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Title: Letter from David L. Swain to Robert G. Allison, March 1, 1856: Electronic Edition.
Author: Swain, David L. (David Lowry), 1801-1868
Funding from the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supported the electronic publication of this title.
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Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2005
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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 David L. Swain to Robert G. Allison, March 1, 1856
Author: David L. Swain
Description: 2 pages, 2 page images
Note: Call number 706 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from David L. Swain to Robert G. Allison , March 1, 1856
Swain, David L. (David Lowry), 1801-1868



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Chapel Hill, 1 March 1856

My dear Sir,

Your letter of the 25th (postmarked 28th) ult. was received by yesterday mail.
It affords me pleasure to be able to reply to your inquiries properly and satisfactorily.
A majority of the Senior class determined as stated in the newspapers two or three weeks ago to invite Arch-Bishop Hughes to deliver the valedictory sermon to the class. The Faculty upon the earliest intimation that reached them of the fact, stated to them, that in their opinion the measure was ill advised and urged them not to proceed without the concurrence of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee subsequently approved the course pursued by the Faculty, and in the mean time the Bishop declined the invitation.
You are aware that all selections of this character as in the appointment of the orator to address the Literary Societies, of college marshalls, &c. are ordinarily left to the young men, and that neither the Faculty nor the Trustees know any thing about

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such arrangements, until they learn the facts from rumor, or newspaper notices. Beyond advise and expostulation, the Faculty are clothed with no power to intervene in such matters.
I understand that the Rev. Dr. Fuller of Baltimore, has recently been invited by the unanimous vote of the class to deliver the valedictory sermon, and that Matthew W. Ransom, Esq. of Warren late alumni general has consented to deliver the annual address before the Literary Societies. The name of the gentleman who is to deliver the address before the Alumni Association has not yet been announced.

Yours respectfully,

D. L. Swain

R. G. Allison Esq.