30 August 1861: “Would it be advisable for the Confederate Government under existing circumstances to act on the offensive?”

Item description: Minutes from a 30 August 1861 meeting of the Philanthropic Society of the University of North Carolina. Minutes note society business and debates, and contain committee reports and society resolutions.

This particular entry notes the evening’s question for debate, “‘Would it be advisable for the Confederate Government under existing circumstances to act on the offensive?’ was announced the query for the night; and after a lengthy discussion it was decided in the negative.”


Item citation: From volume 15 of the the Philanthropic Society of the University of North Carolina Records #40166, University Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

Philanthropic Hall

August the 30th 1861

The Society met at the usual hour in the absence of Messrs. Johnston, Smith, and others.

The Secretary read the proceedings and fines last meeting and improper fin were corrected.

Messrs. Rufus A. and James A. Hodge, petitioned for admmittance; the petition was was granted; Messrs. Peebles & Haywood conducted the gentlemen into the Hall and Mr. Hassell read the Constitution.

There were no special committee reports. The Senior oration was postponed until next meeting.

“Would it be advisable for the Confederate Government under existing circumstances to act on the offensive?” was announced the query for the night; and after a lengthy discussion it was decided in the negative.

“Which exerts more influence, wealth or knowledge?”

was selected for discussion three weeks hence; the debates were divided as follows.

Aff. |

R. Joyner    

Judd

Neg. |

W. Joyner

Lucas

Kenan

Correction reported Supervisor read his charges, Secretary called the roll and the Society adjourned at 15 minutes to 10 o’clock.

Jordan [Crest?]

[?] Johnson, Sect.

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