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Minutes for the August 10, 1855, meeting of the Philanthropic Society report that a committee was formed to study a resolution prohibiting friendly remarks on Society exercises. The evening's debate was decided in the affirmative, the president resigned and a new president was elected, and Lieutenant M. F. Maury was elected to give the commencement address before the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies. Minutes for August, 11, 1855, record the names of eight students who composed and nine students who declaimed; guests Gov. Thomas Bragg and John Herritage Bryan also offered remarks.
Resolved that that article of the Constitution, granting members
permission to make "
friendly remarks" upon
exercises be strickened out
The following Gentlemen were then appointed on the committee to examine the foregoing resolution and report accordingly viz.
The debate being next in order was decided in the affirmative.4 The
Query chosen for to night fortnight's discussion, is, Was
After which, the Roll was called in order to elect some one to
deliver the Address before the two Literary Societies at our next commencement
which resulted in the choice of '
The Roll was then called and Mr.
By motion of
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4. Subjects for debates were selected two weeks in advance.
5. Philanthropic Society minutes for March 17, 1855, specify a fine of $2 for
"refusing to serve when elected to any office" (
7. A squiggly line appears the right of the words "Trea," "Correctors," and "Reader"; the word "Officers" is written vertically down the page to the right of the squiggly line.
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