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Minutes of the University of Georgia Board of Trustees,


Atlanta Ga. March 31st 1883.


Kimball House


            The Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia met in obedience to a call of the President of the Board-  Present

            Hon. John J. Gresham - President & Messrs.

            Miller               Brown              Toombs

            Barrow             Beckwith          Cobb

            Colquitt            Thomas            Hammond

            Livingston         Grady               Humber                        Hamilton


            At the request of the President - prayer was offered by the Rt. Rev. Jno. W. Beckwith Bishop of Georgia.


            The President stated that the meeting was called at the request of three members: to wit Joseph E. Brown, A. H. Colquitt & N. J. Hammond when the following letter was recd and read –


                                                                        Atlanta March 31st 1883


To the Trustees of the University

            of Georgia.


            On the 10th of July last, I proposed in a written communication addressed to you, to make a donation to the University of fifty thousand dollars for the purpose, and upon the terms and conditions therein mentioned.

            One of the requirements of the proposition was, that the Legislature of Georgia, at its next session, should provide for receiving said sum into the Treasury of the State and for the issuance of fifty thousand dollars of the



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the Bonds of the State to the University in place of said amount, having fifty years to run with seven per cent interest, payable semi-annually.  The Legislature met at the usual time in November, and adjourned without having made provision for the receipt of the money, and the issue of said bonds to the University. The proposition was accepted by your honorable body, when made by one, but as the legislature did not make any provision for issuing the bonds, I suppose neither party is now bound by the proposition or acceptance.

            It is still my desire to appropriate that sum of money, for the education of poor young men, in the University of Georgia, as specified in said proposition. And with a view of avoiding all misunderstanding on the subject, and of placing this amount in the hands of the Trustees of the University for the purpose above referred to, I have purchased fifty thousand dollars of the valid bonds of the State of Georgia, which are not now due, but will mature on the first day of April 1883, and I propose now to deliver said Fifty-thousand dollars in the above bonds of the State of Georgia to the Trustees of the University of Georgia, as the property of said University, for the same uses and upon precisely the same terms,(except as herein modified,) as are set forth in my written communication to this board, dated 15th July last, the said bonds on delivery to this board to become the property of the University for the uses and upon the terms above mentioned, upon the condition subsequent that the Trustees of the University



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shall within a reasonable time, say within two months from the maturity of the bonds, through their duly authorised (sic) agent or officer, present at the Treasury of the State, for redemption, and shall receive from the Governor of the State, in lieu of said matured bonds so presented for payment an obligation or obligations in writing, in the nature of a bond, in amount equal to the principal of the bonds, so presented as provided in an Act to make permanent the income of the University of Georgia and for other purposes, Approved September 20th 1881.

            This will place the bonds, which I now propose to donate to the University through this Board, upon the same footing precisely as all other bonds of the State belonging to the University are placed by the Act of 1881.

            I have the bonds now present, ready for delivery, if this proposition is accepted.


                                                                        Joseph E. Brown


Mr. Hammond- moved   “That the gift be accepted upon the terms stated – which was adopted.


Mr. Toombs called for the yeas & nays upon Mr. Hammond motion which resulted as follows.



Messrs. Miller, Barrow, Beckwith, Cobb, Colquitt, Thomas, Humber, Hamilton, Hammond, Livingston, and Grady                                                                     11.


Mr. Toombs                                                                                                         1.


Mr. Toombs asked the privilege of filing his protest - which was granted.





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            Mr. Beckwith was excused from farther attendance at this meeting.


Mr. Miller – offered following resolution

            Resolved - That the President of this Board, Messrs. Jas S. Hamilton, Lamar Cobb, W. W. Thomas, & Mr. Miller be appointed a committee to receive and count the bonds donated by Senator Brown to the University and to present the same to the Treasury for payment and to apply for and receive from the Governor the bonds or obligation of the State bearing 7 per cent interest at 50 years in lieu there of in accordance with the Act of the General Assembly of 1881 and to deliver the same to the Treasurer of this Board.



Mr. Cobb – offered the following resolution

            Resolved that the Prudential committee be authorized to withdraw certain bonds of the Geo RR & Bkg Co due in 1897 and to exchange them for similar Bonds of the Geo RR & Banking Co due in 1910, when presented by C. F. McCay the donor.

            And that after the exchange is made that the Prudential Committee be directed to have said Bonds registered –

                                                Adopted –




On motion the Board adjourned Sine die.


Lamar Cobb                                         John J. Gresham

       Secty                                                         Prest.



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            The Board of Trustees met in annual session at 10 ½ A.M. – Present

Hon. John J. Gresham President

Messrs. Billups Grady               Harris

             Cobb              Hall                  Lewis

             Felton              Hamilton           McIntyre

             Miller              Thomas            Yancey


            During the session the following members appeared and took their seats

Messrs. Barrow            Hammond        Lawton

             Brown             Humber            Pierce

             Cooper           Jackson            Vason


            The minutes of the last annual meeting and the call meeting of March 31st 1883 were read and approved.


            At the request of the President prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. P. H. Mell Chancellor of the University.


            The Chancellor read his annual report (Page 406) which was referred to the appriate (sic) Committees.


Mr. Billups offered the following resolution which was adopted –

            Resolved That so much of the Chancellor’s report as relates to the School of Technology, and such elaborating of that subject as he may deem advisable, he furnished the Atlanta Constitution for publication at once.

            The President announced the following as the Committee on Laws and Discipline.

            Mr. Miller Chairman and

            Messrs. Billups, Hall, McIntyre, Felton &



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And Hammond.


   Mr. Billups offered the following resolution which was adopted.

            Resolved – That Dr. Miller, W. W. Thomas, Grady and Cobb be appointed a Committee to receive the visiting members of the Legislature.

            On motion of Mr. Thomas Mr. Billups was added to the Committee as Chairman.

            Excuses were made and received for Messrs. Beckwith, Fannin, Byrd & Crawford.

            The following communication was read –

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   To the President and Members of

the Board of Trustees of the University of Ga.

Dear Sirs

            We are here for the purpose of tendering to you the West Georgia A & M College and property located at Hamilton and ask you to receive it as a branch of the University in terms of the Act of the Legislature Approved Sept. 28th 1881 and will be glad to have a hearing as early as practicable -

   This morning if possible.

                                                Very Respectfully

                                                 L. L. Stanford

                                                 W. J. Hudson

                                                 J. M. Mobley

                                                 J. F. C. Williams

                                                 Committee of Trustees

                                                of West Ga. A & M. C.


Mr. Yancey- moved that the request of the Committee be granted and that they be requested to appear at once if they so desire –

            Which was adopted – whereupon



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Hon. L. L. Stanford, James M. Mobley & W. J. Hudson were introduced and urged the claims of their West Ga. A & M College.

            At the conclusion of their address on motion of Mr. Billups the Board adjourned to 5 o’clock this afternoon.




                                                                                    5 o’clock P. M.

            The Board met according to adjournment.

Messrs. Jackson and Humber appeared and took their seats.

            Mr. Hamilton as Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture & Horticulture made his report on the Experimental Farm (Page 407) which was laid on the table for the present.

            The annual report of the Trustees of the South West Ga. Agriculture College and of the South Ga. Agricultural College were received and referred to the Committee on Branch Colleges (Page    ).

            Prof. White extended an invitation to the Board to visit the Farm some day during this session which in motion of Mr. Billups was accepted and the President appointed as a Committee for that purpose.

            Mr. Hamilton Chairman &

Messrs. McIntyre         Grady

             Felton                  &

             Livingston        Humber

to visit the Farm at 5 P.M. on Monday.

            Mr. Thomas read Mr. Harris’ report as Chairman of the Committee on Apparatus (Page 440) which was laid on the table for the present.

            Mr. Thomas also read Mr. Harris’ report



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As Chairman of the Committee on Grounds & Buildings (Page 443) which was laid on the table for the present.

            Mr. Thomas read Mr. Harris’ report as Chairman of the Prudential Committee and the abstract of the their proceedings (Page 435) which was laid on the table for the present.

            Mr. Jackson moved the adoption of the following resolution which were appended to the Report of the Prudential Committee which was carried –

            Resolved That the action of the Prudential Committee in turning over to the Treasurer of this Board, the Twenty Thousand dollars in Georgia Rail-Road & Banking Co. 6% Bonds constituting the donation made to the University by Charles F. McCay is hereby approved and ratified.

            Resolved   That the thanks of this Board are hereby tendered to Prof. H. C. White of the Chair of Chemistry for timely and valuable services rendered in taking the oversight and management of the Experimental Farm since the decease of Genl. Browne.

            Mr. Harris tendered his resignation as a Trustee which on motion of Mr. Billups was laid on the table for the present.

            Mr. Thomas as Chairman of the Finance Committee made his report (Page 455) which was laid on the table for the present.

            On motion of Mr. Billups adjourned until tomorrow morning at nine o’clock.

                                                                                    John J. Gresham




Saturday July 14th 1883.


            The Board met according to adjournment.  Minutes of yesterday read & confirmed.

            Messrs. Pierce, Vason, Hammond and Barrow came in and took their seat.

            On motion of Mr. Yancey the application of the West Ga. A & M college was taken from the table and referred to the Committee on Branch Colleges.

Mr. Vason offered the following resolution which was adopted.  Resolved  that the details in the management of the Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund be referred to a special Committee of five.

            The Chair appointed as that Committee

Mr. Vason Chairman and

Messrs.  Lewis McIntyre

              Hammond      Barrow.


            Rev. Dr. Cook  President of the Middle Ga. M & A College at Milledgeville at his request appeared before the Board and read the Report of that College (Page    ) which was referred to the Committee on Branch Colleges.


            On motion of Mr. Billups the resignation of Mr. Harris was taken from the table and a Committee was appointed to confer with him and request that he withdraw his resignation.

            The Chair appointed as that Committee

  Messrs. Billups and Hamilton.


            The Chair announced the following as the Committee on Honorary Degrees

            Rev. Dr. P. H. Mell Chmn

            Messrs. Billups & Cobb




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            On motion of Mr. Cobb the claim of the College at Dahlonega was referred to the Finance Committee.


Mr. Miller – stated that at the request of Mr. Cobb the Treasurer he moved that the Prudential Committee take a Bond of the Treasurer for the faithful performance of his duties, which was adopted.

            After discussion the amount of the Bond was fixed at Twenty Thousand Dollars.


            The Board accepted an invitation from Dr. and Mrs. Mell to attend the Chancellor’s reception Tuesday Evening.


            On motion of Mr. Vason – the Board took a recess until 12 M in order to allow the Committee to meet.


                                                                                    12. M.

            The Board reconvened according to adjournment.


            On motion of Mr. Jackson the same Committee that was appointed to draft suitable resolutions touching the death of Hon. B. H. Hill and Wm. L. Mitchell L.L.D. were charged with the preparation of suitable resolution in reference to the death of Gov. A. H. Stephens and Prof. Wm. M. Browne.


            Mr. McIntyre moved that Mr. Yancey be added to the Finance Committee which was withdrawn at the request of Mr.



Saturday July  14th  1883.



Mr. Thomas as Chairman of the Finance Committee made the following report and which he moved the adoption of

                                    The Finance Committee, to whom was referred certain claims for money expended on account of the College Buildings at Dahlonega respectfully report.

1st.       That all the vouchers submitted us amounting to $1462.21 are for expenditures made prior to the passage of the Act appropriating the money and therefore would not have been spent in completing the building dating from the passage of the Act.


2nd.       Of the whole amount asked to be paid, amounting to $1462.21 - $1142.20 as per account rendered was expended for furniture.

            Your Committee construes the Act appropriating the money to apply only to the “building –

            For these reasons we recommend that the Board decline to pay the amount claimed.

                                                                        Respectfully submitted

Athens July 14th 1883                                                   W. W. Thomas }

  1. T. McIntyre }Com.

D. H. Vason }


Mr. Hammond moved to amend the report as follows   “That all work alluded to in the report done on the building of the North Georgia Agricultural College be paid for out of the Fund appropriated for that purpose, bearing the question of furniture open for the present – which was adopted.


                                                                                                            Mr. Miller



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Mr. Miller from the Committee on Laws & Discipline made an informal verbal report pending the discussion of which on motion of Mr. Peirce (sic) the Board adjourned until 4 oclock this afternoon.


                                                                                    4 P.M.

            The Board met according to adjournment.

            Mr. Cumming was, upon his own application, excused from attendance at this session.

            The report of Prof. White on the Experimental Farm was called for and read.

            On motion of Mr. Hall the discussion of the verbal report of the Committee on Laws & Discipline so far as relates to Professorship of Agriculture was deferred until Monday Morning.

            The Committee on Laws & Discipline recommended that in the matter of the time when the Students should close their studies at the end of the Scholastic Year he left to the Chancellor.

            Also that the recommendations of the Chancellor for an increase in the number of the Catalogue be adopted.

            Both which recommendations were adopted.

            The Committee recommend, that in accordance with the Chancellors recommendation, the conferring of the following degrees upon the young men of the Senior Class –



Saturday July 16th 1883.

Bachelor of Arts

                                    J. W. Bennett                           Clarke Howell

                                    Wm. S. Cheney                                    George F. Hunnicutt

                                    Wm. M. Coile                          Oscar E. Kinnebrew

                                    Herschel W. Duggar                 John T. Lofton

                                    Thomas R. Edwards                 D. Clayton Peacock

                                    Washington M. Foy                  J. Hamilton Phinizy



Bachelor of Philosophy

                                    J. Prescott Brooke                    Robert N. Holland

                                    Luther M. Farmer                     Eugene J. Jacobs


Civil and Mining Engineer

Charles M. Strahan


Bachelor of Engineering

                                    John Bostwick                          Erwin M. Wade

                                    Davis Freeman             Mann L. Wade

                                    Russell R. Reneau                     Harris R. Wilcox


Bachelor of Law

                                    A. J. Arnold                             Thomas B. Felder Jr.

                                    Bernard Awtry             Davis J. Gaffney

                                    Wm. N. Conley                        Henry McAlpin

                                    Screven A. McCall                   Vernon B. Robinson    

                                    Wm. A. McClean                     John P. Ross

                                    John P. Moore                         Walter M Ryals.


            The Chair appointed the following Committee to invite distinguished gentlemen to seats on the rostrum –

                        Messrs. Cobb and Thomas


            On motion the Board adjourned until 9 A.M. Monday.

                                                                                                            John J. Gresham





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                                                                        Monday July 16th 1883

            The Board met according to adjournment –

            The minutes were read and confirmed.

            Messrs. Brown, Cooper and Lawton appeared and took their seats.


Mr. Miller Chairman of the Committee on Laws & Discipline made the following report-

            The Committee on Laws & Discipline to whom was referred certain portions of the annual report of Chancellor, have had the same under consideration and ask leave to report.

1st.       That the thanks of the Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia are due to the Chancellor and Faculty for the wisdom and conscientious discharge of duty, which have secured to the Institution the large measure of prosperity which it has enjoyed during the last Collegiate year.


General Brownes Chair

2d.        The Professorship of the late Genl. Browne was designated as the “Chairs of History & Political Science and Agriculture and Natural History.”  As there is no necessary connection between the first of these and the two last, Committee recommend that the teaching of History be divided between Professors Wilcox, Woodfin & Morris, giving Ancient History to Prof. Woodfin and dividing Modern History between Profs. Wilcox



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and Morris.


3d.        The Committee do not deem it expedient at this time to create any new chair of Mineralogy, Geology, Zoology or Botany and recommend that the whole subject of Scientific Agriculture be attached to the Chair of Professor White and that his Professorship be known as the “Chair of Agriculture, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Geology, with the duty of teaching Agriculture as required by the Acts of Congress and the Terrell donation.


4th.       To enable Prof. White to continue the interesting and valuable series of experiments, and to maintain the Experimental station so admirably managed by Gen. Browne and himself and for the employment of suitable assistance to realize its high promise of usefulness to the Commonwealth the Committee recommend the appropriation of $

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5th.       The Committee recognize the obligation of the Board to continue and make as perfect as my be within their power the teachings of Military Tactics:  but the inability of Prof. Charbonnier to remain at the head of this Department, may render it necessary to partially suspend the drill until the Board shall be able to secure the services of a suitable person to supply his place and the Committee so recommend - In releiving (sic) Col. Charbonnier, at his own request, of such of the duties of this Department as he may desire, the Committee wish to express their high appreciation and grateful recognition of his very efficient and satisfactory, gratuitous services for so long




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a period.

Prof. D. C. Barrow

6th.       While fully cognizant of the long and faithful services of Prof. Barrow as Adjunct Professor of Pure and Applied Mathematics and with high respect for his professional attainments and personal qualifications, the Committee regret to feel themselves unable to recommend a promotion which would increase the demands upon a diminishing in come.


7th.       Your Committee recommend the appropriation of Twenty Dollars to be paid to the Rev. Henry McDonald D.D. of Atlanta to defray his travelling expenses in visiting Athens to preach the Commencement Sermon.

Other subjects in the Chancellors Report have already been referred to their appriate (sic) Committees or acted upon by the Board:  All of which is respectfully submitted

Athens Ga July 16th                                          H. V. M. Miller

  1. Chairman


Mr. Vason moved to fill the blank in the 4th Paragraph in the above report with $500 or so much thereof as may be necessary, which was adopted.


Mr. Cobb moved to amend by inserting $750. which was lost.


Moved             To amend by inserting $1500 which was lost.




Monday July 16th 1883.

Mr. Miller moved to fill the blank in the 7th Section with $20 which was adopted.


            The report was then taken up by sections and the 1st and 2d sections were adopted.

            On the adoption of the 3d. Section Mr. Thomas called for the Ayes and Nays which resulted as follows –

            Those voting in the affirmative were

Messrs.  Miller Yancey Pierce               McIntyre

              Lewis             Vason              Hall                  Humber

              Brown            Jackson            Lawton Hamilton

              Hammond & Felton                                                                14.


            Those voting in the negative were Messrs.

            Cooper                        Barrow             Thomas &

            Billups Cobb               Grady                                         6.


            So Section 3d was adopted.

            The 4th and 5th sections were then adopted.

            Section 6th was laid upon the table temporarily

            The Board then took a recess to attend the address of Rev. Dr. I. L. M. Curry to the two Literary Societies.




            The Board met after the address of Dr. Curry –

            Mr. Brown moved to take up Section 6th of the Report of the Committee on Laws and Discipline.  Which was adopted and on motion of Mr. Cooper that section was so committed.

            The Chair added Mr. Humber to the Committee on the reception of the




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Legislative Committees.

            Mr. Billups had the following Communication read.

                                    Athens Ga.  July 16th 1883

To the Board of Trustees

            Gentlemen –

                        I gratefully appreciate your courtesy towards me and would gladly do anything in my power to meet your views –

            Both my health & my business engagements forbid my undertaking additional work, but if there are considerations inducing you to prefer that I should not resign at this time and if I can be relieved from Committee service except on the Prudential Committee during the year and reporting then proceedings and also if desired, reporting on the condition of the Apparatus, I will in deference to your will consent to withdraw my resignation until your next regular session.

                                                                        Most Respectfully

                                                                             Young L. G. Harris


            On motion of Mr. Lawton the withdrawal of Mr. Harris’ resignation on the terms stated in his letter was accepted.


            On motion of Mr. Cooper the Board then adjourned until 4 o’clock this afternoon.





Monday July 16th 1883.

                                                                                    5 P.M.

            The Board met according to adjournment –

            The Report of the Board of Trustees of the North Ga. Agricultural College was received and referred to the Committee on Branch Colleges (Page        )


            Mr. Hammond from the Committee on Laws and Discipline made the following support in lieu of Section 6th of that Report-

            The Committee beg leave to report this resolution –

            That Prof. Charbonnier be relieved of Engineering and that Prof. Barrow be made a full Professor.  To be known as Professor of Engineering and adjunct Professor of Methematics (sic) without any increase of his present salary – which was adopted.


            The report as thus amended was then adopted.


            Mr. Barrow was excused from attendance on the Board on Tuesday.


Mr. Lawton offered the following resolution which was adopted -

     Resolved that rules No. 8 and 37 in relating to conferring the Degrees of Doctor of Jurisprudence on graduates of the Law Department as a matter of Course be and the same are hereby abolished –


Mr. Vason offered the following resolution which was adopted –

            Resolved That the action of the




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Board at the called meeting on the 31st of March 1883 at Atlanta in accepting “The Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund and all other matters done at that meeting be confirmed.



On motion of Mr. Miller the Board then adjourned until 9 A.M. Tuesday

                                                                                                            John J. Gresham


Lamar Cobb





Tuesday July 17th 1883.


                                                                                    Tuesday Morning

            The Board met according to adjournment –

The minutes were read and confirmed –


Mr. Cooper offered the following resolution which he move to lay on the table for the present.

            Whereas this Board has been informed that the General Assembly of the State of Georgia has appointed a Committee to attend the Commencement of the University of the State now pending and whereas a Committee of this Board has been appointed to meet and receive them –

            Therefore be it Resolved – That the Committee of this Board be and hereby instructed to provide suitable lodgings for the visiting Committee of the General Assembly, meet them at the Depot with appropriate conveyances and conduct them to their lodgings after advising such Committee of the authority by which it is done and notifying then that this Board will be pleased to receive them and the body they represent-

Also that at its early convenience the Committee of this Board will ask permission of that Committee to present them to this Board in session –

            Resolved – That seats for both Committees be prepared in front of the President and on the announcement of their arrival and at a signal given the President and the Board shall rise and receive them standing and thereupon the President in his appropriate style and language shall in the interest of & in behalf of this Board receive, greet and welcome them as the repre-




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sentatives of their Honorable body, tendering to them the liberties of the Hall, buildings, rooms and grounds of this University of Georgia- at home here & that Georgians may realise (sic) that this University belongs to them, built and sustained by their fostering care.

            Resolved That the Committee appointed by this Board shall attend to the visiting Committee during their stay.

            Resolved That during the public exercises the said visiting Committee shall be invited to seats on the rostrum – seats having been prepared for them and that on their arrival on the rostrum they will be received, by the Faculty and Trustees there standing, as the representatives of the Sovereignty of Georgia.

            Resolved That Dollars be appropriated to pay the expenses of the visiting Committee.


                        The Board then took a recess to attend the meeting of the Alumni Society.


                        The Board reconvened after attending a meeting of the Alumni Society.


Mr. Cooper called up his resolution & on motion of Mr. Hammond it was amended by striking out all of it after the



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word “to” in the 8th line down to “notifying” in the 14th line and the last three lines and as thus amended the resolution was adopted.


            Mr. Toombs was excused from attendance at this session on account of sickness in his family.


            The rules were suspended and Mr. A. L. Hull, who had been elected to fill the unexpired term of Mr. A. H. Stephens and also for the next four years as Trustee by the Alumni Society was invited to take his seat with the Board.


            Mr. Hammond from the Committee on the Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund made his report – which was adopted and is entered on Page 464.


            The Board then adjourned to hear the address of Judge Samuel Hall to the Alumni Society.


            The Board reconvened after the address of Judge Hall.


Mr. Cobb offered the following resolution which was adopted –

            Resolved that the thanks of this Board are due and hereby tendered Hons. W. H. Felton, John Screven, A. H. Colquitt and M. J. Crawford for fine portraits of themselves presented to the University.

            Also to Hon. Chas. F. McCay for valuable additions to the Library.

            Mr. Hall Chairman of the Com-




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mittee on Branch Colleges made a report and pending the discussion of the Report the Board adjourned until 4 oclock this afternoon.


                                                                        4 P.M.

            The Board met according to adjournment.

            The report of the Committee on Branch Colleges was taken up and adopted by sections and then as a whole.

(Page 452)

            Mr. Lewis offered the following resolution which was adopted.

            Resolved That a Committee of five be appointed to go before the Legislature and represent the University in all its interests.


            The Chair appointed as that Committee

Mr. Brown Chairman and

Messrs. Hammond                   Grady &

             Yancey                        Fannin


            The protest of Mr. Toombs to the acceptance of the Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund was received and ordered filed without being read.

            Gov. Brown presented a copy of a letter from Genl. Toombs to Col. L. N. Whittle which was read by him to the Board of Trustees at Atlanta with the consent of Gen. Toombs, in which Genl. Toombs takes the position that the Act of 1859 is not repealed by the Constitution of 1877; and that the Legislature



Tuesday  July 17th  1883.

has power to borrow money to give to the State University and moved that said copy of said letter be filed with Genl. Toombs’ protest.  He asked this because Genl. Toombs in his protest seems to reflect on the motives of the Board.  He therefore desired that the conflicting position of Gen. Toombs in the two documents he filed together –

            The motion was unanimously agreed to and Gov. Brown was authorised (sic) to file the copy of the letter with the protest – without being read.


Mr. Billups offered the following resolution which was adopted –

            Resolved That the order of exercise for the next and succeeding Commencements until otherwise ordered shall be as follows:

For Saturday

Class Exercises as at present.


For Monday morning at 11 oclock

The Address before the Literary Societies.

Monday afternoon at 4 ½ oclock

Sophomore Prize Declamation


For Tuesday at 11 oclock A.M.

The Address before the Alumni Society

Junior Exhibition consisting of original

speakers by members of the class selected

by the Chancellor and Faculty as before the

recent change at such hour in the afternoon

or evening as the Chancellor and Faculty

may determine.

For Wednesday

Same as it is at present







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            On motion of Mr. Thomas the Report of the Committee on Buildings & Grounds was taken up from the table and adopted - (Page 443)


Mr. Thomas moved to take up the Report of the Committee on Apparatus which was done and on his motion the Report was adopted so far as it asks for $115.


Mr. Thomas moved to take up the Finance report and pending the discussion of this report the Board adjourned until 9 A.M. Wednesday


                                                                                    John J. Gresham



Wednesday July 18th 1883.


                                                                        Wednesday July 18th 1883.

            The Board met according to adjournment – The minutes were read and confirmed.

            Mr. Brown notified the Board that he had designated the Library of the University as a Repository of Public Documents.

            On motion of Mr. Hammond the Secty. was instructed to notify the Secty. of the Interior of our acceptance of the Trust and the Treasurer was directed to pay any freight or charges that might be necessary.


            Mr. Toombs tendered his resignation as a Trustee which on motion of Mr. Miller was laid on the table and the Secretary directed to request Mr. Toombs to withdraw it.


            On motion of Mr. McIntyre Cols. W. P. Price and Weis Boyd were heard in behalf of the North Ga. Agricultural College.


            Mr. Brown offered the following resolution

            Resolved That the Secretary be directed to put the advertisement of the University in only five papers to be selected by the Prudential Committee –



Mr. Thomas Chmn. of the Finance Committee offered an amendment to his Report & as thus amended the Report was adopted - (Page 463)


            On motion of Mr. Harris Dr. J. S. Hamilton and A. L. Hull Esq. were added to the




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Prudential Committee.


            Notice was given that application will be made out at the next annual session of this Board to have the Degree of Doctor of Divinity conferred upon the Rev. Prof. John L. Johnson of the University of Mississippi –

            Also the Honorary Degree of Master of Arts on Frank Ward Esq. of Upson County Walter S. Wilson of Dahlonega Ga.


Dr. Hamilton offered the following resolution which was adopted –

Resolved – That one hundred dollars be placed at the disposal of the Prof. of Agriculture for the purpose of supplying any deficiencty (sic) in tools and implements of the farm if so much is necessary.


            The Board then adjourned to attend the Commencement Exercises at the Chapel.


            Board met after the exercises at the Chapel –

Mr. Hall Chairman of the Committee on Branch Colleges made a report which was amended and then adopted  (Page 458.)


            Leaves of absence for balance of the session were granted Messrs. Miller, Felton & McIntyre.


            Mr. Cobb Chairman of the Committee



Wednesday July 18th 1883.

on the Library moved to take up the Report of the Librarian and adopt it.  On motion so much of said report as referred to the enlargement of the Library was referred to the Committee on Buildings & Grounds with power to act and so much as referred to rules for regulating the return of the books was referred to the Chancellor and Faculty with power to act.


Mr. Jackson – moved that the Diplomas for the Law Department be gotten up in the same manner as those in the other departments- which was agreed to –


Mr. Jackson – offered a resolution that all ex-members of the Board of Trustees be entitled to a seat on the rostrum - which was agreed to.


Mr. Brown offered the following resolution which was adopted  “

            Resolved - That the Chancellor require all applicants for degrees at each Commencement to occupy the front seats in the Chapel next to the rostrum on Sunday morning –


            Hon. Pope Barrow tendered his resignation - as Professor of Law - which on motion of Mr. Hall was accepted –


            On motion of Mr. Hall Geo. D. Thomas Esq. was unanimously elected Professor of Law vice Pope Barrow resigned.


            Mr. Grady Chairman of the Committee on Memorials asked leave to send his





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report to Secretary after the adjournment and have it entered on the Minutes which was granted. (Page 404)


Mr. Harris moved to take up the Report of the Prudential Committee and adopt it - which motion prevailed with the amendment that it was adopted so far as it did not conflict with other action of the Board at this session (Page 434).


            The Chair announced the following Standing Committees for the ensuing year


                        Committee on Agriculture & Horticulture

            Mr. Hamilton Chairman &

Messrs. Yancey                        Livingston &

              Hull                            Humber


                        Committee on the Library

            Mr. Cobb Chairman &

            Hull                  Speer &

            Beckwith          Grady

                        Committee on Apparatus

                        The Prudential Committee


                        Committee on Law Department

            Mr. Cobb Chairman &

            Messrs. Hall                   Jackson

                         Harris &


                        Auditing Committee

            Messrs. Hamilton & Hull



Wednesday July 18th 1883.


            Committee on Branch Colleges

Mr. Yancey Chairman - &

Messrs. Hall                             Humber

              Brown                        Barrow

              Vason                                    Screven


            Finance Committee

Mr. Hull Chairman &

Messrs. Hamilton                      Lawton

             Crawford                    Cumming

             McIntyre                     [Thomas (crossed out)].




            Committee on Grounds & Buildings

Mr. Thomas Chairman - &

Messrs. Hamilton                      Barrow

             Hull                             Harris.


            The Board then adjourned.


Lamar Cobb                 John J. Gresham

      Secty.                                 President



The Chancellor’s Report


University of Georgia

July 13th 1883


To the Board of Trustees

            University of Georgia

                        Gentlemen –

                                    I have the honor to report that during the current year there have matriculated in the Departments at Athens, one hundred and ninety eight (198) students viz - In Franklin college one hundred & twenty eight (128):  in the State College of Agriculture and the Mechanics Arts, fifty one (51):  In the Law School seventeen (17) and Post Graduates two (2).


            Numbers of all those who have recd instruction in the various Departments of the University during the Collegiate year.


In Franklin College                                                                                           128

In State College of Agriculture & Mechanic Arts                                                 51

In Law Department                                                                                             17

            Post Graduates                                                                                         2

Total in all the Departments at Athens                                                                198

 (as against 146 reported last year)

In the Medical Dept.                                                                                           77

  (as against 85 reported last year)                                            

In North Ga. Agricultural College                      Males 114}                              175

  (as against 177reported last year)                    Females 61}                            

In South Ga. Agricultural College – all males                                                     192

  (as against 185 reported last year

In South West Ga. Agricultural College – all males                                            121

  (as against 155 reported last year)

In Middle Ga. M & Ag College            Males 197                                            386

  (as against 355 reported last year)       Females 189

Total in all the Departments                                                                             1149





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            It will appear then that in all the Departments there has been a gain of           40

  (as compared to the report last Commencement)


            Comparative Gains and Losses

The Departments at Athens have gained                                                            52

The Medical Department loses                                                                           8

The Branch College at Dahlonega loses                                                   2

The Branch College at Thomasville gains                                                             7

The Branch College at Cuthbert loses                                                                34

The Branch College at Milledgeville gains                                                          31

The Law Department gains                                                                                 5

Franklin College gains                                                                                       37

State College of Agriculture & the Mechanic Arts gains                           8


            College Grade

In Department at Athens                                                                                  198

  (as against 146 last year)

In Department at Augusta                                                                                 77

  (as against 85 last year)                      

In the College at Thomasville                                                                             12

  (as against 14 reported last year)

In the College at Cuthbert                                                                                 20

  (as against 25 last year)

In the College at Milledgeville                                                                            43

  (as against 37 last year)

Total of College Grade in all Departments of Un.                                               413.

(as against 355 last year making a gain of                                                            58



   Excluding the Law and Medical Departments and the two Post Graduates, it will be seen that of the College grade, there are undergraduates

   In the Department at Athens                                                               179

       (as against 134 last year)

   In all the Branch Colleges                                                                               138

       (as against 124 last year).













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            Of these 138, all are of the grade of Sophomore & Freshman excepting 18 at Dahlonega viz 11 Seniors and 7 Juniors.

            Total Undergraduates of College grade                                                 317

            (as against 258 last year) making a gain of

            undergraduates in our whole University

            system of

Of which 59 that Branch Colleges in aggregate have gained                                 14

And the University proper at Athens                                                                    45

                                                Total                                                                  59


Junior and Sophomore Exhibitions

According to the plan adopted by the Trustees at their last session, the Sophomore Declaimers appeared before the public on the night of Tuesday, April 10th of this year: the Junior Exhibition occurred on the following day, Wednesday April 11th.  the Exercises it is thought gave, general satisfaction.


Student Homes

            The Dormitory Buildings have been largely patronised (sic) by the Students during the past year & the ladies have in the main managed to my satisfaction.


Medical Department

            It was my privilege to attend the Commencement Exercises of the Medical Department at Augusta this year, and to confer the Degree, Doctor of Medicine on twenty eight (28) young men, who had completed the course of study there.


Department of Technology

            The Trustees at their annual meeting passed the following resolution “Resolved that the [Chancellors] Report in respect to the practical department



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of Technology is approved & that the same be carried into operation just as soon as the State shall appropriate the money necessary: & that the Chancellor be instructed to lay the plan before the next Governor and Legislature, & urge the necessary appropriation.”  In accordance with the above instruction, I addressed a communication on the subject to the Governor, the substance of which his Excellency communicated to the Legislature, with favorable comments.  But the General Assembly, at its first session, was for some time absorbed in conducting elections before it, and our friends were so much divided, if not embittered, by those elections, that I thought it in opportune to bring the matter before the body then.  I therefore, through some of your members, requested you body, then in session in Atlanta, to so modify your action as to relieve me from “instructions” & to make it my duty to act in concert with you Committee appointed to care of the interests of the University before the Legislature.  Accordingly, you adopted the following resolution, “Resolved, That the Chancellor be relieved from presenting the matter of Technology to the Legislature, and that he be requested to act with the Committee appointed to see to the interests of the University before the Legislature.”

The Committee, I suppose, thought it not wise to broach the subject to the Legislature, as I received no communication from them.

            I was gratified thought to notice in the papers that Hon. N. E. Harris, a graduate of the University, and its warm friend, had introduced a resolution proposing to appoint a Committee of inquiry on Technology.  Soon after that resolution passed and the Committee was appointed.  I addressed the Chairman, Mr. Harris, on the subject, and laid before him any plans, as I had previously done to the Trustees, and, by their instruction, to his Excellency, the Governor.  He was greatly


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surprised because he had thought that no one had moved in the matter before him; but he was much gratified to know that he could come on the potent keep of the University.  I argued with him that the “Institute” if decided on should be located here.

1.         Because it is necessary to complete the organization of the “State College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts.”  We have already Laboratories in Physics and in Chemistry, and, virtually in Engineering and in Agriculture; and we need, to complete our equipment here, a Laboratory of the Mechanic Arts.


2.         Because if the Institute be located any where else, there would be needed and(sic) expenditure of hundreds of thousands of dollars for equipment in Professors and the other appliances of Library apparatus &c that are already available here without additional expense.


3.         Because an Institute of the kind thoroughly equipped, if located at another place, would be a damaging Competitor to the University here.


While reserving the question of location for future consideration, Mr. Harris admitted the force of the argument in favor of this place and ventured the opinion that possibly the result desired could be accomplished, should the Trustees lend their active influence to that end.  I beg leave most respectfully, but with emphasis to call the attention of your honorable body to this important matter.


Art Gallery

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Board have kindly promised to present to us their Portraits.  To the remaining nineteen, I have written twice each, but as yet I have received no replies to my letters.  It would be a great disappointment to us should we fail to obtain these important acquisitions. I am happy to announce also that we have received the portraits of Hon. W. H. Felton, Senator A. H. Colquitt, Hon. John Screven and Judge Martin J. Crawford _   The pictures are all in good order, with the exception that the glass over Judge Crawford’s was seriously fractured before its arrival here.




The Campus.

            No improvements have been attempted this year, excepting the setting out of additional trees kindly at his own instance, furnished by Mr. P. J. Berckmans of Augusta. Some portions still need grading, and there is a great and felt want of thorough drainage.

            The burnt lot remains as it was at your last meeting, presenting an unsightly appearance.  Through the recklessness (sic) of drivers the gate of the Campus is frequently left open subjecting it to the depredations of stock, I respectfully recommend that authority be given to throw that lot into the Campus; and to remove to the gate the two outhouses still remaining, These if put contiguous to the gate, could be given to a Janitor free of rent, on condition that his wife or some other member of the family, sees to keeping the gate shut.



            There have been added to the Library during the current year 575 volumes - The space is so restricted now that the Librarian




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finds himself embarrassed in selecting location for new books, according to classification.  I respectfully recommend that instructions be given to remove the partitions that seperates (sic) the Library from the Recitation Room of the Prof. of Ancient Languages, and to fit up the whole floor for purposes of Library and Art Gallery combined.



            It has pleased God, since your last annual meeting to remove by death three of your distinguished members, and one of the valuable members of the Faculty.  Benjamin H. Hill, Wm. L. Mitchell and Alexander H. Stephens anew of world wide reputation were, at once, cherished sons of their Alma Mater and able and faithful guardians of her interests.  In their death, the University shares with the Country in the sense of bereavement, but it can point with maternal gratitude and pride to the enduring monuments of their greatness and usefulness.  While it has lost their fostering care for the future, it will ever be strengthened and encouraged by the living principles and potencies their influence helped to incorporate into the very genius of its organism and processes.

            Gen. Wm. M. Browne was an accomplished scholar, a genial and cultured gentleman and a successful teacher.  The University and his Colleagues keenly feel his loss.


The Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund.

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alone for the benefit of this fund.  Some few of these are meritorious students now in connection with the University who look forward to this, with hope that it will enable them to complete their course of study here.





Genl. Browne’s Chair.

            It may not be amiss for me to make some suggestions in regard to Genl. Browne’s Chair.  It is well known to the Trustees that this was not a normal Chair.  It was composed rather of fragments of three Chairs viz: History & Political Science; Agriculture; and Natural History.  It would give us great satisfaction should the Trustees find themselves pecuniarily (sic) able to re-establish and to fill the three chairs.  If this is impossible, they may drop the topic, Political Science, and History between Professors Wilcox, Woodfin & Morris, giving Ancient History to Prof. Woodfin & dividing Modern between Professors Willcox and Morris, I have consulted these gentlemen; and they cordially agree to the suggestion.

            The Trustees may be tempted, or may feel themselves compelled, to consolidate the other two Chairs into one.  But this would be liable to grave objections.  It is not auditable (sic) to us, and is not consistent with our claims, and with the obligations resting on us, that we fail to give proportionate degree of attention to such important topics as Geology, Mineralogy, Zoology, Botany &c.  The Professors among whom they were divided did their best, and taught them efficiently, so far as the duties of their own chairs permitted: but these topics are so important in themselves, and there is such a demand for experts in them, at this time and in this Commonwealth,




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that it is of the first importance that one Professor should give his undivided and enthusiastic attention to them.  We successfully graduate Chemists, Physicists, & Engineers every year.  To meet our obligations further, it is necessary that we create enthusiasm in the minds of our students in fam (?) of these topics, so that we may as conspicuously graduate Geologists and Mineralogists also.  I respectfully ask the earnest attention of the Trustees to this important matter.

            Prof. White, the accomplished Terrell Prof. of Agriculture has had charge of the Experimental Farm since the death of Gen. Browne.  No scientific man in the State has more the confidence of the farmers: and, in the event that no additional Prof. of Agriculture should be appointed, I have no doubt that he would readily consent to continue his present connection with the Farm, should the Trustees so desire.


Military Department.

            I have the honor herewith to transmit a communication to me from Prof. Charbonnier, the head of the Military Department.  He gives cogent reasons why he should be relieved from some if not all the duties of that Department.  We greatly need a subordinate Teacher who could render assistance in the lower classes to those officers who are overcrowded with work.  In consequence of the increase in the number of students, the classes have become so large that some of them have to be divided



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on the same topics.  Thus the Prof. has to devote two hours to that for which one hour sufficed before.  If the Trustees could afford us such assistant, some young man, competent in other respects, could be selected on the ground that he is a military expert, and Col. Charbonnier could obtain the releif (sic) for which he asks.


Prof. D. C. Barrow

            Prof. Barrow has been serving for some years faithfully & ably as Adjunct Professor of Pure and Applied Mathematics.  I beg leave respectfully to recommend that he be promoted to a full professorship; and that he be assigned specifically to the Chair of Engineering, the duties of which he has been for some time discharging with distinguished ability and success.  Col. Charbonnier authorises (sic) me to say the he cordially unites with me in this recommendation.


Branch Colleges

            I visited the Branch Colleges at the times severally of their closing exercises,  They seem to have a fair share of prosperity, so far as numbers are concerned; and their instruction is still marked with thoroughness and general success.

            They have transferred students here during the past year, as follows: Thomasville has sent us four (4); Cuthbert three (3); Dahlonega three (3); and Milledgeville one (1) - Total for the year Eleven (11).

            During their whole existence, the three Colleges last organized have sent us in the aggregate as follows: Thomasville (9) nine: Cuthbert four (4): and Milledgeville one (1), At Dahlonega I conferred the Degree of Bachelor of Arts on six young men.




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            It is important that as many as possible of our students should be present at Commencement.  The Trustees have instructed the Faculty to close the examinations of the term one week proceeding the meeting of the Board.  Many of the Students thus dismissed have gone home and may not return to Commencement.

Should we find this to be true, the Faculty respectfully ask that authority be given them, if they should think it expedient to do so, to postpone the closing day to a time further advanced, anterior to the meeting of the Board.


For Graduation.

            The Faculty beg leave respectfully to recommend for graduation the following named students –


For Bachelor of Arts.

                                                J. W. Burnett                Clark Howell

                                                Wm. S. Cheney            George F. Hunnicutt

Wm. M. Coile              Oscar E. Kinnebrew

                                                Herschel W. Duggar     John T. Lofton

                                                Thomas R. Edwards     D. Clayton Peacock

                                                Washington M. Fay      J. Hamilton Phinizy.


For Bachelor of Philosophy

                                    J. Prescott Brooke                    Robert N. Holland

                                    Luther M. Farmer                     Eugene J. Jacobs



For Civil & Mining Engineer

Charles M. Strahan




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Chancellors Report.

For Bachelor of Engineering

                                    John Bostwick                          Erwin M. Wade

                                    Davis Freeman                         Manor L. Wade

                                    Russell R. Renau                       Harris R. Wilcox


For Bachelor of Law

                                    A. J. Arnold                             Screven A. McCall

                                    Bernard Awtry                         Wm. A. McLean

                                    Wm. N. Conley                        John D. Moore

                                    Thomas B. Felder Jr.                Vernon B. Robinson

                                    Davis J. Gaffney                       John P. Ross

                                    Henry McAlpin             Walter M. Ryals


Report from Law Department

            I have the honor to transmit with this the Report of Prof. Geo. D. Thomas of the Law Department; and I beg leave respectfully to call the attention of the Trustees to the recommendation contained in it -  I trust though that the Board will feel under no obligation to any action in the case impelled by motives personal to me.



            There has been such a demand for our Catalogues that last years edition was exhausted long before the end of the year.  It may be well for the Board to authorize the issuing of a larger edition.


Additional Reports of Professors.

            I have the honor to herewith transmit also the Reports of Prof. White on the Department of Chemistry, and on the Experimental Farm: and the Report of Prof. Wilcox on the Library.  I beg leave respectfully to call attention to the suggestions in this last Report.




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Legislative Committee

            I see by the newspapers that a visiting Committee of twelve is likely to be appointed by the Legislature to attend our Commencement Exercises.  I beg [leave (crossed out)] that the Trustees on their wisdom may make suitable arrangements for their receptions, should we be favored with their presence.




Commencement Sermon

            I have engaged Rev. Henry McDonald D.D. of Atlanta to preach our Commencement Sermon.  I respectfully request you to make an appropriation of ten or fifteen dollars to pay his travelling expenses.



            In conclusion, I will say, I have not hesitated to make such recommendations, involving the expenditure of money, as seems to me to be for the interest of the University _ at the same time that I know our limited resources may prevent the Trustees from complying with my wishes, however favorably disposed they may be –

                                                I have the honor to remain Gentlemen

                                                                        Your Obt. Servt.

                                                                                    P. H. Mell

                                                                        Chancellor Un of Geo



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Librarians Report.


Chancellor of the University of Georgia

            Dear Sir –

                        I hand you herewith a brief report on the Library, which I beg you will transmit to the Board of Trustees.

            There have been added to the Library during the past year 575 volumes in the various departments of History, Biography, Theology, Literature, Travels, and Fiction – inclusive of 30 volumes received from Washington: and 6 vols. contributed by the Smithsonian Institute.

            I beg to call the attention of the Trustees to the fact that the Library is rapidly increasing in volume – the number of books added this year being double the number of those added last year.  The alcoves are full - we are cramped for room: numbers of books are now ranged on the floor in a corner of one of the alcoves for want of space to place them properly -  I would most respectfully suggest that the partition between the Library Hall & Prof. Woodfins lecture room be removed and the Library be enlarged to that extent.  This simple change, which might be effected with little expense, would furnish us with space enough for several years to come.  A few alcoves might be erected for immediate use, others could afterwards be added as necessity should require.  The space thus gained would also meet the growing needs of our Picture Gallery.

            There is another point which I beg to submit to the consideration of the Board, viz: the increasing laxity of the students in regard to the return of books.

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time, which shall be distinctly specified and insisted upon.

            There is a law to the effect, but it is inoperative as the Librarian has not power to enforce it. Should the Trustees think proper the Faculty might be nested with authority to frame such laws as they shall deem efficient to connect the growing abuse above alluded to.

                                                                        Respectfully submitted

Athens July                                                       C. P. Willcox

12th 1883                                                                    Librarian          



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Rev P.H. Mell DD. L.L.D.

            Chancellor University of Ga

            Dear Sir,


             I beg to submit herewith the Report for the current fear of the Department of Law.

            The Following students have satisfactorily completed the course prescribed & are respectfully recommended for – with the Degree of Bachelor of Law. Towit


1. Henry McAlpin                                 7. Jno P. Ross

2. John P. Moore                                 8. Vernon B. Robinson

3. W. A. McClean                                9. D.J. Gaffney

4. Bernard Awtrey                                10. W.M. Ryals

5. T.B. Felder                                       11. W.N. Conley

6. S.A. McCall                                     12. A.J. Arnold


            I respectfully recommend that some provision be made by which suitable Diplomas may be provided for Graduates in this Department. The present practice is to secure sheep skins & have them written, and these expenses paid out of the Diploma fees, which rightfully



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Belong to the Chancellor. The fact that these Diplomas are presented in 9open court by Graduates when they are admitted to the Bar and are constantly displayed in their after practice of the profession, seem to render it proper that the University should furnish handsome and suitable Diplomas.

            The Department generally is in a very satisfactory condition & we have every reason to expect that the increase in attendance will continue.

                                                                        Very Respectfully

                                                                        Geo D. Thomas

                                                                        Prof. of Law.



                                                                        University of Georgia

                                                                        Athens July 13th 1883


The Hon Board of Trustees

University of Georgia


            On May 4th last, a few days after the death of my lamented colleague, Gen W.M. Browne, I was requested by resolution of the Prudential Committee to take charge of the Experimental Farm of the University  & to give such attention to the agricultural experiments then in progress as might be necessary until the annual meeting of your Hon body. In compliance with this resolution I assumed charge of the farm at the date mentioned.

            An inventory of the property belonging to the University was furnished me which I have verified and preserved.

            Immediately after the sale and removal of the larger portion of the personal effects of Gen Browne I went over the main building & out houses, had them roughly cleansed & put in order, and the rooms



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rooms securely fastened. At the request of the Hon Howell Cobb, Administration, one room in the main building was set apart for the temporary storage of the library & other property of Gen Browne’s estate. It is still used for this purpose. For the better care & protection of the building I requested Mr. Smith the overseer at the Farm with his family to occupy two of the smaller rooms in the first floor.

            I have visited the farm almost daily & have given such direction & attention as were needful to the proper conduct of the experiment and the gathering of the crops.


                                    Condition of Buildings, Fences

            I have the honor to report that the condition of the buildings upon the farm with the exception of the stables, is good. The main building is in very fair condition & is in need of no repairs of consequence. A small amount of patching of plaster glazing and attention to one of the verandalis (?) will place it in excellent condition. A considerable amount of scrubbing whitewashing & cleansing generally will be needed, however, to render it comfortably habitable.

             The servants houses to need no extensive repairs. The stables are very flimsy, insecure and uncomfortable structures and certainly such as no thrifty farmer around be content to have upon his farm. It is probable that entirely new arrangements for the care of stock, storage of grain, forage etc will be imperatively needed within a short time.

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obviate the extensive the necessity for vary extensive outlay in this direction.




                                    Condition of Crops

            The general state of the crops is exceptionally satisfactory. I found the following acreage planted upon the farm proper.

            In oats                                      10 acres

            “ Corn                                      12 “

            “ Cotton                                   25 “

            “ Rye & Barley, small patches of about ½ acre each. Gen Browne had rented (for the year ending Nov 1st next) some 12 acres of land adjoining the University property, Which was sown in oats.

            The oat crop has been harvested and produced 400 bushels of shelled oats, and, in addition, a quantity of sheaf oats – representing, perhaps 75 bushels - which has been stored for feeding purposes.

            Immediately after gathering the oat crop, the land (of the farm) was thoroughly plowed & sown down in peas. The same treatment has been applied to the small patches from which the barley and rye were gathered.

            The condition of the cotton & corn now growing in most excellent, as inspection will show.



            The papers relating to the work of the farm were turned over to me by the Prudential Committee & I have given their careful examination to make myself acquainted with the nature and status of the agricultural experiments in progress. From my intimate association with Gen Browne in his scientific work I was already acquainted, in some measure, with his plows & general details of arrangements for the experiments. My examination has shown





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            Report on Experimental Farm that the following experiments had been instituted & were under way.

                                                A upon Corn

  1. Field experiment upon the relative merits of the following brands of commercial fertilizers Viz: Pendletons Ammoniated Guano: Plow Brand Guano: Walton Wham (?)  & Co’s Guano.


  1. Comparison of values of home-made compost with commercial fertilizer above named. The bulk of the crop was manured with the compost which was made of Acid Phosphate, Cotton seed & Rainit.


  1. Relative values in compost of cotton seed & cotton seed meal.


  1. Experiment to determine the source of the Nitrogen supply in Corn


“B” Upon Cotton

  1. Experiments with five varieties of seed.


  1. Experiment to determine the source & character of the Nitrogen supply in cotton.


  1. Relative values of certain Commercial fertilizers & composts as above mentioned for corn


  1. An Experiment upon Cotton planted in hills, 4 feet apart, each way. The land for this experiment had been badly prepared and the experiment failed. I replowghed (sic) the plot & used it for other it for other purposes.


An experiment had also been instituted with Mills-Maize, owing no doubt to defective seed – it was a failure from the outset, & the experiment was abandoned.


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Assumed charge of the work I have essayed the following additional experiments upon cotton, using plats of about ¼ acre each.


  1. The relative values of “soluble” & “reverted” phosphates in Manures.


  1. The relative advantages of broadcasting & drilling guano upon land well fertilized previously.


  1. To test the value of phosphate of iron in fertilizers - this substance being now largely imported and casting considerably less than ordinary phosphate.

I am glad to say that the season for the last two months has been measurably favorable & these experiments are consequently progressing finely.

I have also instituted an experiment to determine the exact influence of each recognised (sic) element of fertility upon the growth of cotton.

Large pots (33 in numbers) were filled with pure sand, to which were added seperately (sic) the different substances to be tested – alone and in certain combinations. One seed was planted in each pot & the germanization (sic)& growth carefully watched. I have observed the results with much interest & have already received some noteworthy hints, at least, which may lead to valuable information. I believe that experiments of this nature, properly conducted must necessarily teach much of the habit of the plant & the true formulations of specific fertilizers.


                                                                        Financial Statement.

            The account of Gen Browne show that the net receipts for the sale of cotton since the date of his last report, were $460.17.

            The expenditures for labor &c to May 1st had been $418 55. The balance of $41 62 was paid by the Administration of the estate into the hands of the treasurer





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            I have drawn from the Treasurer & expended, almost exclusively for labor since May 1st to date $126 75. The balance against the Farm is therefore $85.13. There is on hand, however, about 400 bushels of good oats which, if sold, would more than offset this balance.

            My accounts & vouchers have been examined by your auditing Committee & passed upon as correct.



            I have now the honor to surrender the charge with which I have been temporarily entrusted, with the buildings & property in neat condition, the crops flourishing, the experiments strictly defined & progressing favorably, without a dollar of outstanding pecuniary obligation, & unencumbered by any contracts or other engagements for the future work.

            As temporary incumbent of the Chair of Agriculture I do not deem it necessary, or indeed, becoming - to make any suggestion or recommendation to your hon: (sic) body regarding the future conduct of the Experimental Farm. I may be permitted to express the hope, however that such Experiments, at least, as are now in progress. May be conducted to a conclusion.

            I take this opportunity to express my admiration for & appreciation of the conscientious labors in scientific agriculture of my lamented colleague. These labors were performed under many disadvantages – some inherent in the man, whose tastes & culture would, perhaps, have led him to prefer other lines of work: many incident to his position, requiring much of his time & attention to be given to tutorial work & affording but scanty means for the prosecution



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of truly scientific research. That he labored faithfully & conscientiously none who knew him will deny: That the results of his labor were valuable to agriculturists & credible to our University, I have had every reason & opportunity to know to be eminently true; that his labors were appreciated by those in whose special interest they were performed is attested by the direct, unanimous & enthusiastic expression of opinion to that effect on the part of the State Agricultural Society at its last meeting at Macon in February of this year. I am glad to have been permitted, even for a few weeks, to carry out the work of my esteemed friend that his usefulness might not terminate abruptly at the grave.

            I speak whereof I know I say that the experiments conducted at the University farm have been, of great benefit to the people of our State, they have been also, of value to the University, in that they have afforded opportunity to its Professors to advertise it extensively before large & intelligent bodies of our citizens.

            Permit me to express the sincere hope that the usefulness of our modest Experimental Station in both these capacities – may be continued under such proper arrangements as the wisdom of your hon: body may desire.

            I have the honor to be

Very Respectfully

            H.C. White                                           Prof of Chemistry



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            Report of Department of Chemistry

                                                                        University of Georgia

                                                                        July 12th 1883

To the

Hon Board of Trustees

University of Georgia


            I have the honor to present through the Chancellor, my usual annual report of the condition of my Department.
            I respectfully refer to the annual catalogue for information as to the numbers of students in attendance upon my several classes. The conduct & scholarship of young gentlemen has been satisfactory, & in some instances the degree of proficiency attained has been unusually great. The courses of study have been equally as extensive as in previous years, & I am glad to note an increasing improvement in the preliminary preperation (sic) of students entering the Junior Class. In order to accommodate certain students who wish to persue (sic) their studies in Pure and Applied Chemistry beyond the limit prescribed by the necessities of the curriculum schedule I have established a post – graduate course of recitations & reading in these departments, which for the past year has been attended by three very excellent students.

            It is my custom to give each year to the Senior Class in Analytical Chemistry, after they have concluded the regular work of the course, some especial subject for original investigation. The class this year has investigated the subject of our native grasses & a number of analyses of great interest have been made. Want of time prevented the conclusion of the investigations which I hope to continue next



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year so as to prepare a report worthy of publication.

            The apparatus of this department is in excellent condition & in need of no repairs. It is amply sufficient for all present needs. The official work of the state, which, as State Chemist, I perform requires each year the purchase of a considerable amount of glass-ware and other apparatus. So much of this material as is suitable I use also in my lectures & other work with the students. I am enabled in this way to maintain my stock of apparatus without calling upon the funds of the University. No appropriation for apparatus for this department is needed, therefore, for the ensuing year.

            The amount usually appropriated for the purchase of chemicals will probably be found to be sufficient for the purpose as heretofore.

            A few additions have been made to the industrial collection during the year, but none worthy of special mention. My earnest endeavor is to keep this collection abreast of the improvements in various industrial arts, & to be enabled to exhibit to my students the plane & products of new processes as they arise. Many manufactures kindly assist me in this desire from time to time.

            Specimens of ores and minerals are constantly sent to me from various sources; such as are of interest are properly catalogued and placed in the cabinet which is thus rapidly increasing in size and value. I have continued through the year the work of classifying the mineral in the cabinet: I hope to have it concluded during the next session. The cabinet room & cases are in good order & present a handsome appearance.

             Since the death of my esteemed colleague Gen Browne, I have had charge of his classes in Natural History and Agriculture. Though I knew myself entirely incompetent to instruct




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properly in these branches, I have succeeded in keeping the classes together and occupying the time of the students in work which I believe has not been unprofitable to them. Although this work has entailed considerable labor upon myself I have cheerfully rendered the service required by the emergency, in the interest of the students and in respect to the memory of a deceased friend.

            I have the honor to present herewith a special reprint of the work upon the Experimental Farm temporarily enlisted to my charge.

            During the year I have employed such little leisure time as was afforded me from my official duties in the prosecution personally, of original investigations of a scientific nature, some of which I thought might be productive of results of interest to the people of the State generally and to the agriculturalists (sic) in particular. As heretofore, my researches have been confined to laboratory work, except in so far as the courtesy, of a colleague at the Experimental Farm would permit the testing of laboratory results in actual practice upon the field. I have given special study to the Chemistry of the growth & development of the cotton plant, upon which subject I have been engaged for 5 or 6 years. I have accumulated a considerable amount of material – results of this work – which I hope to be able to present to the public in some proper form as opportunity is afforded. In August last I attended the meeting of the State Agricultural Society at Marietta & read a paper upon Cotton Seed & its products which embodied a portion of my results. I am led to believe that the participation of members of the Faculty in



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such original investigation of general interest is not without value as contributing to the fame & influence of the University. I entertain the hope that this opinion. Receives the endorsement of your honorable body.

                                                                        I have the honor to be

                                                                        Very Respectfully

                                                                        H.C. White

                                                                        Prof of Chemistry


                                                                        University of Georgia

                                                                        Athens Ga 7th July 1883.


Dr P.H. Mell D.D. L.L.D.

            Chancellor University of Georgia

            Dear Sir,

            I beg to present the following for your consideration.

            When in consequence of the establishment of the State College of A & M.A. it became necessary to institute a military Department, the Trustees of the University, recognizing the fact that such would entail a great amount of extra work, furnished a drill master, simply requiring me to take general supervision, The arrangement continued for these years, when the drill master resigned; and as no one was appointed in his place, I have had, since then, to undertake in person all the necessary work.

            It has been an exceedingly burdensome labor to me: my time is fully taken up in the duties of my chair of Physics & Astronomy: & while I have done the best I could do, under the circumstances it has been impossible for me to give to the military drill the time and care demanded.

            The duties of your Prof of Physics are now more arduous than they have ever been in the University. Our apparatus in extensive: the




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constant care it requires, the daily preperation (sic) of experiments, the putting away of apparatus after lectures, the incessant necessary cleaning and repairs, most of them done by myself, make such pressing demands upon me, that my time from 9 oclock (sic) in the morning, until late in the afternoon, with the exception of a short period for dinner, is entirely taken up in work necessary for presentation of lectures or for presentation of the valuable property in my charge.

            You will, I have no doubt, bear me witness Mr. Chancellor, that my rooms & apparatus are always ready for the reception of the frequent visitors whom you bring to inspect our facilities for instruction, & whom I am always happy to see. This, of course is as it should be but it takes time for it: & often, in our short fall & winter days, am I detained after dark to finish some work necessary to be done, and, which I have had no time to finish by daylight.

            To a man, then, as occupied as I am in such labor, the demands of time & thought which the military drill require are exceedingly burden some.

            I would, therefore respectfully ask you to lay the matter before the Board, and request them to relieve me of this military duty.

            The time would thus be out free, & the labor from which I would be relieved would enable me to devote myself with more energy to the duties of my chair. And these duties are not merely made more arduous by the causes already detailed



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: but also by the instruction of the department of Practical Physics, established two years ago. In this technological branch, the students are taught to handle the apparatus themselves & are practically instructed in Physical Manipulations. For detail of this work I refer to our annual Announcement, pages 21 and 36. This is a very important work: & one that should be continued, if the University is to be kept abreast of the advancement of the age. But, the demands this work ahas made upon me have been ever greater than I expected, and, hence, it is that the burden of the drill has been more heavily on me than before.

            I hope you will find it proper to recommend, & the Board will find it expedient to releive (sic) me of this military work by appointing a drill master, who will be able to carry it on better than I have opportunity of doing.

            I would suggest to you, Mr. Chancellor, that were a young man thus appointed drill master, he could also render assistance in another department that has been a heavy burden to bear. Prof Barrow in charge of the Engineering has been able the Freshman Class in Mathematics: and not only this but has had a number of extra classes to bear. Young men, coming during the session, and not up with the Freshman Class in Mathematics, have been taken by him & taught in extra hours: and such has been the accumulation of such work, that he has been teaching from 9 in the mornings to 5 in the afternoon, the whole period with the exception of 1 hour for dinner being taken up in teaching. When we remember that Prof Barrow is engaged in teaching a chair of high excellence, I mean that of Engineering, requiring a great deal of reading and study merely to keep up with the daily progress of the science, such, demands, as those made upon him are not just to him. To

                                                                                                            releive (sic)



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releive (sic) him of those extra classes, & even of the Freshman Class, would still leave him with his time fully occupied in the legitimate work of the Chair of Engineering: which, I may add, he has filled most ably.

                                                                        Very Respectfully

                                                                        Yr obt svt

                                                                        LH Charbonnier


To the Board of Trustees

            The Prudential Committee, report that , the abstract of their records herewith presented exhibits their action upon the several subjects presented to them during the past collegiate year.

            The committee in Compliance with the order of the Board, proceeded in November last,

To make a settlement with the Executor of Dr. W L Mitchell late Treasurer of the Board & to receive from him the Assets of the University in his hands. It was found that the accounts of Dr Mitchell had been kept with scrupulous fidelity & exactness & that he had accounted for all that was due from him. Every thing was in proper order & arrangement & nothing out of place except one of two vouchers which had been misplaced, duplicates of which were readily procured. Not only did Dr Mitchell’s Executor respond fully to all of the demands of the University upon the late Treasurer, but he accounted for  & paid over a small balance not included in the estimates of a former Finance Committee as chargeable to him, but which in his life time he often insisted belonged to the





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            The funds received from the estate of Dr. Mitchell amounted to $186,164:03 a list of which is included in the receipt taken from Lamar Cobb Esq the newly elected Treasure, a copy of which will be found on pages 167-169 of the Minutes of the Committee.

            The Committee subsequently turned over to the present Treasurer the Twenty Thousand Dollars in 6% bonds of the Georgia Rail Road & Banking Co donated to the Institution by Charles F. McCoy of Baltimore, after making certain exchanges of said bonds & having the same registered agreeably with the directors of the Board.

            Under the action of the Board at various times with reference to this donation it was not clear or satisfactory to the Committee as to who was intended to have the custody of these bonds.

            In the report made to the Board in 1881 by the Finance Committee of which the Hon BC Yancey was chairman, the Board was requested to resend their resolution directing that the package containing these bonds should not be opened until July 1 1895: & the report adds that, “it is well that Finance Committee of this Board should annually open said package to see if the bonds are there & report to the Board at its annual Sessions” the package to then resealed & superscribed by said Committee & the Secretary & Treasurer.”

            At the session of 1882 a resolution introduced by the Hon J J Gresham directed that the “Treasurer be instructed in his annual report of the funds belonging to the Institution, to include the bonds belonging to this fund now amounting to $20,000 in bonds of the Georgia Rail Road Company “&c: and at the session of March 1883 at Atlanta the Prudential Committee was authorized to withdraw the bonds” in question & after making




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certain exchanges to have them registered.

            This Committee respectfully ask (sic) that the Board shall consider of this matter and either express their approval of the act turning the Bonds over to the Treasurer & taking his receipt therefore: or rectify the error, if error has been committed by making such order in the premises as you deem proper.

            At the session of Nov 1882 at Atlanta The Board instructed the Prudential Committee to require from the Treasurer elect the “same bond that his predecessor had given”. A careful examination of the records disclosed the fact that Dr. Mitchell the last Treasurer of the Board had never given any bond as Treasurer. This Committee therefore did not feel authorized to act in the premises & took no bond. It is due to Maj Cobb the newly elected Treasurer to say, that be proposed to the Committee to name a sum in which he should give bond for the faithful discharge of his duties, but it was considered most advisable to remit the whole question to the direction which you may deem proper to give to it at your present session.

            In changing the time for the Sophomore and Junior Exhibitions The Board made no provision for music. The Prudential Committee under the impression that this was an oversight, instructed the Treasurer to pay $50 to furnish music for the occasion & it is hoped that you will approve the order. The usual appropriation for music during the Commencement



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exercises is $100. It may require a small addition to the remaining $50 to cover the expenses for commencement

            Prof White is entitled to the thanks of the Board for kindly consenting to take charge of the experimental farm after the death of Genl Browne until the Board should meet in its regular session.

            During the past year sundry bills have been presented for payment by the Treasurer of the Middle [Later notation “North”] Georgia Military [Later notation ( )]& Agriculture College at Dahlonega.

            The Committee were of opinion that larger portions of these demands did not fall within the purview of the Acts making appropriations for these Institutions & Therefore declined to pay them. Such portions of the claims as they thought were covered by the Acts were paid, & the remainder is respectfully submitted to the judgment & decision of the Board.

            The Committee append the resolutions which they ask may be adopted of insistent with the views of the Board

                                                                        Respectfully submitted

                                                                        Young L. G. Harris



Resolved That the action of the Prudential Committee in turning over to the Treasurer of this Board the Twenty Thousand dollars in Georgia Rail Road 6% Bonds constituting the donation made to the University by Charles F. McCoy, is hereby approved and ratified.

Resolved That the thanks of the Board are hereby tendered to Prof H.C. White of the Chair of Chemistry, for timely & valuable services rendered, in taking the oversight & management of the Experimental Farm since the decease of Genl Browne.



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Abstract of Minutes of Prudential Committee

1st        The Committee elected Hon Young L G Harris Chairman & Lamar Cobb Secty.

2nd        The Committee turned over to Lamar Cobb all of the Assets of the University, except the McCoy Bonds, amounting to $186.164.03 & took his Receipt for the same which is recorded on Pages 167-8&9of their minutes.

            The Committee did not require any bond of the Treasure as his predecessor had not given any.

            The Secty was directed to divide the old “Waddell Lot” equitably between the occupants of the Boarding Houses on the Campus. Messrs Summey  & Richardson

3rd        The Committee declined to pay certain bills presented by the “Repair Committee” at Milledgeville because the money had not been expended as they construed the Act of the Legislature.  The committee believing that only repairs on public buildings, of the State and necessary changes of the buildings to adapt them for several purposes could be paid for out of this money & it appeared from these bills that the money was intended to pay for improvements and repairs on property not belonging to the state. School furniture,  Omnibus Hire &c.

            The Treasurer was directed to only pay such bills as had been properly spent under this Construction of the Statue

            The Treasurer was directed to inform Hon DW Lewis that there was no money on hand at that date Dec 9” to pay Profr Geillard (?) & Singleton at Dahlonega.

4th        The Treasurer directed to pay this salaries of the hno Professors at North Ga Ag college to Jany 1st 1883.



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4th        Prof Browne was granted leave of absence for two weeks on account of his health.

5th        The selection of Rev W.F. Cook as President of Middle Ga Mil & Ag College confirmed & Secty directed to pay that college $500 due 1st Jany 1883.

6th        The Tr directed to pay $50 for Music at Sophomore and Junior Exhibitions.

            Dr Hamilton was requested to ask the Board of Directors of the Ga RR & Bkg Co to direct their Cashier to register the Bonds of that Corporation held by the University

7th        Proof White was requested to take charge of the Experimental Farm until the meeting of the Board of Trustees as far as practicable compatible with his other duties.

            The Tr was directed to pay such sums for day labor as are absolutely needed on the Farm.

8th        The application of Hon WP Price for the payment was referred to the General Board.

            Mr Cobb stated that upon investigation he had found that all his predecessors except Dr Mitchell had given bonds for he requested the Committee to name the amount of the Bond as he desired to give it. The Committee declined doing so because they considered that a matter for the Board.

9th        Committee turned over the McCoy Bonds to the Tr & took his receipt – which is recorded on Page 174 of their minutes.



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Report of Committee on Apparatus


To the Board of Trustees


The standing Committee on Apparatus, report - That upon personal inspection of the rooms in

Moore College containing the apparatus belonging to the several Departments of the University, it is found that all the instruments & appliances, are in the most admirable order ready for ilustration (sic) & experiments: and that their condition & arrangement reflect the highest credit upon the Professors having them in charge.

The Physical Apparatus in the department of Prof Charbonnier needs a small expenditure for repairs: and the Laboratory, some scales & weights of precision. A list of the articles required is hereto appended, the aggregate cast of which will be about $115, to cover which the Committee earnestly requests the Board to make the necessary appropriation. The sum of $50 annually set apart for repairs in this department will not supply, for the ensuing year, what is absolutely essential.

Prof Charbonnier presented to the Board at its last regular session, a detailed statement of the wants of the Physical & Astronomical departments. As there (sic) wants were not supplied & still exist, this Committee begs leave to repeat that if the means are at command, it would greatly increase the facilities for instruction, if an apparatus for the generation of Dynamical Electricity could be provided. Hitherto this has been done by means of Batteries but there are in convenient & expensive



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Requiring for certain experiments the use of 50 cells of a Battery & Consuming a whole day to get these cells ready for use. These Batteries are now being superceded by Dynamic Electric Machines, run by steam, Water Power or Gas Engines. The motive power recommended by the Professor, would be a Gas Engine, at once compact, safe & convenient. Connected with a Gas Burner, it could be used in the lecture room. It could be started at a moments notice & is perfectly safe from explosion. An efficient outfit of this character would cost $750 or $800.

            It is very desirable also that this University should have an Astronomical Observatory with suitable Apparatus. It already has some good Apparatus for teaching and ilustrating (sic) Astronomy &, but is very deficient in observing instruments. The only one on hand is a Telescope bought many years ago, in good order, but not suited for purposes of observation. The Institution ought to have in the Department of Astronomy-

            An Observatory detached from other buildings

            An Astronomical Clock

            A Transit Instrument

            An Observing Telescope equatorially mounted and

            An Altitude & Azimuth Instrument.

            The proper equipment of this Department of Science, would require are outlay of at least Ten Thousand Dollars. The Committee scarcely hopes that you will be able to compass this desirable object at present, but have thought it not amiss to present this reminder of what the University needs, to complete its means of imparting instruction in this branch of learning

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highest proof of the skillful care with which it is kept. The Cabinet room is in fine order & the cases containing minerals specimens present a very handsome appearance.

            The apparatus in this Department is sufficient for all present needs and requires no repairs. The materials furnished to Prof White in his official work as State Chemist, answers also for use in his lectures & other work with the students. So that he is thereby enabled to maintain his stock of Apparatus without asking for any appropriation for this Department for the ensuing year. He will only need the usual sum of One Hundred Dollars for the purchase of Chemicals.

            Everything in the Department of Engineering under the care of Prof Barrow gives evidence of the diligent attention given by that excellent & eminently capable officer to the Duties of his Chair.

            A visit of inspection to the rooms of these several Professors would amply repay any member of this Board or any friend of the University

                                                                        Respectfully Submitted

                                                                        Young L.G. Harris




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Report of Committee on Buildings & Grounds


To the Board of Trustees


The Committee on Buildings & Grounds report - That the University High School building is in a

fair state of presentation, & the grounds adjacent & hereto in good order. Since the death of Genl Browne, the main building has been vacant, except that the lower rooms are occupied by Mr Smith, the person in charge of the Farm.

            Since the burning of the dwelling formerly used by Prof Waddell, the outhouse which was saved from the flames, has been of no use, but rather an annoyance. It cannot be rented to any advantage & will gradually go into decay in its present position. Unless the Board intend to rebuild the dwelling, it is respectfully suggested that the outhouse alluded to be moved down near the entrance gate, & convenient to the street, so that it would be in position for occupancy as a Porters lodge or otherwise appropriated as it may please the Board: and if you would direct, that the fence which encloses that lot should be so changed as to turn the space formerly covered by the buildings, as well as the front yard into the area south of the Old laboratory, it would greatly improve the appearance of that part of the campus, & make a much more graceful & convenient drive through that part of the grounds in front of the Chancellors & Professors residences.

            Up to the time of the passage of the resolution at Atlanta on Thr last inhibiting any further expenditure of the amount which had been appropriated for repairs, “Except such sum as may be necessary to stop leaks in the roof,” There had been expended for                           










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The general purposes of repairs upon the University  property, about the sum of $430 no/100 since that time the expense has been confined to what was absolutely necessary to prevent loss & damage, & amounts to only the sum of $293 90/100 Dollars. These sums aggregated make $723 90 as the total amount spent for repairs

            For the rest, & for the purpose of placing before the Board the Condition of the property of which this Committee has the supervision, & what will be required for its repair & maintenance in good order for the ensuing year, we beg most respectful to adopt & substitute the annexed report made to this committee by Prof L H Charbonnier the very judicious & efficient inspector of Buildings & Grounds.

            It will be seen that the estimate made by Prof Charbonnier of what will be required for necessary repairs for the ensuing year is $2170 exclusive of anything for the care & improvement of the grounds.

             For this latter object $330 would be a moderate allowance: so that it will require for these general purposes the sum of Twenty Five hundred dollars: To meet which the Board is respectfully requested to make the requisite appropriation

                                                                        Respectfully Submitted

                                                                        Young L.G. Harris



                                                                        University of Georgia

                                                                        Athens Ga 26th June 1883


Hon L.L.G. Harris

            Chairman Birthday Committee

                        Dear Sir.

                                    I beg leave to present




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to you the following report concerning the buildings and grounds of the University.

            In consequence of the order passed by the Board of Trustees at their meeting in Atlanta, no repairs have been made to buildings except such as were absolutely necessary: and no improvements of any kind have been carried on on (sic) the grounds: these however, have been kept in as good order as possible by the two college servants.

            As regards repairs for the next year, I would ask you to remember that all of our buildings, wish the exception of the Moore College, are now old structures. They have been Kept in order by repairs it is true: but the ravages of time & use demand now more than ever the usual ordinary repairs.

            Library Buildings – The roof of this is in very bad condition. It has been leaking for many years and has been constantly almost under repairs. After a careful personal examination, I am forced to the conclusion that it is useless to attempt to make this roof weather proof by repairs to it as it stands. The slates were laid badly at firs they are only 14 to 15 inches long: show 7 inches in the weather and even more: in many places there are but two laps, & all over the roof the third lap is not more than ½ to 1 inch. The only way to make this roof safe would be to take the slates entirely off and relay them, giving them more lap & properly fastening them. When we take into consideration the additional number of slates that would be required, both on account of increased lap and breakage, and the fact that we have no workmen in Athens who can lay or repair a slate roof, I am of opinion that a tin roof, or a corrugated iron roof would be the most available-

            The cost of a Tin Roof would be about $400 -




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            This building contains our Museum & Library: It is no condition to go through another winter, without probable damage to the valuable property it contains.



For several years past I have maintained the condition of this building. It does not become me to discuss the question as to whether the building should be remodeled or not: but if it is to remain in its present shape, it will require extraordinary repairs to render it both weather proof and sightly.

The shingle roof will have to be replaced by a metal one - The cost of this will be about $450. The ceiling is dry rotting in many places & will need repairs. It is impossible for me to make an estimate of this item. It would probably not cost less than $100. The plastering ought to be done over. It has been patched so much, that it is not only unsightly, but it is actually unsafe. The cost of plastering & renewing the cornice would amount to $350.

            The painting would cost probably $200. The seats, are many of them in bad order. They have been in use since 1867, & were inferior even when new. Now that many are worn out, it becomes a question whether they should not be replaced by better ones. The galleries of the Chapel have never been seated, They have only rough benches & broken down settees patched & mended. The good chairs from the floor might be put in the galleries, & the floor fitted up with new ones.


College Boarding Houses.

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I have kept these down to what was absolutely necessary. In both houses, there is really not a door, or window that does not need repairs & in many instances removal. Many rooms which we have for years been patching should be replastered. The ceilings which are of wood are in many places decaying: the floors & ceilings have shrunk from age, & dusts sifts down from one floor to another. Not only should the wooden ceilings be replaced by plastering: but many of the floors should be relaid, & the woodwork inside generally repaired (&) painted. The families, occupying these buildings, take all the care they can of them and the students living in them cannot be said to abuse them, but the constant wear & tear of many years has made itself felt. It is impossible to make an exact estimate of such repairs. The best way to carry them on would be to have an appropriation of a few hundred dollars a year, and apply it to renovating as much of one building as could possibly be done with it: continuing the work under yearly appropriations until both buildings had been thoroughly renewed.

            If no more than absolutely necessary repairs & cleaning can be done this year, we shall need not less than $150 for the purpose.


Professors Dwellings

            These are in fair order and will only need ordinary repairs, with exception of the house now occupied by Dr Hogan, and in which Prof Morris is about to move. This house requires whitewashing and painting. The cost would be about $100 -

            For the other for dwellings, an appropriation of $150 would probably cover the current repairs.




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Recitation Rooms.

            Several rooms need extensive repairs. The seats in them are very old and worn: & in some there is not sufficient seating capacity for our increased number of students.

            Prof Rutherford needs additional seats, and tables for written examinations.

Prof Woodfin needs additional blackboards and seats. The benches now in the room needs repairs

            Prof Morris & Wilcox need repairs to the seats & desks.

            $200 would be required to properly repair and furnish these rooms – This may seem a large amount. But would ask you to remember that the furniture of all these rooms, save Prof Rutherford’s has not been renewed since the war, & the common wear & tear have rendered it almost unfit for use.


            Eight of our stoves are burnt out & have barely carried us through last winter. $60 to $70 will probably enable us to replace them.

Wood and Coal Room

            It is important that we should make a part of the cellar of the Moore College safe for storing our fuel. With all care exercised the cellar has repeatedly been broken into, last winter and our supplies have been stolen. My purpose would be to brick up some of the basement windows, and put up a strong door with fastenings. This work could not be well done for less than $50 – It is not desirable to use the Moore College basement as a store room, but it is the only place, in the University buildings that can be made safe. We have been storing wood in the





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Ivy building, but had to abandon it last winter as depredations got in pretty well as they pleased.

            The best plan would be to build a store-room, independent of any of our buildings but I fear it would be beyond our means.



            The improvements begun should be carried on There is some grading still needed, several trees have died and ought to be reset.

The fences are in general good order, and will only need ordinary repairs.



            Under this head come many minor repairs, for which there is almost a daily call, many of these are done by the College Janitors, still the materials used cost something. I would name amongst others, putting in sash lights, door locks, patching plastering where defaced by students, mending seats gates &c clearing wells &c $200 at least is spent every year in these small jobs


Summary of Estimates

Roof to Library Building                                                400.00

“           “ Chapel                                                           450.00

Plastering & painting Chapel                                         550.00

Boarding Houses                                                          150.00

Dwellings                                                                      100.00

Recitation Rooms                                                         200.00

Stoves                                                                            70.00

Wood & Coal Room                                                      50.00

Grounds ?                                                       

Incidentals                                                                    200.00



            In Conclusion, I would state that I have




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confined myself strictly in the above to what is absolutely necessary. As I have stated under head of Boarding Houses, there ought to be an appropriation of several hundred dollars, made yearly to thoroughly renovate these, until they have been put in complete order.

            Likewise, there are many other improvements which we ought to make, but which I have not estimated. I would for instance mention the one item of water supply, again all our buildings need more or less painting both inside and out. (Crossed through “side”)

            We have every session many visitors Through them the advantages for the University are becoming known through the State. It is very important we should keep our Buildings and grounds in such a condition as to attract the notice of persons visiting us.

            Nothing creates a worse impression on a stranger than buildings showing signs of dilapidation and slovenly Kept.

            Please excuse the length of this report, I could hardly have laid before you the condition of things in a shorter limit.

                                                                        Very Respectfully

                                                                        Your Obdt Servt

                                                                        L.H. Charbonnier



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Report of Committee on Experimental Farm

Trustees University of Ga

            The Committee on the Experimental Farm respectfully report: That since the demise of the late Genl WM Browne, the resident member (crossed through “s” in members) of the Committee has repeatedly visited the Farm. And can state that the work has been timely & well executed – that the small grained crop has been garnered & while the Yield has not been so large as the crop of the preceeding (sic) year it still has been very satisfactory – The crop of Corn & Cotton has been well worked & with continued seasons the outlook is very promising. The fencing is in fair condition – the two farm horses have very much improved in flesh appearance & value.

            Prof White selected by the Prudential Committee till the meeting of the Trustees at the Annual session to supervise the farm in now conducting the Experiments inaugarated (sic) by the late Professor & others instituted by himself, has made a report fully setting forth the nature and kind of experiments, tho, until the in gathering in the fall, the results can not be fully ascertained. The Committee respectfully invites the attention of the Trustees to this report of Prof White.

            Whether the Chair of History & Political Science shall be continued as at present organized or not, the Committee would recommend most respectfully that Prof White be retained in his present position until the results of the Experiments – are fully known – In the opinion of the Committee, the Experimental Farm is calculated to be of much value to the Agriculturists of Ga & can be made self sustaining.

                                                            Respectfully Submitted

                                                                        J.S. Hamilton




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                        The Committee on Branch Colleges report

  1. That they recommend that an appropriation be made to “the North Ga Agricultural & Military College of the sum of$2000.

To each of the other branch Colleges at Cuthbert, Thomasville & Milledgeville of $1500.

They regret that the state of the fund will not allow a more liberal appropriation – This is as much as can be afforded without incurring debt & neglecting indespensible (sic) repairs for the presentation of the property of the University at Athens.

  1. We are of opinion that the entire Agricultural fund should be controlled by the use of the university & appropriated to the establishment of much needed chairs, in the department of the State College of Agriculture & the Mechanic Arts at the earliest possible day. on order to that end, we favor an appropriation by the general assembly of such portion of the fund arising from the Inspection of Fertilizers as may be sufficient to sustain these Branch Colleges & others of like chancellor now authorised (sic) by law or which the legislature may hereafter establish.
  2. In the event of the making this appropriation, the appropriations herein recommended, except that of $2000 to the Nort (sic) Georgia College will be suspended & the amounts received be paid out of said appropriation, in such proportions as shall make all the Branch Colleges equal in point of advancement including in the estimate of $2000
  3. In case the College at Milledgeville is turned over to the State & a Normal School for the instruction of teachers is there established as desired, then the amount herein.



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Recommended, for the current year should be retained by this board. As the scheme of converting this College into a normal school is acceptable to the citizens of Milledgeville we highly approve the change & will do all in our power to aid in its accomplishment.


  1. We recommend, that the West Ga Agricultural & Military College at Hamilton be accepted as a branch of the University – and be put in operation as such whenever sufficient funds can be procured by legislative appropriation – We have at present no means to apply to such an object.
  2. We recommend that the local board of Trustee of the Branch College at Thomasville have power to sell and when sold that the President of this board make to the purchaser titles to all of the Stegall – Mitchell land land except three acres including the buildings therein & adjacent thereto which is reserved for the purpose of erecting a Chapel thereon & the funds arising from each sale in hereby appropriated to the building of such Chapel.              

Samuel Hall



  1. We recommend that the nomination of the local board of trustees of the South West Georgia Agricultural College of James W Stanford of Cuthbert, to fill the vacancy in that board, occasioned by the death of J. McK. Gunn be ratified by the this board & we highly approve the establishment of a boarding department for students, as contemplated by said local board & will give it all the moral aid in our power consistent wish obligations to other departments & interests of the University.
  2. In relation to the disbursement of the appropriations made by the General Assembly for





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Repairs & remodelling (sic) of the States building now used by the Branch College at Milledgeville & in adapting them to purposes to which by law now applied & the accounts growing out of the application of that fund, it is our opinion that by the terms of the Act of the legislature making the appropriation, the money can be expended, only for the objects above specified, & that all indebtedness incurred, for buildings other than those belonging to the State, in for school furniture other than desks & seats is not properly chargeable to that appropriation. If it is desirable, that such use should be made of any portion thereof, we would suggest that the proper authority be given by Act of the General Assembly.

  1. In disbursing the appropriations made for the erection of the College Buildings at Dahlonega, the existing liens if any upon the buildings should be first extinguished & subsequent liens should as the (sic) arise be paid off, advances made made (sic) by persons in furtherance of this object should be paid upon proper vouchers. The indebtedness incurred for furniture, (other than souls (?) & desks for recitation rooms &c) if changeable upon the appropriation at all, which the terms of the Acts making the appropriations leave doubtful, should not be paid until the main purpose of the appropriations shall be carried into effect. It would perhaps be well to ( ) an act of the legislature to remove all doubt upon this subject. This recommendation if approved will enable the local board to discharge, the past indebtedness to teachers by resting the fund designed for that purpose, & which was used for the restoration of the buildings.
  2. We recommend that the salary of the



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President of the branch College at Dahlonega he reduced to $1200-

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Annual Report of Finance Committee

                                                            University of Georgia


To the Board of Trustees

            The Finance Committee respectfully report, the following, as the Assets of the University - on July 9th 1883

            Assets of the University of Georgia July 1883

I           The Land Scrip Fund

            State of Georgia Bonds 8% Due Apl 1, 1884                            96,000.00

            State of Georgia Bonds 7% Due July 1 1892                              56000.00

            Amount in hands of Governor paying 7%                                    90202.17

                        -----------Total-------                                        242202.17


II.         The General or Franklin College Fund

            Debt of the State of Georgia, paying 8%                                   100,000.00

            State of Georgia 50 year Obligations 7% due 1932                       3,000.00

            State of Georgia 50 year Obligations 7%    “  1933                       8,000.00

                        ---------Total ------                                         111,000.00


  1. The Ch McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund

State of Georgia 50 Year Obligations paying 7% due 1933         50,000.00


IV        The Terrell Endowment Fund

            State of Georgia 7% Bonds Due July 1, 1886                   5,500.00

            State of Georgia 7% Bond     “   Jany 1 1892                                10,500.00

            State of Georgia 50 Year Obligation 7% due 1933                        4,000.00

                        -------Total----------                                            20,00000


V.        The C.F. McCoy Donation Fund                                                         

            Georgia RR&Bkg Co 6% Bonds due 1910 registered                  20,000.00

            -----------Total of all Funds-----------                            443,202.17



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Following is a statement of the Receipts from all sources, for the year ending July 9th 1883


General Receipts

Amount of Cash balance on hand July 8.83                                           13,957.05

Amount paid by Ex2 of Dr Wm L Mitchell balance                                         9.08

Interest on the Land Scrip Fund                                                            17,914.12

Interest in the General Fund                                                           602.00

Matriculation Fees                                                                      1,720.00

Library Fees                                                                                  860.00

Interest on the Terrell Endowment                                                           1,190.00

Donated by Senator JE Brown for Ch McDonald Brown School Fund  50,000.00

Interest on same from Apl 1 to July 1 83                                                    875.00

Annual payment by the State of Georgia                                                  8,000.00

Rents                                                                                             833.35

Appropriation by legislature for Dahlonega Buildings                                5,000.00

State of Georgia Bonds 8% Due & Collected Apl 1 83               3,000.00

Sale of City of Athens 8% Bonds $300@129                                387.00

Deposited by Senator JE Brown for use of HF Dunwoody                         160.00

                        ----------Total------                                        104,507.60





            The Expenditures for the same period have been


Chas McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund funded in Ga 7% obligation 1933                               50000.00

Cash belonging to Terrell Fund              “           “           “                                                4000.00

Cash belonging to General Fund            “           “           “                                                            8000.00

Salaries                                                                                                                                     1941.05

Branch Colleges Thomasville $2000 Cuthbert $2000 Milledgeville $2000 Dahlonega $2625       8625.00

Repairs on Buildings at Milledgeville                                                                              1224.20

Expended on Buildings at Dahlonega                                                                                562.52

Amount paid to H.F. Dunwoody                                                                                                  180.00

Catalogue Advertising & Printing                                                                                                  537.90

Fuel                                                                                                                                 152.64

Incidentals                                                                                                                       116.53

Repairs of Apparatus                                                                                                         85.04

Chemicals                                                                                                                        124.00



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Music                                                                                                                              165.00

Commencement Sermon $20 Librarian $100                                                                               120.00

Travelling Expenses of Chancellor                                                                                                  60.81

Repairs                                                                                                                            723.90

Servants                                                                                                                                      616.00

Postage $9130 Stationary $54 80 Medals $36 00                                                                        182.10

Insurance $422 05 Less amt refunded by Professors 37 30                                                          384.75

Traveling Expenses of Treasurer 48.05 - Library $540.00                                                            588.05

Experimental Farm $136 30 Less sale of Cotton $41 60                                                                94.70

Leaving Cash balance in hands of Treasurer                                                                               8553.41

            ---------Total -----                                                                                                     104507.60


            The Cash balance in the hands of the Treasurer is composed of the following items:


Unexpended balance of Dahlonega Appropriation                                                                     4437.48

Unexpended bal of Milledgeville Appropriation                                                                954.78

Interest in Ch McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund                                                                       875.00

To the Credit of Library Fund                                                                                          740.00

To the Credit of the General Fund                                                                                              1546.15

            -------Total--------                                                                                                      8553.41


            All the funds belonging to the Land Srip Fund have been exhausted & a small balance chargeable to it has been paid out of the General Fund.

            Eliminating from the foregoing statement of Receipts for the year, all items except those which are available for current expenses of the University and we have remaining

            Available Income for 1882-3

Interest on Land Scrip Fund                                                                                           17914.12

Interest on General Fund                                                                                                              602.00

Matriculation Fees                                                                                                        1720.00

Interest on Terrell Endowment                                                                                      1190.00

Annual Payment by the State                                                                                         8000.00

Rents                                                                                                                               833.35

----------Total----------                                                                                               30259.47





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For the same period the actual current expenses have been:

Operating Expenses 1882-3

Salaries                                                                                                                        19411.05

Branch Colleges                                                                                                             8625.00

Catalogue Advertising & Printing                                                                                       537.90

Fuel 152 64 Incidentals 116 53 Repair of Apparatus                                                         354.21

Chemicals 124. Music 165. Commencement Service 20.00                                               309.00

Expenses of Chancellor 61 81 Servants 616 00 Repairs 723.90                                                     1400.71

Postage 91 30 Stationary 54 80 Insurance 385 75                                                             530.85

Medals 36. Expenses of Treasure 48 05 Experimental 94.70                                              178.75


            From which it appears that the actual expense of the University, have exceeded its available income, in the sum of $1088 00. This deficit would have been greater still, but the death of a member of the Faculty reduced the expenditure on account of salaries $333 35 and the death of the former Secretary & Treasurer leaves unpaid, whatever portion of his quarters salary, the Board may direct to be paid to his Estate.

            Your Committee supposes that there can be no two opinions, as to the wisdom or propriety financially speaking, of pursuing a system by which we pay out annually more than we receive, and we take occasion to remind the Board, that this most important matter was brought to your notice in our last Report as pointedly as we know how to present it, without having any effect upon the amount of appropriations made by the Board

            The income of the University for the next fiscal year, is estimated as follows:



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Estimated Income Year ending July 1884

Interest on the Land Scrip Fund                                                                                    17674.14

Annual Payment by State                                                                                                8000.00

Interest of Terrell Endowment                                                                             1400.00

Matriculation Fees                                                                                              1600.00

Rents                                                                                                                    675.00

Interest on General Fund                                                                                       770.00

Add Cash balance on hand                                                                                 1546.15

-------------Total-----------                                                                                                                                                                            31665.29


The necessary expenses of conducting the University for the next year, according to the requirement of the Institution as set forth in the Reports of the various offices and Committees, will be such, That the Finance Committee respectfully recommend the following appropriations by the Board


Appropriations for Year ending July 8, 1883

Salaries of Officers                                                                                           19850.00

Repairs [SEE REPORT OF COM ON BUILDINGS.]                                                              2500.00

Catalogue, Advertising & Printing                                                                                      500.00

Postage & Stationary                                                                                            150.00

Servants $600 - Fuel $150 -                                                                                 750.00

Insurance $400 - Medals $36.00 Chemicals 100 00                                                         536.00

Incidentals $100.00 Commencement Sermon $2000                                                         120.00

Repairs of Apparatus (SEE REPORT OF PROF CHARBONNIER)                               115.00

Travelling Express of Chancellor $100 Music 125.00                                                        225.00


Librarian, To be paid out of Library Fund                                                                          100.00

-----------------Total --------------------------                                                                       24846.00


            These appropriations, make no provision for whatever payment the Board may order, to the Estate of Dr W.L. Mitchell - nor for any of the improvement so long and so urgently needed in many of the departments.



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ments of the University, nor for any payment to the several Branch Colleges. To meet all there (sic) and any other contingencies which may arise, the foregoing estimates leave in the Treasury, an unappropriated balance of $6819 29

            The attention of the Board is called to the fact that $96000 of the Land Scrip Fund is invested in State of Georgia 8 per cent Bonds which fall due on the 1st of April 1884. This sum reinvested in State of Georgia 50 year 7% obligations, will yield a less revenue by $460 (?) per annum than that heretofore received from this source. Hence the income from This fund, which has here to fore amounted to $17,414 14 will this year fall off to $17,674 14 and for next year will only amount to $16,954 14

            This decrease in the revenue, the present unsatisfactory state of the finances, and other reasons not within the province of this Committee, brings your Committee to ask, if the time has not arrived, contemplated by us all, when we should be forced to with draw from granting any further aid to the several Branch Colleges? We are advised that the Branch Colleges far from being feeders to the University actually are drains upon it, instead of sending us students that draw students from us and your Committee feels called upon to say, that the present system of cramping the University, even to the extent of allowing her buildings to become dilapidated, unsightly and unsafe, in order to foster the Branch Colleges, which do not send students here in any adequate numbers, is in their



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opinion unwise and cannot be justified.

            If the Board feels bound by any arrangement heretofore made to pay any fixed portion of the interest from the Land Scrip Fund to the Branch College at Dahlonega, we recommend that the amount required to be paid under that agreement to with: $2000 be paid to that college, and the sum of one thousand dollars ($1000) be paid to each of the other three. If the Board does not feel bound by such a contract, we recommend that $1000 be paid to each of them for the next year, with notice that the Board does not expect to be able to continue even that sum hereafter.

            As stated above, the income from the Land Scrip Fund for the next year, will be $17,674 14. And should the Board make the appropriations herein recommended by the Committee and should also make Professor Barrow a full Professor, the proportion of expenditures for the next year chargeable to the Land Scrip Fund would be as follows


Salaries of Professors & Officers                                                          11,000.00

Branch Colleges $4000- Music 62 50 Servants 375 00                         4,437.50

Catalogue Advertising & Printing                                                                250.00

Fuel 75 00 Medals 18 00 Chemicals 50 Incidentals 50                               193.00

Postage & Stationary 75 Repairs of App 7 50 Exp of Char 100                 232.50

                                    Total                                                    16,113.00

                        Leaving a balance of                                           1,561.14

Out of the Whole Income of                                          17,674.14


            And should the additional $1000 be appropriated to Dahlonega, the entire income from the Land Scrip Fund would be appropriated except a balance of $561 14

            An item appears in the statements herein submitted, which requires some








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Explanation to the Board, towit the entry of Amount deposited by Hon Jos E Brown for use of H F Dunwoody $160 “ and in the statement of expenditures the item “Amount paid to H F Dunwoody $180 00 this money was deposited by Senator Brown for the purpose of enabling Mr Dunwoody to obtain the benefit of the Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund, which had not at that time begun to draw interest. This Committee recommend that this sum be refunded to Senator Brown, and charged to the Ch McDonald Brown Sch Fund

            We recommend further, in order to save unnecessary entries, that the Treasurer be directed to keep the money belonging to this Fund entirely separate from the other funds of the University and that he make a written Report Concerning the same to the Finance Committee, as soon as practicable after the close of the fiscal year

                                                            Respectfully Submitted

                                                            For the Committees

Athens July 13. 83                                W.W. Thomas



            The undersigned a member of the Finance Committee dissents to all that part of the Report of the Finance Committee which relates to the Branch Colleges. This report was not submitted before being read by the Chairman

            July 14 1883                            A. T. McIntyre



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            Resolved, that the following appropriations be made by the Board for the following year.

Salaries                                                                                                            17,850.00

Assistance at Farm                                                                                    500.00

Repairs                                                                                                   2,500.00

Catalogue, Adv & Printing                                                                         600.00

Postage & Stationary                                                                                 150.00

Servants                                                                                                    600.00

Fuel                                                                                                           150.00

Insurance                                                                                                   400.00

Medals                                                                                                        36.00

Chemicals                                                                                                  100.00

Incidentals                                                                                                 100.00
Commencement Sermon                                                                              20.00

Repair of App                                                                                           115.00

Travelling Expenses of Chancellor                                                              100.00

Music                                                                                                     2,000.00

Three other Branch Colleges 1500 00 ea                                                4,500.00

Cost of Dr Wm L Mitchell to be paid to his 3 unmarried daughters             250.00

Experimental Farm                                                                                     100.00



            Report of Finance Committee as amended by the above resolution, adopted.



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            The Committee appointed to report rules & regalations (sic) for the permanent administration of  “The Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund” begs leave to submit the following.




SECTION 1.               No person shall receive the benefit of this fund who shall not be when he enters the University or Branch College or School Eighteen years old, upright, of good moral character, apt to learn, of reasonable health, & ambitious to prepare himself for usefulness.

His age must be proven by the affidavit of father, mother or guardian, his health by the certificate of some physician in the County in which he resides.

His moral character, aptness to learn and ambition shall be certified by three officers of said county, one of whom shall be the Ordinary.

                                    Noone shall enter the University - proper unless prepared for the Freshman Class.




SECTION 2.               Before he commences to receive the fund each recipient shall sign an obligation as follows:

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In consideration of my being allowed to receive the sum of _____ (blank space) Dollars out of  “The Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund,” I do hereby pledge my honor to refund so much as I may receive to the Trustees of the University of Georgia as soon after I complete my course of study as I may be able to make the same, living economically in the meantime



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and when twenty-one years old I will give to “The Trustees of the University of Georgia” my obligation legally binding one for the payment of said sum with interest whereon at the rate of four per cent per annum.

“Which interest shall be recovered only from the end of the year upon so much of said fund as may be received in that year.”

This obligation shall be delivered to or taken by the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of said University, and when each student shall become of age the Treasurer shall, as soon as may be, exchange it for the obligation therein provided for. If the student be twenty-one years old when he begins, the obligation to pay shall be taken in the first instance.

Should any one claim to be releived (sic) from half of said obligation by reason of his being a minister of any church, his obligation may be so credited upon satisfactory evidence to the Board of Trustees that he is entitled thereto.

Provided, however, that there (sic) obligations shall not be required from any person selected by the sons of the donor of the fund, Gov Jos. E Brown, if at the time he applies for admission into the University of Georgia he shall produce a writing from the son appointing him that he shall not be required to give any obligation to return the loan because he is his Knisman (sic) within the fourth degree of consanguinity.



SECTION 3    No person shall about to enter the University



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or school shall be loaned less than fifty dollars per annum, and the maximum sum to be loaned per annum to any on entering the University shall be two hundred dollars, and to any entering the Branch College at Dahlonega, or such school as may take its place shall be one hundred & fifty dollars.

The proportion thereof to be paid students shall be paid monthly during the scholastic years, and bear interest only from the end of the year in which it shall be paid.

                                    For each payment the Treasurer shall take a receipt from the beneficiary.



SECTION 4. PART 1.             Not more than one hundred dollars annually shall be taken from the whole fund for expenses of its administration, and so much of it as may be necessary shall be paid out as the Board of Trustees shall direct. Should any part of it be unexpended it shall go back to the general fund.

PART 2.                The persons appointed by the sons of Gov Brown, according to the provisions of the deed of gift shall be entitled to said loans, provided that the Board of Trustees shall leave notice on or before the second day of its annual (sic) of such selection by them, or either of them, in writing signed by the son so appointed & have presented to them. Then and there the evidences of qualification aforesaid for admission in the University.

                    PART 3.              The sum of one thousand dollars shall annually set apart for



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the Branch College at Dahlonega, or such school as may take its place according of the deed of gift to be distributed as herein set forth. But should the general fund he diminished in anyway, said one thousand dollars shall be decreased in proportion as it is to the whole interest annually received. Said sum shall also be taxed with its prorata share of all expenses of administering the fund except that in collecting loans. All loans made from the University fund proper shall pay their expenses of collection, and all loans made out of the fund for said Branch College or school shall pay their expenses of collection.


PART 4.                                  The remainder of the fund shall be for the use of the students in the University proper including the Medical School at Augusta as a part of the University.



SECTION 4. PART 1.             Persons who shall receive the benefits of the fund in the Branch College at Dahlonega, or such school as may take its place qualified as aforesaid, except the grade of scholarship made be waved, must when they enter the same, produce satisfactory evidence to the principal of said college of school that they reside bona fide in one of the following Counties: Oconee, Pickens & Anderson, of South Carolina and the mountain counties of North East Georgia towit: the counties of Rabun, Habersham, White, Lumpkin, Dawson, Forsyth, Cherokee, Murray, Gilmer, Pickens, Fannin, Union & Towns

Students for said Branch College or school shall be selected as impartially as may be from all parts of said territory, so that each section thereof may be represented.



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to that end they shall be selected from each Senatorial District of Georgia, in said limits, & said territory in South Carolina, reckoning it as one Senatorial District in equal numbers making due allowance for the difference in the quantum of aid need by the applicants.

Should equality be unattainable in each year, it shall, as nearly as may, be perfected in succeeding years.



PART. 2.                                 Those who enter the University at Athens or Medical College at Augusta, shall be selected as impartially as may be from all parts of the state, so that each section of the State be represented.

To that end, they shall be selected from each Congressional District in equal numbers, making due allowance for the difference in the quantium (sic) of aid needed by the applicants, should equality be maintainable in each year, it shall as nearly as may be perfected in succeeding years.



SECTION 5.                           On or before the first day of April, annually, the Faculty of the University at Athens shall prepare questions proper to show the proficiency of applicants, and to show which class in the University they are prepared to enter. Copies of these questions shall be sealed up, and by the Chancellor sent so sealed to such person or persons as may be by them selected to conduct such examination

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at the place appointed for examination. At said time & place, such package shall be opened & all applicants be required then & there before leaving the room, and without communicating with any one, to write each question & his answer thereto and deliver the same to the examiner or Examiners, who shall forward the same to the Chancellor of the University of Georgia at Athens Georgia, by mail or express, with his or their certificate upon that the package containing the questions was so kept sealed, and opened only at the time & place of examination, and that the answers sent by him were then and there made made (sic) as appears by the several applicants before leaving the room & without communicating with any one. But no applicant need answer any of the questions prepared for a class higher than wishes to enter, and no person already in the University need to be examined.

The Chancellor shall submit said examinations, and the standing of those already in the University, to the faculty for consideration and report to this Board of the first day of its annual session designating the persons whom they find best qualified for the place sought, and such other facts as may be needful to decide who shall have the loans.

He shall at the same time, submit all evidences of qualifications which may have been filed by the several applicants.

From the facts aforesaid, the Board shall select the person to receive the meeting so soon thereafter as may be, and report the same to the





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Chancellor who shall notify the applicants of their decision as early as practicable.

The places selected for said examinations shall be selected with a view to save all unnecessary expense and travel in reaching the same.


SECTION 6.               This plan shall be substantially followed for sections for Dahlonega, or such school as may take its place, except that the questions shall be prepared by its faculty. The examinations shall be held in each Senatorial District, and in one place in South Carolina, and be sent to the President of the North Georgia Agricultural College at Dahlonega, or such person as may represent the head of such Branch College or School, be considered by the faculty & by its President, reported to the Board at its annual meeting.

SECTION 7.               This plan of administering the fund is tentative & subject to change at any annual meeting of this Board by a majority of those present voting.


SECTION 8.               As $875.00 is now in hand, and $1,750 will be collected next January, after deducting one hundred dollars for expenses, the part due to Dahlonega in proportion of one to three & a half, shall be set apart for that institution and the balance, except what may be taken by the appointees as Gov Brown’s sons, shall be set apart for the University proper.


                                    As soon as may be, the Chancellor shall learn whether said sons will make any selections for the next term of the University, and if so, who and how much



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money they will wish.

As no sufficient time remains for examinations for the next term, it is hereby directed that loans be made to Messrs Hutchenson of Clayton, B.J. Congress of Bartow County, & H. F. Dunwoody of Darien now in the University.

And the Faculty and Prudential Committee shall select the others for the University, if any money remains after paying the advance mentioned in the next item.


SECTION 9.               It Is further directed that out of said fund in hand, one hundred and sixty dollars advanced by Governor Brown for said Dunwoody shall be refunded, and Dunwoody give his note therefore to the Trustees.


Section 10.                   For like reasons, it is ordered that the selections for the Branch College at Dahlonega for the next scholastic year shall be made by the Trustees and Faculty of said Institution.

                                                                                    N.J. Hammond   For the Committee



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                                                                                                Athens Georgia

                                                                                                July 11th 1884

The Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia met in annual session in the Library at 10 am.

Present Hon John J. Gresham President and Messrs

Lamar Cobb                 D.W Lewis

W.H. Felton                 L.F. Livingstone

Samuel Hall                  W.W. Thomas

James S. Hamilton        D.A. Vason

A. L. Hull                     B.C. Fancey

G.O.F. Prierce


During the session the following members appeared and took their seats

Messrs DC Barrow                  J B Cummings

            John W Beckwith         B.P. Hollis

            J.A. Billups                   W. A. Little

            Joseph E Brown           H D McDaniel

            S M H Byrd                 A.J. McIntyre


            At the request of the President the meeting of the Board was opened with prayer by Bishop Prierce.


            Excuses were made and received for the absence of James Jackson, H.V.M. Miller, A.R. Lawton, Mark A Cooper & Robert C. Humber. Minutes of last meeting read and approved.

            On motion of Mr Vason the Secretary was directed to report at the meeting this afternoon whether there were any vacancies in the Board and if so who they are and for




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            Chancellor Mill made his annual report (page 498) which on motion of Mr Yancey was referred to appropriate Committees.


            The President announced the following as the Committee on Laws & Discipline.

                        Mr. Hall Chairman

Mess Yancey   Vason

                              Livingstone Lewis


Mr Yancey offered the following reasons with the request that they be referred to the Committee on Laws & Discipline which was agreed to.


  1. Resolved that it be referred to the Committee on Laws & Discipline to consider and report to the Board some plan by which the glaring deficiency of students even of graduating classes in English Grammar and Orthography can be remedied: Either by requisitions for any admitted who do not stand good examinations to make up the deficiency and any who do not do so be refused certificate of proficiency in the department.
  2. Resolved By the Board of Trustees of the University that a thorough Course of English Literature be established: that the text books to be regulated by the Faculy (sic) –



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By Mr Hall – Resolved that a Committee be appointed to wait upon Hon Young L. G. Harris and request him to withdraw his resignation which he tendered a the last session and at the request of this Board was with drawn to take effect this meeting.



The President appointed Judge Saml Hall to wait upon Mr Harris.


Mr Thomas read Mr Harris’ report as Chairman of the Committee on the Apparatus which was received and referred to the Finance Committee. [PAGE 512.].


Mr Thomas also read Mr Harris’ report as Chairman of the Prudential Committee with an Abstract of the Minutes - which was received and approved [PAGE 515]


Mr Lewis offered the following resolution with the request that it be referred to the Committee on Laws & Discipline which was agree to.


Resolved that when a vacancy shall occur in the Presidency of any of the Branch colleges during the interim of the sessions of this Board the vacancy may be filled temporarily until the regular session of the Board by the Chancellor of the University



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Mr Hull chairman of the Auditing Committee made his report which was received and laid on the table for the present [PAGE 544]


Mr Hull Chairman of the Finance Committee made his report which was recommitted [PAGE 546]


Dr Hamilton Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture & Horticulture made his report which was received and laid on the table for the present.

                                                                                    [PAGE 524]

The following resolution offered by Mr Lewis was adopted.

            Resolved that Prof White be requested to appear before this Board at 4 oclock this afternoon and present his views as to the practicability of establishing an Experimental Station and probable cost.


            By Mr Cobb-

                        Resolved that a standing Committee be appointed each year by the Chairman to be known as the Committee on the Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund


            On motion of Bishop Pierce the Board then adjourned until 4 oclock this afternoon


                                                                                                            4 P.M.

            The Board met pursuant to




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            Major J.B. Cummings & Maj LMH Byrd appeared and took their seats.


            Prof H.C. White appeared as requested and addressed the Board very ably and interestingly upon the importance of establishing an Experimental Station at the Experimental Farm and the probably cost of the same.


            The Secretary under resolution of Mr Vason made his report touching vacancies in the Board. Which was received – [PAGE     ]


By Mr Peirce – Resolved that the Board now proceed to elect a trustee in the place of Hon James L Seward who has been absent without excuse for two successive sessions of the Board


            The Board then went into an election and Hon B.C. Hollis of Americus was unanimously elected.


            By Mr Hall – Resolved That the Board proceed to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Hon M J Crawford.                                                               Adopted


            The Board then proceeded to elected a Trustee under Mr Hall’s motion and Hon W.A. Little of Columbus







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bus was duly elected.


            By Mr Lewis – Resolved that the Board now proceed to elect a Trustee under the Act of the last Legislature which authorised (sic) the election of the Governor whether there be a vacancy or not.


            Mr Yancey moved as a substitute that the election be to fill the vacancy occasioned by Gen Gordon’s absence for two successive annual sessions without an excuse.


            Mr Cobb moved to lay the whole matter on the table until Saturday morning that he might examine the minutes again, which was agreed to.


            Mr Hull Chairman of the Finance Committee made an amended report which was received and laid on the table for the present [PAGE   ]


            On motion of Mr Vason the Reports from Branch Colleges were made the special order for Saturday morning at 9 o’clock.


            On motion of Mr Livingstone the report of the Finance Committee was made the especial order immediately after the Reports of Branch Colleges.


            On motion of Dr. Hamilton the Board adjourned until 9. AM. Saturday

                                                                                    John J. Gresham

Lamar Cobb                                                                             President




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Saturday July 12th 1884

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment. The minutes of last meeting read and approved.

            Bishop Beckwith appeared and took his seat.


            Mr Hall reported that he had seen Judge Harris as requested and that he stated that he appreciated the action of the Board but that he felt that he was no able to satisfactorily discharge the duties of a Trustee and therefore he must insist upon the acceptance of his resignation.


            On motion of Mr Vason. The resignation of Judge Harris was accepted.


            The special order being the Reports from Branch Colleges the Report of the South West Georgia Agricultural College was read and the Rev Mr Cooper was heard in behalf of that College.


            Rev Dr Cook  President of Middle Ga Military & Agricultural College and Capt C.P. Crawford read the reports from that College and addressed the Board in its interest.


            On motion of Mr Livingstone then reports were referred to the Committee


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on Branch Colleges.


            The special order after Reports from Branch Colleges being the report of the Finance Committee it was taken up and Mr. Livingstone moved to amend the report by striking out the appropriation of $2000- for a Professor of Agriculture.


            On motion of Mr Cobb the whole matter was laid on the table to await the reports of the Committees on Laws & Disipline (sic) and Branch Colleges.


            The President announced the following as the Committee on “The Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund

            Mr Beckwith    Chairman &

            Messrs Thomas            Cumming

                         Byrd    Felton

                   Livingstine Vason


            An invitation from the Senior Class to attend their class exercises this afternoon was received and read but on account of the pressure of business the Board felt it their duty to decline its acceptance.


            On motion of Mr Vason the Board proceeded to the election of Trustee to fill the vacancy occasioned by the absence of Gen John B Gordon from two annual sessions of the




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Board rendering an excuse therefore. Gov Henry D. McDaniel was unanimously elected.


            On motion of Mr Yancey the Board then proceeded to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Hon Young L.G. Harris and Hon Pope Barrow was unanimously elected.


            The Board then adjourned to 4 oclock this afternoon.


4 P.M.

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment.

            Col A.J. McIntyre appeared and took his seat.

            On motion of Mr. Yancey. Col  Hammond of Thomasville appeared before the Board and read the report from the South Ga Agricultural College and addressed the Board in its interest.


            On motion of Mr Vason the report was taken up and that part of it in reference to Fletcher Institute property was referred to a special Committee.


            The President appointed on that Committee.

            Mr Vason Chrm - Mess Billups Cumming


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Mr Yancey moved that the Board proceed to elect a President of South Ga Agricultural College

in the place of J.H. Alexander resigned – Adopted


            Mr Billups moved to reconsider Mr Yancey’s motion which was done. And in motion of Mr Billups the whole matter was laid on the table until Monday morning.


            Mr Livingstone then renewed his motion to strike out the appropriation of $2000 for the Chair of Professor of Agriculture – which was adopted


            Mr Livingstine then moved to amend the report by giving to each of the Branch Colleges at Thomasville, Milledgeville and Cuthbert the sum of $2000 for 1884-5



            Mr Thomas moved that the Report of the Finance committee as amended by the Board be adopted. which was agreed to. [PAGE 546]


            On motion of Dr Hamilton the Report of the Committee on Agriculture & Horticulture was taken up & adopted.

                                                                                                            Mr  Byrd



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Mr Byrd gave notice he would apply for the Honorary Degree of A.M. for James C. Harris of Cedartown Georgia.


            On motion of Mr Thomas the Report of Committee on Buildings & Grounds was taken up and adopted as amended.


            Mr Cumming offered the following resolution which at his request was referred to the Committee on Branch Colleges.

            Resolved that after the expiration of the fiscal year the policy of this Board will be, so far as the law governing it will permit to distribute the funds appropriated for the benefit of the Branch Colleges among said Colleges with some reference in proportion to the numbers of students sent from said Colleges to the University.


            On motion of Mr Hull – the question of the election of a Tutor was made the special order for Tuesday morning at 9 oclock.


            Mr Lewis offered the following resolution which was adopted.

            Resolved “That the Secretary be requested to attach to each of the Portraits a metalic (sic) plate or other



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name ? durable substance, on which shall be inscribed the date of the death or period of expiration of the official connection of the individual with the college.


                        Bishop Peirce & Mr. Cumming were granted have of absence after today.


                        On motion the Board then adjourned to 9 oclock Monday Morning.


                                                                                    John J Gresham


                        James Cobb




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Monday July 14th 1884

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment – Minutes were read and approved.

            Hono B.P. Hollis, W .A. Little and Gov Henry D McDaniel, Gov J E Brown J.A. Billups & D C Barrow appeared and took their seats.


            Mr Hull Chairman of the committee on Laws & Discipline made a report from that Committee


            On (sic) of Mr Livingstone the report was taken up by sections and each section being adopted it was then adopted as a whole.


            Mr Hull offered the following resolutions which were adopted.

            Resolved that the Board of Trustees shall tender to the General Assembly at their next session, the Agricultural Farm & Buildings belonging to the University to be used for all the purposes of a State Experimental Station of Agriculture – Provided that the Legislature shall appropriate a sum sufficient for its conduct & provided further that the appointment of the Director of the Station shall be in this Board & that the station shall be in this operated in connection with the Agricultural Department of this University.

            Resolved 2 That the President



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Shall appoint a Committee of five members of this Board to make the tender to the Legislature and urge its acceptance.


            The President appointed following Committee on Mr Hull’s resolution.

Mr Pope Barrow Chairman

Messr Thomas & Livingstone


Mr Beckwith Chairman of the Committee on The Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund made his report which after being amended was on motion of Mr Vason adopted. [PAGE 517]


            Leave of absence after this morning’s session was granted Bishop Beckwith & Mr Livingstone.


            On motion of Mr McIntyre Mr Screven was excused on account of sickness in his family.


            The Board then took a recess to hear the address on Hon P.F. Smith before the Literary Societies.


            The Board met and after the address of Hon P.F. Smith and Supplemental Report No 1 was received from the Chancellor and adopted. [PAGE   ]


            Supplemental Report No 2 of the Chancellor was received and adopted & the action of the Prudential Com




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mittee in the election of Dr S.C. Benedict. Professor of Medical Jurisprudence and Andrew J. Cobb Professor of Law in the Department of law confirmed.


            Mr Vason Chairman of the Special Committee on the Title to the property of the South Ga Agricultural College known as the Fletcher property made a report which after being amended was adopted. [PAGE 538]


            The report of the North Ga Agricultural & Military College was received, read and referred to the Committee on Branch Colleges.

            [PAGE     ]


            Mr Yancey offered the following resolution which was adopted.

            Resolved that the Presidents of the local Boards of the Agricultural Colleges are requested to have their annual reports delivered to the Secretary  of this Board on Friday the first day of the annual session of the Board. And that the Secretary of this Board transmit this resolution to each President of the local Boards of said Colleges for their guidance.


            Board then adjourned until 4 oclock.



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4 P.M.

            The Board met according to adjournment.


            Mr Yancey Chairman of the Committee on Branch Colleges made his report – which was adopted.


            On motion the Board went into an election for President of the South –West Georgia Ag. College which resulted in the election of Mr. B.T. Hunter.


            The following named gentlemen were then elected Trustees.

            For South West Ga Agricultural College

            Mess J.W. Standford    J.C. Martin

                      DR McWilliams  A.J. Moye

                        G.F. Barfield


            For North Ga Agriculture & M College

            R.H. Baker


Mr Byrd was excused for the balance of the session


            Pending a discussion of an election of a President of South Ga Agricultural the Board took a recess to attend the Sophomore Exhibition


            The Board reconvened after the exercises. (sic)

            Col Hammond excused from attending this session – Board adjourned until Tuesday at 9 A.M.

                                                                                    John J Gresham








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Tuesday July 15th 1884

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment. Minutes read & approved.

            Mr Fannin was excused from attendance on the Board this session on account of the state of affairs in his town.

            Mr Little was excused for the balance of the session on account of sickness in his family.


            On motion of Mr. Billups the Chancellor was requested to appear before the Board and give his views on the election of a Tutor.


            On motion of Mr. Vason the whole matter of the election of a President of the South Ga Agricultural College was referred to the local Board of that College with instructions to fill the vacancy until the next annual meeting of the Board


            The special order being the question of the election of a Tutor an (sic) the Chancellor having been requested to give his views upon that subject, appeared before the Board and addressed them.

            After the address of the Chancellor - Mr Hall moved that the 1st & 2nd Sections of the Report of the Committee on Laws & Discipline be reconsidered




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Mr Hall then moved to strike out from said Report Section 1 & 2 – which was agreed to.


            On motion of Mr Vason the Board determined to elect a Tutor at a Salary of $800.00 whose duties shall be assigned by the Chancellor & Faculty.


            The Board then proceeded to the election of a Tutor and Mr AW VanHoose was unanimously elected.


            On motion of Mr. Billups the Board took a recess to attend the meeting of the Alumni Society and to hear the address of Hon N.E. Harris before that society.


            The Board reconvened after recess.


            On motion of Mr Thomas Mr Pope Barrow was added to the Prudential Committee.


            The Committee on Honorary Degree recommended that the Degree of D.D. be conferred upon Rev John L Johnson of the University of Miss and the Degree of A.W. upon Walter P. Wilson of Dahlonega.

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Mr Yancey read a letter from Rev Dr Cook President of Middle Ga A&M college and offered the following resolution which was adopted.


Resolved That the Secretary be requested to explain to the Local Board of the Branch Colleges, That the Legislature did not appropriate any funds for educational purposes, as was hoped for and out of which five hundred dollars additional would have been made to each of the Branch Colleges receiving only fifteen hundred dollars: that the $3000.00 appropriation of which the local Branch Colleges have heard was a specific appropriation confined by the Act for Repairing the University buildings located at Athens which is insufficient for the purpose & which could not be diverted from a specific purpose even if there was a surplus.


Mr Lewis gave notice of the application for the Honorary Degree of A.M. for W.F. Crusselle (?) of Dahlonega.

On motion of Mr Billups the Board adjourned until Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock.


Lamar Cobb

            Sect                                                     John J Gresham



July 16th 1884

            Wednesday 9 A.M. July 16 1884

            The Board met pursuant to adjournment. The minutes were read and approved.


            On motion of Mr. Lewis one hundred dollars ($100) was added to the appropriation for Catalogue, Advertising & Printing and the Prudential Committee were directed to have a tri-ennial Catalogue issued.


            Mr. Yancey- That the Secretary of this Board be requested to write to Mr Charles P Crawford of Milledgeville advising him of the names of the Committee appointed to represent the interests of the University before the next session of the Legislature towit –

            Messrs Brown Chairman

                        Hammond        Grady

                        Byrd     &         Miller

And requesting him to confer with said Committee in relation to the bill or scheme as to education. He referred to in his remarks before the Board of Trustees at the present session.



Mr Cobb – That the Librarian be required to add all books heretofore and hereafter added to the Library in their proper place in the Catalogue of Books prepared by                J.H.


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J H Armstrong in 1879



            Upon motion of Mr Billups a Committee was appointed to present a memorial upon the Hon M.J. Crawford at the next session of this Board

            The Chair appointed -

            Chief Justice Jackson

            Mr Billups & Mr Little.


            Notice was given of the application for the Honorary degree of L.L.D for Joseph Jones of La.


            Judge Wm M Reese one of the Trustees of the Gilmer fund (sic) and stated that he had hoped to have had a quorum of that Board present in order to make a proposition to turn over the fund to this Board but that the had been disappointed and that he would like for the Board to take such action as would enable him to present a definite proposition to them.

            Pending the discussion of this subject the Board took a recess to attend the Commencement Exercises.


            Board reconvened after the exercises -


            Mr McIntyre offered the following resolution which was



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            Resolved That when this Board adjourns it be to meet at the capital Building in Atlanta on the 14th day of August next at 10 AM and that the Secretary be directed to in form the members not present.

            The President Hon John J Gresham Mr Yancey & Mr Hall were excused for the balance of this session


The President announced the following standing Committees


            Agriculture & Horticulture

            Mr Hamilton  Chairman

            Mess Hollis    Humber

            Felton            Fannin



Mr Cobb Chairman

Mess Hall         Lawton

Beckwith          Grady



The Prudential Committee


                    Law Department

Mr Pope Barrow          Chmn

Mess Hall                     Jackson

Billups                          Little



Mess J Hamilton




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Branch Colleges

Mr Yancey Chairman

Mess Vason                                         Miller

DC Barrow (struck through with pencil “Erwin” written beside in pencil)            Screven

Humber                                                Little



Mr Hull - Chairman

Hamilton (struck through with pencil)     Lawton

Billups                                                  Cumming

McIntyre                                              Thomas (“Reese” later added in pencil)

McDaniel (“DB Hamilton” latter added in pencil)


                                                             Grounds & Buildings

                                    Mr Thomas      Chairman

                             (“Dr” written in pencil) Hamilton       Pope Barrow

                                                            Hull                  Lewis


Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund

(“Erwin” written in pencil) Mr Beckwith (struck through in pencil)          Chairman

                                           Thomas                                         Cumming

                                           Byrd                                              Felton (Struck through in pencil)


            The Board then adjourned to meet in Atlanta on the 14th day of August


James Cobb                 John J. Gresham

Secty                            President




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The Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia me in Atlanta at 10 AM in the Senate Chamber pursuant to adjournment.   

The President and Vice President both being absent Hon DW Lewis the Senior Trustee took the Chair -

Present Hon DW Lewis                        President Pro Tem

                      Mess J. E Brown                       R. C Humber

                  Lamar Cobb                       W.A. Little

                              J.H. Fannin             H.D. McDaniel

                              HW Grady                         A.T. McIntyre

                               N.J. Hammond      &

                              B.P. Hollis                          D.A. Vason


            Mr Hammond stated that he had been informed that Judge Wm M Reese was waiting to present a proposition on behalf of the Trustees of the “Gilmer Fund” to the “Trustees of the University and he moved that he and his associates be invited to meet with this Board – Which was agreed to –

            In response to this invitation Judge Wm M Reese, Hon A.L. Miller and Col W.P. Price appeared and took seats with the Board.

            On behalf of the “Trustees of the Gilmer Fund” Judge Reese made the following proposition.

            To the Trustees of the University of Georgia.

            The undersigned Trustees of the Fund known as the Gilmer Fund, about $15000 00 in amount, created by the will of the late George R Gilmer of the County of Oglethorpe a copy of which is hereto annexed, which fund is invested in



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Georgia State Bonds propose to the Trustee of the University of Georgia the following scheme of disposal of the same:


1st                    That the Trustees of said university shall in proper form agree to received said Fund from the undersigned and authorize their Treasurer to receipt for the same & agree also to reinvest said Fund when received as soon as practicable in accordance with the Act Sept 30 1880.


2nd                    That the Fund and interest thereof shall be held & applied by them in accordance with the will of said George R Gilmer.


3rd                    That if it because impossible to reinvest in a state security similar to the one provided for in Act of 30th Sept 1880 at the expiration of the 50 years provided for in said Act then said Trustees shall reinvest as other funds of the State University may be invested, but always to be Kept as a separate & distinct fund to be used & applied in accordance with the will of said George R Gilmer.


4th                    That the Trustees of the Gilmer Fund shall at any & all times be allowed to inquire into the situation & disposal of the same by the Trustees of the University of Georgia & enforce according to law the observance of said will and this agreement.


5th                    That the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia shall furnish to the Trustees of the Gilmer Fund a copy the proceedings of the Trustees of the University of Georgia in relation to this agreement. Aug 14 1884           Robt Toombs, WP Price, Alex S Erwin, A.L Miller, W M Reese, HD McDaniel



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Copy of will of George R Gilmer

Georgia Oglethorpe County

            I George R Gilmer of said county make this Testament & devise for the disposition of all my property at my death.

            I give my whole estate to my beloved wife for her life with the addition & qualification as herein after named.

            I give to my wife my entire property in all my negroes, to be given away by her during her lifetime or disposed of by her will or to her heirs if not so disposed of.

            I also give all my personal property to her to be disposed of by her in her lifetime or by her will or otherwise to her heirs except as hereinafter expressed.

            I give all the money I may die possessed of & accounts upon which may be due me & all money on deposit.

            I give my wife the right to take from my library and cabinet of minerals whatever she may think proper for her own property – the remainder to be given to Franklin College.

            In addition to the above request I give my wife $5000 00.

            All property not disposed of by the above clause in the will (towit) my lands, houses & lots in Lexington & all notes and bonds which belong to me, I give & devise to form a perpetual fund for Educating teachers of Reading, writing and Arithmetic or to otherwise increase the qualification of the School-masters of Georgia for properly instructing the Children of the State.

            I hereby for this purpose commit the disposal of the annual proceeds from said fund

                                    (Later noted in red ink “Carried to Page 552”)



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                                                           University of Georgia

To the Board of Trustees                                      July 11 1884

University of Georgia                                       

            Gentlemen –

            I have the honor to report that during the scholastic year now closing there have been matriculated in the Departments at Athens two hundred and four (204) students – viz In Franklin College one hundred and twenty seven (127): in the State College of Agriculture & the Mechanic Arts sixty-six (66): In the Law School ten (10), and Post Graduates, two (2) – But one Law Student has been counted also in Franklin College.

            Numbers of all those who have recd Instruction in the various Departments of the University during the Collegiate Year

In Franklin College                                                                     127.

 “  State College of Agri & Mech Arts                                           66.  

 “  Law Department (one counted already)                                    10.

     Post Graduates                                                                          2.

Total in all the Departments at Athens                                          204.

[As against 198 reported last year]

In the Medical Department                                                          122.

[As against 77 reported last year]

In North Ga Agricultural College [Males & Females]                   146

[As against 175 reported  last year]

In South Ga Agricultural College – All Males                               130

[As against 192 reported last year

In South West Ga Agricultural College  “                                     106

[As against 121 reported last year]

In Mid Geo Mil & Agricultural College Males 186 Females 204              390

[As against 386 report last year]



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Total In all the Departments                                                      1098

[As against 1149 reported last year]

It will appear then that in all the Departments there has been a loss of         51

[As compared to the report last Commencement]


The Departments at Athens have gained                                                      6.

The Medical Department gains                                                                  45.

The Branch College at Dahlonega loses                                         29.

   “        “          “        “ Thomasville                                                          62.

   “        “          “        “ Cuthbert                                                               15.

   “        “          “        “ Milledgeville gains                                                   4.

The Law Department loses                                                                         7.

Franklin College [including 2 Post Graduates] gains                                     1.

State College of Agriculture & the Mech Arts gains                                   15.



In Departments at Athens                                                                        204.

[As against 198 last year]

In Departments at Augusta                                                                      122.

[As against 77 last year]

In College at Dahlonega                                                                            66.

[As against 48 last year]

In the college at Thomasville                                                                      14.

[As against 12 last year]

In the College at Cuthbert                                                                         25.

[As against 20 reported last year]

In the College at Milledgeville Males 25 Females 23}                                48.

[As against 43 last year]

Total of College grade in all Depts of University.                                      479.

As against 413 last year – making a gain of                                                66.

It will be seen that all the Branch Colleges have gained over last year of students of College Grade.



Excluding the Law and Medical Departments




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And the two Post Graduates, it will be seen that, of the college Grade, there are undergraduates,

In the Departments at Athens                                                                                        193.

[as against 179 last year]

In all the Branch Colleges                                                                                                          153

[As against 138 last year]

            Of these 153, all are of the grade of Sophomore and Freshman,

excepting 25 at Dahlonega viz 10 Seniors, and 15 Juniors

            Total Undergraduates of College grades                                                                        346.

[As against 317 last year] making again (sic) of undergraduates in our whole University system of             29

            Of which 29 the Branch College in the aggregate have gained (viz of Undergraduates)      15

And the University proper at Athens                                                                                14



            On the 1st day of May, twenty one young men stood competitive examinations for appointments under this fund. Ordinaries of the several counties consented to undertake the examination of the young men: and those that responded did the work most admirably and successfully. For some reason three have failed to return the papers to me and have omitted to communicate with me on the subject. I supplied them with printed forms & printed instructions so that there was required of them no literary qualifications further than the ability to read. copies of there forms and instructions are herewith submitted. The examination papers of the young men have been



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inspected and graded by the Professors. The average grade on the different topics, and the general average of all have been marked on the envelopes that contain the papers severally.

            Besides these twenty one, there are twelve other applicants who are now members of classes in the University, (“and” written in pencil) one who was a member in ‘82-3. These certificates of these also are enclosed in envelopes, in which are written their names, their ages, their Post Offices and counties, their classes and their topical and general averages for the year just closed, copied from the University records.

            In this connection, there will be some difficult questions for the Trustees to settle – as for instance.

  1. Shall those applicants who have received the advantages of the University training be competitors on terms of equality with those who have not had such advantages I.E. shall these two classes he competitions at all, and if so, shall their competition be decided by the same technical tests?
  2. In the event that two or more in the same county or region present papers of high grade, and those in other regions in a degree failed in the examination, shall the question be decided exclusively by the paper, or, in spite of the paper by the territorial locality of the applicants?

Of those applying by competitive examinations two reside in Bartow County, two in Greene, two in Jackson and two in Washing




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ton County, and me each in the Counties of Fulton, Butts, Richmond, Newton, Oconee, Terrell, Campbell, Stewart , Wilcox, Muscogee, Byran, Hart, Wayne and Carroll. Of those applying from the University Classes, two live in Tattnell County and one each from the counties of McDuffie, Coweta, Cobb. Fulton Clarke, Green (sic), Wilkes, Hall, Walton, Gordon, Jackson and Milton.

One Law student and five members of the Senior class who during the last year have been enjoying the benefit of this fund, retire from the University this Commencement. Two of the sons of Gov Brown announced to me the appointment of a young (“man” written in pencil) each to the scholarship, but for some reason, only one reported himself. He is still in the University and expects to rise Senior at Commencement.

The Rules and Regulations for the permanent administration of the fund do not make it plain beyond  a doubt as to the length of time a beneficiary is to hold the scholarship he may obtain, whether for one year or to the end of his University Course unless he should voluntarily relinquish if sooner. I respectfully ask the Board to express an opinion of this point.

It seems also that there is nothing in the printed rules & Regulations to prevent a rich man’s son from being appointed to a Scholarship under the fund.


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            Dr H.V.M. Miller & Genl A.R. Lawton have presented to our Gallery superb portraits of themselves. Some others of the Trustees have responded favorably to my application for their pictures: and I am in constant expectation of receiving them. Some of your honorable body though have received in silence my repeated applications. I shall be greatly disappointed should I fail to secure for the University the picture of every Trustee: and I beg the Board to assist me to the extent of their ability. The changes ordered in the Library have made it necessary to take down the Portraits already placed in chosen positions on the walls. The Committee on Grounds and Buildings of your body have hung these temporarily in the room fitted up for an Art Gallery, subject to any changes you may order. I respectfully request the positions on that you adopt some system to regulate the positions on the wall of any pictures subsequently received: and that you place the execution of the plan in the hands of your Committee on Grounds and Buildings.


            Nothing has been done during the past year towards the improvements of the grounds. On the contrary they have suffered serious deterioration. Because of the impossibility of keeping the gate closed, much of our valuable shrubary (sic)



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shrubbery has been seriously damaged and in some cases, absolutely ruined by cows and, because of the want of necessary drainage, our walks and drives have been washed or gullied by every hard rain.



            Much has been said during the past year by the press and in the Legislature on the subject of Technology, & the public mind has in no small degree been educated to a sense of its importance. It is the opinion of many. And I share in this opinion – that so distinguished and influential a body as the Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia could guide this question to a satisfactory solution, if its members Could agree upon a plan of operations, & with one heart and mind bring their influence to bear upon it. I must respectfully & earnestly press the subject on your attention.



            I had the pleasure of attending the Commencement of the Medical Department in March. Thirty seven graduates received their Diplomas at my hands. This Department is enjoying greatly increased prosperity.



            The Boarding Houses on the Campus have been quite popular with the students this year; and the ladies in them have



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managed them to my entire satisfaction.


Vacant Professorship.

            I cannot too earnestly urge upon the Trustees the importance of filling the scientific chair now vacant. It is a reproach to us that Botany is not taught here at all, and that Geology and Mineralogy receive only such hasty and slight attention as can be given them by a gentleman to whose char they do not belong, and, who has as much as he can well do in his important department, which he fills with distinguished ability.



            There have been added to the Library, during the past year, 761 volumes. The Trustees will agree with me that the Library Room would be greatly improved by a new carpet and other needed articles of furniture.


Branch Colleges

            In accordance with your wishes, I visited the Branch Colleges. At Dahlonega, I conferred the Degree of Bachelor of Arts, on six young men, who, the authorities testified to me, had completed satifactorily (sic) the prescribed course of study. The College, during the past year, has not had the assistance as usual of an officer of the U.S. Army, detailed by the Secretary of War; but the military feature seems to have been maintained with its accustomed efficiency. The officers



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had no examination papers for my inspection, but the oral examinations I witnessed were satisfactory. The individual Professors have promised me to conduct final examinations here after and to keep the papers for me.

            The Institution at Cuthbert has labored under special difficulties. Almost from the beginning, it has encountered bitter and ungenerous opposition. Then, last Fall, it lost its President by resignation; and some radical changes occurred in its Local Board of Trustees. The President not only resigned his office but dissolved his connection with the body itself. When Mr Hunter, the newly elected President of the Faculty, arrived on the ground, he found the whole region filled with the report that the doors of the school had been definitely and finally closed. The consequence was that the attendance in this calendar year has been reduced to a total of 58 – viz: in the collegiate Department, 17; in Academic Department, 22; and, in Primary Department, 19. But Mr Hunter has managed with consummate address. The whole community have become united in him, and they have the most enthusiastic hopes of the future success of the school There is no doubt that within the the next year this school will be as prosperous as it has ever been. The examination papers submitted to me attested to the thoroughness and efficiency of the teaching. The President thinks they have no student pre.



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pared to enter our Junior Class next year-though one of his pupils may apply for the Sophomore class in the University.

            The College at Thomasville seems to have been managed with ability and success during the past year. The examination papers showed that the instruction had been thorough. Seven young men completed the course of study there at commencement. Four gentlemen constitute the corps of instruction (“Three of whom are alumni of this Institution” inserted). They have done their full duty to their Alma Mater in the influence they have intentionally exercised on their pupils to induce them to complete their course of study here.

            The College at Milledgeville maintains its successful numbers and its high grade of scholarship. It is an admirably officered school and seems to be doing valuable service to the cause of education in that region. But  it is a noteworthy fact that it has never transferred a student to our Halls. True one young man entered our Freshman Class from that school; but he had gone there first by my advice in order that he might prepare for that class. It is a singular fact that, while large numbers of boys enter at Milledgeville every year very few remain to the end of the course. Last year, there graduated one boy and three girls and this year, also, one boy and three girls. The young man who completed the course last year was elected Military Commandant and teacher of lower classes. The one who passed through this year lives in



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Milledgeville. I could not learn anything in regard to his plans for the future.

            During the past year, there was transferred to the University, from Dahlonega, one student – from the other three, none. I have learned though on inquiry that two others, who had been studying at Dahlonega the previous year, joined our Junior Class. In the same way, one also from Thomasville entered one of our lower classes.



            During the past year, the University has been called to mourn the death of one of the distinguished members of your body. Hon Martin J. Crawford, the jurist, the statesman, and the Affable Gentleman was removed in the midst of his usefulness, and in the prime of his intellectual vigor.


Charles McDonald Brown Fund.

            While writing this report, I received today, July 10, from a young man, who has completed the course at Thomasville, an application to compete for the scholarship on the same terms accorded to young men who are students here. I Respectfully refer the application to the Board for its decision.


Historical Tree

            The noble oak in front of the Chapel because of manifold associations, possesses dignity enough to justify me in formally communicating to the Board, the



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sad fact that (“it” inserted) was struck by lightning on the 4th of July. It seems inevitable that it must die.


Students Recommended for Degrees

            The Faculty recommend that Degrees as stated below, be conferred on the following Students; -




Master of Arts

            Bennett J Conyers, of Bartow county.


Bachelor of Arts.

James W. Anderson, of Jones county.

Samuel C. Atkinson, of Cobb county.

J. Walker Binns, of Wilkes County

Arthur F. Bishop, of Clarke County.

James C. Bloomfield, of Clarke County

Ashton H. Cary, of Troup County

Harry F. Dunwoody, of McIntosh County.

William T. Garrard, of Putnam County.

R. Harvey Johnson, of Missippi (sic)

Jasper J. Kennedy, of Tatnall County.

Robert L. Moye, of Randolph County.

John D. Mell, of Clarke County.

Joseph E. Pottle, of Warren County.

Jere M. Pound, of Pike County.


Bachelor of Philosophy.

Charlie M. Nix, of Florida.

John J. Phinizy Jr., of Richmond County.

Thomas J. Ripley, of Fulton County.


Bachelor of Engineering

Robert A. Crawford, of Clarke County.

John G. Walker, of Fulton Crinty (sic)

Frank Upson, of Oglethorpe County.



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Bachelor of Chemical Science

Arthur C. Blain, of Glynn County


Bachelor of Agriculture.

Thomas J. Britt, of South Carolina

John G. Walker, of Fulton County.











Bachelor of Law.

John T. Allen, of Hancock County.

Albert P. Henly, of Greene County.

Edgar R. Hinton, of Bibb County.

John P. Perry, of Gilmer County.

Pinckney D. Pollock, of Floyd County.

Julius N. Rowland, of Fulton County.

James W. Schell, of Coweta County.

Milton J. Tompkins, of Florida.

James R. Williams, of Schley County.


            I am sorry to say that the Faculty decline to give recommendation for graduation to four members of the Senior Class. One arrived at the conclusion himself that his case was hopeless, and courteously announced to me in advance his intention to (int) respectfully decline to stand any of the final examinations. My remonstrances were in vain the more so as he was acting under the advise of his parents. He is a worthy gentleman; and his course was dictated by no complaint against the Teachers. Inflamed eyes prevented him from studying to his satisfaction. The other three failed in whole departments. One is a case of peculiar hardship. Having no early advantages, and pressed by pecuniary



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difficulties he resolved after attaining to man’s estate, to struggle for an education. This he has done strenuously, and to the best of his ability. But he has not been able to study French at all which is necessary for his degree; and his general average in the other departments is below the standard of graduation. His case excites profoundly the sympathy of the Faculty.

            This painful incident is by no means an index of the condition of the University during the past year. On the contrary, during my long experience as a college officer, I have never known a year so distinguished for good order and contentment among the students, and for industry and proficiency in study


Reports of Departments &c

            I have the honor here with to transmit to the Board, Reports from Prof. White of the Department of Agriculture and Chemistry; and from Prof. Wilcox, the Librarian; and from Prof. Rutherford, of the Department of Mathematics

            I have the honor to remain, Gentlemen,

            Your Obt. Servt.

                                    P.H. Mell.

                        Chancellor Un. of Ga.



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Report of Apparatus.

To The Board of Trustees: -

                                                            The Committee            

On Apparatus report, that they have made personal inspection of the Apparatus belonging to the Philosophical, Chemical and Civil Engineering Departments of the University, and find that all instruments, models and appliances pertaining to each of these chairs, are kept in perfect order ready for use in illustration and experiment; and that their comment arrangement and general order attest the careful supervision of the officers having them in charge

            Prof. Charbonnier, who fills so acceptably the chair of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, would be pleased to add to his means of instruction, an Astronomical Observatory, an Observing Telescope an Apparatus for generating Dynamical Electricity, but as the means at command of the Board are supposed to inadequate to so large an expenditure, he will continue to make the best use of the facilities at hand, and ask only such articles for the Philosophical Department for the ensuing year, as are absolutely necessary. These are embraced in the following list – to wit: -


Battery supplies, to replace worn out and broken parts.$25.00

Insulated copper wire                                                       2.00

India rubber tubing                                                            6.00

10 lbs Mercury                                                               10.00

Sulphuric Acid                                                                  5.00



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Bichromate Potash.                                                                       5.00

Sulphate Copper.                                                                         2.00

1 Standard Thermometer                                                            15.00

Platinum wire                                                                    3.00 (“2” later added in pencil)

Platinum plate or foil                                                       20.00 (“3” later added in pencil)

Incidentals                                                                      20.00



            An appropriation to cover this small bill is respectfully recommended.

            Prof. White, of the chair of Chemistry having made to the Board, a full statement of the condition of his Department and of its needs, the Committee feel called upon to present for your consideration only the necessity of providing an additional number of of (sic) Desks for the Chemical Laboratory. The number of students seeking instruction in this department has largely increased. There is not sufficient room at the Desks now in use, for the number in attendance last session, and if, as it is most probable, the number shall be increased during the next Term, additional accommodation will be indispensably necessary.

            To repair old desks and construct such additional numbers as the want of the department require,  will involve a cost of $250. Your Committee ask that this sum may be set apart for that purpose.

            It is to be regretted that the large and valuable cabinet of mineralogical and Geological specimens belonging to the Department of this able Professor should for the want of room, have to be kept in a







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building at an inconvenient distance from his lecture and operating rooms.

            The admiral (sic) condition and arrangement in which the various models and other instruments in Prof. Barrows Department of Civil Engineering are kept, give proof of the pains – taking care of this excellent and laborious instructor.

            A few inexpensive facilities added to this Department would greatly increase the efficiency of teaching in Surveying and Drawing and as Prof. Barrow has not during the several years of his connection with the University asked any appropriation for his use it is earnestly recommended that the small sum asked for, be granted.

            The articles needed are: -

            A Prismatic Compass, worth     $20.00

            A pantograph               “             22.00

            A plain-meter               “             30.00

            Amounting in all to                    $72.00


            Respectfully Submitted

            Young L. G. Harris



Ordered –

            That the following sums be & the same are hereby appropriated agreeably with the recommendation of the foregoing report. To wit:

For Philosophical Department               $95.00

  “   Chemical            “                           250.00

  “   Engineering                    “                  72.00



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Abstract Minutes of Prudential Committee.

1st                    In accordance with order of the Board the Secretary was directed to advertise in the Atlanta Constitution; Macon Telegraph & Messenger; Savannah News; Augusta Chronicle and Athens Banner-Watchman.


2nd                    Mr Thomas was requested to investigate the matter of water supply and report.


3rd                    The inspector was requested to make an estimated of the needed repairs on the buildings and when made the Treasurer was directed to apply to the Governor for the $3000 – appropriated for that purpose.


4th                    Maj. Cobb the Treasurer presented his bond in the sum of $20,000 as directed by the Board, which was approved and ordered filed – is recorded in full in our minutes.


5th                    Col. Charbonnier made a report of the necessary repairs which was approved and the Treasurer was directed to forward the report to the Governor and make application for the appropriation.


6th                    The resignation of Prof. V. T. Sanford President of South West Ga Agricultural College was accepted to take effect 1st Jan 1884.


7th                    Secretary directed to inform the Board of Trustees of South West Ga Ag. College that we could not only confirm a selection of President made by them – could not elect one.


  1. Mr Thomas made a verbal report of the



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matter of a water supply and offered the following resolution which was adopted: - “that the Secretary be directed to inform the Water Works Co. that on account of the high price charged by the Company that the matter of a water supply on the campus had been indefinitely postponed.



9th                    The treasurer reported that the Governor had paid him the $3000 appropriate by the last General Assembly.


10th                  Committee appointed to confer with the Chancellor on subject of a Ball – ground.


11th                  Upon the representation of Chancellor Mell that several young men desired to enter the Freshman Class – who are deficient in the necessary preparation, especially in their mathematical studies & that it is impossible for either of the Professors to perform any service in addition to their present duties.

                        It is ordered, that the Chancellor be authorized to employ some competent person to give the necessary instructions to the students thus unprepared, at a cost of not more than $75.00


12th                  Upon the application and recommendation of Mr. Geo D Thomas that he needed assistance in the Department of Law, Andrew J. Cobb was elected Professor of Law.


13th                  The Chairman of Com. on Building & Grounds was authorized to sell a part (sic) the old slate at 8 per.








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Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship Fund.

The committee on the Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship fund, report, that they have considered the question suggested in the Report of the Chancellor in regard to the administration of the Fund, and they recommend the following additions to the regulations of the subject: -

1st                    All applicants forth benefits of the Fund, most be competitors upon equal terms whether  they have had the advantages of University training or not and must be subjected, as to examinations ,to (“the” inserted) same technical tests.

2nd                    Applicants not up to the University standard of admission must be refused deficiencies in any of the Congressional Districts, caused by such failure, may be supplied from other Districts, and inequalities amongst the Districts thus created, may be corrected in succeeding years.

3th  (sic)                        A Beneficiary having been awarded a scholarship, shall be entitled to hold it until he completes his University course.

4th                    To Clause 1. Of Section 1. Of qualifications of Recipients (page 29 of pamphlet) add following ands: -

“and who shall not show by affidavit of himself or his parents, or guardian, that he has not the means to carry him through the Course selected.”

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desires to receive the full limit of $200 per annum. At this rate there are 12 scholarships for the next collegiate year of which 2 are already filled by appointment of the Sons of Govenor (sic) brown, having 10 for the Board to Appoint.

            As this would allow one for each congressional District; your Committee having examined the papers submitted, do recommend that the following applicants be awarded scholarships: to wit: -

First Congressional District W. A. Kennedy, Tattnall

Second         “           “      Mr. J. Webb, Terrell Co.

Third          “              “      Charles F. McCrimmon

Fourth          “               “             Edgar F. Whatley, Coweta Co

Sixth           “              “     J. M. Lutes, Buttes   “

Seventh                  “              “     Saml. L. Conyers, Bartow  “

Eighth         “                “      A. P. Howell, Greene   “

Ninth          “                “              R.B. Clarke, Hall  “

Tenth           “                “       Jos. L. Gross, McDuffie  “


            No appointment is recommended for the 5th Congressional District for the reason that of the 5 applicants from that District 3 who furnished all the required certificates are deficient in scholarship, and the other two (2) now in the University and with high grade of scholarships, furnished none of the certificates required by the rules. The Committee respectfully refer this case back to the Board, with the suggestion that the applicant having the highest grade for scholarship, might be notified that if he would furnish the certificates required by the rules, he might receive the appointment. This suggestion is made under the belief that



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that the papers may been omitted on account of some misunderstanding of the rules as applied to students already in the University.

            The appointments recommended above, will consume the Fund for this year only on the basis of $200 for each applicant. In case any of them should require less than that amount, and thus leave a sufficient sum to admit another beneficiary, then such appointment, we recommend be given to

            W. T. Coggin, Washington Co – 10th District, and should a second vacancy occur, we recommend for it, W. G. Brown, Walton Co. – 9th  District. We recommend further that all of these applicants be required, before drawing any money, to furnish the Treasurer with the affidavit herein referred to, as to his lack of means sufficient to pursue the course selected.

            Finally we call attention of the Board, to the fact, that the $32800 unexpended balance of interest now in the hands of the Treasurer, is required by the terms of the gift, to be added to the principal. It should be done at once, so as to draw interest and thus begin to enlarge the available fruit of this munificent gift.

            All of which is respectfully submitted

                        For the Committee

                        John W. Beckwith,




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Report of Committee on Buildings & Grounds


            To the Board of Trustees,

            The Committee on Buildings and Grounds respectfully submit the following Report: -

            The Expenditures for repairs on the various Buildings for the last year were $218793, as per detailed Exhibit attached, being $312.07 less than the appropriation for that purpose

            The am’t has been most judiciously expended under the direction of the efficient Inspector of Buildings, and is the cost of repairs, with the exception of the expenditure for enlarging the Library and providing accommodations for our collection of Portraits.

            Most of the Buildings on the Campus are old and expensive to keep in repair and nothing has been spent on them for years except what was necessary to keep them order, - hence the unsightly appearance of many of them. If the Board could appropriate a sum sufficient to thoroughly overhaul them & put them in really good order, the the (sic) expense of repairs would be materially diminished for some years.

            As the Board may not feel able to do this, Committee submits the following estimate of necessary expenditures for the next year.


Chancellors Dwelling, painting & roof.               $50.00

Prof. Woodfin’s House ,   “    new    “   & fencing         350.00

Prof. Willcox’s House, principally fencing.                     150.00

Prof. Morris’ House,      “         “        “               75.00

Old College.                                                                   60.00

New College                                                                 60.00

   “         “       Replastering exterior                               350.00



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Lecture & Recitation Rooms.                                        $450.00

Fencing around the Campus.                                          150.00

Sundries & Trees                                                          $55.00

Library Building, painting                                               100.00

Moore College                                                                150.00

                                              ------ Total-----      $2000.00.

            The above estimate, it will be seen, provides nothing for grounds, - for the Chapel or for Water – supply.

            The grounds are in fair condition: nothing has been done on them except plant a few trees. They do not require much attention more than the College servants can give them to preserve their present condition, and no improvements are urgently demanded. The fences have been patched until that is no longer economical, hence the estimates for new fencing.

            Nothing has been done on the Chapel, except to put on it except a new tin roof, and it is now weather-proof. So much is required to make it presentable, that your Committee thought best to defer action on it, indulging the hope that the Board would make an appropriation large enough to remodel and re-arrange its interior, - the present condition of which renders if unfit and inappropriate for the public exhibitions of the University. A large expenditure will soon be necessary to make it habitable, and economical considerations will suggest, that desirable improvements shall be made as the same time. If therefore, the Board would authorize the Committee to expend the $200000 required above, as well as the $3000 appropriated by the last General Assembly for




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of the University Buildings, it is believed that all needful repairs as well as remodelling (sic) the Chapel can be accomplished. The work contemplated on the Chapel includes new floor, gallery, plastering & seats arranged in amphitheater style, and the improvement would make a desirable change in the acoustics of the room.

            The need of a Water Supply on the Campus is as pressing as ever the pressing as ever – the present supply is wholly inadequate and at times unfit for use. Since the last meeting of the Board the Athens City Water – Works Co. has completed its works and is now prepared to supply our needs in this direction. The cost will be $225.00 for pipes & fixtures to two yard Hydrants located one north and one south of the Old College, and the Charge for water will be 30cts per 1000 gal, and $8.00 per annum for rent of water-meter. If the Board should prefer to purchase the meter, the cost will be $60.00 The whole cost for the first year including the meter, will not, it is believed exceed $40000 and afterwards only the charge for water used at the rate named. The committee earnestly recommends that this much needed work be ordered at once.

            According to instructions from the Board, the Committee has enlarged the Library, by adding to it the room formerly occupied by Prof. Woodfin, - has provided sufficient shelf-room for some time to come and furnished a a (sic) place for the valuable and growing collection of portraits. As to the arrangement of the portraits, the Committee reports that they are hung safely with regard to appearances,



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considered as pictures, and no attempt whatever has been made to assign places to them upon any principle of order or precedence. The present arrangement may be regarded as a temporary one, and the Committee asks that the Board will give expression to its wishes on the subject, and any rule or order they may designate will be carefully carried out.

                        All or which is respectfully submitted,

                                                For the Committee.

                                                W. W. Thomas,



Library building.                                    $787.10

Chapel.                                                              359.42

Chancellors House.                                 115.02

Prof. Woodfin’s House.                            32.00

   “    Morris           “                               154.00

   “    Wilcox’s       “                                  48.50

Old College                                              82.75

New                                                         50.00

Prof. Woodfin’s Lecture Room   145.14

Enlarging Prof. Morris’        “                    47.08

       “           “   Wilcox’s      “                   44.50

       “          “    White’s Laboratory          45.79

Stoves.                                                     87.15

Moore College.                                                    22.48

Trees                                                        20.00

Sundries                                                 147.00


            ----------Total----------                       $2187.93.


            Resolved – That this report be adopted – substitute $1800 for $2000 for Repairs of Buildings & Grounds.








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Report of Committee on Horticulture & Experimental Farm.


To the Hon Board of Trustees of the University

            The Committee on the Experimental Farm respectfully report: that the Farm has been much improved in its value by the removal of a very large number of stumps and stones from the land. There is still much to be done in that line, but will soon be accomplished if the same energy which has been displayed during this year be continued for two or three years longer. The cultivation has been good: but the chief value to the Agriculturist is the experiment to determine the best method of Culture of Fertilization, and the requirements of plant growth. The Committee beg to invite the especial attention of trustees to the nature and kind of experiments detailed in the book kept for the purpose, by the Prof. of Agriculture.

            There is some necessary building to be done at the farm, stables two years ago burnt have not been replaced, and recommend that $200 be appropriated for that purpose, and if the Farm is to be made as it should be would recommend an amt. sufficient for the purchase of two good mules, aggregating for building, two hundred dollars.

                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                    J. S. Hamilton.




From Treasurer of University    $500.00

    “    Sale of Cotton                   324.25




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Horticulture and Experimental Farm.


Superintendance (sic) and labor.           $346.75

Chemicals and manures.                          152.80

Lumber, rails, &c.                                     32.40

Repairs to buildings                                   21.75

Work on front yard.                                  26.30

Removing stumps & rocks                        52.60

Toll on Cotton, & oats                  35.10

Black smith accounts                                44.60

Hire of stock                                            55.00

Freight & Express charges                        32.75

Minor items – incidentals.                          14.85

Cash on hand.                                9.35





            The day book in my possession will show an itemized account of above general statement.

            Respectfully submitted

            H.C. White.



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Report of Departments of Chemistry &c


            The Hon. Board of Trustees

                                    University of Georgia: -


            Gentleman: -

                                    I have the honor to present the unusual annual report upon the work and condition of my Department.

            The annual Catalogue shows the numbers of students that have been in attendance upon the different classes.

            In General Chemistry the class has been an unusually fine one, of marked intelligence and very attentive and punctual. In consequence I have been able to extend the course to a considerable extent and have embraced in the lectures more topics than in any previous year of my connection with the University.

            In Industrial and Agricultural Chemistry the class has been an average one and the ground usually covered by instruction in these branches has been gone over.

            In Mineralogy and Geology the usual text-book course has been given. I regret that the limited time allowed for this very important study, together with the distance of the mineralogical Cabinet from my lecture room renders it practically impossible upon these subjects and prevents (sic) from making the course as practical and technical as would desire

            I would especially call the attention of your honorable body to the large increase in number of students in Analytical Chemistry. Up to the present session the number has



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ranged from 8 to 20 students – the latter number reached last year. This year I have had working in the laboratory 36 students in the regular course and 3 Post Graduates working alone in this branch. This increase is very gratifying to me for a number of reasons, and, I trust, may be equally so to your honorable body. It is an evidence of a rapidly growing demand for technical, practical education in the science of Chemistry and of the confidence of the people in the ability of the University to give such education. I trust I may be pardoned, in this connection, the expression of a personal opinion upon a matter of public policy connected with education. A great deal has recently been said and written in this state upon the subject of so called “practical education.” Schemes have been proposed and measures suggested for transforming our educational institutions in part or in whole into work shops and labor-schools. The term Technological Institute has been employed to convey the idea of an establishment in which young men may be made skilled artizans (sic) and profound scholars at the same time Without lengthy argument to sustain the position I may be permitted to express the opinion that this idea of a genuine Technological Institute is an entire misconception and that the greater number of schemes proposed are impracticable and would be found futile. And without giving in detail the results of my observation and information I may further say that there is no institution in the world that does or professes to do what is proposed by some to be done in this                                                                                                                                                 state-



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viz: - to turn out from a public school an intelligent, skilled mechanic or laborer in any live trade. I agree fully with the Chancellor of this University on the subject of technical education given one year ago in his report to your honorable Board.

            The University has already a full curricula and many of the appliances of a genuine Technological Institute. We are prepared in the first place to give good sound mental training in all ordinary branches of education. We give practical information in all of our scientific schools. And we give hand and eye training in the chemical laboratory, the physical laboratory, the drawing hall, and on the farm. This done, and the facilities which we now have extended and improved upon, I am free to claim that every thing will be done that ought properly to be done in the line of “practical education.” If a young man wishes to become a carpenter, a blacksmith, a machinist or a farm laborer he cannot acquire his mechanical skill in a school. If we wished to become an intelligent and cultured man (sic) capable of properly understanding and directing the work of a farm, a machine shop, a mill, or indeed any industry, he can best get his necessary scientific training in a Technological Institute such as the University has now established; not all of the young men who are at work in the chemical laboratory expect to become professional chemists. Indeed, a very small proportion of them have in view that line of work. A few will become engineers, a few, physicians or pharmacists, many of them, farmers. Others




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the laboratory training because it alone enabled them perfectly to understand and to remember the principles of chemical science and the rationle (sic) of natural phenomena.

            In view of the very evident and vary great public interest which has lately been aroused in regard to these matters, and in view of the great danger of unwise legislation upon the subject rendered possible by the wide spread misconception of the proper manner of satisfying a very commendable demand for true practical education – in the best sense of the of the term – I respectfully submit the hope that your honorable body may consider with special favor those Departments of the University which will be called upon to render service in this cause.

            I am moved to make these statements to your honorable body in view of the following facts which affect closely my own department: -

            Our laboratory facilities are not sufficient to meet the demands made upon them. With 39 students I have but 32 desks, a number of these not completely furnished as they should be. It will be absolutely necessary to enlarge the laboratory by a wing to the present building or other wise, if the number of students should increase. I may note incidentally that such addition to the building would permit the tranferrance (sic) of the Mineralogical Cabinet to a position where it would be much more valuable for practical instruction than where at present located.

            In order to properly equip the laboratory as it is at present and for present needs I respectfully ask an appropriation of $250



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for purchase of reagent bottles, desk lamps and similar necessary appurtenances, to prepare the laboratory for next session’s work.

            One other point I would respectfully bring to the attention of your honorable body. This large number of students working in the laboratory – some of them every day and others several hours of each day and as different times, requires the constant attendance and supervision of an instructor in order that the best work may be most effectively done. My habit has been to present in the laboratory each day from 9 o’clock in the morning until 5 o’clock in the afternoon except when in the lecture room or at the farm. These other demands upon my time and service are now so great, however that I find it impossible to give such detailed personal supervision to the students work as I would desire. I would respectfully commend to your consideration, therefore, whether it would be wise to employ an assistant in Analytical Chemistry whose duty it should be to give attention to the technical work of the chemical and agricultural laboratories under the supervision of your Professor in those departments. A competent graduate in the department could be secured for such a position, perhaps for a salary of $500 per annum. I trust your honorable body will understand me as not asking assistance in my own behalf. I am still young enough and strong enough to perform faithfully all the labor that pertains properly to the conduct of the chairs by appointment to which you have honored me. But I deem it my duty, as the same



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to point out the best manner – perhaps the only manner – in which, in my opinion the efficiency of my department may be maintained and increased, especially in view of the increasing demands made upon it.

            The apparatus of my department is in good order and requires, at present, no repairs and no urgently necessary additions. The usual annual appropriation of $100 for chemicals is all that is required.

            During the year 162 articles have been added by gift to the Industrial and Mineralogical collections These are properly recorded in the catalogues of the collections.

            At the last meeting of your honorable body the school of Agriculture was consolidated with the schools of Chemistry and Geology under my charge, and given precedence in the title of the chair. I was, at the same time, directed to give such instructions in Agriculture as was required by the terms of the Terrell Endowment and the Act of Congress establishing the State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. So far as I considered my self capable to do so I have endeavored faithfully to carry out the directions of the Board. The terms of the Terrell Endowment are specific and provide for a course of lectures on Agricultural Chemistry which shall be free to the public. These lectures have been given as in former years and have been, I think of such character as to comply strictly and fully with the terms of the endowment The Act of Congress prescribes that the “leading object” of the College shall be, “to teach such



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of learning as are related to Agriculture”,  &c Applying this requirement to my chair I have interpreted my directions to mean, that instruction in my department should be given with special reference to the applications of the sciences I taught to Agriculture. I was not required to teach “Agriculture” – either practically or otherwise – but distinctly and as all times to show applications of Chemistry and Geology to Agriculture. My lectures have been modified accordingly and I have done my best to make Agriculture the “leading object” in the applications of scientific truths. Considering Agriculture an art in which all the natural sciences find constant application, I have endeavored to teach Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural mineralogy, and Agricultural Geology – if I may use the terms. Agricultural Physics, Agricultural Mechanics and Agricultural Engineering are taught by my colleagues Natural History, with its applications to Agriculture is, as yet, unprovided (sic)  for in our faculty. In order, however, to make the course in Agriculture a distinctive one, to properly dignity the degree of Bachelor of Agriculture, as a truly professional one and also to forestall possible criticism, I have, in addition, given two courses of lectures, of 3 hours per week each, to the students regularly in the agricultural course in which, those portions of Physics, Chemistry and Geology which especially find application in Agriculture have been singled out and the circumstances and the mode of their application shown. In connection with these lectures the Experimental Farm has been used in



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much the same manner that the chemical laboratory is used in the chemical course.

            The Experimental Farm of the University has been under my charge for the year, and I have given serious thought to the subject of its proper conduct and its most instructive use. As a factor in Education – both for our own students and for the people generally – there are two ways in which a farm may be conducted: -

1st. As a Model Farm, in charge of a skilful intelligent and educated farmer, on which the land should be at once brought to a high state of fertility and see the operations of farming illustrated and explained by use of all the various machines and modes suitable for each operation. Such a farm would require a considerable capital for its establishment in the out set, but might possibly subsequently be conducted on a paying basis.

2nd An Agricultural Experiment Station on which experiments should be conducted to determine the best methods of culture, of fertilization, and of improvements in seed; the requirements in plant – growth, the influences of various physical and chemical factors upon plant life, and numerous other genuinely scientific questions. Such a station could be established even upon poor land (perhaps preferably so) could be made as modest or pretentious as the available means would permit, but could, certainly, never be made to pay expenses.

            Both of these establishments are useful. But in different ways. My individual opinion ascribes much greater value to the

                                    Experimental Station



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As an educational appliance and a generally useful establishment.

            In case of the University farm, however, there is, at present no choice. I have, therefore conducted it, on a small scale as an Experimental Station. The record book which I have the honor to submit herewith, will show in detail, the character of the work which has been undertaken. I respectfully ask the attention of the Board to its contents. The experiment (sic) in progress are comparatively few in number. Some of them might be replaced to advantage by others which are more useful. I have been governed in these particulars by the means at my command.

            In regard to the farm itself, I may say the land is generally poor. A portion of it has been injured by over use and injudicious culture. There are a great many stumps and rocks which should be immediately removed, and altogether, a great amount of work is required to put it all in proper condition. During the year I have removed a great number of stumps and rocks, have brought a good portion of land to fair fertility and have accurately plotted, measured and arranged the experimental sections into which I have divided the farm The grounds attached to the main building have also received such attention as was necessary to make them fairly presentable. The main building and out houses are in very good condition and require no repairs of importance. The fences are not good, as a whole, and will



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probably require considerable repairs within a year. The stables were destroyed by fire about two years since and have not been replaced. The wretched shelters now in use are totally unfit to protect any stock that may be employed upon the farm. By building suitable stalls as an attachments to one of the outhouses properly situated for the purpose, a very excellent stable could be provided as relatively small cost – perhaps as not more than $200.

            An inspection of the farm will show much more clearly than I can describe, the character of improvements necessary and desirable. The stock upon the farm is reduced, practically, to one good horse. A second horse which has been in the possession of the University for more than 10 yrs and is probably 25 yrs old at least, is now, by reason of old age and infirmities unfit for further service. For the work of the farm a pair of good mules would be best suited, and indeed are required, in addition to the one good horse.

            I would respectfully request an appropriation for the farm, sufficient to purchase a pair of mules and to provide the stall above mentioned. As the last session of your honorable body an appropriation of $100 for was made for the purchase of such tools and implements as might be necessary. I have not drawn upon the fund trusting that strict economy in this direction might justify other expenditures which I foresaw would be necessary.

            The appropriation of $500 for the conduct







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of the farm is, as I take is the smallest amount that could possibly be used to carry on the establishment at all. I shall be glad if the Board can see the way clear to increased it. If not I shall be content to carry out your instructions to make that amount do as good service as possible.

            During the year I have had (“in” inserted) employment an honest, faithful man as Superintendant at the farm. Though not competent to assist me in arranging experiments or in keeping records and accounts, he has managed the work well and, for a man of his station, has rendered valuable service.

            The students in Agriculture have taken part in the arrangement and conduct of the experiments, with advantage to themselves.

            Your Committee on Agriculture, and especially its chairman, Dr Jas. S. Hamilton has rendered me valuable and appreciated assistance by visiting the farm during the year and giving me valued advice upon many points.

            Hon. J. T. Henderson, state Commissioner of Agriculture, has also visited the farm, has evinced much interest in the experiments and has kindly assisted me by donations of chemicals, fertilizers and seeds.

            I have attended the two semi-annual meetings of the State Agricultural Society made an address at each meeting and reported upon the work of the farm.

            In conclusion I beg to say that in my judgement the location, the buildings and the character of the University Farm, fit it



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very well for use as a State Agricultural Experiment Station. A small initial and annual appropriation by the State would suffice to establish, in connection with the University a very efficient Station. I shall be pleased to present my views on this subject in detail to your honorable body at the proper time, if it should be deemed desirable.

            I have the honor to be, with high esteem,

                                                                        Very Respectfully,

                                                                        Your Obedient Servant,

                                                                        H.C. White,

                                                                        Prof. Agriculture

                                                                        Chem & Geology.



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Report of Committee on Fletcher Property


            The Committee to whom was referred the matter of the investigation of the titles of a portion of the Real Estate Consigned to the Board by the Trustees and Citizens of Thomasville in trust &c., known as the Fletcher property – beg leave to report that we have investigated the titles of said property and are fully satisfied that our titles to incumbrance (sic) – and can say that it is safe and prudent to locate the college buildings upon said land and recommend that permission of this Board be given to the local Board for that purpose.

            All of which is respectfully submitted 14 July, 1884

                                                                                                D.C. Vason.

                                                                                                J. A. Billups.

                                                                                                J.B. Cumming.




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1st        1st Directed to be reported that a thorough course of English Literature be established the textbooks and curriculum to be regulated by the Faculty.

            That Prof. Morris be placed in charge of that Chair – this Professorship be changed and entitled: -

                        Chair of English Literature,

                        Belles-Lettres & Rhetoric.



That the Faculty be directed on all applications for admission to any department of the University, rigid examinations on English Grammar, & Orthography shall be had, and if the applicant be deficient in either of these branches, he can be admitted only on condition of making up the deficiency; to that end the Faculty have weekly examinations on English Grammar and Spelling for two years and no certificate of Proficiency or honor be conferred, unless proficient in these branches.

2nd                    Whenever a vacancy occurs in the presidency of either of the Branch Colleges or in the local - Board of directors of such Branch Colleges, during the interval between the regular meetings of this Board, the vacancy shall be filled by the local Board of Trustees of such Branch Colleges subject to the ratification of this Board as its next annual session.

3rd        That the several degrees recommended



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            by the Faculty, be conferred upon the persons named under each degree.


4th                    In relation to the school of Technology, we can only repeat the recommendations of the Board and urge that the Committee appointed to wait upon the general assembly present to that body the advantages possessed by this University as a location for the school and urge the appropriation of such amount as will establish and equip such a school as a part of this University where the state has buildings.









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To Board of Trustees of the University: -

            Your Committee report on matters referred as follows –

                        As some confusion has arisen as to how a vacancy in office of President should be filled, occurring in the interval of the annual sessions of this Board, we request the Board to direct our Secretary to communicate to each President of each Agricultural College, the Rule, as follows: -

            The election of President, as well a Trustees of each local Board, of the Agricultural Branch Colleges, is vested in the Board of Trustees of the University. But where any vacancy occurs, either in office of President or membership of the local Board, the local Board is authorized to fill such vacancy which may occur in the interval of the annual sessions of this Board; the action of such board to be reported to the next annual Board of Trustees of this University for election or rejection.

            The Committee report an election for President of the South West Ga Agricultural college to be had, as also to fill the Board of local Trustees reported as vacant as to four out of the five members; we recommend the five persons for the local Board as recommended by J.E. Godfrey Prest. Of the local Board.

            There is also an election of President of the South Ga A. College to be had.

            As to the request of the Middle Ga. A. College to elect one or two supernumerary teachers to supply absences of regular teachers to be paid



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only for temporary services. The committee reports this Board only elect the President and the local Board elects such teacher’s as their necessities require, paying such teachers, if the appropriation of this Board be insufficient, from fund to be raised by matriculation fees which said local Board is authorized to charge.

            As to the claim of the three Branch Agricultural Colleges to be paid arrearages now to be paid them – the Committee report there are no arrearages: the board annually orders – the amounts allowed and recognizes no claim or ground for any claim beyond. The Board cannot allow an appropriation for North Ga. Agricultural College beyond the $2000 appropriated.

            As to the claim of the South Ga Agricultural College to be paid the sum of $187.50 as due in 1879. The matter was decided by former secretary Dr. W. L. Mitchell – this act approved by the Board being an alleged deficiency in the amt of $2000 which should have been paid to their Treasurer the first year of the organization (in 1879). The committee report that the College was to organized and did not commence operation till Sept - thence this Board did not consider the college entitled to draw the $2000 until it went into operation – and as the payments to the Agric Colleges are made semi-annually, only paid the proportional part of the amt. From 15 Sept 1879,to Jan 1, 1880 and holds the receipt of that College for $58333 as due from said date to Jan 1, 1880. The Committee report the matter






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As to the application of the South Ga A. College to be authorized to sell a part of the land, reserving from sale however as cash, three acres and the brick and other houses and appropriate the proceeds, with other fund reported on hand, to erect a chapel on the Campus with assembly and recitation rooms – the Committee report that such authority be granted and that this Board direct proper deeds be made to the


            Respectfully submitted,




            Brown              Committee




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Report of (Finance) Auditing Committee


            To the Board of Trustees,

                        Your Committee appointed to audit the Treasures accounts submit the following report of that officer’s receipts and expenditures for the past year: -


Receipts for General Purposes.

Balance in hand July 5, 1883                 8,553.41

Int. on $96000, 8% Bonds to Apr 1. /84          7,680

  “    “         “   , 7%      “        July 1. /84           1,680

   “  “   $56000, 7%      “           “      “  3,920

   “  “   $90202.17 in hands of Govenor (sic)     6,314.14

   “  “ $100000 Debt of the State                      8,000

   “  “   $20000 Terrell Fund                  1,400

Matriculation Fees                                1,893.35

Appropriation by Legislature for                           678.35

repairs upon buildings at Dahlonega       5,000

Appropriation for do at Athens             3,000

Repaid from Chas. McD. Brown                            40

                   Scholarship Fund.                   40

Rents            Total Receipts.                    678.35

Library Fees.                                           946.65

-------------Total Receipts -----------              49,875.90


Payments: -

Salaries                                                             17,850

Experimental Farm.                               5,548.35

Branch Colleges                                   6,500

Catalogues, Advertising & Printing            369

Postage & Stationery.                              200.55

Chemicals.                                               100

Commencement Sermon.                           20

Fine.                                                        168.57

Insurance $473.72 less 37.30 retd.          436.42


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Incidental Expenses                                 462.30

Music                                                      115

Medals                                                      36

Repairs                                                 2,279.57

Servants                                                  598

Travelling Expenses of Chancellor.             43.35

Repairs on Apparatus.                             127.77

Repairs at Dahlonega.                           9,437.48

     Do    “  Milledgeville                           954.78

Librarians Salary                                      100

Misses Mitchell                                        250

Transferred to Chas. McD Brown Fund               875

Library account                                                   803

Cash Balance on hand                          7,600.76



Receipts: -

Interest July 1, 1883                                875.00

      “     January 1, 1884                       1,750

      “     July 1, 1884                             1,750


Payments: -

To Beneficiaries at Athens                     1,555.20

 “            “            “ Dahlonega         690

 “  Expense account                                   51.20

            Balance in hand.                                   2,078.60


            We find each disbursement accompanied by its proper voucher, and the Bonds and Obligations to Correspond with the statement of the Assets of the University

            Respectfully Submitted,

            July 10, 1884.

            A.L. Hull.         Committee.



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Report  of Finance Committee


            To the Board of trustees.

                        Your committee on Finance beg to report the following Assets of the University on July 5, 1884, comprising five classes of securities:



  1. The General Fund.

Debt of State of Ga paying 8 per. ct.                      100,000

State of Ga 7% 50 yr obligation                              3,000

           “          “  7% 50  “         “                                  8,000

-----------------Total-------------------                                  111,000

  1. The Terrell Donation fund.

State of Ga. 7% Bonds. Maturing July   ‘/86           5,500

    “     “   “   7%      “            “        Jan. 1892        10,500

    “     “        7%, 50 yr obligation                          4,000

-----------------Total ------------------                                     20,000


  1. The Land Scrip Fund.

State of Ga. 7%, 50yr. Obligation                           96,000

    “         “   7% Bonds Maturing 1892                    56,000

Amt. Held by the Govenor (sic) for which no          

Obligation has been issued, paying 7%                    90,202.17

-----------------Total-------------------                                  242,202.17

  1. The Chas. McD Brown Scholarship Fund. 

State of Ga 7%, 50 yr Obligation                            50,000


  1. The Chas. F. McCoy Donation Fund.

Registered Bonds of the Ga R.R.    bearing 6% int.

coupons cut off to 1895.                                         20,000


--------------Total Assets-------------                          443,202.17


The Receipts from all sources for the

Year ending July 5, 1884 were as follows: -



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Receipts 1883-84.

Cash in hands of Treasr. July 9, 1883.               8,553.41

Interest on General Fund.                                  8,770

      “           Terrell Fund.                                  1,400

      “           Land Scrip Fund.                           17,594.14

      “           Chas. Mc D. Brown Fund.             3,500

Rents                                                                678.35

Matriculation Fees                                            1,893.35

Library Fees                                                      946.65

Refunded by Chas. Mc D. Brown Fund.                40

Appropriation by Legislature for repairs           

on buildings at Dahlonega                                  5,000

      do           do at Athens                                3,000

-----------Total Receipts.-------------------      53,375.90


During the same period there has

Been expended: -        

            Expenditures     1883-84.


For Salaries of Officers                          17,850

General Expenses (                                           5,504.88

Branch Colleges                                               6,500

Chas. McD Brown Scholarship Fund.               2,296.40

Repairs at Dahlonega                                       9437.48

      “       “ Milledgeville                                       954.48