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Title: Letter from David L. Swain to Parent, December 15, 1855 [Containing Rules Concerning the Abuse of Liquor and Rules to Control Students' Debts]: Electronic Edition.
Author: University of North Carolina (1793-1962). President
Author: Swain, David L. (David Lowry), 1801-1868
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2005
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Title of document: Letter from David L. Swain to Parent, December 15, 1855 [Containing Rules Concerning the Abuse of Liquor and Rules to Control Students' Debts]
Author: David L. Swain
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Note: Call number VCp378 UA1 (North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from David L. Swain to Parent, December 15, 1855 [Containing Rules Concerning the Abuse of Liquor and Rules to Control Students' Debts]
University of North Carolina (1793-1962). President
Swain, David L. (David Lowry), 1801-1868



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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH-CAROLINA.
CHAPEL HILL, December 15 th , 1855

DEAR SIR:

Permit me to request your immediate and earnest attention to the provisions of the Revised Statute in relation to the University.

AN ACT CONCERNING THE UNIVERSITY.
CHAPTER 114.

1. Any license, granted to retail spirituous liquor, wine or cordials at Chapel Hill, or within two miles thereof, shall be void.
2. No person shall erect, keep, maintain or have at Chapel Hill, or within two miles thereof, any tippling house, establishment or place, for the sale of wine, cordials, spirituous or malt liquor.
3 No person in the State, without permission in writing from the President of the University, or some member of the Faculty, shall sell, or offer to sell or deliver to any Student of the University, or to any other person, any cordial, wine, spirituous or malt liquor for the purpose of being used, or with knowledge that the same will be used, at Chapel Hill, or within two miles thereof, by any such Student.
4. No person, at or within two miles of Chapel Hill, shall give or furnish any electioneering treat or entertainment.
5. No person shall set up, keep or maintain at Chapel Hill, or within five miles thereof, any public billiard table, or other public table of any kind, at which games of chance or skill, by whatever name called, may be played.
6. No person, without permission in writing obtained therefor from the President of the University, or some member of its Faculty, seven days beforehand, shall exhibit at Chapel Hill, or within five miles thereof, any theatricals, sleight of hand or equestrian performances, or any dramatic recitations or representations, or any rope or wire dancing, natural or artificial curiosities, or any concert, serenade or performance in music, singing or dancing.
7. Any person who shall offend against any of the provisions of this chapter, hereinbefore recited, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
8. Any contract or agreement by any Student of the University being then a minor, with any shopkeeper, merchant, trader or other person, upon the sale of any wine, cordial, spirituous or malt liquor, or of any goods, wares or merchandize, or any article of trade or with the keeper of any livery stable, shall be void, unless the same, if made at or within two miles of Chapel Hill, be made under the written permission of the President of the University, or some member of its Faculty; or if made at a greater distance from Chapel Hill, under the written consent of the person who may have the control and authority over such Student.
9. Every contract made with a Student of the University, contrary to the provisions of the preceding section, shall be void, and may be avoided on account of any of the matters therein contained, on the plea of the general issue: on the trial whereof, if it appear that the defendant was, at the time of the alleged contract, a Student of the University, it shall be presumed that he was, at the making thereof, a minor.
10. Every such contract shall be incapable of being confirmed, and any promise or obligation given by such Student, after his arrival at full age, shall be void.
To give full sanction and efficacy to the provisions of the criminal law, the Trustees have ordained, that any Student who may be seen publicly intoxicated, or in whose room ardent spirits may be found, shall be forthwith suspended or dismissed, as the circumstances of the case may seem to require. This ordinance has been and will be faithfully carried into execution in every instance of ascertained violation.
Extravagant habits ordinarily tend to the hindrance of all improvement, intellectual and moral; and the deleterious effect is by no means confined to the individual who is the subject of them. It is impossible to preserve young men in all cases from indiscretions of this character. So carefully have these evils been guarded against, however, that no parent can suffer from them, who is faithful to the college, the community, his son, or himself. The Rev. ELISHA MITCHELL , D. D., is Bursar of the Institution. It is his duty to receive all sums of money that young men bring with them, to disburse the same in paying their board, tuition fees, college dues, and other necessary expense—to keep an account of the money thus received and disbursed, and at the close of each session to transmit a copy of such account to the parent or guardian of each Student.
To ensure the due observance of these regulations, I have to request that you will immediately advise the Bursar whether you are willing that any account shall be opened here in your name, and if so, the amount of indebtedness you are willing to authorise.

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Each Student is required to attend Prayers thirteen times, Recitations fifteen times, (except the Seniors who have only fourteen,) and Divine Worship once each week. All absences, whether unavoidable or not, are recorded. A very simple calculation, therefore, will enable you to ascertain the precise portion of duties performed and omitted.
During the half session, which closed on Friday evening last, (a period of ten weeks,) Mr. [blank space] has been absent from Prayers [blank space] times, from Recitations [blank space] times, and from attendance on Divine Worship [blank space] times— [blank space] of these absences, [blank space] from Prayers, [blank space] from Recitations, and [blank space] from Divine Worship, were unavoidable.
His relative grade of scholarship in his class [blank space]
With respect to the necessary expenses of a Student, the Faculty concur entirely in the opinion expressed by the Executive Committee, in the Circular addressed to Parents and Guardians on the 15th of April, 1837, that exclusive of the supplies of clothing ordinarily obtained from home, more than two hundred and fifty dollars a year is not necessary either to the comfort or reputation of any one.

Yours, very respectfully,

DAVID L. SWAIN , President.