonable for brining up such index to the time of his appointment to the office of Secretary.
Resolved furthermore that the Secretary furnish the President with a certified Copy of all resolutions relating to the Government of the College, Since his appointment to that office.
The board then adjourned to attend the exercises of the Junior Class in the art of Elocution.
After the exercises were ended the President by the Authority and with the consent of the Board conferred the degree of Batchelor of Arts on E. L. Newton, Wm. M. Carnes and Pulaski Holt – they having some years ago sustained an examination by had not been graduated.
The degree of Master of Arts was also conferred on the Reverend Jabez P. Marshall, Col. Thomas F. Foster, Dr. Henry Hull, Joseph M. Molloy, Ebenezer Newton, Milus C. Nisbet Esquires, Graduates of this Institution.
Wednesday Evening 4 O.clock
The board convened pursuant to adjournment, present as in the morning.
On motion of Mr. Cobb,
Resolved, that the 22nd Clause of the first Chapter of the Laws of the College be suspended so far as respects the attendance of the Profs. Of College at the meals of the Students in College, So Soon as the Tutors have been appointed at this meeting or one of them Shall have taken up his residence in the College. Provided nevertheless that in case the authority of the Tutor or Tutors Should prove insufficient to preserve order among the Students in Commons that the Professors Shall be bound to give their attendance in Commons till order shall be restored –
Resolved that the Prudential Committee cause the 1st room in the second story of New Chapel to be fitted up in suitable style, to receive the Library and that the same be removed to said room forthwith.
Resolved further that the Committee draw on the Treasurer for the amount necessary to carry said resolution into effect.
Resolved that Messrs. Campbell and Clayton be a committee to prepare for publication a Report of the proceedings during this Commencement, give a succinct account of the previous examination, the style of public Speaking, the number of Students in each Class and the general prospects of the Institute.
Resolved that the President of the University draw in favour of the Treasurer thereof upon the Cashier of the State Bank of Georgia for all dividends which may hereafter be declared upon the One thousand Shares in Said bank belonging to the University.
Resolved that Mr. Ebenezer Newton be and he is hereby appointed Joint Rector of the Grammar School with a salary of eight hundred dollars, per annum, the number of Scholars to be under the direction of each Proctor to be proportioned by the President of the University.
Mr. Cobb offered the following Resolutions which were severally agreed to.
Resolved that the President do issue a draft in favour of Professor Jackson for the sum of One thousand dollars in further part of the Sum of four thousand dollars heretofore appropriated for the purchase of Philosophical Apparatus, which Sum of One thousand dollars when received Shall be expended under the direction of Prof. Jackson in the purchase of additional Apparatus.
Resolved that the Prudential Committee cause any
additions to the Apparatus Room as may be suggested by the Prof. of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry, and that the expenses thereof be discharged by a Draft on the Treasurer out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Resolved that the Treasurer be and he is hereby directed to write to Col. Nicholas Ware requesting him to urge to a speedy collection the demands made by him in payment of the protested draft of A. Erwin & Co. and be it further resolved that the Treasurer do place in the hands of the attorney of the Board all bonds, notes, and demands now due the Trustees with directions to collect the same as speedy as possible by suit. –
Resolved that the Treasurer of this Board be and he is hereby directed to audit the accounts of the Revd. John Hodge late Treasurer and ascertain the amount due by him as far as practicable and in case the balance due by him in such settlement is not discharged by his Executors or Securities that his official Bond be put in suit immediately. Resolved that the Hon. A. L. Clayton be and he is hereby requested to aid the Treasurer in settling such cost.
On motion of Judge Clayton Resolved that the attorney of this board commence suits against all persons, who may have committed trespass on the Tract of Land belonging to the University in the town of Athens, So soon as he can obtain proper information of the names of the persons who may have committed the Trespass.
Resolved that the Secretary of this Board apply to his Excellency, the Governor for the original Deeds of conveyance in his office, from D. W. Easley to John Milledge and from him to
the Trustees of the University for the tract of land whereon the town of Athens is situated to be used in certain suits to be commenced against persons for committing trespass on said land.
On motion it is ordered that the Prudential Committee take immediate measures to effectuate the Collection of Judgments, the Trustees of the University against Revd. Early deed., and the said deduction or pay any premium, which the desecration of the Said Committee may suggest for the purpose of attaining said object.
Resolved that the Prudential Committee be authorized to Sell either at public or private Sale as they may think most expedient, Lots in the Town of Athens, of one acre each included in the regular plan of said town, and that the Sale of Lands or Lots made by them in March be confirmed and a report thereof made to the board at their next meeting.
On motion of Mr. Cobb, Resolved that no other irregular Students Shall be admitted as a member of this College, Nor Shall any room be assigned to any such in the College Edifice, and all students hereafter admitted into the Grammar School who Shall pursue any other course of Studies than that which is preparatory to an admission into College, Shall be charged for tuition at the rate of twenty four dollars per annum payable quarterly in advance.
The Board of Trustees at the present Commencement having received the most Satisfactory evidence of the capacity and fidelity of the College Officers and of the industrious and moral deportment of the Students, congratulate themselves upon the brightening prospects
of the Institution, and unanimously tender their Sincere thanks to the President, Professors and Tutors in College and the Rector of the Grammar School to whose able and zealous exertions to the objects of the University, so Prosperous a Change is under Providence to be attributed.
The Board then adjourned Sine Die.
Watkinsville 4 Oct. 1820
Capt. George Moore. Tavern
The President having called an extra Session of the Board Trustees, the following Members attended.
President Waddell, Messrs. Paine, Clayton, Cobb, Campbell, and Upson
The President of the University having laid on the table the resignation of Mr. Tutor Kilpatrick bearing date 3 August last, the Board passed the following resolution relative thereto. –
Resolved that the resignation Mr. Tutor Kilpatrick, addressed to them through the President of the University, dated 3rd August last be now accepted, and that the Secretary inform him thereof.
The Revd. Joseph Wallace having presented himself as a Candidate for the Professorship of Languages, made vacant by the resignation of Mr. Professors Golding, and having at the same time, under the present pecuniary Situation of the funds of the University, Stated that he would take Charge of the Freshman and Sophomore Classes in their respective Classical Studies usually required in the Steward’s Hall, until the board are able to employ as assistant Tutor - - Resolved that in consideration of the Promises, the Said Revd. Joseph Wallace be and he is hereby appointed Profs. Of Languages in Franklin College with a Salary of fifteen hundred dollars per annum to commence on the first of January next, and that in consequence of his extra services in the Stewards Hall he be allowed by the Steward the amount of his Board.
Mr. Cobb offered the following Resolution which was agreed to, viz – Resolved that the Faculty of the College and the Prudential Committee be a Joint Committee to prepare a report, to be submitted to the General Assembly and the Senatus Academicus, at their next Session, exhibiting a full Account of the College, in relation to the State of the funds, the Collegiate Buildings, Library, Apparatus, the number and Salary of the College Officers, the number of the Students, the disbursements of the revenue of the Institution and upon what accounts, giving an estimate of all expenditures necessary to be made annually, of all of the amount of the funds, annually accruing; and suggesting any difficulties attending the operation of the College, and such legal provisions as may be deemed necessary to remove them – And finally containing any other matters, which may be proper to give to those Bodies, a full History of the Institution.
Resolved, furthermore, That a Sufficient number of Such Report be printed as will furnish each member of the Legislature and Senatus Academicus with a Copy, and that the expenses thereof be paid out of any monies in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Mr. Paine laid before the Board a letter from V. Pierce relative to some disputed land in Greene County, and the time of the present session being short, it was ordered to be laid on the table till the regular Session in Novr. next.
The Board then proceeded to the election of a Trustee to fill the vacancy occasioned by the Death of the Hon. Young Gresham, and upon counting out the ballots, it appeared that Dr. James Nesbit was duly elected, Whereupon ordered that the Secretary, inform him thereof –
The Board then adjourned to meet at Milledgeville on the 2nd Monday in Novr. next.
Milledgeville 13 Novr. 1820
This being the day appointed by law for the meeting of the Board of Trustees, the following members attended – President Waddel in the Chair, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Meriwether, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Upson, Mr. Cuthbert, Mr. Harden and Mr. Harris
The meeting was opened by prayer from the President, and the Board proceeded to no business, but adjourned to join the Senatus Academicus at 3 O’clock P. M.
The Board convened as adjourned, Prayer by the President, read the minutes of the last two sessions. Received and read the reports of the President and Treasurer upon the Subject of which Mr. Clayton offered the following resolution which was adopted,
Resolved that the Reports of the President and Treasurer of the University made to this Board, be laid before the Senatus Academicus, as the report of this Board in pursuance of the Law requiring an annual Statement of the funds and Condition of the University be made to the General Assembly.
Resolved, That among the Professors of the College there shall be no distinction in grade of dignity and authority – but that in the absence of the President, the Professor longest in office Shall preside. – Adjournment till ½ past 8 to-morrow.
Wednesday Morning 8 O’CK
Present as yesterday, Prayer by the President.
Dr. Henry Jackson, Professor of Chemistry and Natural Philosophy, having by letter dated 10 October 1820, tendered his resignation of said Professorship, On motion of Mr. Meriwether,
Resolved, That the Same be accepted, and that the Board will immediately take into Consideration the appointment of a Successor.
Dr. James Tinsley having presented himself as a candidate for the Professorship of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry, made vacant by the resignation of Dr. Henry Jackson, and having also profered to lodge in the College Edifice So long as he remains unmarried, And to bear what portion of police duty that may be assigned him, either in relation, to the College Rooms or Stewards Hall, On motion
Resolved That the Said Dr. James Tinsley be and he is hereby appointed professor of Nat. Philos. And Chemistry in Franklin College, with a Salary of fifteen Hundred dollars per an., That the Secretary inform him of his appointment and request his attendance on the first day of January next, to enter upon the duties of his Professorship.
Resolved, further, that in consideration of the Doctor’s Extra services in the Stewards Hall, he be allowed his board free of expense.
Resolved, That the President issue a Draft in favour of Profs. Tinsley, for a Sum not to exceed five hundred dollars, in further part of two thousand dollars, heretofore appropriated, for the purchase of Philosophical apparatus, which Sum Shall be expended under the direction of Profs. Tinsley in the purchase of additional Apparatus and other articles Necessary in his department and that the order passed at a previous meeting of the Board, appropriating one
thousand dollars for the Same purpose be repealed.
Resolved, That hereafter each Student in the College Shall for Room-rent, Sweeping his room and tuition pay the Sum of thirty-two dollars per annum to be paid one half at the commencement of each Session, and if a Student Shall enter after the beginning of a term, he shall pay in proportion to the above rates.
Resolved. That no Student Shall hereafter be dismissed from the College without the consent and request of his Parent or Guardian made to the Faculty, and then the dismission Shall be couched in such terms as the Conduct of the applicant while a Student may warrant.
The Board then proceeded to the election of a Trustee to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of David B. Mitchell Esq. and upon receiving and counting the votes out, it appeared that George R. Clayton Esq. was duly elected; Wherefore,
That the Board’s Secretary inform him thereof.
The Board adjourned Sine Die.
Secretary of the
University of Georgia
Watkinsville 10 April 1821
The President of the University having called a meeting of the Board of Trustees at this time, the following members attended
Mr. President Waddel, Mr. Paine, Mr. Cobb, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Meriwether, Mr. Campbell Mr. Upson and Mr. Nesbit.
The President Submitted a memorial from the faculty of the College on the subject of addressing the Legislature and petitioning that Body for a grant of funds to carry into execution certain important purposes touching the interest of the Institution with regard to which the following resolution was adopted, viz. –
Resolved that a Committee consisting of Messrs. Clayton, Cobb and Campbell be appointed to prepare and lay before the Board with a view to be laid before the next Legislature, a Statement of the present affairs of the University, having for its object a true and candid representation of the incapacity of the Board of Trustees to Conduct the operations of the free School established in Athens, without further aid from the State, And also the probably necessity, arriving from the fluttering prospects of the University of an appropriation for the purpose of erecting another College edifice, at no distant period to Complete its library and Philosophical apparatus.
The numbers of the Grammar School having increased so as to require the services of an additional instructor, and the President having nominated and appointed Mr. Alexander Webster, And engaged his services for some time - - - in Said School, the Board does now approve and confirm said appointment and Resolved that Dr. Webster receive a Salary of Six hundred dollars per annum.
The Board then adjourned to meet at Lexington on Friday the 29th and also at Milledgeville on Monday the 30th of the present month.
Athens 16th June 1821
This day the trustees met, Present Mr. President Waddel, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Nesbitt, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Abbot, Mr. Meriwether, Mr. Ware.
The meeting was opened with a prayer by the President.
Read the report of the Treasurer which was refered to Messrs. Clayton and Campbell as a committee.
Also received a communication from Doctors Jackson and Tinsley, on the Subject of the Philosophical and Chemical Apparatus, purchased by them as agents for the Board, which Communications were referred to the Same Committee.
Mr. Meriwether laid before the Board a memorial from Jonathan Lane and others on the Subject of purchasing Some unsold College lands in the Sandy Creek Tract, referred to Messrs. Meriwether and Nesbit.
The Board adjourned until 8 o’clock tomorrow.
Tuesday Morning 8 o’clock.
The Board convened pursuant to adjournment.
Prayer by the President.
Mr. Campbell offered the following resolution which was adopted.
Resolved that a committee be appointed to prepare and lay before this Board at their next meeting at Milledgeville a general and minute Statement and report of the affairs and prospects of the University – That the points to be embraced in Said Statement be 1st the depressed state of the funds, arising from the depreciation of Bank Stock. 2nd the necessity of providing for the better and permanent support of the Institution, by changes of or addition to the endowment. 3rd the expediency of Subjecting the Students of Grammar School to tax for tuition.
4th the necessity of a Competent appropriation to be made by the State for the erection of an additional College Edifice. 5th the importance of exempting the Students from the performance of militia duty in time of peace.
And be it further resolved that Said Statement Shall be made in Such form as will render it suitable to lay before the legislature, for the purpose of affecting the objects contemplated, and that the Committee upon Conference with the Faculty, embrace in Said report any other topics they may think proper in connexion with the College, and in furtherance of its prospects and usefulness.
The Committee named are Messrs. Campbell, Cobb, and Clayton.
Resolved that Alexander H. Webster, be and he is hereby appointed a Tutor in Franklin College with a Salary of Six hundred Dollars per annum, and that he commence the duties of his Tutorship at the beginning of the next term - - that he lodge in the College, performing Such police duties therein and in the Stewards Hall as shall be required of him by the President - - and in consideration of the Services to be rendered in the Steward’s Hall, he be allowed his board free of charge.
On motion of Mr. Clayton,
Resolved, that the Prudential Committee be authorised to have the brick Chapel filled up for the Safe keeping of the Apparatus and Library and for the exhibition of experiments in Chemistry and Natural Philosophy, and that the expense of the Same be paid out of the money arising from the Sale of Ten lots in Athens.
Resolved, - That Dr. James Nesbit be appointed a member of the Prudential Committee.
The Board then adjourned to attend the exercises of the Junior Sophomore and Freshman Classes.
Mr. Cobb appeared and took his seat.
Mr. Ware offered the following resolution which was agreed to, viz Resolved, that a Committee appointed to take into consideration the Subject of the Steward’s Hall, and the Subject of fare.
The Committee names are Messrs. Ware and Campbell.
Resolved, further that Said Committee examined into the State of the Steward’s building with a view to the improvements that have been made and Still necessary to be made thereon.
Mr. Paine appeared and took his seat.
Mr. Campbell from the Committee appointed, reported as follows,
The Committee to whom was referred the Communications and accounts of Dr. H. Jackson, Concerning the purchase of Apparatus having examined the Same report the following resolution,
Resolved that the Treasurer pay to Dr. Henry Jackson for the use of Mr. Consul Barnet – the Sum of Six hundred and Three Dollars 56 ¼ cts. With interest thereon from September last.
The Same committee also examined the accounts of Dr. Tinsley upon the Same Subject report the following resolution,
Resolved, That Dr. Tinsley be requested to proceed with the further adjustment of said accounts according to his understanding and Contract, and that the cash balance in his hands be deposited in the Treasury.
The information contained in the Treasurer’s abstract being already before the board, and measures having been already taken founded on Said information, it is considered by the Committee that no further report on the subject is necessary.
Mr. Nesbit from the Committee to whom was referred the memorial of Jonathan Lane and others on the subject of unsold College Lands of the Sandy Creek Tract, begs leave to report –
That they have been unable to collect any information other than they before possessed as to the value of these lands, and which they are led to believe is at this time very inconsiderable, but from the increasing prospects of the College, (upon the prosperity of which depends the value of lands near Athens,) a period is not very distant when it will be expedient to offer them for sale, and therefore recommend that they think further consideration of the Subject should be deferred for the present.
Mr. Ware from the Committee to whom was referred the Subject of the Steward’s Hall reported the following resolution,
Resolved, That it is inexpedient to remunerate the present incumbent in the Steward’s department, - the amount disbursed in improvements from his own accommodation, particularly as he had been notified that all Such would be at his own individual expense, - yet at the Same time, this Board does not relinquish claim to the Said Steward to Such Sum or Compensation, as his Successor may Contract to allow, for all improvements which he has or which he may hereafter make.
Resolved that it is expedient to contract without delay for the enlargement of the dining room and in order for the accomplishment
of this object the partition, Separating the dining room from the Chamber be removed. –
Resolved, That for the purpose of giving general satisfaction, the following shall be established as a bill of fare for the Steward’s hall, viz. –
Good coffee and Tea, corn and wheat bread well baked, butter, wholesome bacon or beef.
Corn bread, wholesome bacon, including alternately all the parts of the hog usually preserved, with vegetables and fresh meat, either beef, mutton, lamb, Shoat or poultry, and when fresh meat cannot be had, it may be Supplied by milk or molasses with a Second course of confectionary – Molasses every other day, Soup two times a week and a course of confectionary once - - - all of which shall be well cooked and served up in a neat cleanly manner.
Corn and wheat bread, good coffee and Tea or Coffee and milk, and butter.
The Board then adjourned to attend the exercises of the Chapel. After the orations were delivered the President, by and with the Consent of the Board Conferred the degree of Master of Arts on Dr. John L. Wingfield and Dr. Ethelred Langstone of Columbia County alumni of this College; and the degree of Bachelor of Arts on Eugenius A. Nesbit, of Athens, Alfred V. Scott of Alabama and Robert Mecklin of South Carolina.
5 O’clock Wednesday Evening
The Board Convened again.
Mr. Campbell offered the following resolution which was adopted.
Resolved, that Mr. Alexander H. Webster be and he is
hereby appointed a tutor in Franklin College with a Salary of Six hundred Dollars per Annum to Commence his duties at the beginning of the next term. – That he lodge in College performing such Police duties theein and in the Steward’s Hall as Shall be required of him by the President and in Consideration of the Services to be rendered in the Steward’s Hall, that Mr. Webster have his board free of charge.
Mr. Webster signified his acceptance of the appointment.
The Board adjourned.
Present as yesterday except. Col. Ware.
Prayer by the President. –
The President reported that all the officers had taken the oath prescribed by Law.
Whereas the Philosophical Apparatus of this College has been greatly impaired by the want of Care in its preservation, and whereas the expense and difficulty of having it repaired or renewed renders it highly necessary that effectual measures may be adopted for its Safe keeping and preservation from injury by natural Causes and accidents, on Motion of Mr. Cobb, the following resolution was taken on the Subject.
Resolved, 1st. That the Prudential Committee do cause to be made Cases, and Sashes filled with glass for the preservation of the Instruments from dust and the action of air and external violence. – Also that a neat Counter or other fence be erected within which no person Shall be permitted to pass except the person having charge of the Apparatus.
2nd. That no person but the President, the Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry, and when necessary the Students of the
Junior and Senior Classes, under the immediate inspection of the Professor shall be permitted to handle or use the Several instruments.
3rd. In the absence of the Professor, the President shall be particularly charged with the care of the Apparatus.
4th. Experiments Shall be performed only the Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry, with the instruments and other apparatus, and by the Senior and Junior Sophisters under his immediate direction and inspection.
5th. It shall be the duty of the Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry, as soon as practicable, to cleanse the Apparatus as well as possible from rust and dust, and arrange the Same on Shelves or in Cases made or to be made for that purpose and after Such arrangement, the Same Shall not be disturbed or removed, but by his permission and under his immediate direction.
6th. As by the 14 Section of the 1st Chapter of the Laws of College The Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry is charged with the whole Philosophical Apparatus and Cabinet - - he will be held responsible by the Board for injuries done to the Same, and he is hereby authorized by and with the Concurrence of the President to ordain and establish any other rules and regulations in addition to the foregoing which, in his discretion, he may deem necessary to perform the duties imposed on him on this Subject.
7th. He Shall cause these rules and all others which he may establish, to be written in a fair hand, and Copies thereof to be posted in each room where any of the Apparatus or Curiosities are kept.
8th. The Rules which may be established under the 1st. 2n. and 3rd.
Sections of the 7th chapter of the Laws of College, concerning the Library, Museum, and Apparatus, Shall in like manner be written in a fair hand and posted in the rooms where they are kept.
9th. Any expenses to be incurred under the first of the foregoing resolutions, Shall be defrayed out of any monies in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
10th. The Secretary shall furnish the Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry with a Copy of Such of the foregoing resolutions as concern him personally.
It appearing to the Board that lots No 28, 29, 30 and 31 in this village have been heretofore purchased by Solomon Bettow who has Sold No. 28 and 29 to Nicholas Ware Esq. and 30 and 31 to Joel Crawford Esq. both of whom now apply for titles to Said lots, ORDERED, That the President be authorized and required to execute to the above named persons titles to Said lots upon a Satisfactory showing, that the full amount of the purchase money has been paid into the Treasury.
And that the President be authorized to make Titles to the purchasers of lots in the Town of Athens in all cases, whenever he is properly informed that all the Consideration money is paid into the Treasury.
On motion of Mr. Campbell, Resolved, that the Steward be authorized to demand of each Student boarding in the Commons, the payment of one quarter’s board in advance, and upon Complaint made by the Steward that any Student has failed or refused to comply with the foregoing requisite, it may be lawful for the faculty and Steward if they think proper to exclude or debar Such Student from access to
the Steward’s Hall or the exercises of the college.
Resolved, That the Prudential Committee be requested to Cause before the next regular meeting, Suitable Chairs, Tables, and Stationary to be left in the Library Room for the convenience and accommodation of the Board and to draw on the Treasurer for the amount expended.
That Said Committee by Said time prepare and report regulations and rules for the government of the Board while in Session, and the objects particularly to be provided for Shall be Accuracy and dispatch.
That it Shall be the duty of the Faculty, to lay before the Board at each regular meeting lists which Shall contain the number of Scholars in each class, and the studies in which they may have been instructed or engaged during the past Session. – And accompanying Such lists there Shall be a matter of written message or communication containing any matter of Suggestion which the President may Consider proper for the Consideration of the Board.
The Trustees congratulate the President and other Gentlemen of the Faculty upon the growing prosperity of Franklin College, particularly evinced by the proficiency of the Students at the late examination and commencement and cannot close the present Session, without the expression of their unqualified approbation of the officers of College – and the Sincere pleasure they received from the exhibition of Talent, Industry and Correct demeanor on the part of the Students.
The Trustees also witnessed with great Satisfaction
the attention and ability with which the teachers of the Grammar School have discharged their duties proved by the progress made by the Students under their care.
The Board adjourned Sine die
of the University
Watkinsville 9 Oct. 1821.
The Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia Convened at Capt. George Moore’s Tavern. Present Mr. President Waddel, Messrs. Elliot, Paine, A. L. Clayton, Meriwether, Cobb, Upson, Campbell, Ware and Nesbit.
The Board was Constituted by Prayer.
Read the minutes of the last meeting. Received and read a report from the President for and in behalf of the College faculty touching some points Connected with the internal regulations of the Institution, which report was referred to the prudential Committee.
Read the memorial of the Committee Consisting of Messrs. Clayton, Cobb, and Campbell who were appointed to prepare an address to be laid be fore the next Legislature, which was referred to the Same Committee.
The joint Communication of Professors Tinsley and Church on the Subject of making some Specified additions to the College Library was ordered to be laid on the Table until the meeting of the Board next after the ensuing Legislature.
Mr. Prof. Church having communicated to the Board that Dr. Henry Jackson had made a valuable present of Books to the College Library – It was Ordered that the President be and he is hereby requested
in Suitable terms, to return the thanks of this Board to Dr. Jackson for his liberality.
Prof. Tinsley having by letter requested a detention of the balance of an appropriation in his hands for the purpose of making additions to the Chemical Apparatus and Laboratory, Said request was granted, a resolution to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The Board then adjourned Sine Die. Quad Attestor
Milledgeville 12 Nov. 1821
The Board of Trustees of the University Convened on this day it being appointed by Law. – The following Members attending constituted a Quorum, viz. Mr. President Waddel, Messrs. Campbell, Meriwether, A. L. Clayton, G. R. Clayton, Hardon, and Upson.
The meeting was opened by prayer.
A communication was read from the College Faculty, on the Subject of altering and amending Some College Laws, which was referred to a Committee Consisting of Messrs. A. L. Clayton, Campbell, and Meriwether.
On motion of Mr. Campbell, Ordered, That the Secretary inform his Excellency the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, that the Board are now in Session and will be ready to join them this evening at 3 o’clock to form the Senatus Academicus
The Board then adjourned until ½ past 2 o’clock.
½ past 2 O’clock
The Board met pursuant to adjournment – Mr. Cuthbert, Mr. Harris and Mr. Paine appeared and took their seats. Read, Reports from President and Treasurer.
The Board adjourned to the Senate Chamber to form the Senatus Academicus, and afterwords continued its Session.
Judge Clayton read a letter from Revd. Dr. Brown on
the Subject of admitting irregular Students into the College, which was referred to Mr. A. L. Clayton, Campbell and Meriwether as a Committee.
The President Submitted a letter from the Honorable Thomas Jefferson on the propriety of petitioning Congress to repeal the duty on imported books, which was also referred to the last mentioned Committee.
The Board adjourned.
Tuesday morning 9 o’clock.
Mr. Meriwether read a memorial from Mr. Dobbins in regard to a decision made by this Board deducting a part of his Salary during absence from the duties of office, occasioned by sickness, referred to Messrs. Campbell and Cuthbert.
The Committee to whom was referred the Communication from the College Faculty rendered the following Report, which was concurred in.
The Committee to whom was referred the Communication from the Faculty on the Subject of vacations and Sundry amendments College laws –
REPORT, That with regard to vacations, they are of opinion that but two are necessary, and recommend the following resolution, RESOLVED, that in future the vacations of the College Shall be two in each year, One commencing on 1st May and ending on 1 June, the other commencing 1st October and ending on the 1 December and at Commencement which Shall hereafter take place on the first Wednesday in August, there Shall be a relaxation from Studies of one week.
The College Steward addressed a note to the Board, praying that the price of Board in Commons be raised, on the subject of which the following resolution was adopted - -
RESOLVED, that it is inexpedient to raise the price, of Board in the Steward’s Hall in this time.
The Committee appointed to consider the subject of Dr. Brown’s letter reported as follows,
The Committee to whom was referred the application of Dr. Brown, requesting that the son of Mr. Jon Marks may be admitted to the College - - REPORT, that the rule excluding irregular Students from College is a Sound one, Conducive greatly to the convenience of the Faculty and the benefit of the regular Student and ought not lightly to be broken upon - - but in Consideration of the munificence of the father of the youth in whose favor this application is made, and which the Trustees must ever remember with gratitude – The Committee recommend his admission upon Such favorable Conditions as the President may prescribe.
On Mr. Dobbins memorial the following report was made and concurred in.
The Committee to whom was referred the Communication of Mr. M. W. Dobbins claiming Salary during the period of his confinement by Sickness are of opinion that an allowance of the claim would be an act of Grace only, the exercise of which is forbidden at this time, by the Situation of the College funds, They therefore recommend the following resolution –
That one half of the Stated Salary, during the time Mr. Dobbins was Confined, be Considered full Compensation, and that the Treasurer be directed to pay Mr. Dobbins whatever balance may be due.
The Committee also recommend the following general Resolution on the Subject – RESOLVED, that when any College officer is withdrawn from duty by sickness or other cause So as to make it
necessary to supply his place at the expense of the Board, the Salary of Such officer shall be reduced in proportion to the time of his absence.
The Committee to whom was referred the letter of Mr. Thomas Jefferson, dated at Monticello the 28 September 1821 on the Subject of existing duties on imported books, reports, That your Committee entirely coincides in opinion with Mr. Jefferson – That although our own manufacturers ought to be encouraged, the paramount interest of Science demands that every facility Should be afforded to the obtainment of books which are essential to the Student and man of letters, and which are rarely if ever published in our Country – The committee recommend the following Resolution.
RESOLVED, That a respectful petition to the Congress of the United States be prepared to be Signed by the President in the name and behalf of the Trustees of the University of Georgia praying a repeal of the duty on imported books. And that an address to be Signed in like manner be made to the Senators and Representatives of Georgia in Congress Soliciting their aid to effectuate the object of Said petition 0 and that a copy of Mr. Jefferson’s letter accompanying the Said address.
In compliance with a petition of the Steward,
RESOLVED, that the board in Commons be paid in the Same manner as the tuition in College, Session in advance, and that the Same be published.
The first Session of the next year having been extended to the first of August. –
Resolved that each Student be required to pay in advance the sum of $18.66.
It appearing to the Board that Owen Thomas entered himself a Student in the Grammar School for the term of Six months, paying the Sum of $12 in advance for tuition and that he was expelled before the expiration of three months – ORDERED, that the Treasurer refund Mr. Thomas half of the Sum so advanced by him as aforesaid.
The Board then adjourned Sine Die.
Athens 19 January, 1822.
The Board of Trustees met in order to make arrangements preparatory for the erection of a new College Edifice having been called together by the President of the University, for that purpose.
The following members were present, viz. Mr. President Waddel, Messrs. A. L. Clayton, J. Meriwether, J. Nesbit, E. Paine, and Mr. Upson.
It appearing that a Quorum was present, the President Stated that the object of the meeting, viz. making arrangements preparatory to the erection of a new College Edifice, provided for by the munificence of our State Legislature of 1821. Whereupon the following resolution was offered and unanimously adopted,
RESOLVED, That a building one hundred and twenty feet long, forty five feed wide, four stories high and upon a plan of the present College Edifice, with Such alterations as Shall be Specified, be erected upon the Spot which will this day be selected and pointed out, and that an exact detail of the particulars be drawn and published in the Milledgeville, Augusta, and Savannah papers, with a view to obtain sealed proposals for building the Same, and that the 23 day of March next be appointed for determining upon the best proposition – and further, that applicants be informed that the entire work, both in mechanisms and the furnishing the materials will be expected from the undertaker, the time when the work will be completed
to be Stated, bond and Security must be given for the faithful performance of the Contract in double the amount proposed to complete the building, to accompany his proposition with a list of his Securities – The proposals to be addressed to the President of the University and must be handed to him on or before the 19 day of March. –
On motion of Judge Clayton the following was agreed to –
RESOLVED, That the Trustees give their Consent to a law passed by the last Legislature for the relief of the REPRESENTATIVES of John Hodge and Margaret Jack and that the bonds given by Said Hodge and Margaret Jack be given up to them in pursuance of said Act, and that the lands for which they were given be Subject to the further deposition of this Board.
The Board then adjourned to meet on the 23 March next
Secretary U. G.
Watkinsville 9 April 1822
The following members of the Board of Trustees convened in the Grand Jury Room for the purpose of receiving propositions for building the new College, and to Select the best.
Mr. President Waddel, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Cobb, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Meriwether, Mr. Nesbit, Mr. Paine and Mr. Upson.
After reading and examining the Several propositions Submitted, the following resolution was adopted, Resolved that the proposition of John R. Golding, Thomas Moore and Zachariah Sims, being the most advantageous, the Same is hereby accepted on the part of this Board.
But it is expressly understood, that if there is any material alteration in the plan of change of Site before the undertakers are ready to commence laying the foundation, there Shall be an increase or deduction of price in proportion to the increase or deduction of labour or materials employed about Said building.
Resolved that the Prudential Committee be authorised to execute the necessary writing to carry into effect the contract in relation to the foregoing resolution, and proposition
Georgia We the undersigned, will bind ourselves to build the Clarke County College Edifice, by the first of August 1823, agreeable to the plan mentioned or with any reasonable alteration for the Sum of Twenty four thousand, nine hundred and Eighty dollars, Provided
that one third is paid be the first day of June next one third, when the house is raised and covered and the balance when completed, and we will give Satisfactory Security in the county.
9 April 1822 Signed John R. Golding
It appearing to the board that John Chew was the purchaser of a lot of Land containing twenty five acres, adjoining the Town of Greensboro, and distinguished it as lot no. (18) eighteen and that the whole consideration, to wit, Seventy five dollars has been paid into the Treasury of this Board and it also appearing that the Said John Chew on the twenty fourth of November 1818 assigned his interest in Said lot of Robert Chew and that Rob. Chew did on the 10th July 1819 assign his interest therein to Louden Willis who has applied to this Board for a title for Said lot,
Resolved that the President of the University be and he is hereby authorised to execute a title to the Said Louden Willis for the Said lot of land, according to the forms heretofore used, for the execution of Titles to the University Lands.
The Board then adjourned Sine die.
Franklin College 1822.
The following members attending Constituted a Quorum of the Board of Trustees, viz. Mr. Abbot, Mr. Cobb, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Harris, Mr. Meriwether, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Cuthbert, Mr. Ware and Mr. Wayne.
The President opened the meeting by prayer.
The President read a report on the State of the Institution, after which he obtained leave of absence and Mr. Crawford was called to the Chair.
Read a report of the Treasurer.
On motion of Mr. Cobb the following resolution was adopted. Resolved that the following Committees be appointed – viz.
1st. A committee on the finances of the College, whose duty it shall be to enquire into the resources of the College for the next year, and to Submit estimates of the necessary expenditures for the Same period, and also to examine into the correctness of the Treasurer’s Report for the next year. The committee Consisting of Messrs. Cobb, Meriwether and Cuthbert.
2nd. A committee on the Collegiate buildings, Library, and Apparatus whose duty it shall be to examine into the State of the building, Library, and apparatus, noticing any injury or loss Sustained in any of them, and Suggesting any repairs, alterations or additions thereto. Committee Mr. Abbott, Mr. Campbell and Mr. Harris.
3rd. A committee on the Laws and discipline of the College whose duty it Shall be to enquire into the internal police of the College, the manner in which laws have been enforced therein
and whether the officers have in all things performed the duties imposed upon them in a Satisfactory manner. Committee Messrs. Clayton, Ware and Wayne.
RESOLVED that each of Said Committees report during the present Session of the Board as Soon as practicable.
Mr. Campbell offered the following resolution which was agreed to, viz. –
RESOLVED, That so much of the report of the President of the College as relates to the dismissal of Students and the infliction of College censures and the present Size and Standing of the Classes be referred to the Standing Committee on the Laws and discipline of the Institution.
That so much of Said report as relates to the qualification of Students entering College and the Change of discipline of the two lower classes, and all other matters Contained in the report touching the laws and discipline of the College be referred to the Standing Committee on the Subject.
RESOLVED, that the Treasurer’s report on the finances of the College, be referred to the Standing Committee on that Subject.
That So much of the President’s report as refers to the appointment of an additional Tutor be referred to the Committee on the finances of the College.
Resolved also, That the Same Committee be directed to inquire into the propriety and expediency of advancing the Salary of the Tutor already employed.
On motion of Judge Clayton,
RESOLVED that a Committee be appointed to inquire into the expediency of Selling part of the College tract of land, also certain lots in the vicinity of Athens, not immediately included in the plan of the Town and also certain lots of land belonging to the Sandy Creek Tract of land, which was undisposed of at the public sales of the University’s lands in May 1816. Committee –
Messrs. Campbell, Clayton and Meriwether.
A petition was handed in from Mrs. Sarah King concerning a Certain land contract which She Stated to have existed a long time between herself and the Board - - Referred to the last mentioned committee.
Mr. Harris offered the following resolution which was adopted.
RESOLVED, That the President do prepare, under the Seal of the University, letters Attorney, and forward the Same to any Attorney in whose hands demands may be placed for Collection due the institution.
The Board then adjourned to attend on the exercises of the JUNIOR CLASS.
The Board convened present as in the morning with the addition of Mr. Upson who appeared and took his seat.
READ a communication from the College Faculty on the subject of the Steward’s Hall, which on motion of Mr. Cuthbert Laid on the Table until the meeting in the morning.
Mr. Cobb from the committee tendered a report which was laid on the table.
Board convened, Mr. Hardin took his Seat.
Mr. Meriwether presented a petition from John Haile and from John Haile and Woody Jackson.
On joint memorial of Woody Jackson and John Haile respecting lots Numbers 3, 4, 5 and 6 purchased by them in Oglethorpe County,
RESOLVED, that the Attorney of the Board be hereby instructed to enter into a Consent with the Said parties that one Suit at law may and Shall settle the whole question relative to the lines of the Said lots in dispute Said to exist – between the memorialists
and Col. George Lumpkin. Also, Upon considering the memorials of John Haile in relation to lands recovered of him and which he purchased of the Trustees of the University of Georgia,
It is Ordered that the President be and he is hereby requested and authorized by letter to Communicate to the Governor of this State the agreement made by the Trustees with the purchasers of the University lands contracting to give them a Credit upon their bonds at the rate per acre given for the Same, for so much as has been recovered by suit in Court or award of Arbitrators, and requesting him to have Such Credit entered on the bonds of John Haile upon a proper Shewing of the amount recovered in each Case. – And in case the Governor Shall be of opinion that he cannot cause Such credit to be entered, that he be requested to Suspend all legal proceedings for the recovery of Said bonds until the case can be Submitted to the Consideration of the Legislature. - -
Mr. Abbot from the Committee directed to inquire into the State of the College Buildings, Library and Apparatus, and to notice any injury or loss Sustained in any of them, and to suggest any repairs, alterations or additions thereto, have attended to the duties assigned them as faithfully as the Short time allowed them admitted and beg leave to make the following
REPORT, That on examining the College building they find no recent injuries it has Sustained of any importance but the changes produced by time, the exposures it has suffered by the weather from the great numbers of panes of glass broken in the windows and injuries done to the walls, doors, ceiling and floors, by a long and Successive process of dilapidation, that a thorough repair of all the injured parts will be required. They are of the opinion, however, that the necessary repairs are so extensive and general that they cannot be undertaken till the new College building can be occupied by the Students and therefore think it unnecessary to recommend any
immediate measures to be taken for general repairs.
The Committee can not forbear to remark that Some of the rooms are found in a Condition unfavorable to health from a great accumulation of dirt and filth.
Although the Committee do not recommend any general repair, Some partial repairs appear undispensable to make the rooms Comfortable on the Southern exposure of the building. The windows on that Side of the house must necessarily be repaired before the winter and the committee recommend the following resolution –
RESOLVED, That the Prudential Committee be directed to Contract, upon the most favorable terms, for the complete repair of the windows upon the South Side of the College Edifice, and that the Treasurer pay the expense to be incurred out of any monies in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Your Committee further report, that they have not had it in their power to enter into any Strictness of examination of the articles Composing the Apparatus. This is owing in a measure to a want of Complete Schedule of the articles.
The repairs and improvements heretofore recommended to be made in the Apparatus room have been completed. The instruments are enclosed in Casements Calculated for their preservation and too much attention to this Subject cannot be bestowed.
The Chemical Laboratory is heretofore provided for, has been partially fitted up. Further improvements have been suggested by the professor. But your committee not being apprised of the extent of the means the board can employ, be leave to refer this part of the Subject to the Prudential Committee.
Your Committee have enquired into the State of the Library, And although this is a State of preservation and in the care of a vigilant professor, yet as far as they can learn, there is no regular librarian who feels the necessary responsibility. For remedy we recommend the following resolution –
RESOLVED, that the President appoint a Librarian with an appropriation Compensation to be paid by a Tax upon the Students using the books, which Tax Shall be inserted in the bills of Such Students and Collected by the Treasurer, as tuition money is collected.
Resolved further that a complete Catalogue of the books composing the Library be made out and recorded in a bound book, and that in the Same book be also recorded a list of the Articles and Instruments Composing the Apparatus which book Shall be deposited in the Library for the inspection of the Faculty and Trustees as occasion may require.
The Board then adjourned to attend the public Commencement and the exercises of the Senior Class when the degree of Bachelor of Arts was conferred on Turner H. Trippe of Putnam County, James P. Waddel of Athens, Lucius L. Wittich of Morgan County, James C. Patterson of Abbeville Dist., S.C., William Jack and Robert A. Jones of Clark County, Wiley Mayson of Eatonton, Paul Coalson of Pulaski County and Benjamin F. Ware of Putnam County.
5 o’clock P. M.
The Board convened, Mr. Crawford in the Chair.
Took up the report of the Committee on the internal police of the College which was read and adopted and is as follows –
The Committee to whom was referred that part of the
President’s Communication which related to the discipline of the College report that the have carefully examined the different Subjects Suggested by the President, having for their object the amendment of the College Laws and find with the exception of the Second and last proposition they are all well Calculated to promote the interest of the Institution. The first of these exceptionable propositions relates to the expediency of making a difference between the discipline of the higher and lower classes - - The committee have not been able to discover any good reason for such a distinction, on the contrary they think it would be calculated to produce invidious relations between the Classes and by departure from the well known and established usages of all other Colleges, very materially affect the character of this.
The other proposition refers to the manner in which the Students shall in the future spend their Sabbath afternoons - - whether they shall be Compelled to attend divine service or permitt4ed to walk abroad on those evenings. The Senatus Academicus at their last meeting impliedly consented to the latter by Confining their walks on that evening to one mile - - So long then as this healthful and innocent indulgence is executed free from any conduct which is not violative of the laws of College, the Committee find no reason for making a change on that Subject.
Before the Committee proceed to propose the resolutions necessary to carry into effect the other Subjects of the Communication, they are Constrained by duty to bring before the Board the following remarks. – Some of this Board and perhaps all who attended the examination of the Senior Class, were unequivocally dissatisfied with it, and especially that part of which should require the use of the philosophical apparatus for demonstration. This circumstance has led to enquiry which result in the fact, that the Apparatus is not sufficiently
used in the Course of instruction to which it is applicable and that among the reasons which have operated to produce this neglect, a due regard has not been had to the 3 sec. of the 1st chapt. Of the Laws of College – In Consequence of which the following resolution, in addition to the measures recommended by the President is respectfully proposed by your Committee to wit,
RESOLVED that in all the demonstrative Science connected with the Collegiate Course in which the Philosophical Apparatus is necessary for illustration, that it be on no occasion dispensed with, and that the Board have a right to the exclusive services of their officers.
The Committee submit also the following resolutions –
1st. Resolved that the legal qualifications for admission into the College be so far extended as to include the whole of what is read in the Greek Testament, Graecco Alinoza and Cicero.
2nd. Resolved, that in all cases where Faculty know from the acknowledgement of a Student of College or otherwise that Said Student is in possession evidence, necessary to detect some violation of the laws of College and to enforce a proper act of discipline, they Shall have power to Compell Such Student to disclose said testimony, when it does not Criminate himself, under any of the penalties known to the College laws as they in their discretion think proper to inflict.
3rd. Resolved that the law passed in November requiring the punctual attendance of the officers in their rooms during the hours of Study is a wholesome and highly necessary one, and that it be, by this Board required to be strictly observed.
4th. Resolved, that whenever any Student is found buying or drinking any spirits in any of the stores, shops or taverns in the town of
Athens, or found intoxicated there or elsewhere, he Shall for the first offence be punished by Suspension, at the discretion of the Faculty and for the Second be expelled from College without the right of restoration but by the Consent of a Board of Trustees.
5th. Resolved, that upon the dismission, suspension or expulsion of any Student from the College, by the Faculty, if any remaining Student from the College Shall give a certificate to the Said punished Student or anyone else implicating the Conduct of the Faculty in relation to the offence of Such Student its investigation or punishment, he Shall be punished by the Faculty in Such manner as they may think proper, under any of the penalties known to the College laws.
The board took up the letter of the College Faculty on the Subject of abolishing the institution of the Steward’s Hall, and it was determined that it is inexpedient to abolish it whereupon Mr. Cuthbert offered the following resolution, which was adopted, to wit –
Resolved that the board of the students in Commons from the commencement of the next Session be paid to the Treasurer and that the prudential committee shall contract with some proper person to manage the Steward’s Hall and Shall make such regulations as may be proper to enable the Steward to draw on the Treasurer for the necessary Sums, but the whole expense of this part of the Institution including the Salary of the Steward Shall not exceed the amount of the Sums paid by the Students for board – And be it further Resolved that the Steward to be employed Shall have the benefit of the Steward’s buildings and Shall furnish all other necessaries and Conveniences of attendance and furniture for the proper conduct and management of his department. – That he be required in his contract with the Prudential Committee to
keep a regular account of his disbursements for provisions and Submit the Same to the Committee once in each month – And that in furnishing diet the Steward do conform as Strictly, as may be possible, to the bill of fare heretofore prescribed by the Board.
Resolved also that Said Committee be authorized to enter into Such further Stipulations and impose Such additional restrictions as they may Consider requisite and proper to Secure the objects Contemplated by such appointment.
On motion of Majr. Meriwether RESOLVED, that Col. Ware be added to the Prudential Committee.
Mr. Cobb from the Committee on a part of the President’s Communication and on the finances of the College, Reported as follows, viz.
The Committee on the finances of the College, according to the order of the Board have had under their Consideration the REPORT of the Treasurer Submitted at the present Session of the board, and have found the same to be correct – From the said report it appears that there is now in the Treasurer’s hands a balance of one Thousand one hundred and thirty three dollars and 78 ¾ cts, out of which outstanding demands to an amount not exceeding fifty dollars remain to be paid.
The resources of the University, exclusive of the amount appropriated to the erection of a new College Edifice by the General Assembly consist of the following items,
The balance in the hands of the Treasurer above stated 1133.78 ¾
The amount to be received for tuition may be safely estimated at 3000.00
Dividends upon Bank Stock by the act of Legislature made equal to 8000.00
Balance due on a judgement against Mrs. Fox in Col. Ware’s hands for collection 250.00
There is due for lots sold in Athens $1120, out of which it is estimated there will be rec’d 468.00
Total 12,851.78 ¾
There are other demands due the University which are in a course of Due Collection, but the committee have no means of knowing the amount due or that which will be probably collected.
The following appropriations for the ensuing year and chargeable upon these resources –
For the President $2500.00
Three Professors at $1500 each $4500.00
One Tutor in College $600.00
Two Tutors in Grammar School $1600.00
Secretary and Treasurer $550.00
Sweeper, bell ringer, etc. $100.00
Leaving at the end of the ensuing year a balance 2961.78 ¾
In the treasury of 12851.78 ¾
The Committee have also under consideration So much of the Presidents Communication as relates to an increase of the Salary of the new employed Tutor in College and or are the opinion that Such an increase is expedient and therefore recommend the following resolution.
RESOLVED that the Tutor now employed in College Shall receive a Salary of Eight hundred dollars per annum.
The have also taken into their consideration So much of the president’s communication as relates to an appointment of an additional Tutor in College and are of the opinion that from increasing numbers of the students the employment of another tutor is necessary for the interests of the Institution – But they respectfully recommend to the Consideration the Board the propriety of abolishing the office of Professor of Languages and the appointment of two additional Tutors - -
The Committee cannot conceive in the present state of the College the greater usefulness of a professor of languages of a well qualified Tutor and they are of the opinion that such a measure is recommended by the fact that with the Salary now given to that professor of languages, two Tutors of Suitable qualifications may doubtless be employed. With a view of bringing this Subject before the board they submit the following resolutions.
RESOLVED that the Office of the Professor of Languages in Franklin College be abolished from and after the 15 October next –
Resolved that from and after the 15 October next, or sooner if necessary, three additional Tutors be appointed (One of whom shall be employed immediately) with a Salary of $800 each. That they be unmarried men, to reside in College and board in Commons free of expense and perform Such other police duties as may be assigned.
On motion of Duncan G. Campbell Esquire
Resolved that Mr. James P. Waddel be and he is hereby appointed a Tutor in Franklin College – That he reside in College, board in Commons and perform Such duties as may be assigned him by the faculty.
On motion of Genl. Harden,
Resolved that after the expiration of the current Collegiate year no student Shall be admitted into the freshman class under the age of thirteen years, the Sophomore under fourteen, the Junior under fifteen and the Senior under sixteen years. –
Mr. Clayton offered the following resolution which was agreed to, viz. –
Resolved that the President of the University execute Titles to Henry Hardy for fractions No. 1, 12, and 13 on the Shoal Creek tract of land in Franklin County, pursuant to an act of the General Assembly entitled “an act to authorize the Trustees of the
University of Georgia to execute a deed to Henry Hardy having paid up the whole of the purchase money, as required by said act, and made affidavit that the Original deed to William A. Blackburn, which was required to be given up is lost – but the above deed to Said Hardy Shall not warrant said lands against the Said William A. Blackburn his heirs or assigns.
The Committee appointed to enquire into the expediency of Selling a part of the College tract of land and also certain lots and other lands belonging to the University report in favor of the expediency of a general Sale and recommend the following resolution –
Resolved that the Prudential Committee be authorized to Sell upon the most advantageous terms any portion of the College lands on Sandy Creek in Clarke County and Shoal Creek in Franklin County and that the Said Committee Cause the College tract in the vicinity of Athens to be laid out into lots which Shall contain for 4 to 20 acres each, so as best to suit the convenience of purchasers, and that a plan of Such Survey be reported to the Boar at their next meeting at Milledgeville.
Resolved, that the Prudential Committee be authorized to Sell a lot not exceeding one acre and a half in Athens, between the Spring and the lot of Mrs. King and adjoining the latter.
On motion of Mr. Crawford,
Resolved, that $600 be appropriated for the purchase of Scientific books and Mathematical instruments for the use of Franklin College, and the Rees Encyclopaedia and the instruments necessary to teaching practical surveying and navigation be procured
and that the remainder of Said Sum be applied under the direction of the Faculty, in purchasing Such other books and Mathematical Instruments as are most necessary for that purpose.
The board then adjourned Sine die.
University of Georgia
Athens 14 August, 1822
The Professorship of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry having become vacant from the resignation of the incumbent, the following members of the Board Convened to appoint a Successor, viz.
Mr. President Waddel, Messrs. Crawford, Clayton, Meriwether, Nisbet, and Ware.
Dr. James Tinsley having resigned his Office of Professor of Chemistry and Natural Philosophy in Franklin College – Resolved unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the University that the Vacancy occasioned by Said be filled by the appointment of Dr. Henry Jackson.
Resolved further by the consent of the present officers of College, that Doctor Jackson be released from any and all duties which relate to the police, discipline or government of the College, and that his services be exclusively confined to the complete care of the Philosophical apparatus and the instruction of classes of College Submitted to his care in due course of Collegiate Studies, at Stated Hours, which Shall be assigned, and not altered without his consent.
Secretary U. G.
Milledgeville 11 Nov. 1822
The Board of Trustees met on this day agreeably to law – present,
Mr. President Waddel, Messrs. Campbell, Harden, G. R. Clayton, Meriwether, Cobb, Cuthbert, and Upson.
The President opened the meeting by prayer. Read the Minutes of the last meeting. Mr. Campbell offered the following resolution which was agreed to, -
Resolved, That the Secretary inform his Excellency the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, that the Board of Trustees is organized and will be ready to attend this evening at 3 o’clock to form the Senatus Academicus.
Read a report from the President of the State of the College and also a communication from Professor Jackson.
On motion of Genl. Harden the Board proceeded to elect a Trustee to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Stephen W. Harris esq. and upon receiving and counting out the Ballots is appeared that Col. William Jackson was duly elected.
Whereupon it was ordered,
That the Secretary inform him thereof, and upon the event of his acceptance to invite him to a Seat at ½ past 2 o’clock this evening.
The Board then adjourned to meet at ½ past 2 o’clock.
The Board convened at ½ past 2 o’clock at which time Mr. Cobb offered the following resolution for the appointment of Committees which were agreed to and the Committees appointed.
Resolved, that so much of the President’s Communication this day made to the Board as relates to the appointment of Tutors in College be referred to a select Committee messrs. Campbell and Meriwether.
Resolved, that so much of the Same Communication as relates to the gratuitous instruction of poor young men qualifying themselves for the Gospel ministry be referred to the Same Committee.
Resolved, That the Semi-annual report of the treasurer on the finances of the College this day made to the Board be referred to a Select Committee consisting of Messrs. Cobb and Harden.
Resolved, That the Communication of the Professor of Natl. Philosophy and Chemistry this day received be referred to the Same Committee on Finances.
Resolved that the petition of Mr. Moody Jackson be referred to a Select Committee consisting of Messrs. Cobb and Cuthbert.
Resolved that the petition of Mr. Woody Jackson be referred to a Select committee consisting of Messrs. Cobb and Cuthbert.
Resolved, that a committee on the law and discipline of the College be appointed, whose duty it Shall be to inquire and report what alterations in the laws are expedient and also into the propriety of causing a new edition of the College laws to be printed consisting of messrs. A. L. Clayton, Nesbit, and Jackson.
Resolved that a committee be appointed on the subject of the Steward’s Hall and the board of the Students in Commons whose duty it shall be to inquire into the expediency of longer continuing the Same under any and what further regulations the Committee to Consist of Messrs. Cobb, Upson, Meriwether, Campbell and Cuthbert.
Resolved that the Said Several Committees report on the Said Several Matters referred to them as soon as possible.
The Board then adjourned to form the Senatus Academicus to meet again at Downers Tavern tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock.
Mr. Cobb offered the following report from the Committee on Woody Jackson’s letter which was adopted.
The Committee on the petition of Woody Jackson report, that upon inquiry they find that at the purchase of University lands, it was the Contract between the purchasers and the Trustees, that in Case any of the lands Should be recovered by a title adverse to that of the University, the purchaser Should have a Credit on his bonds, for the land recovered in proportion to the price given for the whole lot – That at the Session of the Legislature of 1816 a law was enacted permitting the Settlement of the disputed title of land by arbitration,
Therefore Mr. Jackson and Mr. Lumpkin have the power to have the title to the land in dispute Settled without a law suit, according to said Contract, so soon as the dispute is Settled, Mr. Jackson will be entitled to a credit for any land lost by such
decision – Until such decision can be had they think that the Collection of the bonds ought to be Suspended for a reasonable time, and therefore recommend the following resolution.
Resolved that the Genl. Assembly be requested to suspend the Collection of the Bonds of Woody Jackson for a reasonable time and until the title of the land in dispute between him and Geo. Lumpkin can be settled by law suit or arbitration.
The President obtained permission to be absent and Mr. Meriwether was called to the chair.
Mr. Campbell from Committee made the following report,
The Committee to whom was referred so much of the President’s Communication as relates to a permission for one of the tutors to lodge out of College beg leave to report,
That they consider the regulation on this subject heretofore entered into by the Board as highly salutary and perhaps indispensable in the preservation of order. Your Committee would not willingly yield to the adoption of any other course than the one now persued. In the present instance and under present Circumstances, however, your Committee think it expedient to relax the rule.
They therefore recommend the following resolution.
Resolved that the Services of James P. Waddel as Tutor in College be retained until the next Semi-annual meeting of the Board at Commencement and that he is exempted from the duty of lodging in College and attending at Commons.
The subject of admitting young men to College free of
expense for the purpose of preparing themselves for the Gospel ministry being referred to the same Committee, they Report,
That it is a subject of Congratulations that the funds of the Institution will to some extent admit the munificence Suggested, they therefore recommend the following resolution,
Resolved, that the Faculty be authorised to admit into Franklin College free of tuition money any number of young men not exceeding five, who may regularly enter a Class and whose object it may be to qualify themselves for the Gospel ministry – Provided it Shall appear to the President that such applicants are pious and meritorious and unable to defray the usual expenses of education.
Mr. Cobb of the Financial Committee made a report which was laid on the Table. Adjourned until 3 o’clock.
On motion of Genl. Harden,
Resolved, that the Salary of the Officer filling the Several offices of Treasurer, Secretary and Inspector of the Collegiate buildings be six hundred and fifty dollars per annum.
Mr. Campbell from Committee made the following report which was concurred on.
The Committee appointed upon the Subject of the Steward’s Hall and the board of the Students in Commons have had the Same under Consideration. From the situation of the members of the Committee, they have not been able to bestow such attention to the Subject as perhaps is necessary – But from all that they can learn upon the Subject it is believed that the arrangement proposed at the meeting of the Board in August last cannot be carried into operation as Speedily as is necessary, no contract pursuant to that arrangement has been
made, and the Committee have no evidence that any offer to take Such Contract has been made. Under the circumstances, the committee deem it best to recommend placing the Steward’s Hall upon its former establishment in all respects except that the Board of the Students shall be (not given) Dollars per month. Mr. Thompson Shepherd it has understood solicits the appointment of Steward upon these principles and to his character and qualifications the Committee know no objections and recommend his appointment.
The Committee recommend the following resolutions.
Resolved, that the Resolution passed by the board in August last relative to the appointment of a Steward and the payment of a Salary be and the Same are hereby repealed.
Resolved, That Thompson Shepherd be and he is hereby appointed Steward of Franklin College and the he be allowed the sum of twelve dollars per month for each Student to be paid, one Session in advance and that he conform to the bill of fare now in force as nearly as possible.
Resolved That the Prudential Committee adopt such further regulations and execute the contract in Such a way as Shall further the interests of the Trust and Secure a performance of the Steward’s duty.
Resolved further that the Steward appointed be compelled to board the Tutors employed in College not exceeding three free of expense.
The President again obtaining leave of absence Mr. Meriwether took the chair.
The Report of the Committee on the finances of the
College and on Professor Jackson’s communication which was read and adopted is as follows:
The Committee to whom was referred the semi-annual report of the Treasurer of the University and also the communication of the Prof. of Natl. Philosophy and Chemistry – report,
They have examined with care the said report of the Treasurer and are satisfied of its correctness. The receipts into the Treasury since August last have been somewhat greater than was estimated by the Committee to whom the treasurer’s report was made was submitted and the probability of there being a larger balance at the termination of the half year, ending on the 1 July 1823 is almost placed beyond doubt – As the Committee conceive that the mere examination of the treasurer’s report, Constituted only a part of their duty in as much as other matters, requiring the expenditure of money were Submitted to them they conceive it to be proper to Submit the following estimate of the resources and necessary expenditure of the College from the beginning of the next Collegiate Session to its end which will happen on the 1 July 1823, before the annual Commencement in August in order that the Board may have more data, by which to be governed in making appropriations during that period.
It will be seen by the Treasurer’s report that the balance in the Treasury the 1 January 1823 will be
During the period from the 1 January to the 1 July 1823, there will be received from dividend on stock and the State Treasury
From tuition, at least
From a Judgement vs. Mr. Fox in hands of Col. Nicholas Ware for collection
From Sale of town lots already sold
making total receipts until 1 July 1823
During the Same period estimated expenditures will be as follows –
For ½ year’s salary for President 1250 and two professors 750 each
four tutors in college 400 each
two in grammar school
treasurer and secretary
bell ringer and sweeper
repairs ordered on college last session of board
for additional apparatus ordered on College at the session in August by resolution
contingent and incidental expenditures
which leave a balance on treasury on the 1 July 1823 of –
Of the balance the Committee conceive they can safely recommend the appropriation of the Sum of $1800.00 in the Course of the next year ending July 1823.
They feel more safe in making this recommendation as with the assistances of the Treasurer, they have extended their estimates of the Receipts of the Treasurer of the University to the 1 July 1824 at which period they anticipate with Considerable certainty that there will be still a balance in favor of the Treasury.
In Considering the Communication of the Professor of Natl. Philosophy and Chemistry referred to this Committee they do not hesitate to pronounce that the Chemical apparatus suggested by him to be so wanting is not only necessary but indispensable.
The Committee also accord with the Professor in the opinion that this Apparatus may be procured in Europe upon much more advantageous terms
and of better quality than in any part of the United States. They therefore recommend an appropriation of $1500 for its immediate purchase, before commencement.
They also recommend an appropriation of $300 per annum as a permanent fund for purchasing such chemical tests and agents are subjects of continual consumption and for the purpose of repairing and renewing the philosophical apparatus and of hiring a laborer and servant in the philosophical rooms when services are conceived to be necessary.
The Committee also conceive that the change recommended in the rooms of the upper story of the Brick Chapel is reasonable and proper.
If the Board doubt that the appropriations necessary to effect these objects would, contrary to the opinion of the Committee embarrass the operation of the Board in its finances, the Committee think that they can point out pecuniary resources that will remove all doubt.
A proposition has been already submitted and lies on your table to sell a part or whole of the lands of the Trust adjoining Athens; should the Board adopt the proposition, no doubt is entertained, that the proceeds of Such Sales will afford ample means to meet any engagements of the Board with the addition of the resources now within their control.
They will respectfully mention one other resource which will be a certain one, if the approbation of the Genl Assembly can be obtained.
It is known to the Board or most of its member that at the time of the Sale of the University lands in Clark County, a certain number of lots were not sold for the want of purchasers at what was deemed on an adequate price. At the last August session of the Board, a Resolution was adopted directing the Sale of these lots or a part of them, and they have been sold at a Sum exceeding $4000, one half payable in September next, and the residue at twelve months thereafter. If the agent of the Genl. Assembly can be obtained
to the appropriation of this money to Collegiate espenses it would the certain means of answering the not only the objects recommended but many others highly beneficial. Nor can the Committee conceive that there will be any difficulty in procuring the assent of the Legislature. It is known that the Board of Trustees have deposited in the State Treasury bonds to a much larger amount ($30,000) than the sum ($100,000) advanced by the state to the University. Your committee conceive that the bonds thus deposited will be an ample security for the Sum thus advanced, and that the General Assembly will therefore not hesitate to permit the appropriation of the proceeds of the Sale of those few lots to Collegiate purposes.
Upon the whole, they recommend the following resolutions upon this subject.
RESOLVED, that a sum not exceeding fifteen hundred dollars be and is hereby appropriated and ordered to be placed in the hands of Profes. Henry Jackson to be by him expended in the purchase of Chemical Apparatus.
RESOLVED, that the two rooms composing the upper story of the new Chapel be made into one, and hereafter be devoted to a lecturing and recitation room, and that the expenses thereof, and also such as may be incurred in making any improvements or alterations in the Chemical Hall, under the directions of the Prudential Committee Shall be paid out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
RESOLVED, that the sum of three hundred dollars be annually appropriated to expended under the immediate direction of the Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry in repairing and renewing the apparatus and in hiring a laborer and Servant in the Chemical and Apparatus rooms.
RESOLVED, That the Board do request the assent of the Genl. Assembly to the appropriation of the proceeds of the Sale of Such lots of the University lands as were not Sold at the first Sales to any purposes for the benefit of the University that the Board may conceive to be necessary and proper.
The Board then adjourned to meet again on tomorrow morning 9 o’clock.
On motion of Mr. Cobb,
Resolved, that the Prudential Committee cause a part of the college lands not exceeding one hundred acres in the vicinity of Athens to be laid off into lots, Such number of which as they may determine Shall contain four acres, and that balance Sixteen acres, and advertise the Same to be Sold at the next Commencement, provided Such Sale Shall have been previously Sanctioned by the Senatus Academicus and Legislature.
Resolved, That the foregoing resolution and also that in relation to obtaining the Consent of the Legislature for the appropriation of the proceeds of the University lands lately sold, be laid before the Senatus Academicus and the Genl. Assembly.
Resolved on motion of Mr. Campbell, That hereafter no experiment shall be made on or use of the Philosophical and Chemical Apparatus, but for the benefit and instruction of the Class or Classes under the tuition of the Professor to whose care all the Apparatus is committed.
On motion of Mr. Cobb,
Resolved, That the Prudential Committee and they are hereby authorized and required to examine the buildings
and improvements erected by Majr. Josiah Newton to and adjacent to the Steward’s Hall, ascertain the value thereof and what part of them can be removed without injury to the Hall. And also that they confer with the Said Newton as to the manner in which his claim may be settled, and report to the Board, at their next meeting such measures as they think justice requires to be pursued by the Board relative to Such improvements and buildings.
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At a meeting of the Board of Trustees of Franklin College held at Watkinsville on the 15 April, 1823.
Present, Messrs. Ware, Clayton, Upson, Meriwether, Nisbet, Paine, and Campbell.
Resolved, That the present steward, Thompson Shepherd be allowed to continue the profession and control of the Steward’s buildings for and during the present year free of any charge for rent – That if he continue to furnish board for the Students of the College that he be considered as exempt from all the restrictions heretofore extended by the laws to the establishment and that he be independent of the Control of the College authority.
Be it further resolved, that the laws and restrictions relating to the Steward’s Hall be and the same are hereby for the Present suspended – And that the Students of College have privilege to board at any respectable house in the Village of Athens, except houses of public entertainment and houses where spirituous liquors may be retailed.
Be it further resolved, that the College Tutors be relieved from the attendance heretofore required of them at the Steward’s and that they be at liberty to procure accommodation where they may think proper.
S. U. G.
Athens, 4 August 1823
The Trustees of the University Convened this day.
Present President Waddel, Messrs. Cobb, Harden, Jackson, Meriwether, Nisbet, and Upson.
Prayer by the President
The Report of the President was read and laid on the table. Also the Treasurer’s Statement of the funds.
The President laid before the Board a Communications from the Honble A. L. Clayton, which contained his resignation from the Office of Trustee of this Institution.
Ordered to lie on the table.
Mr. Tutor Webster tendered his resignation to take effect on Jan. 1 next. – Laid on the table.
A petition was presented by a large number of Students praying Alterations in Sessions and vacations. Laid on the Table.
The Board adjourned until
Tuesday morning 8 o’clock
The Board met pursuant the adjournment.
Col. Campbell and Dr. Abbot appeared and took their Seats.
Mr. Cobb offered the resolution for appointing Committees.
Resolved that the following Committees be appointed, viz.
1st. A committee on the finances of the College.
2nd. A committee on the Collegiate Buildings, Library and Apparatus
3rd. A committee on the Laws and Discipline of the College.
The 1st committee consists of Mr. Meriwether and Mr. Jackson.
2nd Committee Messrs. Abbot and Campbell.
3rd. Committee Messrs. Cobb, Upson and Nisbet.
Resolved, That the duties of Said committees respectively shall be the Same as those assigned to Similar Committees appointed by resolution of 6 August 1822.
Resolved, That so much of the President’s report as relates on that Subject, the Finances of the College, be referred to the Committee on that Subject. And so much thereof as relates to the number of Students, their various Studies and their proficiency, therein, and all matters relating to the Police and Laws of the College their behavior and Conduct of the Students be referred to the Committee on the Laws and Discipline of the College.
That so much of Said report relates to the Collegiate buildings, inclusive of the Subject of the Steward’s Hall, be referred to the Committee on the College Buildings, library and Apparatus.
Resolved, That the Treasurer Report be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Resolved that the Petition of the Students, yesterday presented, be referred to the Committee on the Laws and Discipline of the College.
The President obtaining leave of absence, Dr. Abbot was called to the chair.
On motion of Mr. Cobb, Resolved, That the Lots laid out by Majr. James Meriwether, pursuant to the order of this Board in Novr. last, be exposed to sale on Thursday next upon the following terms: viz, One half of the purchase money to be paid on the 25 Decr. Next, and the residue in twelve months thereafter – the purchaser giving bond and approved personal Security with a mortgage on the premises.
Resolved, That the President execute titles to each purchaser as Soon after the Sale as practicable, upon the purchasers complying with the foregoing terms.
Resolved, That the plan of the lots So laid off and the plan of Athens made by Majr. Thomas Mitchell be carefully preserved on the Archives of the University.
Resolved, that Messrs. Nisbet, Jackson and Harden be a Committee to attend to the sales of Said lots, who Shall not permit any lot to be sold below the valuation which has been made thereon.
Resolved that 16 ½ feet shall be reserved from each of the lots so as to leave streets of 33 feet running N. 63E. and that Sales Shall be made on that condition – Except between lots No. 2 and 3. 3 and 4. 4 and 5.
Resolved, That the unsold lots heretofore laid out and all those entered and not paid for in the old plan, be exposed to Sale on the Same day by the Committee appointed to attend to Sale of lots upon the Same terms as those already Specified in the foregoing resolution passed on that Subject – provided that no lot shall be sold under the sum of Sixty Dollars.
The Board then adjourned to attend the exhibition of the Junior Class after which the Board continued its Session, and proceeded to the election of a Trustee to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Judge Clayton, which resignation, on motion, is now accepted – and upon receiving and counting out the ballots, it appeared that Joel Crawford Esquire was duly elected – Whereupon Ordered, that the Secretary inform Mr. Crawford of his appointment and in the event of his acceptance request him to take a Seat in the Body.
The Board then adjourned until Wednesday morning.
Wednesday morning 8 o’clock
The Board met according to adjournment
Joel Crawford Esq. Signified his acceptance of Trusteeship and took his seat, a member of the Board.
Mr. Meriwether, from the Committee on the Finances of the College, offered the followed report, which was adopted, and is as follows.
The Committee who were directed to inquire into the resources of the College for the next year, and to Submit estimates of the necessary expenditures for the same period, and also examine the correctness of the Treasurer’s report for the last year.
That they have carefully examined the Treasurer’s report and are satisfied of its correctness.
In estimating the probable amount of receipt for the insuing year your committee have been compelled to introduce items the collection of which must be somewhat uncertain, but they have carefully endeavored to confine their estimates within the limits of probability.
The following will be the probably amount of receipts for next year.
Balance on hand $2039.84
Tuition may be safely estimated at $3200.00
Tuition now due and uncollected $600.00
Dividends on Bank Stock made by an act of the General Assembly equal to $8000.00
Judgement against Mrs. Fon in the hands of Col. Ware for collection $250.00
Amount brought over $14089.84
Due for lots sold in Athens 1030 of which there will probably be collected $800.00
President’s Salary $2500.00
Two Professors at $1500 each $3000
Three Tutors at $800 each $2400
Mr. Webster’s Salary until 1st of Jan. $400.00
Two teachers in the Grammar School at $800 each $1600.00
Hire of College Servant $150.00
Repairing windows in the South Side of the Old College under
resolution of August last $120.00
Appropriation for purchasing Books and Mathematical
Instruments under resolution of August last $120.00
Secretary and Treasurer $650.00
Appropriation made at Milledgeville in Nov last for the
Purchase of Chemical Apparatus and agents, and for the hire
Of a Servant $1800.00
outstanding demand estimated at $100
leaving a disposable balance of $1423.34
There is an indefinite appropriation for converting the upper story of the new chapel into a lecturing room, and for making the necessary alterations and improvements in the Chemical Hall the amount of which cannot now be ascertained.
In estimating the expenditures, your committee have made no
allowance for the employment of a Tutor in the place of Mr. Webster after the 1 January next, and they conceive that from the number of the present Freshman Class, three Tutors will be fully adequate to perform the duties now requiring four, if so, it is for the Board to determine whether even now four shall be retained when three are sufficient.
Should it be decided to retain the latter number only, it will make the disposable balance greater by a sum equal to the salary from this time to the 1st January.
The only sources of revenue which present themselves besides those already mentioned, are the sale of the lots laid off adjacent to Athens, and the bonds for the purchase money arising from the sale of lots on the Sandy Creek tract of land.
From the first they are unable to form any reasonable estimate of the amount which will accrue from the second, there will be one half, (say 2000) due in September next the collection of which is deemed uncertain, and if collected will require Legislative interposition before it can be diverted to other uses besides the permanent endowment of the University.
On motion of Mr. Meriwether, Resolved that the President execute letter to Charles Daugherty Esq. for lot no. 25 and to Dr. Henry Hull for lot no. 26 in the town of Athens whenever the purchase money is paid into the Treasurer.
The Board then adjourned to attend the public commencement in the college Chapel and after the exercise of speaking were over, the President conferred the degree of Bachelor of Arts on the following Gentlemen, Thomas N. Beall, James N. Bethune, Norman S. Chester, William B. Cobb, George Foote, James A Frierson, John H. Gray, Jeverson S. Harris, James S. Simms, James C. Martin, John S. Lewis, Thomas J. Meriwether,
William G. Roberts, John G. Rutherford, Richard L. Sankey, James Scott, Isaac W. Waddel, William W. Waddel, Claiborne A. Watkins and Ernest L. Wittick, who having been previously examined were admitted candidates ad eundem.
The Honble Augustus G. Longstreet Alumnus of Yale College, Charles C. MAyson and J. V. Bevau Esq. Alumni of South Carolina College, Joseph H. Lumpkin and George Crawford Esq. of Napair Hall Princeton College, Dr. R. H. Randolph and Thomas M. Berrien, Thad G. Holt, Pulaski S. Holt Esq., alumni of Franklin College having applied for the degree of Master of Arts, ad eundem in this University, and the Board being satisfied of the former graduation and also the good character of the applicants and having passed a resolution authorising it, the President conferred said degrees publickly.
Wednesday evening 5 o’clock
On motion of Mr. Campbell, Resolved, that the Collegiate year be divided into three sessions the 1st commencing on the first Monday in January and ending on the last day of March at which time there shall be a vacation of one month. The 2nd commencing on the 1st of May and ending on the first Wednesday in August, at which time there shall be a vacation of one week. The 3rd session shall commence on the expiration of the last named vacation and end on the 20th November.
The Board adjourned until Thursday morning.
The Board took up a communication from George Hayes petitioning to be allowed to board the students of College upon which subject the following resolution was adopted viz.
Resolved that the Faculty be authorized to permit the students of College to board at the house of George Hayes and any other house that
has been or is now considered a house of public entertainment, upon such conditions as they in their discretion may prescribe.
The President being absent, Mr. Paine was called to the chair. Mr. Upson offered the following resolution which was adopted viz
Resolved that the departments of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry, which are now united under one professorship and filled by one person, be hereafter considered separate and distinct
Be it further resolved, that Natural Philosophy and Botany be hereafter considered as branches constituting one professorship, and that Dr. Henry Jackson be and is hereby appointed Professor of Natural Philosophy and Botany with a salary of one thousand dollars per annum. And that James Jackson Esq. be and he is hereby appointed proof. of Chemistry Mineralogy and the French language with a Salary of twelve hundred dollars per annum.
Mr. Cobb from the Committee on the College Laws and Discipline, made the following Report which as concerned in.
The Committee appointed upon the laws and discipline of the College, and to whom all matters relating to those subjects contained in the President’s report were referred.
That they have had a delicate task to perform in relation to some of the subjects into which they felt themselves bound to inquire.
Circumstances have come to their knowledge which may deeply affect the interests of the institution, unless the consequences to which they must ultimately lead can be speedily averted.
In order better to inform themselves upon these matters which constitute the principal subjects of enquiry, the committee addressed letters to the several members of the Faculty making enquiries of them. First as to the manner in which the Laws have been enforced, for the preservation of orderances a due regard to study and moral conduct among the students. 2nd. As to the proficiency of the students in their studies H. and B. as to the manner in which the officers perform their duties and whether the harmony and zeal exist among them so necessary for the honor of the institution and the improvement of the students.
To there letters answer either verbal or written have been received from all the members of the Faculty, revealing circumstances of a painful nature and most injurious tendency. And they are to be more regretted because of the extreme difficulty and delicacy of applying a remedy. The committee will forbear entering into minute details, and would, if possible, conceal the communications thus received, even from the Board itself, if consistent with their duty. But upon those facts, of a general kind, which they conceive are most likely to be prejudicial in their effects they cannot forbear animadverting.
1st. The committee have found it to be but too true, that the Laws of the College have not been properly enforced, so as to produce, order, good moral conduct and attention to study among its members. Discipline has evidently become relaxed, and a deplorable backwardness in enforcing it has but too plainly manifested itself. Irregularity among the students, [not to use stronger language] seems to be daily increasing, and will continue to increase unless checked. The causes which have led to these will hereafter be touched on.
2nd. The proficiency of the three younger classes in their studies has been good, and the whole faculty appeal to the late examination as a proof of it. That of the Senior Class has not been so flattering in some of the studies, but yet not so bad as to amount to cause of great dissatisfaction. But while this is admitted, the committee are compelled to observe, that emulation and a laudable ambition to excel, without which the process of the student must be necessarily slow and never brilliant, scarcely exists without a change of measures, will soon entirely disappear. The application of the student is more that of one to cling to perform an onerous task than of one laboring to obtain a pleasing or beneficial object. What will be the effect of such a state of things, the Board will find no difficulty in anticipating.
3rd. The proofs are but too conclusive that harmony does not exist among the members of the Faculty, and to this cause may be principally traced the evils mentioned under the two foregoing heads. The Committee have no reason to believe that the several members individually are without zeal or do not sincerely desire to promote the honor and interest of the Institution – But of that co-operative energy without which it is almost worse than worthless. The Board will readily agree that these things ought not so to be – why they are so is more difficult to determine – can it be, that men, who are believed to be sufficiently rewarded for their services, and who have voluntarily entered upon their duties, are actuated by an unworthy jealousy of each other. Or is it that they think from the responsibilities of their offices? Or to what other cause can their want of harmony be traced? Upon whom individually or collectively, the blame lies, the committee would not, if they could decide. But they feel bound to recommend to the Board, to cause it to be made known to the members of the Faculty and especially that portion of them who are immediately concerned in
the execution of the Collegiate laws, and to whom is confided the internal government and police of the College, that this state of things is known and deeply regretted. Their own good sense will teach them that it will not long be tolerated. With the qualifications of the individual members of the Faculty when properly exercised, the committee believe this board have no cause to be dissatisfied, and therefore would feel no hesitation in declaring its wish to retain each in their several departments no do the committee see any obstacles to a speedy termination of this state of evil – nothing is wanting to restore union, but a belief in the mind of each that his associates are equally divrous (desirous?) with himself to promote the honor and interests of the College, and that the character of each must suffer in proportion as that of the whole is impaired. Let them have more confidence in each other, and if any should believe he perceives faults in another, he should remember that he may not himself be faultless. Let their communications with each other be more frequent free and unreserved, yet friendly and in a spirit of mutual forbearance, each taking upon himself that portion of responsibility which by the laws is necessarily imposed upon him. If one believe that another has fallen into an error, let him mention it in friendship and without reiteration. Above all things, let each endeavor to support the standing and authority of every one in the several stations which they may fill. If such a course of conduct does not produce the desired result, the sooner such discordant materials can be separated, the better will the interests of the University be promoted.
Upon the subjects adverted to the President’s report. The Committee observe in relation to each in their order. 1st. That the number of students, their studies and classification, are mentioned with sufficient
accuracy and detail in the President’s report to give all the information which is at present desirable.
2nd. As to the manner in which the classes have been instructed, the committee have already expressed their ideas in the report.
3rd. Upon the subject of the students residing in the College edifice during vacation, the committee think the Laws are sufficiently explicit and have only to be enforced to correct the disorders alluded to “That portion of the Laws is by no means a “dead letter” vacations are intended merely as relaxation from study, and such of the laws as regulate study. In all other respects, the student is as much subjected to the operation of Laws in the vacation as in session.
4th. Upon the subject of the militia company which has been organized among the students, the committee think it is a violation of the College Laws, for the students to have the control of fire-arms. In other respects they do not conceive the subject to be of sufficient importance to be seriously noted.
5th. As to the late hours to which the two literary societies of College protract their meetings, the committee think that the Laws give to the President and Faculty sufficient power to correct any evils resulting from the practice, and to adopt any regulations they may think fit upon the subject.
6th. They recommend that the President together with the Secretary and the other members of the Faculty be appointed a committee to prepare a revised code of the College Laws to be submitted to the Board and the senatus Academicus, for their sanction in November next. To the committee they recommend that all the other matters contained in the President’s report upon the subject of the alteration of the Laws of College and the definition of the powers of any of its officers be referred to be by them incorporated in the revised Code so to be prepared – and in the meantime, they recommend that the Faculty be clothed with the power to adopt any regulations they may think fit to prevent evils
in cases where the Laws of College, as at present in force are not sufficiently explicit or have made no provision.
Beside the recommendations contain in the foregoing, the committee submit the following resolutions.
Resolved, That the President b e and he is hereby instructed to address a letter to his Excellency the Governor requesting him, by order to withdraw the public fire-arms under the control of the militia company formed among the students of College, inasmuch as the control of fire-arms by the students is in positive violation of the Laws of College.
Resolved, That this board have a right to require and do expect of the several officers composing the College Faculty, that during the hours of study they shall be at their several recitations rooms of College attending to the behavior of the Students and prepared to render them any assistance in their studies which may be necessary, and that any delinquencies in this respect be reported by the President to this board at their regular meeting.
Resolved, That the Secretary do furnish each member of the Faculty with a copy of the forgoing report in case of its adoption by the Board.
On motion of Mr. Campbell, resolved, That the service, of James D. Waddel as Tutor in College be continued until the Board shall discontinue the same – and that he be exempted from the duty of lodging in College.
On motion, the following resolution was agreed to. Resolved, that from and after the tenth of this month the salaries of the officers of College shall be as follows, viz.
The President $2200 per ann.
Professor of Mathematics $1400
Prof. of Nat. Philosophy and Botany $1000
Prof. of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and the French Lan. $1200
The Tutors each $700
Treasurer and Secretary $650
Dr. Abbot from the Committee on the State of the Buildings, Library and Apparatus, made the following report which was concurred in.
The Committee appointed to take in to consideration the State of the College Buildings, Library and Apparatus, report.
That they have examined the College in all its apartments and find that every room except one, and each passage are so impaired, that repairs are essential to the comforts of its occupants. Whether the repairs are so made as to construct newly plaistered walls or barely to patch the walls with plaistering and white washing, will depend on the means that may be in the hands of the Trust to meet expenditures for this purpose. If the funds can be commanded without prejudicing other useful purposes, the committee recommend entirely new plaistered walls, and repairs made to many of the doors, and some made now, but if not they recommend repairs to consist in patching and white-washing the walls and repairing doors.
In regard to the Steward’s Hall, the committee recommend no alteration made to the measure taken at the last meeting of the Board.
The committee have had under their attention the letters to the Trustees from Mr. Professor Church who has acted as Librarian, and they consider the statement he has laid before the Board, of the condition of the library to be correct. In relation to the defects of our Library
and its inadequacy to the literary and scientific advance, always sought in colleges, is a subject worthy the serious consideration of this Board and the Committee cannot forbear to recommend the immediate use of five hundred and forty six dollars 50.100 (which has already been appropriated) for the purchase of Books under the direction of the President and Faculty of the College, together with such other amounts for the same purpose as may be consistent with other necessary expenditures and the resources of the Institution. And they farther recommend a permanent appropriation of $150 to be annually applied to the purchase of periodical journals or publications on the Sciences and Arts.
The Philosophical Apparatus has been examined by your Committee and they have the pleasure to state that almost the whole of the Apparatus is in a State of preservation and in a condition suitable for demonstration. The important instruments are in proper order. The few instruments that are out of order and defective, are the Electrophrus of the Electrical Apparatus, which is impaired on its resinous surface, and some of the fim are destroyed by age and which are necessary in some few electrical experiments. The professor who has charge of the Apparatus has repaired many of the instruments but he has not had time to fit up and mount one of the unmounted optical instruments for which reason it is not fit for use and in the series of Geometrical balls one of them is lost, which destroys the use of the series. This loss is probably occasioned by using the Apparatus room for recitations. It has been made a subject of complaint, as well by the Professors as by the Librarian, that either of the rooms at present occupied by the Apparatus and Library should be used as places of recitation. The complaint is no doubt just and to remedy the evil, your committee recommend that the Faculty be authorized to have fitted up in a neat and appropriate manner, some room in one of the College edifices and to cause the Library
(pge 105) to be removed there to. Such room will also answer for the sessions of the Board. Under this arrangement the whole of the new Chapel Building may be subjected to the use of the Professors of Chemistry and Nat. Philosophy. To give effect to these suggestions your committee submit the following resolutions.
Resolved. That the Faculty be Authorized to have fitted up in a neat and appropriate manner, some room in College to receive the Library and that the partition wall of the present Library room be removed for the connection of the Professors of Chemistry and Nat. Philosophy, and that the Treasurer defray the expense from any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Resolved further, that the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated, to be applied under the direction of the Faculty of College in subscriptions to any scientific periodical works they may deem most useful to the Institution.
The Board then took up Mr. Webster’s resignation and relative hereto passed the following resolution.
The Trustees have received with sincere regret the signification of Mr. Webster’s intention to resign his Tutorship at Christmas next.
His ability and general diligence have been noticed frequently with pleasure by this Board. – but as the resignation of Mr. Webster at the period mentioned has induced other arrangements, and as the number of students will permit an immediate acceptance of said Tutorship of Mr. Webster cease from and after the 10 inst.
On motion of Col Campbell, Resolved, That the prudential Committee be authorized to contact for the thorough repair of the old College
edifice, provided the expense incurred does not exceed the sum of $1500 and that the fund arising from the late sale of college lots be considered as pledge for the payment of any sum which may be contracted be given for the above purpose.
Resolved, That in addition to the studies already assigned to the Junior and Senior Classes, the Junior Class be required to recite once a week in the Greek Testament – and that the Senior Class be required to recite lessons in Groca Majora as often as the President many deem expedient, and as the other arrangements of the Class will authorize.
On motion Resolved, That Col. William Jackson be added to the Prudential Committee.
The Board then adjourned sine die
Secty, U. G.
The Board by a Resolution passed in December 1817 having given to the widow of the late President Finley two acres of ground to be by her selected in any part of the unsold lots in the Town of Athens, and she having applied by and through her agent Jas. Camak Esq. to have the lots designated, it is understood that Lot number five [No. 5] in the late survey made by Major Jas. Meriwether is chosen and reserved for Mrs Finley, which lot No. 5 contains two acres
Sect. U. G.
New College Edifice
Athens 25 Sept. 1823
The following members of the Board of Trustees attending constituted a quorum, for the purpose of examining and receiving the new College Edifice, viz.
Messrs. Jackson, Meriwether, Nisbet, Upson and Ware
Mr. Meriwether was called to the chair.
In order that the Board might have something definite to act upon, it required of the Undertakers a formal tender in writing that the Building was completed agreeable to contact and now offered for acceptance whereupon they made the following communication.
The honorable Trustees of the University of Georgia,
Having completed the new College building agreeably to a contract entered into June 1822 we tender it for acceptance. On examination you will discover some alterations from the plan prescribed in the contract. These alterations were directed by President Waddel a part of the contracting committee authorized the contractors to pursue his directions.
Your Obedt. Servts.
Signed: John R. Golding
The Board then proceeded to examine the Building with respect to the materials used and the style and manner of the workmanship and after such examination the Board was of the opinion that the work was not
all done in the manner proposed in the contract and bond of the Undertakers and the deficiencies made up in the way and manner pointed out. Where upon the following preamble and resolution was adopted, viz.
The contractors to build the New College edifice have waited on the Board and proposed to enter into Bond to do in a workmanlike manner and make all alterations additions and repairs to the new College Building which may be pointed out by the Prudential Committee and to do the same in one month on condition that the Building may not be accepted – whereupon,
Resolved, that the said house be and the same is hereby accepted on the terms above specified.
The Prudential Committee were then authorized and requested to convene as early as possible and point out defects in the Building necessary to be remedied and to take sufficient obligation from the contractors to insure the performance of the work in the manner and form specified and within one month.
The board adjourned sine die.
Secty. U. G.
Milledgeville 10 November 1823
The Trustees of the University of Georgia convened this day pursuant to adjournment.
Present President Waddel, Mess. Clayton, Cuthbert, Meriwether, Nisbet, Paine and Upson.
Prayer by the President.
The President presented a Report of the state and condition of the University which was read and laid on the table.
The Report of the Treasurer was then read and referred to a committee.
On motion of Mr. Upson, Resolved, That the Secretary of this Board inform his Excellency the Governor, The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives that the Board is organized, and will be ready to join them and the Senate this evening at 3 o’clock to form the Senatus Academicus.
The Board then adjourned – and met again at
Huson’s Tavern 7 o’clock P. M.
Mr. Crawford appeared and took his seat.
The following committees were appointed –
1st. committee on Finance – consisting of Mess. Paine and Cuthbert.
2nd. On Collegiate Buildings – Mess. Campbell and Meriwether.
3rd. on Police Mess. Crawford Upson and Nisbet.
On motion of Mr. Campbell, Resolved, That so much of the President’s communication as relates to the Collegiate Buildings, be referred to the committee on that subject. That so much as relates to the performance of militia duty by the students in time of peace, and all other
matters relating to police, be referred to the Committee on Police.
Resolved, That the communication of the Presidential committee, which relates to repairs on Collegiate Buildings be referred to the Committees on Finance and the Collegiate Buildings, and that the report of the Treasurer be referred to the same committees.
The following members attended, Mess. Campbell, Crawford, Cuthbert, Meriwether, Nisbet and Paine.
Joseph Mattox’s claim for services as a crier at the sale of Lots in Athens at last commencement being presented to the Board – Resolved, That the Board consider the claim unreasonable and that it ought not to be granted, but that the Treasurer to be authorized to pay the sum of five dollars in full for said services.
On motion of Mr. Meriwether, Resolved, That the price of tuition in college be in future $30 per Annum, payable as prescribed in the Laws of College.
On motion of Mr. Cuthbert, Resolved, that the various measures adopted by the board and its occasional meetings since last annual meeting be and they are hereby confirmed.
On motion of Mr. Campbell, the following resolution was adopted, viz.
Resolved, That it is expedient to appoint a Professor of Belles Letters and Criticism in Franklin College with a salary of $1400 pr. Annum, and that a committee be appointed to inquire and correspond, as they may deem most advisable with a view to procure some fit and proper
person to fill said professorship, and that they report the information thus to be acquired to the meeting of this Board at next commencement. Provided, however, that if said committee shall be able to make a report at an earlier period of their procuring a suitable person, it shall be their duty to request an extra meeting of the Board for that purpose. – The committee are Mess. Campbell and Crawford.
On motion of Mr. Crawford, Resolved, That from and after the first of January next the students shall be admitted into the grammar school at Athens at the rate of $24 pr. Annum for tuition payable to the Treasurer to this board half year in advance.
But it is provisionally resolved, that the Rectors of said Grammar school shall be at liberty to take the whole emoluments thereof at the rates aforesaid in lieu of the annual salary now payable to them assuming the trouble and resque of the collection themselves.
On motion of Mr. Campbell – Ordered, that the Prudential Committee be authorized to contract for such repairs as they in their discretion may deem necessary on the old College Building, and that said committee make their contracts on the most advantageous terms confirming themselves to the present state of our finances, arising from the last sale of Sandy Creek lands and an unappropriated balance of the sales of Lots in Athens.
Ordered, that said committee be authorized, if in their power, to suspend temporarily the repairs which are now progressing, so that all the repairs to be made on the said Building may be carried on in a manner most advantageous to each other.
Resolved, on motion of Mr. Paine, that Mes. Upson and Meriwether be and they are hereby requested to use their influence in the Legislature to have the Laws revived which declares that the absence of any member of the Board of Trustees from two successive sessions of said Board shall vacate his seat.
The Board then adjourned sine die.
Secretary U. G.
Watkinsville 14 April, 1824
Pursuant to a call of the President of the University the following members of the Board convened,
Mess. Campbell, Jackson, Meriwether, Nisbet, Paine and Upson.
The President informed the board of the resignation of Mr. Tutor C. D. Davis whereupon the Board proceeded to elect a suitable person to fill the vacancy. – and upon receiving and counting out the ballots it appeared that Mr. Ephraim S. Hopping was duly elected.
Whereupon it was resolved that Mr. Ephraim S. Hopping be and he is hereby appointed a Tutor in Franklin College with a salary of seven hundred dollars pr. Ann. Payable quarterly.
The Board then adjourned sine die.
Attest. Asbury Hull Secty.
The Trustees of the University of Georgia convened on this day.
Present, Mess. Abbott, Jackson, Campbell, Meriwether, Crawford, Nisbet and Paine.
The President being absent, Mr. Paine the Senior Trustee took the chair and appointed the following standing committees viz.
1st. Committee on Finance. – mess. Cobb, Campbell and Meriwether.
2nd. On collegiate buildings, library and Apparatus – Mess. Abbot, Nisbet and Meriwether.
3rd. On the laws and discipline of the College, Mess. Crawford and Jackson and Paine.
The President joined the Board and submitted his Report on the State of the College which was read.
On motion of Mr. Cobb Resolved, that so much of the President’s communication as relates to the Finance – so much – thereof as relates to the state of the collegiate buildings, library and Apparatus be referred to the committee on those subjects – and so much as relates to the due execution of the Laws and the discipline of College be referred to the committee of those subjects.
Resolved, That so much of the same communication as relates to the resignation of Tutors, be referred to the committee last named.
Resolved, That so much of the same communication as relates to the Grammar-School, be referred to the committee last named.
Tuesday Evening 3d. August.
Gent. Harden appeared and took his seat as a member.
The death of Stephen Upson Esquire, a member of this board having been this day announced. On motion of Mr. Cobb, Resolved unanimously that as a Tribute of of [sic] their respect for his character and of his zeal in the discharge of his duties in promoting the interests of the University of Georgia , the members of this Board will were crepe on the left are for the residue of the present session.
Resolved, That the members of the Faculty and the Senior Class, to be admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Arts at the present Commencement be requested to pay to the memory of the deceased in a similar tribute of respect.
Resolved, That Asbury Hull Treasurer of this board be and he is hereby constituted the agent of this Board to sell on the most advantageous terms, and at such times as he may deem best the residue of the Franklin tract of land and that he report at each stated session of the Board his doings and actings under this resolution.
Thomas A. Watkins, a former student of this Institution who was suspended under a suspicion of a breach of the Laws thereof, which has since proven to have unfounded although reasonable at the time of his suspicion, and the said Thomas A. Watkins having produced satisfactory testimonials of his scholarship,
Resolved upon application of the said Thomas, that he be admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Arts, at the present Commencement.
The Treasurer’s report on the constitution of the funds was read and referred to the committee on Finance.
A letter from Mr. James P. Waddel was read tendering his resignation of the office of Tutor in Franklin College, was referred to the committee on the Laws and discipline of the College.
The Rev. Alexander H. Webster having heretofore obtained the Degree of Bachelor of Arts [A.B.] in Union College and how applying for the Degree of Master of Arts [M.S.] ad eundem in this University and the Board being satisfied of the former graduation and also of the good character of the applicant, RESOLVED, That the President be authorized to confer said degree accordingly.
The Rev. Joseph Travis having applied to the Board for the Degree of Master of Arts [A.M.] and having furnished satisfactory evidence of his long and good standing as a clergyman – RESOLVED, that the said Degree “honoris Gratia” b e conferred upon said applicant.
On motion resolved, That the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws [L.L.D.] be conferred on the Hon. William H. Crawford and the Degree of Doctor of Divinity [D.D.] on the Rev. William H. Barr of S. Carolina.
On motion of Mr. Paine, Resolved, that the Treasurer be authorized to pay Thomas W. Cobb twenty five Dollars for services as attorney at Law in the case, Pierce vs. Foster in Greene County, in which the University was interested being a case of ejectment for land sold by the University.
Mr. Abbot from the committee on College buildings Library and Apparatus Report as follows which was agreed to – viz.
The committee to inspect the College Buildings the Library and the Apparatus Report that on inspecting the old College Building, they find many material and important repairs have been affected on that edifice by the Prudential Committee. The foundation, which as in a situation to leave the whole building insecure has been repaired and left to appearance in safety. The walls had become cracked in wide fissures, and were warped and sprung from their proper vertical position. The fissures are closed by removing the broken bricks and lime mortar. In addition to this and to give a more permanent security to the walls the committee have had fixed two belts of iron bars to go round the house fastened and united together at the corners of the house by screws to keep the four walls in “status quo”.
The belts of iron are placed immediately above the two white lines in the walls and to give a more steady firmness and fixity to the North and South walls they have fixed three lines of iron bars from one side of the house to the other by each of the brick partitions making nine bars of iron fastened in anchors on the outside of each wall. They have fixed other bars at the end of the wooden partitions and made them fast between the outside belt of iron and the firm posts within. These improvements are looked upon by your committee to be of great importance to preserve the old building and to make it a durable and useful tenement whereas had it been let alone it would have tumbled down in a few years. Your committee cannot forbear to remark that the plastering of the inner walls when broken, obviously indicates that the plastering is not good and that it cannot remain for any length of time,
without extremely tender arrangement. The plaistering appears to be made of such frangible materials and it is so liable to crumble that there are fears intertained that it cannot endure well although its external appearance is favorable. The committee have observed that this communication be closed.
In regard to the condition of the Library the committee take leave to refer the Board to the annual report of the Librarian as containing a fair statement. The committee concur with the Librarian in relation to the deficit in the Library of Historical works, and have to lament that the College funds will not immediately allow a large increase in the catalogue of useful books, and hope that the first available funds of the Institution will be applied to this purpose.
The Building appropriated to the use of the Professorships of Nat. Philosophy and of Chemistry and mineralogy have undergone the alterations under the direction of the Pru. Com. Which were directed by the Board of Trustees at the last annual commencement, but some alterations will have to be made in the chimney that leads from the furnace on account of a defect it has in not conducting of smoke. This deficit may be remedied by a pipe made of sheet iron and closing the other opening in the chimney.
The Committee recommend the following resolution.
Resolved, That the Professor of Nat. Phil. Be directed to note down all the injuries and losses that may happen with the articles,
composing the Philosophy Apparatus in the course of the year and report the same to the Board at their annual meetings at commencement. That the same duty be required of the Prof. of Chemistry in his department, also of the Librarian in regard to the library.
On motion of Mr. Jackson, Resolved that the interment of Corpses on the College hill on the spot where persons have been in the habit of intering them be, in future prohibited.
Resolved that the commissioners of the Town of Athens be, and they are hereby permitted and authorized to endow a piece of ground not exceeding one acre as a burial ground to be pointed out by the Precd. Committee.
The Board proceeded to elect two Trustees to fill the vacancies occasioned by the resignation of George R. Clayton Esq. And the death of Stephen Upson Esq. and upon receiving and counting out the ballots, it appeared that Dr. William Terrell was duly elected to fill the first and Maj. Abram Walker to fill the second vacancy. Whereupon, Ordered, That the secretary inform those gentlemen of their election and request their acceptance.
The Board then adjourned to attend upon the exercises of the chapel when after the exhibition by the late Senior Class, the Valedictory oration having been delivered by Richard K. Hines, the Degree of A.B. was conferred publickly on Richard H. Hines, Hugh Nielsen, Abram Dale of Jasper County Ga. David Beck of S. Carolina, John Morton of Clark County Ga. James Screven of Sunbury, Oliver Wyler of N. Carolina, Benj. Franklin of Athens, Hines Holt of Baldwin County and Thomas A. Watkins of Greene County.
The Degree of A.M. was then conferred on J. V. Harris, Wiley C. Mason, C.W. Dawson and E.A. Nesbit alumni of this University James Rembat and Nathan Warner alumni of Union College and Alfred Iverson
alumnus of Princeton College.
The Degree of A.M. was also conferred on the Rev. Alan H. Webster of Union College and on the Rev. Joseph Travis “honoris gratia”.
The honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws [L.L.D.] was conferred on the Hon. William H. Crawford: and the Degree of D.D. was conferred on the Rev. William H. Barr of S. Carolina.
The Board met pursuant to adjournment. The Report of the committee on Finance was read and adopted.
The committee on Finance to whom was referred the Treasurer’s abstract and other matters touching the funds of the Institution having examined the subjects of reference, Report,
That the receipt into the Treasury from all sources of revenue within the control of the Board from the 1st. of Nov. last to 1st. of August inst. are equal to the sum of - $19,797.75 ¼
During the Same period it appears that the disbursements including the amount paid for repairs are equal to - $16,160.06 ½
Leaving a balance in the Treasury on the 1st day of August 1824
It further appears, that of the appropriation made for the erection of the new college Edifice the whole amount has been received from the State Treasury and paid over in full discharge of the contract after the completion of the work and acceptance thereof by the committee.
The Treasury is in advance to the college officers the sums due them on account of salaries until the 1st July last.
The committee farther report, that on account of appropriations heretofore made for increase of the Library and Apparatus, purchase of chemical tests and agents and repairs of Old College Building large sums have been advanced which will appear detailed by the Treasurer’s abstract. The different items of disbursement appear to the committee to have been authorized, and are supported by proof to the satisfaction of the committee.
Estimate of receipts and expenditures for the next six months ending 1st of January 1825. From demands receivable
On 1st Nov. $4000.00
It is estimated that the receipts for tuition
Of college students for the same period will be $1736.00
And tuition in the Grammar School $480.00
There is also due for arrearages of tuition
$524 a part of where may be expected to be
received during the period – But from the source it would
be unsafe to calculate a larger receipt than $200.00
Of the sale of the Sandy Creek lands there is due the sum of
$3000 and of the sale of Town Lots, the sum of $2000 but
from both these last mentioned sources it cannot be calculated
that a larger amount will be received than $1000.00
The foregoing amount of 7416 together with $1639.68 ¾
The balance in Treasury at this time will be equal to $9055.68 ¾
The amounts chargable upon the above aggregate within
the time stated will be for a half year’s salary of the officers
generally and of the bell ringer $4785.00
There is also chargable upon the same balance and already
Consisting of a draft purchased on Savannah to meet the
Purchased of Apparatus $1500.00
Add a balance due T. Simms and chargeable upon the sales
Of Sandy Creek Lands, for repairs on Old College Building $339.00
Add also a balance due Mongneham for like repairs and
chargable upon the sale of Town Lots $450.00
Add also the balance of standing appropriation in favor
Of the chemical and mathematical dept. $95.00
The foregoing review of receipts and disbursements will shew a balance in favor of the treasury on the 1 January next of $1885.88 ¾
This last mentioned balance being furnished from sources of revenue some of which are of a nature precarious, it is submitted to the Board whether they will create any new and permanent disbursement.
In relation to the balance due and to become due for Sandy Creek Lands and Town Lots and all other debts due to the board the committee recommend the following resolution.
Resolved, That the treasurer adopt the most expeditious method possible for the collection of any balances due and to become due for the purchases of Sandy Creek land and Town lots and all other debts to the board by handing over the evidences of debt to the attorney of the board or otherwise.
The committee understanding that there never has been an adjustment of the accounts of the late Treasurer Mr. John Hodge, with the board, recommend the following resolution,
Resolved, That Mess. Nisbet, Walker and Jackson together with the Treasurer, be a committee whose duty it shall be to examine and audit the accounts of said late Treasurer and that whatever balance be found due shall be forthwith collected, by suit to be instituted on the official bond or otherwise as the treasurer may
deep expeditious and expedient.
On motion of Mr. Cobb, Resolved, That the resolution of this board of the 11 Nov. 1823 passed in the stated meeting at Milledgeville charging $224 pr. Ann. Upon the admission of students into the Grammar school be and the same is hereby repealed. On the adoption of this resolution, the yeas and nays being called for the votes were as follows,
Yeas: Mess. Cobb, Paine, Meriwether, Nisbet and Walker.
Nays: Mess. Abbott, Campbell, Crawford, Harden and Jackson.
The votes being equal the President decided it in the affirmative.
Mr. Campbell then offered this resolution.
Resolved That it is inexpedient to proceed to the appointment of a Professor of Belles Letters and Criticism, the funds not authorizing such an increase of expenditure at this time.
On the question, “Shall this resolution pass?” the yeas and nays were as follows.
Yeas: Mess. Abbott, Campbell, Cobb, Meriwether, Nisbet and Walker – 6
Nays: Mess. Crawford, Harden, Jackson and Paine. 4
So the resolution was adopted.
On motion of Mr. Crawford, Resolved That the Prudential Committee be instructed to inquire and report to the ensuing Nov. Session of the Board the terms on which the College Square can be fenced and planted in forest and other trees for shade not less than 300 in number. The fencing on public streets be of durable posts and planks on all other sides with common rails staked and ridered.
The Board adjourned,
Until 3 O’clock P.M.
On motion of Mr. Crawford, Resolved that the thanks of the Board be voted to Dr. Daniel of Savannah for his liberality and friendship
in presenting to Franklin College, his handsome collection of Mineralogical specimens, and that the secretary do forthwith acknowledge the receipt of said collection and transmit a copy of this resolution.
Mr. Crawford of the committee on the Laws and Discipline of the College Report.
That they have cursorily examined the several matters referred to them, and beg leave to submit to the Board the results of that examination in form of resolutions with the few accompanying remarks.
Resolved, that the Faculty be and they are hereby authorized to continue during the Senior year the study of the French Language and such other studies as may be commenced in pursuance with the Laws but not completed in the Sophomore year, and that they be authorized to direct the attention of the students in the Junior year from time to time to the revisal of the same, including the Latin and Greek Languages, as they in their discretion may deem requisite.
Resolved that as difficulties have been experienced by the faculty in giving the required instruction to the higher classes in consequence of the impossibility of the students being supplied with the requisite scientific works, for the prosecution of their studies, the faculty be and they are hereby authorized to contract with such booksellers as they may deem most suitable, for a supply of such books as shall be from time to time wanted by their classed and that the Treasurer be hereby authorized to discharge the cost of the same – and further, that each student may as his classes commence the study of the different branches prescribed by the Laws, call on the Treasurer for a copy of the requisite classic the price of which shall be charge for him in his session bill to be by him paid at the same time as his tuition money.
Resolved, that the Prof. of Chemistry and Minerology be and he is hereby authorized to have made a mineralogical cabinet not
exceeding in cost $40 for the safe preservation of such minerals as shall from time to time be presented to the College.
Resolved, that in future it shall be lawful for the faculty to receive into college irregular students as was formerly practiced, provided however, that the faculty shall have the power of prescribing such preliminary studies to such irregular students as they may deem necessary to the acquirement of the principal Science which may be the object of the students entrance into College.
Be it further resolved, that all irregular students shall be subject of college discipline, and such students shall in no instance be received until they shall severally have attained the age of seventeen years. And be it further resolved that such irregular students shall be compelled to attend to all the studies of the class to which they are attached, Languages excepted.
The Committee in reference to that part of the Presidents communication on the subject of the 8th. Sect. 1 chap. Of Laws of College, Remark that as the President has the general superintendance of the University, they will not suppose that any Prof. or Tutor will refuse to give any proper information to he President when requested relating to his class or department. They do not therefore deem it necessary to suggest any Law or resolution on the subject. Should a case of this kind concur, the committee conceive it would be proper to lay the matter before the Board of Trustees.
From information the committee have acquired on the subject of the Grammar School they are inclined to believe that too little attention is there devoted to the study of Arithmetic and English Grammar.
Resolved, that from and after this date, any officer of College who shall permit a student to recite without having produced the Treasurer’s receipt or certificate, that fees of tuition and other College charges have been paid in terms of the Law, shall be himself
made chargeable with the amount of such defalcations and the same shall be deducted out of the next quarters salary of such officers.
Resolved, That the Treasurer’s Bond when approved by the Board shall be placed in the hands of the President for the use of the Board, the President giving a receipt for the same to be entered on the minutes of the Board.
On motion of Mr. Cobb, Resolved that one thousand Dollars, as soon as collected, of the amount yet due for the sale of town lots in Athens after discharging all debts now specially payable out of this fund be and the same is hereby appropriated for the purchase of Books for the College Library under the direction and agency of the Faculty of College.
On motion of Mr. Meriwether, the following resolutions were adopted.
Resolved, that the Prudential Committee be directed to call of Mr. Thompson Shepherd for such rent as they may deem reasonable for the use of the Steward’s Hall the present year.
Resolved that the Treasurer of this Board transfer to Josiah Newton six hundred dollars of the notes of John Espy in full payment for improvements done upon and at the Steward’s Hall.
Resolved that Maj. Walker be added to the Prudential Committee.
Resolved, that the Faculty be authorized to exempt any student from attending recitations before breakfast whom situation may render it inconvenient for him to do so, the Faculty being made judges of that inconvenience.
Resolved, that the Treasurer of this Board be and he is hereby directed to withhold the payment of the balance which Thaddeus Mognyham may claim for replaistering the Old College. And it is further resolved
that the prudential committee be authorized to adjust such claim (if any) by arbitration or otherwise.
On motion of Mr. Crawford Resolved, that the Prudential Committee be instructed to request the immediate removal of all unliscensed buildings or erections on the college grounds, and on failure or refusal of the Transgressor, to charge ground rent and institute all suits and prosecutions which may be necessary to prevent a continuance to the nuisance or trespass.
The Honble. Mr. Elliot, a member of this Board, not being able to attend from indisposition, his apology mentioned by Genl. Harden, and received as a good excuse for his absence.
The Board then adjourned Sine Die.
P.S. the following Resolution was omitted in transcribing and is here inserted.
The Committee to whom referred the resignation of Mr. James P. Waddel recommend that the same be accepted and not aware that it now necessary to fill the vacancy.
The committee in advising the acceptance of the resignation to Mr. Tutor Waddel beg leave also to recommend the following resolution.
Resolved that this Board entertain a high opinion of the diligence and ability with which Mr. Waddel has discharged his duties as a Tutor in Franklin College.
All of which was agreed to unanimously.
Received, Athens, 2nd. September 1824 of Asbury Hull Treasurer, of the University of Georgia his official Bond, given to the Trustees for the faithful performances of his duties as treasurer
Mr. Waddell, Pres. Univ. Geo.
Milledgeville, 8 Nov. 1824
The Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia met pursuant to adjournment.
Present. Mess. Campbell, Crawford, Harden, Meriwether, Nisbet, Terrell, Walker and Wayne.
In the absence of the President of the College, Mr. Meriwether the Elder Trustee, was called to the chair. The minutes of the last meeting were read, and the Report of the President upon the condition of the College and containing his resignation was also read and laid on the table.
The report of the Prudential Committee was then read also a memorial from Sundry stipends of the village of Athens in relation to the removal of Stevens Thomas’ Blacksmith shop which were referred to a committee consisting of Mess. Harden, Terrell and Walker.
On motion of Mr. Harden, the following standing committees were appointed, viz.
Committee on Finance, Mess. Campbell, Nisbet and Terrell.
On Laws and discipline of the College, Mess. Wayne, Crawford, Harden, and Walker.
A communication was received and read from Mr. Williams Rutherford on the subject of the admission of his son into College referred to the committee on the Laws and discipline of the College.
A communication from the faculty of College, suggesting an addition to the code of Laws was read and referred to the same committee.
The resignation of Mr. James C. Patterson as Tutor was read and laid on the table.
On motion of Mr. Wayne – Mr. Meriwether, Harden and Campbell were appointed a committee to report at a meeting of this Board this evening, who will be the proper officer to preside in the Senatus Academicus, the Governor and the President of the Senate being both absent from indisposition.
The board adjourned until,
2 O’clock P.M.
The Committee last mentioned reported it was their opinion that the last acting President to the Senate was the proper officer to preside in the Senatus Academicus under existing circumstances.
The Board then proceeded to elect a Trustee to fill the Vacancy occasioned by the death of the Honble Nicholas Ware and on receiving and counting out the ballots, it appeared that James Camak Esq. was duly elected.
The Board then adjourned to the Senate Chamber to join the Senate in forming the Senatus Academicus; afterwards resumed its session and read a memorial from the senior class which was laid on the table.
Tuesday Morning 9 o’clock.
Mr. Camak appeared and took his seat as a member of the Board.
Mr. Harden made the following report which was concurred in.
The committee to whom was referred the report of the Prudential committee having considered several items contained therein - -
Report that if the funds of the Trust will admit there of it will be advisable to make the fence around the College Campus of that kind which is reported will cost three hundred dollars, reference being had thereto.
It is recommended to the Committee to continue their exertions to have the trees planted as contemplated by the original resolutions and also in regard to the settlement of the late Treasurer’s accounts.
It is further directed, That the Prudential Committee do take all proper steps to compel Mr. Shepherd to allow an adequate sum for rent of the Steward’s Hall.
In regard to the house erected upon College land – it is deemed a trespass upon College property, of that kind which however convenient it may be to Mr. Thomas or the citizens of Athens, the Trust cannot authorize or permit to remain without a dereliction from the duties reposed in them. It may lead to further interferences which could not be prevented but by partial conduction on the part of the Board, which however their private feelings might induce them to sanction their public character forbids any thing like acquiescence in such intrusions. It is therefore directed,
That Mr. Thomas be further directed to remove his Blacksmith shop from the public ground.
On the same subject, Mr. Crawford offered the following additional resolution.
Resolved, That the secretary of this board be directed immediately to retain the services of a Professional Gentleman of rank with instructions to institute a suit against Stevens Thomas for trespassing on the College grounds unless said Thomas shall without one month from this day remove his shop and all other of his property from the College ground.
Mr. Williams Rutherford having addressed a letter to the Board requesting the admission of his son into College who is under the necessary and the same being referred to the committee on the Laws
and Discipline. Mr. Wayne from said committee reported unfavorable to the application, which was concurred in.
The Committee on the Laws and Discipline Report that they have considered the communication from the Faculty of the University made by the secretary James C. Patterson and recommend the adoption of a provision in the Laws of College to authorize the Faculty to sentence any student of the Freshman and Sophomore Classes to the Grammar School for a time not exceeding three months whenever from refractory or negligent conduct, they shall deem it necessary and proper to do so.
The committee therefore propose the following resolution to be laid before the Senatus Academicus.
The Faculty shall have power to sentence all and every refractory or negligent student in the two lower classes to the Grammar School for and during a term not greater than three months at their discretion and all and every student so sentenced shall comply with such sentence under penalty of expulsion from the Institution.
Mr. Wayne called upon the President’s Communication which was read again and referred to Mess. Wayne, Walker and Camak.
The Board then proceeded to elect a Trustee to fill the vacancy of Judge Charlton resigned, when A.S. Clayton Esq. was duly elected.
The Board then adjourned until,
2 O’clock P.M.
The Board then convened and Judge Clayton appeared and took his seat, and at 3 o’clock the board joined the Senate in forming the Senatus Academicus, and then adjourned to meet at Huson’s Tavern tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock.
Mr. Wayne from the committee on the communication of President made the following report which was conferred in.
The committee to whom was referred the communication from the President of the college report, that the same has been considered with the attention due to the importance of the principal object to which it relates, and with the deep concern which the annunciation of the intended resignation of the President is calculated to excite.
Possessing as President Waddel does the undiminished confidence of the People of the State, and the approbation of the Board of Trustees the committee think it due to him and public expectation upon so painful an occasion that the Trustees should express their admiration of his character and his fitness for the office which he holds, and should declare that the affairs of the College through the course of President Waddel’s administration have been managed with ability and fidelity and unwearied devotion to its welfare.
When the present reputation and flourishing state of the University is contracted with the unpromising condition at the time of the accession of Dr. Waddel to the presidency, when the committee reflect upon the serious difficulties the President had to encounter to give literary notoriety to a Seminary which had now before and to restore discipline where all had been disorder and that the efforts of the President were attended with success they feel that his labors have identified his venerated name with the future prosperity of the University, and that it will always be mentioned in connexion with it, with gratitude and praises.
The committee therefore, in behalf of the Trustees, express their sincerest regret that any circumstances should exist which make it necessary for the President to dissolve the connexion between himself and the College, but as the positive manner in which this determination to do so is expressed precludes all hope of his continuation in office, they earnestly request him to postpone his resignation until the expiration of the present collegiate year to give to the Trustees an opportunity to select a competent successor.
Resolved, Therefore, that the Board of Trustees accept the resignation of President Waddel to take effect from the first day of Nov. next, and that Mess. Clayton, Walker and Nisbet be appointed a committee to deliver to him a copy of this report, with instructions and power to arrange with President Waddel his continuance in office to the time above stated.
Upon so much of the communication as relates to purchase of the president’s house and lot in Athens the committee report that they think it incumbent upon the Board of Trustees to furnish their President and Professors with dwellings in every way suitable to that station in which persons in their condition hold to the public and from the information which the committee have received, they believe the premises offered to the Board of Trustees by President Waddel, would make an eligible residence for the future President but as the committee are uninformed as to the state of funds of the college they are of the opinion, that so much of the President’s communication as relates to this subject should be referred to the committee on finance.
On motion of Mr. Campbell, the following orders were passed.
The Rev. Moses Waddel having resigned the appointment of President
of Franklin College, and such resignation having been accepted to take effect at 1 Nov. 1825. Ordered,
That a committee be appointed with instructions to enquire as extensively as possible by correspondence or otherwise for the purpose of procuring some suitable person to fill said Presidency.
It is further ordered that said committee have power to convene this Board whenever, in their opinion, the information shall have obtained which will enable the Board to proceed advisedly to an appointment. Ordered further,
That said committee be authorized in their correspondence to offer the inducement of the payment of the expenses of the removal of any individual who may be appointed to said office. The committee named are Mess. Crawford, Campbell, Clayton, Cobb and Abbot.
On motion , leave of absence was granted to Mr. Harden for the balance of the session.
Mr. Campbell from committee reported as follows which was concurred in.
The committee to whom was referred the Treasurer’s abstract statement of the Finances of the college report as follows.
That they have had under their careful examination and they find that it furnishes the following results.
The balance in the Treasury, at the period of the semi annual report in August last amounted to the sum of $1737.89
Add to this balance the receipts to this time from various sources $2668.68
Within the same period the disbursements have amounted to the sum of $2656.22 ½
Leaving a balance of $1756.35 ½
It is to be observed however that in this balance is included in draft of $1500 which fills a specific appropriation for the purchase of Apparatus placed at the disposal of a Professor, so that the actual balance is in fact but $256.35.
Your committee beg leave further ascertain that there is
due officers for salaries in arrear $881.00
this last fact shews a deficit of $621.65
Your committee beg leave further to present a prospective view of the funds of the Institution up to the first day of January next. Within this period then will be receivable the semi-annual dividend of:
balance due for tuition: $400
Within the same period there will be required to be disbursed for salaries of officers:
Appropriation for classical books $250.00
For contingences $200.00
And amount of present deficit $624.65
From this view of the subject there will be a balance on the first day of January of $962.75
These items for the solid and permanent character of the department of our finances. There are other items of debit and credit of a more precarious and unsubstantial description – these consist of a balance due to the Trust for sale of Town lots $1200.00
Balance due for Sandy Creek Land $1500.00
This last fund which will doubtless be slow of collection is chargable with a balance due Teach Simms for repairs of $200.00
Appropriation for increase of Library $1000.00
Unappropriated balance $962.75
Dv. Contingent Dv. 1500.00
Your committee have examined the evidences produced by the Treasurer in support of the disbursement set forth in his abstract and find it to consist of the proper vouchers.
Your committee having had under consideration a matter referred to them consisting of a portion of the President’s report, proposing to sell to the Trust his improvements in the village of Athens, Beg leave to submit this concise view of the subject.
By reference to the foregoing part of the report of this committee it will be seen that the funds within the control of the board will not sustain an expenditure of the magnitude which the contemplated purchase would create. Your committee however are deeply sensible that the improvement would form a valuable acquisition to the property of the Trust. Such an accession in fact is indispensable to the comfort of the college and would doubly operate as an efficient auxiliary in the procurement of a successor to our present chief officer. The Board have the assurance of their committee that the property is consciently eligibly situated, that the buildings are new and in a style of neatness and durability which render the establishment altogether desirable. Indeed it will be regarded as a misfortune if this property were to pass into individual hands beyond public control. The present Tenement styled as the President’s house, rude, unsightly and badly situated from the beginning, has from decay fallen even below the grade of a decent inhabitation.
From the examination which your committee have made on the subject of Finance, they are well satisfied that this Board cannot be reproached for a wasteful or injudicious management of the College funds. It is therefore the opinion of your committee, that the subject
is one of appropriate reference to the Legislature, and confident reliance may be placed upon that body, in an application for the means of making the purchase. Your committee offer the following Resolution.
Resolved, That the President’s communication to this Board- the report of the other standing committees thereon and also this report be laid before the Senatus Academicus to the end that if they approve the object the Legislature may be respectfully solicited to make such appropriation as will carry it into effect.
Whereon by a resolution passed at Athens on 14 August, 1822 appointing Dr. Henry Jackson, Professor of Chemistry and Natural Philosophy in the place of Dr. Tinsley resigned, it was with the consent of the officers of college among other things provided that the said Henry Jackson should be relieved from any and all duties which related to the police, discipline or government of the college, and it being noninexpedient that such a distinction should exist among the Professors of College, and the consent of the President having ceased for its continuance,
Resolved that so much of said resolution as above stated which discharged said Professor from police duties in the College, be and the same is hereby repealed and that the said Professor be required to perform all such duties as are usual for Professors to perform in said college, according to the Laws and usages of the same, and for the additional duties imposed by this resolution the sum of two hundred be and the same is added to his present salary.
Mr. James C. Patterson having in a letter to the Board tendered his resignation, and it being understood that Mr. Patterson was willing notwithstanding to remain in college longer, it was therefore resolved that Mr. Patterson have leave to withdraw his resignation.
On motion of Mr. Walker, Resolved, that the secretary of the Board
furnish the senior class with a copy of the report adopted by the Board of Trustees in relation to Dr. Waddel’s resignation. The following report was also offered by Mr. Walker which was adopted, viz.
The Committee to whom was referred the resolution on the subject of the building in which the Grammar school is taught report, That they have given the subject the attention which it merits. They recommend that the building be considered on the same footing as the College buildings, and as it appears reasonable that the pupils who are instructed therein should defray the cost of the repairs, they recommend the adoption of the following resolution.
Resolved, that every member of the Grammar school shall hereafter pay into the hands of the Treasurer of the college at the commencement of every session one dollar, which shall be appropriated to the repairs of the said Building, by the Treasurer, under the order of the prudential committee.
Resolved that the Prudential Committee be directed to have such shutters made for the Grammar school building as they may deem durable and cheap and such other repairs made as may be thought proper as early as sufficient funds may be collected in this way.
On motion, Resolved, that Judge Clayton be added to the Prudential Committee.
On motion, Resolved, of Mr. Clayton, that the Board are willing to convey, Lot No. 36 in the Town of Athens to the Methodist Society for the purpose of building a church thereon, if Mr. Thomas Hancock, the purchaser of the same will relinquish it back to the Trustees, and provided such Church is built on same lot in the space of two years from this time.
On motion, Resolved that the Prudential Committee be and they are hereby employed to purchase a fire stove for the use of the Chemical Hall and lecture room and draw upon the Treasurer for payment out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Mr. Clayton from the committee to whom was referred the petition of Lovich Pierce, made the following report, viz.
The committee to whom was referred the petition of Lovich Pierce beg leave to report. That at the time the lands belonging to the University were sold certain quantities of them were occupied and adversely claimed by individuals; That when the lots which were so claimed were sold, the then Board of Trustees gave assurances that if on a trial at law, the Title of the University could not be supported, they would refund to the purchasers the amount which had been given for such lots. That the sales of the lots in the neighborhood of Greensborough two of them were purchased by Lovich Pierce parts of which were adversely claimed, whereupon suit was instituted and prosecuted, but that at the last Superior Court of Green County a verdict was rendered against the said Lovich Pierce, and the adverse title thereby declared good. Whereupon your committee are of the opinion that the petitioner is entitled and the faith of the Trustees pledged to the relief sought, and that the cost incurred by the procution of the suit ought to be defrayed by the University. Independent however of the assurance given by the Trustees the petition is entitled to his action on warranty contained in the Deed for said Land but your committee confidently hope that this body would never suffer itself to be sued for a claim the justice of which is so manifest.
The committee see no necessity of ordering the purchase money of
the land which has been so recovered, refunded in as much as there is now due on the Bonds, given for the said lots a greater sum than the petitioner is entitled to for the land lost. They therefore think the more correct course would be to have credit entered on the said bond for the amount of the value of the land so lost, but as those bonds have been transferred to the state they would recommend the following resolution.
Resolved, That the claim of the petitioner is reasonable and ought to be allowed. Resolved, that a copy of this report be submitted to the legislature, with a request that a law be passed authorizing and directing the Treasurer of the State to credit the Bonds of Lovich Pierce, with the amount of the value of the land which has been recovered of him aforesaid, and they further request, that a general provision be added to said law, to empower the Trustees to settle all disputed claims for said lands similarly situated to the above mentioned.
The Committee would also submit the following additional resolution viz.
Resolved, that the Treasurer of this Board be and he is hereby directed to refund to Lovich Pierce any amount of money paid by him in the institution and prosecution of the suit or suits brought for the aforesaid lands. All which was agreed to.
The Board adjourned Sine Die.
Asbury Hull; Sec.
Athens January 4th, 1825
At a special meeting of the Board of Trustees convened by the call of the President of the University.
Present, Mess. Edward Paine Senior member presiding, James Meriwether, Abram Walker, James Nisbet, William Jackson and Augustin S. Clayton.
A letter from Doct. Henry Jackson dated Nov 23, 1824 addressed to Judge Clayton, containing the resignation of his office in college was then laid before the Board, whereupon the following proceedings took place.
Doct. Henry Jackson, Professor of Natural Philosophy U. G. having, by letter dated Nov. 23, 1824 addressed to Judge Clayton a member of this Board, signified his intention to resign his said professorship on the 1st inst. in consequence of the partial repeal of a resolution by which he came into his said Professorship, and which repeal took place at Milledgeville on the 11th of Nov. last and the said letter obtaining a declaration that he was from certain circumstances “left with no other alternative to conclude that his services are no longer wanted”.
Resolved, That so far as such belief and conclusion may have operated to produce the act of which he has given notice, the same is an unfortunate misconception of the real motives of the Board and that he be assured no such object was intended: that a respect for his well-known talents and approved usefulness, as well as a regard for their own sincerity, would of itself have been sufficient to prevent such an uncandid resort, that is this assurance should be considered satisfactory, and he is yet willing to comply with the said resolution of November last he have until the 15 inst. to signify his further determination.
But if it should then be unfavorable to the wishes of the Board as expressed in said resolution last mentioned, the Prudential Committee be and they are hereby authorized to make such arrangements as they may think expedient to fill his vacancy.
Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be handed to Doct. Jackson by the Secretary of the Board.
The Board then adjourned
At a called session of the Board help on the 15 January 1825 the following members attended: Mess. Clayton, Meriwether, Nisbet, Paine, Walker and Mr. Paine the elder Trustee presiding, the following resolutions were adopted, viz.
Resolved that the resignation of Dr. Henry Jackson of his office of Professor of Natural Philosophy and Botany contained in letter of the 23rd Nov. 1824 and confirmed by his communication of the 9 Inst. be accepted, taking effect from the 1st inst.
Resolved, that the Rev. G.S. Olds of Massachusetts be and he is hereby appointed Professor of Natural Philosophy in Franklin College with a salary of fourteen hundred dollars pr. Annum to commence from this date.
The Board then adjourned sine die.
Asbury Hull, Secretary.
Athens Franklin College
2nd August, 1825
The Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia convened in the Library Room this day.
Present, Mess. Abbot, Campbell, Clayton, J. Crawford, Cobb, Jackson, Meriwether, Nisbet, Paine, Walker and Wayne.
Mr. Paine the Elder Trustee was called to preside. The minutes of the last meeting were then read and the communication of the President and report of the Treasurer were submitted and read.
On motion of Mr. Campbell, the following standing committees were appointed, viz.
1st. on Finance consisting of Mess. Meriwether, Cobb and Campbell.
2nd. On the laws and discipline of college, consisting of Mess. Abbot, Crawford, Wayne, Jackson and Clayton
3rd. On Public buildings, library and Apparatus consisting of Mess. Clayton, Nisbet and Walker.
Resolved, That the President’s communication (except such parts as related to the Graduates) be referred to the committee on the Laws and Discipline of the College and the Treasurer’s report to the committee on Finance. Mr. Crawford read a letter addressed to the Board by sundry members of the Senior Class, which was referred, after being read, to the committee on Laws and Discipline.
On motion of Mr. Wayne, Resolved that the members of the Senior class together with Benjamin Pope be admitted to the Degree of A.B.
A letter was then read fro, J. Hunter President of the Hibernian society of Savannah accompanying the donation of a printed discourse
for the Library U.G. which was referred to a committee, who made the following report in relation thereto, viz.
The committee to whom was referred the letter of Mr. J. Hunter, President of the Hibernian Society of the city of Savannah addressed to the President of the University informing him that he was directed to present to the Institution, a discourse delivered before said society by the Right Rev. John England D.D. Bishop of Charleston, which work has been duly received, beg leave to report that the Board receive with much pleasure the said work, and that it is the more highly prized as coming from a Society, from which this Board cannot do otherwise than feel the highest sense of respect, and whose notice of the Institution over which they preside is well calculated to increase its reputation and therefore usefulness.
Resolved, unanimously that the thanks of this Board be returned to the Society for said present, and a copy of this report be transmitted to the President thereof with a request that the same be laid before that body.
The Board then adjourned and formed a procession and marched to the College Chapel and attended upon the exercises of the Junior Class.
Tuesday evening 3 O’clock
The Board convened and Mr. W. H. Crawford appeared and took his seat, and was also appointed chairman.
A letter was received from Professor Olds containing his resignation of the office of Prof. of Natural Philosophy and Botany, which was referred to a committee consisting of Mess. Wayne, Campbell and Judge Clayton.
Mr. Meriwether from the committee on Finance made the following report which was concurred in.
The Committee to whom was referred the Statement of the Treasurer exhibiting the condition of the finances of the Institution beg leave
to Report. That they have had the same under consideration, and upon examination find that the voucher exhibited cover all the expenditures as charged in the account. Your Committee deem it unnecessary to go into any detail as heretofore shewing the amount of old tuitions dues and other debts as they deem their collection a matter of great uncertainty, all other results that could be arrived at are contained in the report.
Thomas Meriwether, Jas. Bethune, Benj. F. Ward, Richard Sankey, Lucius L. Wittick, James Martin, John G. Rutherford, George Foot and Asbury Hull, Alumni of this University, Alvin Lathrop a graduate of Hamilton College and Abraham Walker a graduate of Princeton College having applied for admission to the degree of A.M. in this Institution, ordered,
That the President confer the same publickly at this commencement.
Mr. John A. Cuthbert a member of this Board being within the state, and having failed to attend two successive stated meetings of this Board and it being now determined by the Board, that the letter addressed by the said John A. Cuthbert to the President of the University dated 15 July 1825 and now laid before the Board containing no sufficient excuse for his non-attendance.
Resolved, that the seat of the said John A. Cuthbert as a member of this Board, be, and the same is hereby declared vacant.
Resolved that the Board now proceed to the election of a member, to fill the vacancy of the said Jon. A. Cuthbert.
The members proceeded to ballot for a member, and on counting the ballots it appeared that his Excellency Geo. M. Troup was elected to fill his vacancy.
Whereupon it was ordered,
That the Secretary do immediately inform Gov. Troup of his election and request that he now take his seat.
The Board then adjourned to attend the exercises of the Senior Class.
After the Exercise of speaking was over the President by virtue of a before recorded resolution conferred the Degree of A.B. upon the following young gentlemen of the Senior Class, Edmund Atkinson, John Campbell, William Dougherty, John Hillyer, Hugh A. Haralson, Kinchen L. Hanelson, James W. Harris, William L. Harris, George Gravis, Jalen Hunt, William L. Mitchell, Henry H. Means, Wiliam C. Micow, Adrian N. Mayer, Henry Pope, Benjamin C. Pope, John Sankey, Ferdinand N. Walker, James B. Walker, William E. Walker, Edward Mingfield, Middleton Witt and Albert Torrence.
The Degree of A.M. was also conferred on seven gentlemen, Graduates
of this and other institutions in conformity to the Resolution recorded page 145.
Thursday Morning 8 o’clock.
The Board convened pursuant to adjournment.
His Excellency G.M. Troup appeared and took his seat as a member.
Dr. Abbot from the committee on the Laws and discipline of the college, made the following report which was concurred in.
The committee on the Laws and Discipline of the College take leave to recommend to the Board that the following amendment to the 3rd. Sect. of the 4 chapt. Of the Laws of college, viz at the end of the third section these words be added, at the College Chapel except when permitted by the President to attend elsewhere.
The committee recommend that the advice of the President would be adopted, that each of the four classes in college should be required to recite 3 times a day throughout their course.
The committee consider the difficulties which the Faculty have experienced on the subject of distributing honors and appointments to the senior class after their final examinations are such as they would willingly lessen for the Faculty. But they are such as are common to all responsible stations, and the committee think the Faculty have both the power and ability to regulate this affair under their usual powers, better than were we to suggest additional rules.
The have had under their consideration a letter written by eighteen members of the senior class requesting, that their diplomas may be signed by Dr. Jackson, and are of the opinion that their request is
a reasonable one and therefore recommend the following resolution.
Resolved, that such members of the Senior Class as desire to have their Diplomas signed by Dr. Henry Jackson late Prof. of Nat. Phi. And Botany, be permitted to present them to him for his signature, and that the signature be prefaced as Late Prof. of Nat. Phi. And Botany in Franklin College, and it is further resolved that the acquiescence of Dr. Jackson will be acceptable to the Board.
A lengthy communication was then received from President Waddel which was read and referred to a committee consisting of Mess. J. Crawford, Cobb and Clayton, who reported instantes.
That the Document contained nothing as subject matter of a report at any length.
Judge Clayton laid upon the table the following resolution which was discussed and yeas and nays being called for their were leas 10 nays 3 so that the resolution was adopted and is follows, viz.
That the Board of Trustees highly appreciate the services and qualifications of President Waddel, and in pursuance of the direction of the Senatus Academicus expressed in a Resolution passed at their last session, and in accordance with their own desire, request that He continue in his office, that the Board Sincerely believe it will be fore the benefit of the institution that he remain in office, and hope that this assurance will induce a result in the decision of the President, favorable to their wishes above expressed.
Those who voted in the affirmative were Campbell, Meriwether, Nisbet, Paine, Troup, Walker, Wayne, Abbot. 10 Nays J. Crawford, Cobb, Jackson. 3
A committee was appointed consisting of Messrs. Clayton, Wayne and Abbot to wait on President Waddel and submit the foregoing resolution to his consideration and request an answer as soon as his convenience would permit.
The Board convened and the Committee who were appointed to wait on Dr. Waddel with the foregoing resolution, reported a letter which was read and signified a willingness on the part of Dr. Waddel to remain in the office of President of Franklin College.
On motion of Judge Clayton, Resolved, That the Resolution passed by this Board on the 9th of Nov. Last directing the Secretary of the Board to retain the services of a Professional Gentleman to institute a suit against Stevens Thomas for tresspassing [sic] on the College grounds be repealed and that the Prud. Committee be authorized to rent to the sd. Thomas the immediate ground and that only on which his blacksmith shop is situated.
On motion of Maj. Jackson, Resolved, That the Prud. Committee be and they are hereby directed to lay out a piece of ground, not exceeding one acre, as in their discretion may deem most appropriate as a burial ground for the use of the village of Athens.
On motion of Maj. Walker, Resolved, That “Stewart on the mind,” be adopted as a study of the Senior year in addition to those prescribed in Laws of College.
Judge Wayne offered the following resolution which was agreed to.
Resolved, that a Committee be appointed to converse with the President of the College and any member of the Faculty, in relation to any objects which either or any of them may have to the exemptions and the extent of them, from the ordinary police duties of the College, which may be granted to Dr. Henry Jackson. And it is further resolved that the Committee be empowered to hold such communications upon the same subject with Dr. Jackson as it may deem proper. The Committee named for this purpose are Maj. Wayne, Cobb, and Meriwether.
After a short space of time, the last mentioned Committee, through Wm. Wayne, made a verbal report that they had conversed with the Faculty upon the subject of their mission and with Dr. Jackson, and were of the opinion that arrangements might be made to the satisfaction of all concerned.
Leave of absence from the services of the Board was granted to Messers Abbot, Campbell and Meriwether for the remainder of the Session.
Resolved, That the Treasurer of the State credit the Bonds of Lovich Pierce, in pursuance of a law passed by the Legislature on the 30th Dec. 1824 with whatever sum forty seven acres and one half will produce, at the price per acre which was given for the whole quantity purchase.
And as James F. Foster presents an adverse and conflicting title to forty nine acres and one half under the same decision as to identity which recovered the above land from Lovich Pierce of which this board has received satisfactory evidence, Resolved that the Treasurer be
notified of the same and be requested to make dedication for the said number of acres and enter the requisite credit on the bonds of the said James F. Foster.
And whereas also the sd. Lovich Pierce having recovered of the Board of Trustees thirty six acres of land on the same tract of land under the ascertainment and fencing a certain line and the same has been purchased of the University by James F. Foster and John Dawson and to request the right of sd. Foster and Dawson. Resolved, That the same be notified to the Treasurer and he be requested to make the deduction for said number of acres and enter the requisite credits respectively on the bonds given for the purchase money of said land, by the sd. James F. Foster and John Dawson.
Resolved, That the Treasurer of this Board pay off all the cost which the purchasers of the Trustees may have sustained in Greene by reason of recovering against them upon the Richland Tract of land heretofore belonging to the University, except in the case against John Dawson and others who did not at the trial vouch the said Trustees.
On motion of Judge Wayne, Resolved unanimously, that the Trustees of Franklin College are properly impressed with the delicate conduct of Prof. Olds in relation to the chair of Natural Philosophy, and accept his resignation of the same with those feelings of regard due to the character of a gentleman, who was willing to give to Franklin College the aid of his Scientific Attainments, and whose character and conduct have been unexceptionable during his stay in Georgia.
And the Board of Trustees unanimously request Prof. Olds to accept the sum of five hundred dollars in addition to his salary as a compensation for any expenses he may have incurred in coming to this state.
Resolved, That Dr. Henry Jackson be appointed Prof. of Natl. Philosophy and Botany in Franklin College and that no other exemptions from the College police duties be extended to him than an absence from the morning prayers and in attendance at either of the Colleges after the recitation of the Classes in the Evening, except when cases of discipline should require the immediate attendance of the Faculty, and it is further resolved that the Salary of Doctor Jackson be fourteen hundred dollars to be paid quarterly.
The Board then adjourned Sine Die.
Milledgeville 14th Nov. 1825
The Trustees of the University of Georgia convened this day in the State House.
Present, President Waddel, Messrs. Camak, Campbell, Clayton, Harden, Paine, and Wayne.
The Session was opened with prayer by the President.
On motion, resolved that Messrs Clayton and Wayne be appointed a committee to inform his Excellency, the Gov. that the Board will be redy [sic] to form the Senatus Academicus this evening at 3 o’clock.
Tuesday Morning, 9 o’clock
The following members appeared and took their seats, viz.
Messrs Wm. H. Crawford, Abbot, L. Crawford and Terrell.
On motion, the chair appointed the following standing committees, viz.
On the laws and discipline of the College consisting of Messers Wayne, Clayton and Campbell.
On finance, of Messers Paine, Terrell and Abbot.
The President’s report on the condition of the College was read and referred to the Committee on the Laws and Discipline of the College. The Treasurer’s Abstract was also read and referred to the Committee on Finance.
The Board then adjourned to meet again at half past 2 o’clock.
Half past 2 o’clock P.M.
Mr. Paine from the Committee on Finance made the following report which was concurred in…
The Committee on Finance report, That they have examined the Treasurer’s Statement and the Accompanying vouchers, and find them Correct.
Your Committee have neither the time nor the means of making a particular expose of the financial concerns of the University… Indeed it is deemed unnecessary at this time as that subject was especially attended to at the late Commencement and no new disbursements or appropriations is contemplated at this Session.
It is believed by your Committee that the permanent resources of the College are adequate to the ordinary current expenses of the Institution for the ensuing Collegiate half year and until the Board of Trustees shall convene.
The Committee on the Laws and Discipline of the College offered the following report which was agreed to, viz.
The Committee to whom was referred the Communication of the President… Report,
That so far as relates to that part of said communication which suggests the great evils of compelling the students of College to keep arms and perform militia duty, they recommend that application be made to the Senatus Academicus to request this Legislature to pass a law exempting all scholars of both public and private schools from Militia duty in times of peace… and also to request the passage of another law giving the College Faculty the power of removing expelled and dismissed students from the College buildings and enclosure.
In relation to the other subjects of the communication, they recommend, that the Senatus Academicus be respectfully requested to pass the following law in addition to those now in force for the government of the College, viz.
No student of College or of the Grammar school shall engage in any dramatic performance whatever in the Town of Athens either in term time or vacation under penalty of being expelled.
The Board then adjourned till 7 o’clock P.M.
Tuesday Evening 7 o’clock P.M.
The Board met pursuant to adjournment.
Mr. Tutor Patterson having resigned his office as a Tutor in Franklin College to take effect at 1st. January next. On motion, resolved, That his resignation be accepted.
Judge Clayton then offered the following resolution which was accepted, viz.
Resolved, that George W. Smith and Alvin Lathrop be and they are hereby appointed tutors in Franklin College with a salary of seven hundred Dollars per annum. Each, to commence as to the first as soon as he arrives in Athens and as to the last on the first day of January next.
The additional amendment to the Laws of the College was this evening submitted to the Senatus Academicus and by that body sanctioned and approved.
The Board this evening adjourned
Athens 31 July, 1826
The Trustees of the University of Georgia convened pursuant to adjournment… President Dr. Waddel in the chair… Messers Wm. H. Crawford, Campbell, Clayton, Jackson, Meriwether, Nisbet, Paine and Walker.
The meeting was opened with prayer by the President.
The minutes of the last Session were read, and the Report of the President on the condition of the College was presented and read, also the Treasurer’s abstract on the state of the funds.
On motion of Mr. Paine the President proceeded to appoint the following standing Committees.
1st. The Committee on finance, consisting of Messers Paine and Meriwether.
2nd. The Committee on the Laws and Discipline of the College, consisting of Messers Clayton, Crawford, Nisbet, and Walker.
3rd. On Buildings, Library and Apparatus, consisting of Messrs. Campbell and Jackson.
On motion, the President’s communication was referred to the committee on the Laws and Discipline of the College, and the Treasurer’s Report to the Committee on Finance.
A communication was received from Joel Crawford, Esq. resigning his seat as a Trustee of Franklin College which was read and laid on the table.
The Board then adjourned until tomorrow morning 8 o’clock.
Tuesday Morning 8 o’clock.
The Board convened pursuant to adjournment.
On motion of Mr. Crawford it was resolved, that the word shall, in the Resolution passed 3 August, 1824, in relation to furnishing the students with Classical Books be striken out, and the work may inserted in lieu thereof.
The Board adjourned to the College Chapel to attend upon the exercise of the Junior Class in Elocution and met again in the evening at 4 o’clock.
Thomas W. Cobb, Esq. appeared and took his seat as a member.
An account of Maj. Thomas Mitchell for $25 for attending Greene Superior Court as a witness, in the case of the disputed College lands was presented, and on motion it was Resolved, That the Treasurer discharge the same out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated
Mr. Paine from the Committee on Finance made the following Report which was agreed to, viz.
The Committee on Finance report that they have carefully examined the Treasurer’s “Statement of the receipts and expenditures of the University of Georgia” “from 1 Nov. 1825 up to 1 August, 1826” with the voucher of expenditures and find it correct leaving a balance on hand this day of $3592.52 ¾ cents.
They have also taken a view of the probable receipts and expenditures up to the 1 January next, comprising in the former the above mentioned balance, the semi-annual dividend arising from Bank stock and the Tuition, and in the latter, contingencies to the amount of $200. and an unexpended balance for the increase of the Library, at which period viz. 1 January next, the probably balance of cash on hand will be $3605.02 ¾. Conceiving that no other than current and ordinary expenses are contemplated, the Committee deem it unnecessary to enter into an investigation of the debts due to the University, some of which are of ancient date and uncertain in their collection.
On motion of Mr. Crawford the Board proceeded to elect a member to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Joel Crawford, Esq. and, on receiving and counting the balots [sic] it appeared that Doctor Henry Hull was duly elected, whereupon it was ordered, That the Secretary inform him of his election, and request him to take his seat as a member of the Body.
A Communication was received from Mr. Prof. Church, desiring the permission of the Board, to be absent for a short time during next year for the purpose of visiting his parents. The Same being read, On motion it was Resolved, That the request contained in Mr. Church’s letter be granted… the Board then adjourned to meet again at 8 o’clock.
Tuesday Morning 8 o’clock.
The Trustees met according to appointment.
Dr. Hull, the member elect, appeared and took his seat as one of the Board.
On motion of Col. Jackson, Resolved, That the Prudential Committee be and they are hereby directed to take in their consideration, the propriety and practicability of enlarging the Chapel, and report the results to the next meeting of the Board at Milledgeville.
The Board then formed a procession and proceed to the College Chapel, where the following members of the Senior Class exhibited Oration of their own composition.
William H. Reynolds Latin Salutory
Benjamin F. Moseley English Salutory
Paul F. Eve Philosophical Oration
Hampden C. Carters Eulogy on Rev. Levi Parsons
John A. Campbell The Genius of Man
John A. Crowles Eulogy on Patrick Henry
Charles H. DuPont The Potency of Mind.
William E Jones The inconstancy of fortune as it effects the conduct of men
Ezekiel Lamar There is a tide in the affairs of man, which taken at the flood
leads to fortune
Thomas Madruder The lack of vision the ruin of a people
James A. Meriwether Freedom of Speech
Daniel Chandler Valedictory
On whom together with James H. Blacksheare, Thomas L. Bryan, Robert Caldwell, Richard Meriwether, Richard Mosley, Augustus Owen, William H. Paine, Nezekiak W. Rice, Addison Sample and Issac Walker, the degree of A.B. was conferred and the Degree of A.M. was conferred on Richard K. Hines, Heines Holt, James S. Sims, William W. Waddel, Abram B. Dale and John F. Morton, alumni of this College, Francis H. Cone a Graduate of Union College and Nathaniel H. Harris a Graduate of Chapel Hill University.
The Board Convened and Proceeded to business.
Judge Clayton from the Committee on the Laws and Discipline of the College, made the following report which was adopted, viz.
The Committee to whom was referred the President’s communication, make the following report on the subjects therein contained.
1st. As to the arrangements relative to the Religious exercises of the College, the same is approved, and they recommend a continuance of the same as long as the same circumstances exist to make it necessary and desirable.
2nd. Resolved, that the age of admission into College shall be fourteen instead of fifteen years, and the corresponding ages of admission into the higher classes shall each be reduced one year, to agree with the above alteration.
3rd. The Committee recommend the publication of a new edition of the Laws of College, and that a Committee of revision be appointed in pursuance of the recommendation of the President.
4th. The Committee recommend that the other measures proposed by the President, be referred to the Committee of revision, to be incorporated in the Code of Laws to be laid before the Senatus Academicus at their next session.
The Committee consists of members of the Prudential Committee and the Faculty of College or a Committee from the Faculty to join the Prudential Committee.
Col. Campbell, from the Committee on the College Buildings, Library and Apparatus made the following report which was agreed to, viz.
The Committee on Public Buildings, Library and Apparatus Report that in discharging the several duties assigned to them, they have made a general survey of all the rooms in each Collegiate Edifice, and have also examined the Library, and Philosophical and Chemical departments.
The state of the buildings is such as makes some repairs necessary for their preservation. This necessity is found to exist to greatest extent in the old edifice. Your committee deem it unnecessary to specify, referring, as they beg leave to do, to a resolution at the close of this their Report, proposing that the Prudential Committee act further on the subject. They cannot withhold, however, the recommendation that great strictness be observed in making contracts with Mechanics, for there cannot remain a doubt but that in this regard, we have been made the subjects of the most palpable imposition.
The state in which rooms are kept by their occupants, in the minds of Your Committee, is a matter of just reprehension. The charge of want of cleanliness is universal and may be well maintained, against every room in both buildings, as well those occupied by students, as those reserved for purpose of recitation. In many instances, this want of cleanliness is extended to a want of decency, and filth is found to have accumulated, of such sort and in such quantities as to be offensive and doubtlessly injurious to health. Your Committee observe that a college servant is maintained at the expense of your treasury. His services are greatly needed in cleaning the buildings.
The Chemical and Philosophical Apparatus are deposited in the Brick Chapel and are in a state of neatness and good preservation. Your committee have been given to understand that additions to neither are indespensible at present. Appropriations have been made heretofore, not yet exhausted, which will be sufficient for the present purposes.
The Library having been under the daily inspection of the Board, particular report upon its condition is deemed unnecessary. Your committee recommend the following resolutions:
Resolved, that the Prudential Committee make a minute survey and examination of the Collegiate Buildings and that they contract for such repairs as they may deem necessary for the preservation thereof.
Resolved, that the Laws of the College which relate to the state in which the buildings and rooms shall be kept be strictly enforced, and that for this purpose it shall be the duty of the Faculty to visit each room in College, once in each week, and as much oftener as they may deem necessary for the purpose of presenting perfect cleanliness therein. That frequent scouring of the rooms be required of the College servant, and in case he should be incompetent to perform all such duty, that over servants may be employed to perform such service at the expense of the occupants of the room requiring it.
On motion of Mr. Cobb, Resolved, that Paley’s evidences of the Christian Religion and Roman Antiquities be no longer considered as college studies, and that Metaphysics be considered one of the College Studies only so far as the same can be assigned, (in the opinion of the Faculty) to one of the Professors without making their duties too various.
On motion of Judge Clayton, Resolved, That a Professor of Ethics and Belles Lettres be appointed with a salary of one thousand dollars annually and that he enter on the duties of his office at opening of the next session in January next, and that the Rev. Stephen Olin be that professor… and that as soon as,
in the opinion of the board, the funds will admit of it, said salary and that of the Professor of Chemistry be raised to that of the other Professors.
An account of Edward Paine esq., for the Professional services for the sum of $65.00 having been presented, on motion it was resolved that the said a/c be paid and that Mr. Paine be requested to retain the same out of the first money, professionally collected by him for the Board.
On motion of Maj. Walker, Resolved, that fifteen hundred dollars, of the surplus now found in the hands of the Treasurer, in addition to the existing appropriation of $1000 be, and the same is hereby appropriated for the increase of the Library, and that the same be placed at the discretion of the Faculty for that purpose.
On motion of Judge Clayton, Resolved, that the Prudential Committee cause the College Lands to be resurveyed, if they think proper, with a view to prevent trespassers on the same.
The Board then adjourned Sine die
Asbury Hull Secty.
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Monday 10 Nov. 1826
The Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia met pursuant to appointment.
Present: President Waddel, Messrs Camak, Campbell, Clayton, Cobb, Terrell, and Troup.
The meeting was opened with prayer by the President, and his communication on the condition of the College was then read and referred to a Committee consisting of Messrs Clayton and Campbell.
The Treasurer’s Report on the Finances was then presented and referred to a committee consisting of Messrs. Cobb and Terrell.
The Board then adjourned to join the Senatus Academicus.
Tuesday 14 Nov.
The Board convened pursuant to adjournment. Mr. Cobb from the committee on Finance made the following report which was adopted, viz.
The committee appointed to examine the Treasurer’s Report have discharged that duty, and report to the Board that they have found the same to be correct and supported by ample vouchers for all expenditures.
Mr. Clayton from the Committee, made the following report…
The committee to whom was referred the President’s Communication on the state and condition of the institution, beg leave to say that having made a report on the subject matters therein contained, to the Senatus Academicus conceive any further notice thereof unnecessary which was concurred in.
A letter from Gen. Edward Harden, addressed to to [sic] the secretary of the Board was received, containing his apology for his absence from this meeting on account of indisposition, which was deemed sufficient to justify said absence.
The Board then adjourned Sine Die.
Some days after adjournment of the Board a letter was received by the secretary from Judge Wayne containing his apology for absence from the session of the Board, by reason of the continued session of the court.
- Hull. Sec.
Athens, 30 July, 1827.
The Trustees of the University convened this day pursuant to Law…at this meeting the following members attended, viz.
Messers Campbell, Clayton, Cobb, Crawford, Hull, Jackson, Meriwether, Nisbet, Paine, Troup and Walker.
The President’s report on the condition of the College was read and referred to the Committee on the Laws and Discipline of the College consisting of Messers Clayton, Nisbet, Walker and Campbell.
The Treasurer’s Statement of the Finances was also read, and referred to the Committee on finance consisting of Messrs. Cobb, Hull and Jackson.
The Communication of Prof. Jackson in relation to the Apparatus, and the Report of the Librarian were referred to the Committee on the College Buildings, Library and Apparatus, consisting of Messrs Meriwether, Paine, Troup and Crawford.
A letter from Judge Wayne, containing an apology for his absence from the last stated meeting of the Board, and one of General Harden making his excuse for absence from the present, were presented, and were admitted by the Board to be valid, and justifactory of their absence.
On motion of Mr. Meriwether, Resolved, that semi-annual meetings of the Board, at Athens, shall in future, commence on the Monday preceeding Commencement day.
Resolved, That the Secretary furnish the absent members of the Board with a copy of the foregoing resolution. The Board then adjourned to attend upon the exercises of the Junior Class in Elocution.
Wednesday 1 August
The Board met pursuant to adjournment. The Committee on finance, through Mr. Cobb, made its report… and the Report of the Committee on the Laws and Discipline was made by Judge Clayton, which reports were ordered to lie on the table.
The Board then adjourned to attend the exercise of the Chapel, where the following orations were delivered:
Nathaniel W. Cooke Latin Salutory
Stewart Floyd English Salutory
Robert A. Ware An Oration
Henry P. Hill The Progress of Civil Liberty
Hugh W. Nisbet How weak is principle when assailed by passion
George R. Clayton The abuses of the Federal Government
Giles Mitchel A pretence of Patriotism, is often a cloak of ambition.
David L. Shenill Gold glitters most, where virtue shines no more
Serenus A. Myers Commencement Day
Thomas B. White Aneskey
Augustine S. Clayton An Empire won and an Empire lost, by oratory
Benning B. Moore Let all the ends thou aimest at, be thy Country’s
Abram S. Hill Nature alike to all a mother kind, still grants each equality of mind
John Rutherford Valedictory
On whom, together with William B. MicKigney, Eramus L’Acree, Leonidas Franklin, George Hargraves and William White the degree
of A.B. was publickly conferred by and with the Approbation of the Board of Trust.
In like manner, the degree of A.M. was conferred on James Harris, John Hillyer, Iverson S. Harris, Hugh A. Haralson, William L. Harris, Hugh M. Nisler, William Dougherty, Isaac W. Waddel, John Hunt, alumni of this institution, and Seth P. Storrs, a graduate of Middlebury College.
On the Rev. Robert Cunningham, of Alabama, and the Rev. Mr. McDowell of Charleston, S. Cara., conferred the degree of D.D.
Thursday morning, August 2nd.
The Board met. The Report of the Committee on finance was taken up, read and adopted, and is as follows, to wit,
The committee of finance, to whom was referred the Treasurer’s report, have examined the same and are satisfied that he has accurately accounted for all the money which have come into his hands from every source of the College revenue. He has in like manner exhibited satisfactory authority and vouchers for all his disbursements therein stated.
As has been usual they have also enquired into the resources of the Institution and its probably expenses for the succeeding six months, and beg leave to present the following estimate of income and expenditure for that period.
Estimates of Receipts
Balance in the Treasurer’s Hands as per his report now made $2866.15
Balance for Dividends on Stock, for last six months not yet rec’d $1000.00
Probable receipts for Tuition $2000.00
Dividends on stock for next 6 months $4000.00
Estimate of Expenditures.
For Salary to College officers, to wit,
two quarter Salary of President $1100.00
Do. Do. Of Prof. H. Jackson $700.00
Do. Do. Prof. A. Church $700.00
Do. Do. Prof. I. Jackson $600.00
Do. Do. Prof. Olin $500.00
Do. Do. Two Tutors $700.00
Do. Do. Two Tutors of Gr. School $800.00
Do. Do. Secy & Treasurer $325.00
Do. Do. Servants $62.50
Balance due Prof. Olin in part for last quarters salary $146.00
Residue unexpended of the Appropriation
heretofore made for Library $1400.00
Standing appropriations for Periodical Publications $75.00
Due Prof. Jackson for the use of his servant in
Philosophical and Chemical Apartments as per
Resolution of the Board $75.00
Which deducted from the receipts as estimated above
Will leave in the Treasury on the 1st day of Jany. Next
A balance of $2384.65
The Committee have also examined the account of Mr. Barnett, Consul of the U.S. at Paris, to them referred, with a letter of Prof. H. Jackson, and beg leave to report, that they are satisfied with the correctness thereof. The only two items in this account to which exception can be taken are the charges for interest and Commisions…
The Committee are of opinion that both ought to be paid. Mr. Barnett was employed by Prof. Jackson to purchase the Apparatus and – cause it to be transmitted to the U.S. He has acted with great fidelity and zeal. His charges for interest are upon money advanced, from the time the articles were purchased and shipped until he was furnished with funds from the U.S. and it is therefore proper…
The gratuitous services of Mr. Barnett ought not to be expected. Had any other been employed, compensation would have been anticipated and paid. The charge for commissions is at the usual rate, and the Committee recommend its allowance.
The Committee also recommend that the balance of $319.00 in Mr. Barnet’s [sic] hands be expended by Prof. H. Jackson in purchasing additional articles for the Apparatus, or in articles necessary to repair injuries in that heretofore purchased.
No measures necessary for improving or economizing the resources of the College suggest themselves to the Committee and they therefore recommend none.
Resolved, That the account of Mr. Barnett for expenses incurred in the purchase and transmission of the Philosophical Apparatus, as rendered by him against Prof. Henry Jackson, accompanied by a letter from him to said Prof. H. Jackson, of the date of 11 Dec. 1826 be allowed.
Resolved, That the balance of money in the hands of Mr. Barnett amounting to about $319 be expended, under the direction of Prof. Henry Jackson, either in the purchase or articles necessary to repair injuries in the Apparatus already purchased, or in the purchase of new articles of Apparatus.
The following report of the Committee on the Laws and Discipline of the College was taken up and agreed to,
The committee to whom was referred the President’s communication, make the following report.
They consider the prosperous situation of the College which that document discloses a matter of real congratulation to the community in general, and to the friends of science in particular. The fact evinces great fidelity and attention on the part of the Faculty of College, to whose exertions, doubtless, this pleasing result is attributable, and fully entitles them to the thanks of the State and the increased confidence of the Trust.
The Committee are of the opinion that a revision of the laws of College, a measure recommended in that communication.