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McIver and Scales, correctors for the Dialectic Society, report on the quality of the declamations and compositions prepared for society meetings and certify that the books of the Secretary and Treasurer are neat and in order.
In conformity with the clause of the Constitution requiring the correctors to report at the end of their term, the undersigned beg leave to submit the following.
We are happy to say that a laudable zeal has been manifested by
some of the members in the performance of the duties which come under the
correctors' notice. A few of the compositions, which were read during the term
just expired, are highly creditable to the witers. They show marks of talent on
the part of the composers, of industry, of society pride & of a sense of
duty. But in the case of other members there is great room for improvement.
There are on the secretary's role about twenty two members, who are required to
perform duty in the morning [Saturday]. The number of compositions rec
d has not r
In declaimation many of the members do credit to themselves and to
the Hall: Some are capable of
excelling in this most
desirable and most attractive of all acquirement. But as in composition, more
than half pay very little attention to it or neglect it altogether.
With regard both to declaimation & composition we would beg
leave to urge upon the members a more general a more punctual and a more
diligent attention to them. Your own interest requires it: the well-fare of the
society requires it. In these matters
We have examined the books of th books of the Secretary & Treasurer, and we take great pleasure in saying that they afford evidence, that incumbents of the term which has just expired have discharged their respective duties in a neat and faithful manner.
r M cIver
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4. Professor of rhetoric and logic from 1849 to 1859.
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