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Title: Board of Trustees Minutes, December 3-13, 1792 [Containing Reports Regarding the Site of the University]: Electronic Edition.
Author: University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Board of Trustees
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Title of document: Board of Trustees Minutes, December 3-13, 1792 [Containing Reports Regarding the Site of the University]
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Board of Trustees Minutes, December 3-13, 1792 [Containing Reports Regarding the Site of the University]
University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Board of Trustees



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At a meeting of the Trustees of the University of North Carolina, by adjournment at Newbern; Monday 3rd December 1792.

Present

    Alex Martin prt
    Willie Jones
    Thomas Blount
    David Stone
    Alex Mebane
    Wm Lenoir
    Wm Porter
    J McDowell
    Joel Lane
    S McCorkle
    Saml Ashe
    Alfred Moore
    Richd D. Spaight
    Ben. Williams
    Fred. Harget
    Ben Smith
    Jno Hay
    Wm R. Davie
    Wm Hill
    J. Sitgreaves
    J. Haywood
    C Johnson
    J Dickson
The board adjourned until 5 OClock tomorrow evening.

The board met according to adjournment.
The resignation of Robert Burton as Secretary to the board was presented and accepted, whereupon

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Thomas Rogers was appointed pro. tem.
Mr Harget from the Commissioners appointed by the board at their last Session to view the Country within 15 miles round Cyprets bridge on Newhope in Chatham County; and to fix on the place whereon to erect the buildings of the University presented the following Journal of their proceedings and report which were ordered to be entered on the journals of this board Viz

Pittsburg Novr 1st 1792
Sundry Commissioners appointed by the board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina to view the Country within 15 miles around from Cyprets bridge and to fix on the seat of the University met according to the order of the board to wit Frederick Harget, Alexander Mebane, James Hogg , William Hill, David Stone, and Willie Jones

November 2nd
Appointed Frederick Harget Chairman proceeded to view the Gum spring belonging to Philip Merony: also Matthew Jones's, John Mentoes, and

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Matthew Ramsays lands, and received their proposals.
Sundry Gentlemen of the County of Chatham offered further donations to the amount of four hundred and odd pounds (exclusive of £1302 offered as a donation to the board at Hillsboro,) provided the University was fixed in the Fork of Haw and Deep rivers and Ambrose Ramsy, Patrick St Laurence George Lucas, Jno Mebane, Zachariah Harman, and Thomas Stokes guaranteed to the amount of £1500, they having all the subscriptions to themselves provided the University was established in the aforesaid Fork.

November 3rd
Proceeded to view Richard Kennans place and Lassiters Hill & received the proposals of the respective proprietors.

Novr 4th
Mr David Stone absent.
The other Commissioners proceeded to

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Capt Edwards's and the widow Edwards's places on the north side of Haw river & recd proposals.

Novr 5th
Viewed Tignal Jones's place commonly called Parkers, no proposals were offered by the proprietor: but Tignal Jones Junr and Robert Cobb offered a Donation of 500. Acres of land adjoining to the place.
Willie Jones handed to the Commissioners an offer of Colo Joel Lane of 640 acres of land near Nathanl Jones's at the cross roads in Wake County provided the University was fixed at said Nathaniel Jones's.
Then proceeded to view Newhope Chappel Hill in orrange County.

Novr 6th
Recd offers of donations of lands to the amount of 1390 Acres of land, eight hundred and forty of which lie on Chappel Hill or adjoining thereto and the remainder within 4 or 5 miles

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or thereabouts.

Novemr 7, 8 and 9th
Recd also subscriptions for donations in money to the amount of £798. or thereabouts; but it must be observed these donations both money & land are conditional, that is to say that the University shall be established on Chappel Hill for the seat of the University.
Same day several persons executed Deeds for their respective lands donations to the University viz.
Colo John Hogan for . . . . . 200 acres . . . . . No 1
Mr Benjn Yergan . . . . . 51 Do . . . . . 2
Mr Matthew McCauly . . . . . 150 Do . . . . . 3
Mr Alex. Pipers . . . . . 20 Do . . . . . 4
Mr James Craig . . . . . 5 Do . . . . . 5
Mr Chrisr Barbee . . . . . 221 Do . . . . . 6
Mr Edmund Jones . . . . . 200 Do . . . . . 7
Mr Mark Morgan execd bond with security to convey . . . . . 107 Do . . . . . 8
Mr John Daniel execud bond with security to convey . . . . . 107 Do . . . . .
Mr Hardy Morgan Deed . . . . . 125 Do . . . . . 10
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Mr Thomas Connelly who subscribed 100 Acres or thereabout, & Mr. William McCauley who subscribed 100 Acres could not immediately convey but have promissed to execute Deeds & deliver them to Mr James Hogg who will transmit to the board.
Mr John Hogan entered into a contract to make & deliver 150,000 bricks at 40/ pr m. as pr Contract.
Mr Hogan also presented proposals for leasing some of the land on the Chappel Hill which are submitted to the board.
Mr Edmund Jones made proposals for supplying plank and lumber which are presented to the board.

Fredk Harget Chn

Willie Jones

James Hogg

Alex: Mebane

Wm H. Hill

The board taking the foregoing report into consideration unanimously concurred therewith.

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The Commissioners reported they had granted a warrant in favor of Mr Hogan on the Treasurer of the board of Trustees for the sum of one hundred pounds in part pay for 150 thousand bricks to be delivered at the seat of the University by said Hogan whereupon resolved this board do concur therewith.
On motion resolved that Mr Davie , Mr McCorkle , Mr Jones, Mr Ashe and Mr Sitgreaves be a Committee to prepare an ordinance for carrying into effect the report of the Commissioners for fixing on the spot for the public buildings,
And that Mr Jones, Mr Sitgreaves, Mr. Smith , Mr Harget and Mr Williams be a Committee to report on the plan of the buildings of the University,
And that Mr McCorkle , Mr Stone, Mr Ashe, Mr Moore and Mr Hay be a Committee to report a plan of education.
On motion of Mr Harget resolved that Mr Daniel be allowed the sum of eight pounds for surveying and furnishing

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a plot of the land granted to the Trustees of the University, and that the Treasurer pay the same.
Received the resignation of Charles Johnston Esqr. which being read was accepted.
The board adjourned to 5 OClock to morrow evening.

Wednesday 5th Decmr the board met according to adjournment.
Mr Jones from the Committee to prepare an ordinance to ratify the proceedings of the Commissioners &c. presented the following which being read was concurred with.
An ordinance to ratify the proceedings of the Commissioners appointed by an ordinance of the board of Trustees at Hillsborough in August 1792 to carry into effect an act of the General Assembly entituled "An act for establishing an University in this State.
Whereas the Commissioners appointed by the ordinance aforesaid, for the purposes therein mentioned did meet in November last in Chatham and view the

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various situations which were put in nomination for the seat of the University within the limits prescribed; and thereafter and after receiving offers of donations of land and money to a considerable amount from the people of Orange County to the president and Trustees of the University, all conditional that the University shall be established on Newhope Chappel Hill in Orange County aforesaid, Did Unanimously determine that Newhope Chappil Hill aforesaid shall be the seat of the University of North Carolina. Be it ordained by the president and said Trustees of the said University, that the Commissioners proceedings aforesaid in the premisses shall be and they are hereby ratified and confirmed and the said Newhope Chappel Hill shall be and it is hereby declared to be the seat of the University of North Carolina.
And whereas John Hogan gave 200 Acres of land to the president and board of Trustees of the University, Benjamin Yergan 51 Acres, Matthew McCauley 150 Do, Christopher Barbee 221 Acres, Edmund Jones 200 Do, Mark Morgan 107 Do, Jno. Daniel 107 Do, Hardy Morgan 125 Do, & William McCauley 100 acres

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to promote the institution. Be it ordained that the said John Hogan, Benjamin Yergan , Matthew McCauley, Christopher Barbee , Edmund Jones, Mark Morgan, Jno Daniel, Hardy Morgan and William McCauley in consideration of the Donations aforesaid shall have the respective privilege of having one Student educated at the said University free from any expence of tuition.
Mr Davie presented an ordinance for appointing Commissioners to erect the buildings of the University and lay of a Town adjacent thereto which was read & ordered to lay on the Table.
Recd the petition of Wm Orr which being read was referred to a Committee of three viz. Mr Haywood , Mr McCorkle and Mr Hay.
Recd also the petition of Preaud which was read & referred to the above Committee & Colo Davie added thereto.
Mr McCorkle from the Committee to whom it was referred to consider of and report a plan for the education of Youth in the University of

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North Carolina presented the following report.

That taking into consideration the uncertainty of the time when the buildings of the University will be compleated, as also that the State of our Funds at such time, is at present intirely unkown — deem it premature to offer any engagements as to stipend or salary: but in general beg leave to remark that (unless the active funds of the institution shall amount beyond the present estimate conceived by Your Committee) the pursuits of literature and Science should on the first institution be confined to the following objects — The study of languages particularly the English. The acquirement of Historical knowledge ancient and modern. The Study of the Belles letters. Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, the improvement of the intellectual powers including a rational system of logic and moral philosophy, Information in Botany to which should be added a competent knowledge in the theory and practice

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of Agriculture best suited to the climate and Soils of this State. The principles of Architecture these are enquiries to which your committee beg leave to submit their opinion that the attention of the students should be early directed, in which should the board concur, Your Committee would further suggest the propriety of the board making public their designs — that such literary characters as may think proper to be ingaged in the instruction of Youth in the University and conversant with these branches of literature and science may make their desires known to this board — that the pretensions of the several applicants may be inquired into and appointments accordingly made at such time as the University may be ready for the reception of Teachers and Students, With respect to what number of Teachers or professors it would be proper to engage, Your Committee decline giving an opinion as competent salaries must be provided for them, and the ability of the board of Trustees in this particular must depend upon the future state of their funds & As early as practicable Your Committee beg leave further to recommend that steps be taken to procure an apparatus for experimental Philosophy and Astronomy. In this they would include a set of Globes Barometers Thermometers Microscope

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Telescope Quadrant prismatic Glass Air pump and an Electrical Machine[.] A Library Your Committee are also of opinion should be procured but the choice of books will perhaps come more immediately within the province of the faculty of the University Your Committee have however taken the liberty to mention the apparatus and Library that such Gentlemen as intend to become benefactors of the institution by presenting particular parts of either may be induced to come forward, Your Committee further add that they are of opinion that no accurate Idea can be formed of the terms upon which Students will be admitted but hope they will be such as together with the system of education will merit the patronage of the public.

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The board taking the foregoing report into consideration resolved that they do concur therewith.
On motion resolved that the Committee appointed to consider of and report a plan for the conducting of education in the University be required to publish in such papers as they may think proper, that they are authorized to receive proposals from such Gentlemen as may incline to undertake to teach the different branches mentioned in the report of the said Committee and that they make inquiry into the characters and qualifications of the applicants and report to the next meeting of this board.
A book entitled "the works of the right revered father in God Thomas Wilson D.D. Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man" was presented to the board by the Honle John Sitgreaves Esqr agreeably to a resolution of the Congress of the United States

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passed March 22nd. 1785 which was accepted.
The board adjourned to 5 OClock tomorrow evening.

Thursday 6th Decr
The board met according to adjournment.
The board adjourned to 5 OClock tomorrow evening.

Friday 7th Decr
The board met according to adjournment.
The board adjourned untill 5 O.Clock tomorrow evening.

Saturday 8th Decer
The board met according to adjournment.

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Mr Davie moved that the ordinance for appointing Commissioners to erect the buildings of the University and lay off a Town adjacent thereto might be read which being amended was passed into an ordinance of the board which is as follows.
An ordinance for appointing Commissioners to erect the buildings of the University and lay off a Town adjacent thereto.
Be it ordained by the trustees of the University of North Carolina and it is hereby ordained accordingly that seven Commissioners shall be appointed by ballot out of the trustees of the University and they or a majority of them are hereby authorized to allott and lay off in the most pleasant and commodious part of the Tract already established by the Commissioners and an ordinance of this board as the seat of the said University a proper quantity of Land to erect the buildings of the said University upon And they are also hereby authorized and required to lay off and survey adjacent thereto a town containing twenty-four lots of two acres each and six lots of four acres each and the said Commissioners are hereby authorized and directed to sell and dispose of the said lots at public vendue on twelve months

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credit the purchaser giving bond with proper Security for the payment of the purchase Money and the said Commissioners or a majority of them are hereby authorized to make the necessary conveyances to secure the fee Simple of the said lots to the purchasor or purchasors.
And be it further ordained that the said Commissioners or a majority of them be and they are hereby directed and empowered to cause to be built on the Ground allotted for that purpose a House or Houses sufficient if practicable from the sum appropriated for that purpose to accomodate fifty students and for the purpose of discharging the expences of building the said House and such office or out houses as they may deem indispensibly necessary necessary the said Commissioners are authorized to draw on the Treasurer of the University from time to time as they deem proper for any sum or sums not exceeding in the whole the sum of five thousand pounds, which drafts the Treasurer is hereby directed to pay and he shall be allowed for the same in settlement. And the said Commissioners

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shall make or cause to be made a plan of the said Town and report the same And all their proceedings to the next meeting of the board of Trustees.
It was moved to proceed to elect Commissioners to superintend the buildings of the University whereupon Messrs Alfred Moore Wm R. Davie Fredk Harget Thos Blount Alex Mebane John Williams and John Haywood were chosen.
On motion resolved that William Orr settle his account for monies received as a purchasing Commissary with the Comptroller of the public accounts and that Adlai Osborne Esqr attorney of the board for the Districts of Salisbury and Morgan allow and endorse a credit on the bond of the said William Orr agreeable to such settlement.
On motion resolved that the Secretary publish under the direction of the President in the North Carolina Journal an account of the donations

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made to the University, mentioning the names of the persons making such donations and the sums, land and other property given by such person.
On motion resolved that the Trustees shall distribute in their respective Districts Subscription papers for the purpose of promoting donations to the University and make return thereof to the next meeting of this board together with such of the former subscription and donation papers as remain in their Districts.
On motion resolved that the consideration of the petition of Mr Preaud be deferred and in the meantime that the President be required to write to some of our Members in Congress requesting them to enquire of the Secretary of State the meaning and intention of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the United States and France by these words of the 11th article — "and their Heirs subjects of the said United

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States whether in France or elsewhere may succeed to goods movible and immovible ab intestato, without &c. Whether it was contemplated that the subjects of France should succeed to real property in this Country as well as personal — And whether any or what determinations have been had upon that point in any of the States.
On motion resolved that the thanks of this board be transmitted by the president to Esqr Frederick W. Marshal for his communication on the buildings of the University.
Resolved that the Treasurer be directed to pay to the Commissioners for fixing the seat of the University their several charges for their expences while ingaged in that business upon producing their accounts to him.
Mr Harget presented a proposal from John Hogan which

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was read and rejected.
Received the resignation of Esqr John Craven as Treasurer to the board of Trustees of the University — Whereupon the board proceeded to ballot for one to fill that vacancy and Mr Walter Alves was unanimously chosen.
On motion of Mr Blount resolved that the president of the board give notice to our late Treasurer Mr John Craven so soon as Mr Alves shall have complyed with the requesites of his office and direct him to pay over to the said Alves the money &c. in his hands and at the same time return him the thanks of the board for his services.
The board adjourned until 5 OClock Tuesday evening

Tuesday 11th Decemr
The board met according to adjournment.

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The board adjourned until Friday Evening 5 OClock.

Friday 13th Decm 1792.
The board met according to adjournmnt.
The adjourned until the second Monday in December next to meet at Fayetteville.

Alex. Martin P.

By order

Tho Rogers Secy