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Letter of Charles Manly to David L Swain, October 8, 1856

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Letter of Charles Manly to David L Swain, October 8, 1856

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Charles Manly

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"Letter from Charles Manly to David L. Swain, October 8, 1856," Documenting the American South: Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick's Views on Slavery and Dismissal from the University, The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, accesssed on February 13, 2012, http://www.docsouth.unc.edu/unc/unc08-18/unc08-18.html

Date

1856-10-8

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Document

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Correspondence

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RaleighOct. 8/56

My Dear Govr.,

I recd. yesterday your note & a copy of the Faculty's proceedings in relation to Profr. Hedrick . Upon consultation with containing 15 ½ closely written pages on the laxity of discipline in the College, how a University ought to be managed, & how this is not&c., &c., &c.

The Gov. also handed me a letter which he had recd. from Hedrick in explanation & exculpation of himself & letting him know that he was a good Democrat & had voted the Dem. ticket in Aug. last.

Your suggestions are good & were approved by those Gentlemen above named. Nothing will be done with him till after the election. If he does not resign the Board will take him up next winter & cut his head "clean off" but so as not to suffer the blood of martyrdom for opinion's sake to decorate & adorn his garments.

He will be driven off as unworthy to hold an office in an Institution whose image & practices he has so grossly & injuriously violated.

The Executive Com. will meet again on Saturday next (11th) by which time I shall hope to have the Faculty's answer to the "Red Republican" & the copy of the journal which he complains of.


I am Dear Sir
Very, truly yours,

Charles Manly

Dr. Wheat has withdrawn his notice of resignation, but I suppose you know that of course. There is a report on the street that the Students intend to tar & feather Hedrick . I hope & trust they will do no such thing. Their indignation meetings, burning in effigy &c. is a sufficient demonstration. It would be dishonorable & cowardly to do him personal violence. It would be undignified & disgraceful to get up a college row & tumult. They would thereby injure themselves & no one else.

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Charles Manly, Letter of Charles Manly to David L Swain, October 8, 1856, Civil War Era NC, accessed April 25, 2017, http://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/258.