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Title: Minutes of the Philanthropic Society, August 10 - December 6, 1795: Electronic Edition.
Author: University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Philanthropic Society
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Title of collection: Records of the Philanthropic Society (#40166), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Minutes of the Philanthropic Society, August 10 - December 6, 1795
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Minutes of the Philanthropic Society, August 10 - December 6, 1795
University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Philanthropic Society



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The Laws of the Philanthropic Society.
Philanthropic Society.

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August the 10. 1795
The Society met according to adjournment and all the member were present Mr. Cook motioned that Mr Nat Hunt should be admited in the society rejected
Mr Evan Jones read on rustic felicity
Mr. William Alston read
Mr. Nicholas Long spoke on rustic felicity
Mr. Henry Kearny spoke on Ambition
Mr George Long spoke
Mr. Gillespie Composed and addressed the members
Mr. Edwin Osborn Composed on regularity
Mr. David Cook Composed on drunkinness
Note. This was the first regular meeting of the Society though Mr David Gillespie was elected President some time before.
Mr Edwin J Osborn & Mr. George. W. Long were the first Correctors in the Society.
Mr Evan Jones first treasurer and Mr Henry Kerney the First Clerk

Ed J Osborn Secy




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August the 17. 1795
The Society met according to adjournment and all the members were present.
Mr. David Cook read on the love of learning.
Mr. Nicholas Long read on politeness.
Mr. Evan Jones Spoke on the fortitude of mind.
Mr. William Alston Spoke on the wish.
Mr Edwin Osborn Spoke on wisdom.
Mr George Long and Mr. Kearny Opened the debate on a Question Whether an Education or Fortune is best it was given in favour to an education



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August the 24. 1795
The Society met according to adjournment and all the members were present.
Mr. Nicholas Long & Mr. Evan Jones oppened the debate on a Question whether a private or a publick Education was best it was given in favour of a publick Education
Mr. Wm. Alston Composed on industry
Mr. David Cook spoke on the eturnal disputer
Mr [unrecovered] Long spoke on luxury.
Mr. Edwin Osborn read the characters of Pericles
Mr. Henry G. Kearny read on the Extract of a letter.
The Society then proceeded to chose a President Mr. George Long was elected by a majority
Then Mr. Gillespie was chosen corrector


August the 31. 1795
The society met according to adjournment and all the members were present. Mr David Gillespie & Mr. E. Osborn opened the debate whether an civilised man or the savage enjoys the most happiness it was given in favour that a civilised life was most happy
Mr. Evan Jones read on the life of Joseph

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Mr. Wm. Alston read on Prejudice
Mr. N. Long spoke on politeness
Mr. H. Kearny Spoke on sorrow
Mr. David Cook spoke about a miser
Mr. George Long composed and addressed to the members


Sept. the 7. 1795
The Society met according to adjournment and all the members were present. Mr. Wm. Alston motioned that the Society should be divided into two Classes who should read & compose alternately Seconded by. E. Osborn & passed unanimously
Mr. Henry Kearny & David Cook opened the debate on a Question whether poverty or a bad name is preferable it was given in favour to poverty.
Mr. Wm. Alston composed on Unpoliteness
Mr. David Gillespie read on sotial virtue
Mr. Edwin J. Osborn Read on a dream
Mr. N. Long spoke on dishonestly punied
Mr. Evan Jones spoke on Indolence
Note. From this time untill the meeting of Novemr 9th 1795 agreeable to the motion of Mr Alston all the Members composed on the subject if Debate

Ed Osborn Secy




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Sept 14th 1795
The Society met according to adjournment and all the members were present except Mr. Cook. Mr. David Gillespie & Mr. E. Osborn opened the debated on a question whether Female modesty was natural or effected it was given in favour that it was natural.
Mr. E. J. Osborn read on the examination [unrecovered]
Mr. Wm. Alston read on writing
Mr. N. Long read on misspent time
Mr. D. Gillespie spoke Catiline's speech
Mr. H. G. Kearny spoke on Virtue
Mr. Evan Jones spoke the fable of the stork & the fox
Mr. E. J. Osborn elected President
Mr. G. Long was chosen Corrector
Mr. N Long was chosen Treasurer
Mr. H G. Kearny continued Clerk


Sept. 21st 1795
The Society met according to adjournment and all the members wer present.
Mr. D. Gillespie motioned that Mr. James should be admited as a member of the Society which was unanimously agreed to.

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Mr. George Long & Mr. D. Gillespie opened the debate on a question whether Ladies or wine is most injurious to students it was given in favour that women was most injurious
Mr. E. J. Osborn addressed to the members
Mr. G. Long spoke on politeness
Mr. Wm. Alston spoke on prejudice
Mr. N. Long spoke on unpoliteness
Mr. H. G. Kearny read on Cimonthe son of Milliades the Athinian
Mr. D. Gillespie read on the description of Catiline
Mr. Evn. Jones read a letter


Sept. 28th. 1795
The Society met according to adjournment & all the members were present.
Motion was made by Mr. E. J. Osborn that Mr. D. Cook shall no longer be considered as a member of this society for speaking disrespectful of it & other reasons, which was unanimously agreed to.
Mr. David. Gillespie & Mr. George Long opened a debate whether a single or a

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married man enjoys the most pleasure it was given in favour that a married does enjoy the most pleasure.
Mr. George Long Read the description of an Indian insect
Mr. Wm. Alston Read of Diffidence in love
Mr. N. Long Read on a storm
Mr. H. James Spoke on Brutus
Mr. H. G. Kearny Spoke on the soldier
Mr. D. Gillespie spoke Catilines speech
Mr. E. Jones Spokee from the Tragedy of Cato


Oct. 5th 1795
The society met according to adjournment & all the members were present. Mr. James motioned that the person who exceeded in Composition should be honourably distinguish. Mr. G. Long & Mr. D. Gillespie opened the debate on a question whether does a man in a publick or a private life enjoy the most pleasure it was given in favour that a publick man must enjoy the most pleasur
Mr. D Gillespie Read on a bad reader
Mr. H. G. Kearny Read on the Latin Tongue
Mr. H James Read on Modesty
Mr. Evan Jones Read a letter

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Mr. G. Long spoke a speech to the Lacidemonians
Mr. N. Long spoke about the sick kite
Mr. Wm. Alston spoke on self love
NB The motion of Mr James was rejected By a Majority
E. J. Oosborn was Choosen Correcter
Mr. Wm. Alston was elected President


October 12th 1795
The Society met according to adjournment & all the members was present. Mr. G. Long & Mr. D. Gillespie opened the debate on a question whether the importation of negro slaves is advantageous to the united states or not. It was given that they are advantageous
Mr. Alston Composed & addressed to the members
Mr. E. J. Osborn read a letter of Charles Churchhill
Mr. G. Long Read on the effects of opening tombs to soon
Mr. N Long Read on Chearfulness
Mr. D. Gillespie Spoke of the Stuttering soldier
Mr. H James Spoke of the boy that lay a bed after Sunrise
Mr. E. Jones Spoke concerning the man & his wig.
Mr. Hen. Kerney spoke of Strange things in real life


Oct. 19. 95
The Society met according to adjournment & all the members were present. Mr. EJ. Osborn & Mr. D. Gillespie opened the debate on a question Whether is strength or Valour is the most useful in war it was given in favour that Strength was.
Mr David Gillaspie Read of the Laws relating to [unrecovered]
Hinton James Read on the pursuit of happiness

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Mr Henry Kerney Read lord Mansfields Speech in Parliament
Mr Evan Jones Read an account of Publius Hostilius
Mr Edn J Osborn Spoke an anecdote of Miss Bush
Mr N Long Spoke on Indolence in youth
Mr. G. Long Spoke


October the 26th 1795
The Society met according to adjournment and all the members were present except Mr Henry Kearney Mr David Gillespie and Mr N. Long opened the debate on a question "Whether selflove or Benevolence was most commendable in a man? It was given that Benevolence was by far the most commendable
Mr G. Long read of Sir Wm. Lily and the Alderman
Mr. E. J. Osborn read a table (Viz) the dutiful son rewarded
Mr. N Long read on Cruelty to insects
Mr D. Gillespie Spoke the speech of Macipsa
Mr H. James Spoke the speech of Sempronius
Mr E Jones Spoke the Speech of Demosthenes Con Philip
After which we proceeded to elect a President and Mr H James was Elected by a great majority
Mr. G. Long was then chosen Corrector
Mr N Long continued in his office of Treasurer
And Mr E. J. Osborn was chosen Clerk
And Mr W Alston was elected Corrector



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November 2nd 1795
The Society met according to adjournment and all the members were present.
Mr Kerney was called upon for absence on the last meeting but his excuse was admitted as reasonable.
Mr Hinton James read an address to the Members
Mr George Long motioned that a subscribtion to be made for Candles in the winter season it pass'd in the affermative
Mr David Gillespie motioned that the law should be repeald which was made some time ago by which every one was obliged to compose each meeting. It was repealed and agreed that we should be divided into three Classes as formerly. And that on the next meeting we should begin to read, speak and Compose as formerly.
Mr David Gillespie and Mr G. Long opened the debate on a question whether Peace or War is the most usefull to a Nation. It was concluded that the latter was the most usefull from the Arguments.
Mr David Gillespie read a few thaughts which arose in the mind of a Sleeping man.
Mr H. Kerney read, A part of the life of Saml. Butler
Mr Evan Jones Read, a few reflections on the minds of men
Mr Wm. Alston Read, a piece from the travels of Anacharsis
Edn J Osborn Spoke the Story of Alexander & the Pirate
G. Long Spoke of Society the different pursuits of it

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Mr N Long Spoke of Idleness in youth


November 9th 1795
The Society met according to adjournment and all the members were present.
Mr George Long & Mr David Gillespie opened the debate on this question "Whether or not Commerce was usefull to a nation? After very warm debating it being put to vote it was concluded by a majority that commerce was usefull to nations
Ed J Osborn read an essay on Antiquity
Mr N Long read on the necessity of forming virtuous principles in youth
Mr W. Alston read an account of Lesbos the Isle
Mr Henry G Kerney spoke the form of a widows prayr
Mr E. Jones Spoke an account of Earl Douglass
NB. By a neglect of the Clerks of this Society it was not recorded that each meeting after the regular business was over the Correctors mentioned the wrong spelling and bad grammer in the compositions which were read at the preceeding meeting.
Mr Henry Kearney left the Society for reasons which he would not give the society.
Mr David Gillespie motioned that if upon consideration Mr Kerney wished to return that he should be admitted it was passed that Mr Kerney should have untill the next meeting to consider upon it.



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November 16th 1795
The Society met according to adjournment and all the members were present. Mr Henry Kerneay continued in the society agreeable to the Motion of Mr Gillispie in the last meeting.
The debate was intended to have been opened by Mr N Long & Edn J Osborn; but through a mistake of the former it was not done; as he wrote on the same side of his opposer. This mistake was unanimously agreed to be excusable. They should have debated on this question, "Whether the schoolmaster or the preacher was the most usefull member of society; However it was debated upon and decided by a majority that the schoolmaster was the most usefull member of society
Mr David Gillespie spoke the speech of Macipsa to the Senate of Rome.
Mr George Long Spoke on friendship
Mr William Alston Spoke an anecdote of Alexander and the pirate.
Mr Evan Jones Read an account of Andrew Doria the Genoese
Mr Henry Kerney Read a piece from Anachasis's travels
The Compositions were then corrected by Mr Alston & Mr G. Long Correctors.
We then proceeded to elect a president Mr James time of serving was elapsed, and Mr Henry Kerney was elected by a majority.



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Monday November 24th 1795
The Society met according to adjournment and all the members were present.
Edwin J Osborn Secty. Motioned that Mr Richd. Eagles and Mr William Clark should be admitted as members into the Society also Mr Lawrence Dorsey. it was unanimously agreed that they should be admitted after sighning their names they were seated.
Mr Henry Kerney addressed the members.
Mr Hinton James & Mr Evan Jones opened the debate of the question "Whether wisdom tends to render mankind happy? It was concluded by a majority that the wise man was most happy.
Mr David Gillespie read part of the preface to Webster's grammar
Mr George Long Read on punctuation
Edn J Osborn Spoke on Antiquity
Mr N Long Spoke on a good education
Mr Wm Alston Spoke on Solitude
The regular business being over the Correctors examined the compositions. & we adjourned


November 30th 1795
The Society met agreeable to adjournment and all the members were present except Mr Larry Dorsey
Mr George Long Motioned that we should be more strict in our regulations angainst quarreling this motion was inserted among the Laws.

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Edn. J Osborn Motioned that Mr Jno Taylor should be admitted into the Society it passed only one being against him and one remained silent.
Mr David Gillispie openned the debate on this question Viz. Whether travelling improves the mind not? It was concluded by a majority that travelling greatly improves the mind
Edn J Osborn Read a piece from the Spectator.
Mr Nicholas Long read on Chearfullness
Mr Wm. M. Clark read on piety and Morality
Mr Wm C Alston read on Sincerity
Mr Hinton James Spoke the speech of Brutus over the dead body of Lucretia.
Mr Evan Jones Spoke an anecdote of the bald-headed Cavelier
Mr Richard Eagles Spoke of the absent man
The Correctors then examined the Compositions
As the question of intended for debate this Sitting was not thinkable the opponants coincided in opinion the debate was therefore not a good one but after the regular business was over we debated on this question Viz. Whether the man who has a competency or he who is in avery affluent station enjoys most happiness? it was decided that the man with a competency and no more enjoys the most happiness.



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December 6 1795
The Society met and all the members were present except Mr E Jones. Mr David Gillespie motioned that after this meeting the Society should not meet untill January 24th 1796 it passed unanimously Mr L Dorsey was excused for absence last meeting.
Mr William Alston and Edn. J Osborn opened the debate on this question (Viz.) Whether is a man at any time justifiable in telling a lie? It was concluded by a majority that lies on some occasions were usefull.
Mr N Long Composed on application to study
Mr William Clark Composed on the Proper employment of time
Mr David Gillespie spoke the Speech of Catilin to the army.
George Long Spoke.
Larry Dorsey spoke on the alliance of France and America
Jno. Taylor Spoke part of the Speech of Cicero against C. Verres.
Mr Hinton James Read the Charecter of King Alfred
Mr Richd. Eagles Read on good Company

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The Compositions were then Corrected
We the proceeded to elect the officers
Mr David Gillespie was Elected President
Mr Jno. Taylor Was Chosen Clark
Mr N Long Continued Treasurer
Mr Richd. Eagles & Edn J Osborn Chosen Correctors
Hinton James Motioned that a Censor Morum should be elected to take notice irregular persons such as Swearers &c. after putting it to vote it was concluded by a majority that a Censor Morum Should be appointed by a majority of three to Seven.
After this motion was decided Mr Hinton James was Chosen Censor Morum.
Mr Hinton James motioned that as Mr Henry Kerney was about to leave the Society that he Should have a recommendation or Diploma from the Society this motion passed unanimously
Mr Gillespie motioned that Mr Jame's Motion should be repealed By a majority it should not be repealed. Mr Hinton James motioned that A Committee should be appointed to the duty of the Censor Morum Mr Long, Mr Dorsey & Mr Alston were Chosen Committee.
The Committee was to m [unrecovered] n.