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Title: Letter from Charles Manly to David L. Swain, February 5, 1856: Electronic Edition.
Author: Manly, Charles, 1795-1871
Funding from the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supported the electronic publication of this title.
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First Edition, 2005
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Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2005
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Languages used in the text: English
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2005-07-28, Sarah Ficke finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: David L. Swain Papers (#706), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Charles Manly to David L. Swain, February 5, 1856
Author: Charles Manly
Description: 3 pages, 3 page images
Note: Call number 706 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Charles Manly to David L. Swain , February 5, 1856
Manly, Charles, 1795-1871



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Raleigh Feby. 5/56

My Dear Gov.,

Your letter giving the proceedings of the Anti-Know Nothings of the Senior Class has been received & only confirms the good sense of the Law & universal experience that boys are not able nor fit to govern themselves.
It has always been to me a wonder how the 2 Literary Societies have existed for 60 years. It is to be hoped they will take a sober second thought of this act which, however harmless & allowable under ordinary circumstances, presents at present so many formidable

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objections.
Would it not be better to postpone any reference of the subject to the Executive Committee until time & reflection be allowed the class to retract their steps & to wipe out their error, voluntarily. Is it not best to avoid all collisions between the Trustees & students as far as practicable?
If your speech & arguments, & time for reflection, don't bring them to their senses, then, it seems to me, they are "past praying for."
I shall expect to hear from you again.
Mr. N. W. Woodfin writes me that Messrs. Hover & others decline taking the Allison lands & inquires

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whether, under the Resolution he is at liberty to sell to others. We all say, yes, upon the same terms.
The money is what we want & care not who's the bidder.
If everybody & every thing don't freeze this weather I can't tell why not.
God help the poor, who have neither wood nor blankets nor bread, such weather as this.

Respectfully yours,

Charles Manly

Gov. Swain