Minutes (transcript)

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PREFACE
This volume was typed from the original book of "Minutes of the Demosthenian Society", and covers the years from 1854 to 1859. In the back of the book will be found questions used in debating during those years.
The typing was done by Mrs. Miriam G. Parr, Secretary of the Department of Political Science, during the winter quarter of 1952.

MINUTES OF THE DEMOSTHENIAN SOCIETY FEB. 16th, 1854


Demosthenian Hall Feby. 11th, 1854

The Society convened this morning at the usual hour and was
called to order by the Prest. The roll being called the new officers took their seats. The society was then addressed by the Prest. on the subject of the discharge of his duties.
Regular business having been dispensed, the roll was called for debate which was responded to by the members in many long and interesting speeches. After a lively discussion the question, "Whether or not Europe should interfere in compelling peace between Russia and Turkey" was decided by the Prest. in the affirmative. When the Senior orator was called, Mr. Norton responded with a very chaste and beautiful oration on the Main Signor Law. Business was next 1n order. Motions being 1n order, a motion was brought forward by Mr. Wash and sanctioned by the Society. That the appointment of the former Prest. of a Committee on Books, be annulled and that the present incumbent appoint that committee according to law. A motion for disposing of the useless books in the Library by the Committee on Library, composed of Messrs Cabaniss, T. Holt and Cumming. A motion to relieve Mr. Henderson of his liabilities for damage done the Hall during h1s term of office as treasurer last year. Notices next 1n order, the Prest. gave notice that he resign his seat with Committee on Appeals and ordered that an election be held for filling his office. Where upon an election took place which resulted 1n the selection of Mr. Stovall. Reports of Committees next in order, the Committee on Motions reported, through their Chairman, on a mot1on presented them by Mr. Walton for the abrogation of the new law compelling members to speak; and that the old law requiring members to give their opinion to be substituted therefore. This motion was disapproved of and pronounced dead by the Prest. The bell having rang for adjournment, a motion was made and carried for the suspension of the Laws, that regular business might be gone through with. The Prest. gave notice than [sic] an election would take place next Saturday for new officers and Commencement Prest. The last roll being called and the Society adjourned.

The following Committees were appointed.

On Books: Mims; Clark; French

On Tribunal: Cabanis; W. Holt; Fudge

Qn Questions: Hamilton---Stovall; Ford--------Clark; Jamison-------Poe; Kilpatrick

Henderson was appointed Corresponding Secretary.

W. D. Wash, Sec. J. A. Walton, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall Feby. 14th, 1854

The Society met this evening and was organized by calling Mr. Candler to the Chair. A motion was made and carried that the question for debate on next Saturday be changed from the Nebraska, "Whether or not the Missouri Compromise should be applied to the Nebraska and Kansas territory", to the bill before the
Georgia Legislation. Should the state road be disposed of.

W. D. Wash, Sec. Candler, Prest.


Demosthen1an Hall, Feb. 18, 1854

The Society convened this morning at the regular hour and was called to order by the Prest. The first roll being called there were found to be 54 members present. Under propositions for the admission of members, Mr. Lafitte proposed the names of Messrs W. Graham and L. M. Kiett of S. C. and Mr. Walker. The name of Mr. Key of Athens as honorary members of this Society who were unanimously elected. The corresponding Sect. was directed to inform these gentlemen of their election. The roll for debate was called and a spirited discussion arose on the question, whether or not the State Road should be disposed of? This question was decided by the Prest. in the negative. Many members took part in the discussion, yet there were many who found business of more importance to attend to. Regular business being next in order, and the bell having rung, a motion was made and carried to suspend the law requiring the society to adjourn at this signal, for the transaction of business. Under head of motions the following men made and adopted. Moved that Mr. Kendrick be relieved from acting as clerk of Tribunal. That the motion, authorizing the committee appointed for that purpose, to dispose of the useless books in the Library at public auction, be reconsidered; and that those books be not sold. Under head of notices, the Prest. gave notice that the Committee on appeals would meet this evening at 3 o'clock: also that an election for Valedictory Oratory to the Senior Class would take place on next Saturday; and that the Senior class would meet for the purpose of recommending to the Society an honorary Prest. and private orator for next commencement. The report of the Committee on Motions was rejected, for want to consider it until next Saturday, at which time it was moved that the regular debate be dispensed with for the consideration of that report. The corresponding Secretary, under
head of Communications read the acceptance of an honorary member of his election as an honorary member of this society. An election for new officers and Commencement Prest. took place, according to previous notice which resulted 1n the choice of the following gentlemen. Gorham, Prest; Talbert, Secretary; Candler, C. M.; P. Bworn, Treasurer; McTyer, D.R.; Green, Clerk Tribunal;
Kilpatrick, Clerk of Tribunal and Cumming, Commencement President. Under report of officers, three men reported many delignent [sic] members, both as discharging their duties and paying their dues. The Treasurer read a report of the financial state of the Society, showing that it was in flourishing condition and would
increase when the backward members should discharge their indebtedness. This report was received and deposited in the draw for the purpose. The business gone through with, the Prest. ordered the calling of the second roll; at which there were 48 members present. There being no other business before the Society it was adjourned by the Prest.

W. D. Wash, Sec. J. A. Walton, Prest.



Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 20,
/54

The Society met this morning and was organized by calling the Prest. to the chair. A motion for the postponement of the celebration was lost. On Mr. Walker's giving notice that he would not speak to no auditory, a motion was made and carried that a committee of three be appointed to wait on Mr. Walker and learn from him whether or not he meant he would not speak before the Demosthenian Society alone. The Committee reported that Mr. Walker would speak before the Society independent of any other.
Messrs Key and Stanley were initiated honorary members of the Society. The report of the Com. in arrangements was handed to the Prest. who called the names on order for procession to the Chapel; when the Society was entertained by the very chaste and able address of their Anniversarian. As the Society was convened again after the address, it was moved that the thanks of the Society be tendered Mr. Walker for the able manner 1n which he acquitted himself and the credit done the Society. It was also moved that a copy of his speech be requested for publication. There being no other business the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

W. D. Wash, Sec. J. A. Walton, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall Feby. 25th, 1854

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was called to order by the Prest. The first roll was called and sixty five members answered to their names. Propositions for the admission of members being next 1n order. Mr. Walker proposed the name of Col. A.H. McClung of Miss., Mr. Lafette, Col. Wm. Owens of S. C. as honorary members of this society. They were unanimously elected and the corresponding Sec. was directed to inform them of their election. Mr. E. Brown moved that the proposition making Messrs Krogan and Sledge honorary members of
this Society be reconsidered. This was adopted and upon reconsideration of said proposition, Mr. Brown moved that these gentlemen be not allowed honorary membership, which motion was lost. Communications, Mr. Brown read for Mr. Kendrick, Corres. Sec., the reply of Mr. F. A. Formen in accepting his election as honorary member of this Society. An election was held for Valedictory Orator to the Senior class which resulted in the selection of Mr. Scott. Under head of report of Committees, the Senior class made the following report which was confirmed by the Society. Commencement Prest honorary, Charles I. Jenkins of
Augusta, Geo.,first alternate Col. Hinds Holt of Columbus, Ga., Second alternate, Col. H. H. Cumming of Augusta, Private Orator,
A. C. Garlington, S. C., first alternate, M. D. Cody of Warrenton, Second Alternate, V. C. Mason of Tuskega [sic], Ala. The Committee on motions reported on the following motions. 1st moved that the law compelling all the members to speak be repealed, and that one fourth of the members from each class be appointed to conduct the discussion, 2nd, that the new law compelling members to speak be repealed, and the old law, with the amendment that a members opinion should be considered a speech, substituted therefor. These motions were lost which was a finality upon the question of law compelling members to take pert 1n the discussion. According to previous notice of the Prest. by motion of Mr. Bolt the day was occupied 1n discussing this law. Under report of officers there were found to be many delinquent and disorderly members. The C. M. read out articles of impeachment against Mr. Scley and Mr. Snead which were deposited with the Secretary. There being no other business before the Society the last roll was called and the members answered to their names. The Society then adjourned.

W. D. Wash, Sec. J. A. Walton, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall Feby. 28th,/54

The Society was convened this evening, the Prest. presiding. On motion of Mr. Brown the question for debate was changed from the one chosen at our last regular meeting to the following. Whether or not the G. W. Magazine should be sustained?

W. D. Wash, Sec. J. A. Walton, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, 4th March, 1854

The Society was convened this morning at the usual hour and called to order by the Prest. The first roll was called at which a large number of members were present. Under propositions for the admission of members, the following gentlemen were proposed and duly elected. Mr. W. T. Ellerbe, Geo. I. McQueen of
S. C., w. w. Bois, Washington City. After reading of minutes and Bye Laws the declaring class was called on but few declaimers appeared. The debate on the question "whether or not the magazine should be sustained" was entered into with great zeal and the society was intertained [sic] with a spirited discussion. The question was decided 1n the affirmative. The bell having rung, a motion was made and carried to suspend the [sic] for the transaction of regular business. Under head of notices Mr. Daniel gave notice that he would bring forward a motion on the next regular meeting for making a Law compelling the Cor. Sec. to keep a book for entering the names of all honorary members. Under communications, Mr. Henderson read the pat1t1ons of several members to withdraw from the Society. There being no other business before the Society the last role was called and the Society adjourned.
W. N. Wash, Sec. J. A. Walton, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, 11th March, 1854

At the usual hour this morning the society was convened and was organized by calling the Prest. to the chair. After calling the first role the declaiming class was called on and many failed to discharge their duties. The question, Does the unanimity of the Jurors conduce to the equity of their judgments, was read and the roll called for debate; and although a want of study on the question was manifested, many engaged 1n the discuss1on. The junior orator was then called on who responded with a very chaste able address. The following gentlemen were duly proposed and elected honorary members, W. F. DeSaus and P. M. Shabley. Notices being called, Mr. Wash gave notice that Mr. Daniel would bring forward h1s motion for enacting a new law on next Saturday also that the Com. on motions would bring forward. Mr. Candlers [sic] motion on next Saturday. The Prest. gave notice the Society would adjourn on next Saturday. Under communications Mr. L. Holt read the petition of Messrs Hull and Dawson to withdraw from the Society. Mr. Henderson read the acceptance of Messrs W. Graham and J. H. Grogan for honorary membership. There being no other business before the society, the last role was called and the Society adjourned.

W. D. Wash, Sec. J. A. Walton, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, 14th March, 1854

The Society was organized this evening by the C. M. taking the chair. It was moved and carried that the question be changed and instead of having the question, Should the U. S. take any measures to prevent or suppress the establishment of the republic of Lower California, it should be, was Brutus justifiable 1n killing Caesar?

W. D. Wash--I. Reid, Sec. Pro. tem. J. A. Walton, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, April 21st, 1854

The Society was convened this morning at the usual hour and called to order by the Prest. After having called the first roll the declaiming class was called on. Moved and carried that the usual debate be postponed, the Cor. Sec. then read a letter from the Hon. Chas. I. Jenkins accepting his election as Comm. Prest. Also letters from Messrs McQueen and Sheibley as honorary members of the Society. Upon motion of Mr. Clarke it was carried, that Mr. Garlington of S. C. be written to again by the Corr. Sec., Mr. Gorham having resigned his election as Pres., Mr. Tolbert as Sec., and Mr. P. Brown as Treas. the Society went into a new election, the result of which was th election of Mr. Clarke, Pres; Atkinson, Treas. and Ford, Sec. Mr. Scott then made his report as Treas. for last term, which was received. The Society having no further business the last roll was called, 9 members being absent, and the Society adjourned.

J. A. Stanley, Sec. P. T. J. A. Walton, Pres.

Demosthenian Hall, April 24th, 1854

The Society was organized this evening by Mr. Fudge taking the Seat. No very important business was transacted there being few members present.

J. A. Stanley, Sec. P. T. J. A. Walton, Prest.

The minutes of last meeting:
Committee on Appeals:

MoGough, Fouche, Stanley, Lamar, Garlington. Cen. Mor. elected: I. Neal

Demosthenian Hall, April 29th, 1854

The Society was convened this morning at the usual hour by calling the Prest. to the chair. The first roll was then called, there being many of the members absent. Under propositions for the admission of members, either regular or honorary, the following gentlemen was [sic] duly proposed and elected as honorary members. Mr. Milton R. Rieves, Sandy Ridge, Henry County, Ga. The new officers then took their seats, Mr. Clarke as President, delivered before the Society a most chaste and appropriate address. A portion of the By-laws was then read.* The declaiming class called on, and many members spoke. The Junior Orator failed to perform his duty. The declaiming class and Senior Class were called on to hand 1n question. The question, "was Brutus justifiable 1n killing Caesar" being read, and the roll called, then the question was debated very ably by many of the members, who manifested a spirit in the debate and showed that the question was much studied. One of the honorary members entered into the debate with much interest. Some members entered into a voluntary debate. The Prest. gave his decision in the negative. The Prest. gave notice that there would be an election for new officers next Saturday. The society went into an election for Committee of Appeals and Cen. Mor: Mr. Candler having been excused from accing [sic] as Cen: Mor: moved and carried that the laws be suspended and members be allowed to propose their tickets. The following committees were appointed by the Prest. Tribunal: McGough, F. Brown and Andrews: Committee on questions; Fouche, Scott, Stanley, I. Garlington, I. Lamar, Jennison, Harris. Cor. Sec; Stanley. Committee to bring forward motions, I. Norton, Wills, Bowen; Committee on badges, Stevinson, Poe, Walton; Committee on general state of Society, Walker, E. Brown, J. Walton, Cumming, Candler, Fudge, J. Garlington. A communication was read by the Cor. Sec. from Hon. W. H. DeSaussure, accepting his appointment as honorary member of this Society, and also one from Mr. DeLaigh, asking his withdrawal. There being no further business, the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.*

DeSaussure Ford, (Sec.) W. E. Clarke, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, May 2nd., 1854

The Society was organized this evening by Mr. McGough taking the seat. There being no very important business the Society soon adjourned.

DeSausseue Ford, Sec. W. E. Clarke, Prest.



Demosthenian Hall, May 6th/54


The Society convened at the usual hour this morning, by calling the Prest. to the chair. The first roll was then called, there being many members present. Under propositions for the admission of members, either regular or honorary, the following gentlemen were duly proposed and elected honorary members: Genl. D. Wallace, Union, CH., So. Ca., Hartford Green Esq., Zebulon, Ga., Robt. A. Baker, Summerfield, Ala., Robt. E. Maranville, Fort Valley, Ga. The minutes of the last meeting and a portion of the By Laws were then read. The declaiming class and Junior Orator were called on, and many performed their duties. The Senior Class and Declaiming Class were called on to hand in question for Debate. The question, "should capital punishment be inflicted on circumstantial evidence?"
was read and roll called for debate, but few of the members participated with any interest 1n the debate. The decision was left to the house which body decided in the negative. The Prest. gave notice that the committee on appeals would meet next Saturday. The Society went into an election for new officers, the result of which was: Prest., Scott; Treas, Lamar; Cens.Mor., Wells; Sec., Crawford; Clk. Trib., Blount; and DoorKeeper, Wash. It was proposed and carried that the Cor. Sec. write to the first alternate for commencement orator, who is Mr. Cody. There being no further business before the Society, the second roll was called and the Society adJourned.

DeSausseue Ford. (Sec.) W. E. Clarke, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, May 9th, 1854

The Society was organized this evening by Mr. McGough taking the seat. After the usual business, there being nothing before the Society it adjourned.

DeSaussure,Ford, Sec. W. E. Clarke, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, May l3th, 1854

The Society was convened this morning at the usual hour by calling the Prest. to the chair. The first roll was called and many members were present. The minutes of the last meeting and a portion of the by-laws were then read. The declaiming class was called on, and many of the members spoke. The Senior class and declaiming were then called on to hand in question. The question, "Should Warren Hastings have been acquitted" was read and roll called for debate, which was debated by many members with much interest. Voluntary debate being in order, some members participated. The Prest. received the several agruments ]sic] brought forward by both sides and then gave his decision in the negative. Moved and carried that a committee be appointed to attend to the state of the hall and have it repaired, the Pres. appointed Wash, Hall and Crawford. Moved and carried that Mr. Scott be released from acting as Pres. Moved and carried that the Pres. appoint some member to act as Treas, this afternoon 1n Mr. Atkinson place. Under propositions, Mr. Lamar read one from Mr. I. W. Moore asking an honorable dismiss1on. The Society went into an election for Pres and DoorKeeper and the laws were suspended for the members to prepare tickets. The result of the election was as follows. Door Keeper, Harris.
There was a tie for Pres. between McGough and Brown. There being some d1fficulity [sic] the Pres. gave notice that there would be an election for Pres. on Saturday next. There being no further business the second roll was called and the Society adjourned.

DeSeaussau Ford (Sec) W. E. Blacke [sic] (Pres.)


Demosthen1an Hall, May 13th, 54

The Society convened this evening pursuant to appointment and was called to order by Prest. Clark's taking the chair, Who appointed Mr. McMullan, Treas. Pro. tem. Mr. Atkinson being absent the society adJourned and the Committee of Appeals took their seats and after going through the regular business adJourned.

Wm. A. MacTyer, Secty. Pro. tem. R. M. Gough, Prest. of Court of Appeals


Demosthenian Hall, May 16th, 1854

The Society convened this evening at the usual hour, by calling Pres. Clarke to the cha1r. Moved and carried that the question, "Has the cause of despotism been strengthened by the extermination of the Poles" be changed and for it substituted "should the government of the U. S. tolerate imigrat1on? [sic]" There being no further business the Society adjourned.

DeSaussau Ford, (Sec.) Wm. E. Clark, (Pres.)


Demosthenian Hall, May 20th, 1854

The Society was convened this morning at the usual hour by calling the Prest. to the chair. The first roll was then called and many members were present. A portion of the By Laws and the minutes of the last meeting were then read. The declaiming class was called on and many discharged their duties. The Senior and Declaiming Class were then called on to hand in Question for debate. The question "Should the government of the U. S. tolerate imigration [sic]" was read and roll called for debate. The debate was a most interesting one, both the regular and honorary members entering into it with very much spirit, showing a thorough Investigation. During the debate, 1t was moved and carried that the law be suspended and the society continue the debate and the regular business. The Prest. sumed [sic] up the arguments advanced on both sides and gave his decision in the affirmative. Moved and carried that the laws be suspended for the members to prepare tickets. The society went into an election for President and Mr. I. Neal was elected. The Censor Morum read before the Society a paper of impeachment against Mr. Jas. Hull. Moved and carried that if Mr. Hull pay all the fines against him, the society excuse him. The Cor. Sec. read communications from the following gentlemen accepting their appointments as honorary members of the Society; R. E. Maranville. Also one from Mr. Garlington saying he could not
act as private orator and also one from Mr. LaFette resigning as a member of the Society. The Prest. gave notice that the new members would take their seats next Saturday. There being no further business the second roll was called, and the Society adjourned.

DeSaussau Ford. Sec. Wm. E. Clarke, Prest.



Demosthenian Hall, May 23d, 1854

The Society was organized this evening by Mr. MoGough taking the seat. The regular business being transacted the Society adjourned.

F. T. Brown (Sec. P. T.) W. E. Clarke, (Prest.)


Demosthenian Hall, May 27th, 1854

The Society was convened this morning at the usual hour by call1~ the Prest. to the chair. The first roll was then called, many members being present. Under propositions for members regular or honorary, Mr. Jefferson Lamar, Macon, Geo. was elected an honorary member of the Society. A port1on of the By Laws and minutes of the last meeting were then read. The declaiming class was called on, but few failing to perform their duties. The Junior and Declaiming class were called on to hand in question for debate. The question, "was Napoleon a patriot?" was read and roll called for debate, which was interesting. The President after summing up the arguments, decided 1n the negative. Under motions, it was moved and carried, that Mr. Jas. Hull having refused to pay all his fine, be expelled from the Demosthenian Society. The President gave notice, that the new officers would take their seats on next Saturday. There being no further business the second roll was called and Society adjourned.

F. P. Brown (Sec.) P.T. Wm. E. Clarke, (Prest.)


Demosthenian Hall, May 30th, 1854

The Society was convened this afternoon at the usual hour, by Mr. McGough taking the seat. After the regular business was transacted the Society adJourned.

Desaussure Ford, (Sec.) Wm. E. Clarke, (Prest.)


Demosthenian Hall, June 3d, 1854

The Society was convened this morning at the usual hour by calling the Prest. to the cha1r. The first roll was called and many members were present. The minutes of the last meeting not being 1n the hall were passed over. Under propositions for members, regular or honorary, the Rev. T. C. Stanley of Griffin, Rev. V. A. Gaskill of Fayetteville, Wm. Alexander of Flat Shoals Meriwether Cty. and Martin Crawford of Columbus, Geo were elected honorary members of this Society. The new officers then took their seats. Mr. Neal as President delivered an appropriate address to the Society. A portion of the constitution was then read. The declaiming class was then called on and nearly all discharged their duty. The declaiming class and Junior class were called up to hand in questions for debate. The question, "Is England actuated by benevolent or selfish motives in the present war with Russia", was read and the first roll for debate was called; but few of the members participated. The Junior Orator failed to discharge his duty, being called on. The second roll was called for debate, in which more interest was manifested. Quite a debate was excited in favor of the negative. The President gave notice that on next Saturday, there would be an election of new officers. The following committees were appointed by the Prest. Tribunal: Wash, Tolbert and Jemison; On Question: Scott, Atkinson, Garlington, Green and Blount; Corresponding Sect. Person. Communications were read by Cor. Sec. from Messrs Green and Reives accepting honorary membership, also one from Mr. Cody stating hie inability to act as "private orator" at commencement. The minutes of last meeting being obtained were then read. The Treasurer made his report, which was received. The last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

B. B. Crawford (Sec.) Jas. H. Neal (Prest.)


Demosthenian Hall, June 6th/54

The society was organized this evening at the usual hour by Mr. Wash taking the chair. The usual business being transacted the Society adJourned.

B. H. Crawford (sect.) w. D. Wash ( Prest.)


Demosthenian Hall, June 10th, 1854

The Society was organized this morning by calling the Prest. to the chair. The first roll was called and 18 members were absent. The minutes of the last meeting were then read. Under propositions for the admission of members, regular or honorary, I. M. Beaufort, Eufaula, Ala., James D. Webb, C. P. Sullivan of Lawrenceville, S. C. and Rt. Rev. G. W. Doane, L. L. D. of Burlington, New Jersey, were elected honorary members of this Society. Mr. McKinne was elected and initiated a regular member of the Society. A portion of the "by laws" was then read. The declaiming class was called on and but three fa1ling to discharge their duties. The Junior and Declaiming class were called on to discharge their duties. The Junior and Declaiming class were called on to hand 1n questions. The question, "Was Elizabeths [sic] Justifiable 1n her course of conduct towards Mary Queen of Scotts", was read and first roll was called for debate, in which many participated with much interest. The 2nd roll for debate was called and the same interest was manifested. Voluntary debate was then in order and some took the opportunity to defend their side, after which the Prest. gave his decision in favor of negative. Under the head of elections, Brown was elected Prest., Norton, C. M.; Treasr. Andrews; Sec., Greene; D. K. Blount, Clk. Tribl.; Mr. James Hull was expelled from this society. Nothing else being before the house, the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

B. H. Crawford, (Sec.) I. H. Neal, (Prest.)


Demosthenian Hall, June 13th, 54

The Society convened this evening at the usual hour calling the Prest. to the cha1r. It was moved and carried that a committee be appointed to extend an invitation to the "Athens Guards" to attend our Fourth of July Celebration. Messrs Stanley, Wash and Holt were appointed on that committee. No more business being before the house, the usual business was transacted and Society adjourned.

B. H. Crawford, Sec. I.H. Neal, Prest


Demosthenian Hall, June 17th, 54

The Society met this morn1n at the usual hour by the President calling the Society to order. The 1st roll was called and 34 members answered to their names and 19 being absent. The minutes of the last meeting and a portion of the "By Laws" were read before the society. The declaiming class was called and but three discharged their duties and five failing. Questions were handed in by the Junior and Declaiming Classes. The question, "Ought Aaron Burr to have been convicted was read and the first roll for debate was called, in which few only took an interest. The Junior Orator was absent, when announced. The question was made known again and the second roll for debate was called, after which voluntary debate was in order, in which great interest was manifested, after which the Prest. gave his decision in favor of the negative. It was moved and adopted that a catalogue of the members (regular and honorary) be published and revised every four years, and the Prest. gave notice to the Sect. to insert this 1n the By Laws. The Society having given him permission the Prest. appointed Messrs Clarke, Scott, Brown, Garlington, and Poe on that committee; nothing being being [sic] before the Society, the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

Bennet H. Crawford, Sect. James H. Neal, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, June 20th, 1854

The Society assembled this evening at the usual hour by Mr. Wash
taking the chair. The usual business being transacted the society adjourned.

B. H. Crawford, Sect. W. D. Wash, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, June 24th, 54

The Society met this morning by calling the President to the chair; the 1st roll was called and a majority of the members were present. The minutes of last meeting and a portion of the By Laws was then read. Mr. Thomas B. Stephens of Forsyth, Ga., Hon. Albert Pike, Arkansas, M. Elder of Chester, South Carolina, and Col. James Pugh, Eufaula, Ala. were elected honorary members of the Society. The declaiming class being called on discharged their duties. The debate as was customary on the last Saturday before adjournment was dispensed with today. The President gave notice that the Society would adjourn on next Saturday. Communications were read by Cor. Sect. from Mr. Mason informing the Society that he could not act as "private orator" Commencement, also one from the "Athens Guards" accepting the invitation to attend the celebration of the 4th of July in the Chapel. Messrs Wash, Brown and Stinson were appointed to make out the order of procession of the "fourth". Messrs Scott, Atkinson, Brown, Lamar, Jenison were appointed to make out the order of business for commencement. Nothing else being before the Society of importance the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

A. H. Crawford, Sec. James H. Neal, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, June 27th, 54

The society assembled this evening at the usual hour by Mr. Wash taking the chair. It was moved and seconded that the Society subscribe for the Southern Literary Messenger. The usual business
being transacted the Society adjourned.

A. H. Crawford, Sect. Wm. D. Wash, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, July 1st, 54

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and call:ed the President to the cha1r; the 1st roll was then called and a majority of the members were present. The minutes of last meeting and a portion of the By Laws were then read. Under propositions for members, either regular or honorary, the following gentlemen were proposed and elected as honorary members of this society. Hon. A. D. Butler of South Carolina, James Brook of Lafayette, Ala., Maj. Jeff. M. Buford, Eufaula, Ala. The declaiming class was then called on and most of the declaimers discharged their duty. The debate as was customary on the last Saturday before adjournment, was dispensed with. The Junior Orator was called on, and failed to perform his duty. The President gave notice that there would be an election for committee on Appeals at the next meeting. Communications were read by the Cor. Sec. from Mr. G. T. Landrum informing the Society that he could not act as private orator at next commencement and from Mr. Y. A. Gaskin accepting honorary membership of this Society. The Cor. Sec. was ordered to write to Mr. Anderson, first alternate, of Mr. Landrum. Mr. Hope Hull of Athens was then elected private orator at commencement. There being no other important business before the Society the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

F. P. Brown, Sec P.T. J. H. Neal, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, July 5th, 54

The society met this evening at the usual hour by Mr. Wash taking the chair; the usual business having been transacted the Society adjourned.

B. H. Crawford, Sect. Wm. D. Wash, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, August 2nd, 54

The Society assembled this evening at four o'clock by Nr. J. B. Cumming the commencement president taking the chair and calling the house to order. The first roll was called and the minutes of last commencement meeting were read and accepted. The following gentlemen were elected and initiated honorary members of the Society; viz. Dr. J. H. Thornwell of Columbia, S. Carolina; Prof. W. L. Brown of Athens, Ga. and Prof. Wm. B. Carr of Madison, Geo; also Mr. I.E. Owens of Augusta, Ga. was elected and initiated a regular member of this Society. The Honorary Prest. Elect being absent, it was moved and carried that Dr. J. H. Thornwell be requested to act in hie place, which request he complied with. The Private Orator, Mr. Y. J. Anderson being called upon delivered an entertaining and instructive address upon "the present, or the times 1n which we live." The society requested of Mr. Anderson a copy of his address to be placed 1n the archives of the Society, with which request he said he would comply. Mr. Scott then came forward and delivered an able and feeling valedictory to the graduating class. The Diploma's were then delivered to the graduating class ended by some important remarks. Dr. Thornwell having an engagement at this hour begged leave to resign h1s seat whioh was granted when it was moved and adopted that Prest. Echols take the chair which he agreed to do and did so. The committee on the "General state of
the Society" reported that the society was in a prosperous condition, which report was accepted. Nothing more of importance being before the Society, the last roll was called and the Society adjourned,

B. H. Crawford, Secretary J. H. Echols, President


Demosthenian Hall, Augst. 12th, 1854

The Society met this morning at the usual hour. The regular Prest. being absent it was moved and carried that Mr. Walker be requested to take the chair, which request he complied with. The first roll was called and the minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted. Under propositions for the admission of members, regular or honorary, Messrs Adams, Sims, G. Hill, E. Hill, Hurt and Mitchess, I. Beasley, S. Beasley, Lee and Murray were elected and initiated regular members of this Society and Messrs T. Oliver of Buenavista, Ga., A. J. Battle and Wm. P. Chilton of Tuskegee, Ala. were elected honorary members. The declaiming class was called upon and discharged their duties. The debate as was customary upon the 1st Saturday after commencement was dispensed with. The President gave notice that the Committee of Appeals would meet on next Saturday, also that a Librarian would be elected for this term, and that the new officers would take their seats. Under the head of elections the Committee on Appeals were elected. The following was the result. Messrs Clarke, Fouche, Lyle, Poe, and McTyer. The Secretary read the question for next debate and no more business of importance being before the House, the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

Bennet H. Crawford, (Sect.) Thomas w. Walker, (Pres.)


Demosthenian Hall, Augt. 15th, 54 The Society convened this evening at the usual hour. Mr. Mattox was elected and initiated a regular member of the Society. the usual business being transacted the Society adjourned.

Bennet H. Crawford, Sect. William D. Wash, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, Augt. 19th, 1854

The Demosthenian Society assembled this morning at the usual hour, by the President taking the chair and calling the Society to order. The 1st roll was called and seven members were absent. The minutes of the last meeting were then read and adopted. Under the head of propositions for the admission of members (regular or honorary) Mr. Daniel Lee of Augusta, James R. Snead of Washington, Geo. Col. T. Coxe of Macon and R. M. Wright of Washington, Geo., Leve B. Smith and Judge Worrell of Talbotton, Geo. were proposed and elected as honorary members of this Society. The new officers then took their seats. Mr. Brown as President delivered an appropriate and interesting inaugural address to the society. After reading a portion of the "By Laws" the declaiming class was called upon and all discharged their duty. The question, "ought the U. S. to acquire Cuba" was read and the first roll for debate was called in which many manifested much interest. The Junior Orator was called on but d1d not discharge his duty. The question was again read and the second roll was called for debate, in which the more interest was manifested. After which voluntary debate was 1n order, after which the President gave his decision in favor of the negative. The President gave notice that the new officers would be elected on next Saturday, and that a vote would be taken whether Mr. James Hull who has men expelled, shall be reinstated. Under the head of elections Mr. Potts was elected Librarian for this term. Mr. Fudge made his final report on the condition of the library which was received, and the thanks of the Society was returned to Mr. Fudge and the privilege of Librarian was granted to him through hie college course. The Treasurer also read his report which was received. The following were the committees appointed by Prest.

Tribunal: Stanley, Poe, Deadwyler
Com. On Questions: Scott, Fudge, Dunn, Moore, Blount
Com. On Motions: Fouche, Stenson, Crawford
Com. on Badges: Ford, Lyle, Harris
Corresponding Secretary: Wash

No other business of importance being before the Society, the Society adjourned.

Bennet H. Crawford, (Sect. Pro. tem.) Felix. P. Brown, (Prest.)


Demosthenian Hall, Aug. 22nd, 1854

The Society convened this evening at the usual hour. There being no question selected at the last meeting, one, "Should home manufactories be protected by the imposition of high tar1ffs" was adopted. The usual business having been transacted, the Society adjourned.

F. M. Green, Sect. J. H. Stanley, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, Aug. 26th, 1854

The Demosthenian Society assembled this morning at the usual hour; and was organized by the President taking his seat. The first roll was called, and there were fifteen members absent. The minutes of the last meeting were then read and adopted. The propositions for the admission of new members (regular or honorary) was next in order; and under it came the proposition for the reinstatement of Mr. Hull, which was not decided, a sufficiency of the members not being present. After this a proposition, "that the president appoint four persons, one out of each class to confer with the absent members and obtain their votes on Mr. Hull' s case and report on Tuesday evening", was made by Mr. Clarke and adopted. A portion of the "constitution" was then read; and the Declaiming class called upon all of whom, save four, performed their duty. The question, "Should home manufactories be protected by the imposition of high tariffs" was read, and the first roll called for debate, in which many manifested much interest, which continued wit11 12 O' clock when a proposition was made to postpone the debate until 2 O'clock which was agreed to.

2 O'clock P. M.

The Society assembled again this evening, and was organized by the President taking his seat, and Mr. Garlington recommencing the debate, which was interesting. Voluntary debate was next in order; after which the President gave his opinion in favor of the negative. The proposition concerning the "badge" was passed, and J. Garlington, S. McKinnie, S. Neal were appointed a committee on it. Under the head of appointments by the President, Committee on books, Clark, Fudge and Persons. On the State of library, J. Neal, Garlington and Andrews. No other business being before the Society, it adjourned.

Felix P. Brown, Prest. Frank M. Green, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Aug. 29th, 1854

The Society convened this evening at the usual hour. Mr. Hull having received a sufficiency of votes, was reinstated. The question of debate for next Saturday was changed to this, "If a young man, his truly affianced bride and mother were sailing in a boat on a river and the boat should overturn which is he morally bound to save?" No other business to be before the society, it adjourned.

Frank M. Green, Sect. J. A. Stanley, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. 2nd, 1854

The Society assembled this morning at the usual hour, half past 8 O' clock, and was organized by the Prest. taking hie seat. The first roll was called, and very few of the members were absent. The minutes of the last meeting were then read and adopted. After this came the proposition for the admission of new members (honorary or regular) and Mr. Gilben J. Green of Griffin, Ga. and Mr. W. W. Wash of Savannah, Ga. were elected honorary members; and Mr. A. D. Gatewood was initiated a regular member. The
"declaiming class" was then called upon and all the members, called upon, declaimed. The question, "if a young man, his truly affianced bride, and mother were sailing in a boat on a river; and the boat should overturn, which 1s he morally bound to save?" was read and the first roll for debate was called. The "Junior orator" was then called upon who failed to discharge his duty. The question was again read for debate; and the second roll called after which voluntary debate was 1n order. Much interest was manifested by the members throughout the whole debate. The Prest. decided that the Mother should be saved. Under the head of prop's., a proposition was made that a committee be appointed to prepare a catalogue of the books in the D. Society and have it published. The following gentlemen were appointed by the Prest. Messrs Fudge, Tolbert, Davis, Potts and McKinnie. Communications from R. M. Wright, Jm. T. Coxe, and Thaddeus Oliver, accepting an honorary membership 1n our Society were received; but not read. There being no other business before the Society the last roll was
called, and it adjourned.

Frank M. Green (sect.) Felix P. Brown, President


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. 5th, 1854

The Society convened this evening at the usual hour, and having performed the usual business, adjourned.

F. M. Green, Sect. J. A. Stanley, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, Sep. 9th, 1854

The Society assembled this morning and was called to order by the Prest. taking his seat. The first roll was called and the minutes of the last meeting read when the 1st and 2nd roll was called for debate, and the Junior orator called upon. Very little interest was manifested 1n the debate. The Prest. decided that the conquests of Napoleon had promoted the cause of freedom. Under the head of "motions". Mr. Clarke moved that the committee appointed to prepare a catalogue of the books in the Society, be excused from debate on next Saturday, which was adopted. The Rev. Daniel Johnson of Fayetteville, N. C. was elected an honorary member of the Society. All the business having been performed, the Society adJourned.

Frank M. Oreen, Sect. Felix P. Brown, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, Sep. 12th., 1854

The Society convened this evening at the usual hour. A question "has a state the right to secede when she thinks her rights have been sufficiently infringed upon" was proposed for debate on next Saturday and adopted. The usual business having been performed, the Society adjourned.

Frank M. Green. Sect. J. A. Stanley, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall. Sep. 12th, 1854

The Censor Morum, who acts 1n the capacity of Prest. during h1s absence, took his seat at the usual hour this morning and called the Society to order. The first roll was then called and under the head of Props. for the admission of new members (regular or honorary Messrs Bolton and Hoxey were elected regular members, after which a portion of the "By Laws" were read. The question, "has a state the right to secede when she thinks her rights have been sufficiently infringed upon" was read, and the first roll called for debate, after which the Junior Orator was called upon, who failed to discharge his duty. The question was again read, and the second roll called for debate. Much interest was manifested throughout the whole debate. The question was decided in favor of the affirmative. Mr. Wash read a communication from Mr. J. R. Snead accepting a membership of the Demosthenian Society, after which the last roll was called, and the Society adjourned.

Frank M. Green, Sec. J. J. Norton, Pres. Pro tem.


Demosthenian Hall, Sep. 20th, 1854

The Society assembled this evening after prayers. The question for debate on Saturday was changed to this: "should the of [sic] ardent spirits be prohibited by law?" The Society then performed its usual business and adJourned.

Frank M. Green, Sect. J. A. Stanley, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, Sep. 23rd, 1854

The President at the usual hour took his seat and called the Society to order. The first roll was called and the minutes of the last meeting and a portion of the By Laws were read. The question for debate was then read and the first roll called. The question was debated with animation on both sides. The question was decided 1n the affirmative. The question was changed to, should the principals of the know nothing be encouraged? The Society then adjourned.

Phelix Brown, Pres. Frank Green, Sec. C. C. Wilbourn Pro. tem.


Demosthenian Hall, Sep. 20th, 1854

The Society assembled this evening at the usual hour; and, having performed its usual business, adJourned.

F. M. Green, Sect. J. A. Stanley, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, Sep. 3Oth, 1854

The Society was called to order by the President this morning at 9 O'clock; the first roll was called and 16 of the members were found to be absent. The minutes of the last meeting were then read and adopted. As the new officers took their seats, and Mr. Wash made a very interesting and appropriate inaugural address; after which a portion of the by-laws were read. The declaiming class was then called upon and nearly all performed their duty. The declaiming and senior class were called on to hand in questions for debate. The question, "should the principles of the know nothings be encouraged?" was then read and the first roll called for debate, but few at first took part 1n the discussion. The Jun1or Orators was called on but failed to discharge his duty. Next in order was the calling of the second roll for debate, many took part in the discussion, this time and the debate was quite interesting and was warmly discussed by both parties. The bell having rung the society adjourned until 2 O'clock P. M. when the debate was continued commencing at the name of Mr. Clarke and going regularly down the rool [sic]. The voluntary debate came next 1n order after which the question was decided by the President 1n the favor of the Negative. Under the head of notices the president gave notice that there would be an election for new officers on next Saturday; also that on that day the Society would adjourn. Under the head of communications, Mr. Clark read a letter from W. W. Wash of Wilmington Island accepting an honorary membership of this society. As was customary on this day, the election of Anniversarian came off which resulted 1n the choice of J. A. Stanley. The President appointed the following committees:

Questions: Crawford, Hull, Persons, Scott, Tolbert, Dun, and
Blount.

Tribunal: J. Neal, Pres., T. Norton, Hogan.

Corresponding Sect. Clarke.

Under the reports of officers, Mr. Andrews made his report as Treasurer on the financial state of the society. There being no farther business before the Society, it adjourned.

W. D. Wash, Pres. John Lamar, Sec.



Demosthenian Hall, October 3d, 1854

The Society was called to order this evening by the President, and the usual business having been transacted the Society adjourned.

W. D. Wash, Pres. John Lamar, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Oct. 7th, 1854

The Society was called to order, this morning at the usual hour, the first roll having been called 12 members were found to be absent. The minutes of the last meeting were then read and adopted. After which a portion of the by-laws were read. The declaiming class was called on and nearly all performed their duty. The declaiming and senior classes were then called on to hand in questions. This being the day for adjournment the debate as is customary was dispensed with. The Junior Orator being absent failed to perform his duty. The Society went into an election for the regular members of the Society which resulted in the choice of Mr. Persons for President, Eberhart, Cen. Morum; Simms, Sect.; Crawford, Tres; Adams, Door Keeper; and T. Merrit, Clerk Tribunal. The next declaiming class and Junior orator was then appointed and the report of officers read. There being no farther [sic] business the Society adjourned and Mr. Persons having resigned the President gave notice that there would be an election on the next meeting.

W. D. Wash, Pres. J. Lamar, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Oct. 10th

The Society convened this evening at the usual hour and was called to order by the President. On account of the death of our fellow member, Mr. Bowen, 1t was moved that the regular business of the society be dispensed with, which motion was carried. Mr. Stanley then made a motion that there be a committee appointed to attend the corpse of Mr. Bowen home and also that the committee should purchase a metalic [sic] coffin, both of which were carried. A motion was then made that a committee be appointed
to wait upon the committee, of the Phi Kappa Society, and to
ascertain how many to appoint to attend the corpse home. Upon that, committee were appointed by the President, Messrs. Clark and I. Neal, Messrs Clarke and Neale having made their report the President appointed a committee of two, Messrs Stanley and Blount to attend the corpse home and to see to getting the meta1ic [sic] coffin. A motion having been made and carried that a committee be appointed to draft resolutions expressing
the feelings of the Society, the President appointed on that Committee Messrs Scott, Davis, McGough, Persons, and Poe. Another committee was appointed by the President to prepare the order of exercise which consisted of Messrs Clarke, Andrews, and Lamar. It was then moved and carried that our Society defray the expenses of the committee of the P. K. Society. There being no farther business it adjourned. A motion was made that the Society should convene again on the next morning at half past five O'clock when the members should form a procession and at
tend the corpse to the depot, which was carried. There being no farther business the Society adjourned. The President gave notice that the Tribunal would meet for the transaction of the regular business on Wednesday evening following.

W. D. Wash, Pres. John Lamar, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Oct. 11th, 1854

The Society convened this evening at the tinging of the five O'clock bell. The tribunal having transacted the regular business the Society adJourned.

W. D. Wash, (Pres.) John Lamar (Sect.)


Demosthenian Hall, Oct. 13th, 1854

Hearing of the death of one of the members (Mr. Stinson) the Society convened this evening after prayers and was called to order by Mr. Scott taking the Chair. A motion was then made that there be a Committee appointed to draft resolutions expelling [sic] the feelings of the Society which was carried upon that committee appointed by the President, Messrs Wash, Atkinson, I. Neal, Eberhart, and Tolbert. A motion was then made and carried that a committee be appointed to confer with the committee of the other Society. Messrs Persons and Davis were appointed and having made their report, stating that the Phi Kappa Society was very doubtful whether they could get any one to attend the corpse of Mr. Stinson home; the President appointed Messrs Tolbert and Hall to attend. Messrs McMullan and Ford (who had been before appointed) with the corpse should Mr. McMullan desire it to be carried home. A motion was then made to meet again in the morning after prayers. There being no farther business before the Society it adjourned.

Dunlap Scott (Pres.) J. Lamar (Sect.)


Demosthenian Hall, Oct. 14th, 1854

The Society convened this morning at the appointed time. The regular President having been appointed Chairman on the Committee to draft resolutions. At the previous meeting, Mr. I. Neale was called to the chair. Mr. Wash (the Chairman of the Committee) read the resolutions which had been drawn up by the committee, which were adopted. The President then appointed a Committee of three (Messrs Scott, Davis and Deadwyler) to confer with a Committee from the other Society. Having made their report, a motion was made that the Society meet again at the ringing of the bell which was carried. Mr. Scott then read the resolutions which had been drawn up by the Committee of our sister Society which were received.

I. Neal (Pres.) J. Lamar (Sec.)


Oct. 14, 10 O'clock A. M.

The Society convened this morning at 10 O' clock and having formed a procession marched to the Chapel and thence to the graveyard and from there back to the Hall in the same order. The Society was then called to order by the President and a motion made that a Committee of three be appointed to ascertain the expenses of the Society occasioned by the death of Mr. Stinson; which was carried. The President appointed upon that Committee Messrs Hall, Green and Reid. A motion was then made that a belt be made to carry the banner with which was also carried. A motion was made and carried that the thanks of the Society be tendered to Mr. and Mrs. Lyle for their kind attention to Mr. Stinson during his illness and also to Mrs. Thomas for the kind manner in which she tended: for Mr. Bowen. There being no farther business the Society adjourned.

W. D. Wash, (Pres.) J. Lamar (Sect.)


Demosthenian Hall, Jan. 20th, l855

The Society convened this morning at the usual hour. The regular President and Censor Morum being absent, Mr. Clarke was called to the Chair. The 1st roll having been called and the minutes of the last meeting having been read the following gentlemen were initiated as regular members. Messrs Burns, Jordan, Cheney, Nesbet, Jones and Gordon. The declaiming class was next called on and nearly all performed their duty, after which the declaiming and senior classes were called to hand in questions for the next debate. This being the first meeting in this term the debate was dispensed with and the Junior orator called on. Under the head of motions Mr. Andrews moved that Mr. Dawson be reinstated to a full membership of the Society which motion was carried. Mr. Scott also read a motion that the Treasurer be authorized to forward to the Journal and Messenger due them for publication. An election was next held which resulted in the choice of Mr. McGough for President, Messrs Stanley, Atkinson, Poe, Lamar, and G. Hill Committee on Appeals. The President then appointed Messrs Stanley, Davis and Scott as a Committee on Motions and Messrs Ford, McMullan and Mattox, Committee on Badges. The rest of the business having been transacted in due form the Society adjourned.

Wm. Clarke, Pres. J. Lamar, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Jan. 23d, 1855

The Society convened this evening at the usual hour, the President was called to the chair. A motion was then made and carried that the question be changed to "should the Principles of the Know Nothings be encouraged." On account of the lateness of
the hour the Society adjourned, the President having given notice that the Tribunal would meet on the following evening.

W. D. Wash, Pres. Jno. Lamar, Sect.


Jan. 24th, 1855

The Society convened this evening and the President again called to the chair, he being absent the Censor Morum took his place. A motion was then made and carried that the question be again changed to; "Did the whole human race spring from Adam." The Tribunal then went through their regular business, after which the Society adjourned.

I. Neal, Pres. J. Lamar, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Jan. 27th. [no year included]

The Society convened this morning at the usual hour and was called to order by the President. The first was called and twenty members were found to be absent. The minutes of the last meeting were then read and adopted. The proposition for the admission of members (Regular or honorary) was next in order and Messrs W. A. Little and C. A. Talor were initiated as regular members and Mr. M.A. Greeves was elected an honorary member of this society. A portion of the by-laws were next read, after which the declaiming class was called on. The declaiming and senior classes were next called on to hand in questions for debate. The question, (Did the human race spring from Adam) was next read and the first roll called for debate. The Junior orator was next called on but being absent failed to perform his duty. The second roll was then called for debate after which came the voluntary debate. The bell having rung for twelve O'clock it was moved and carried that the laws be suspended and the debate continued. The question was then decided in favor of
the negative by the President. Under the head of notices the President gave notice that he would appoint the following gentlemen, Messrs Garlington, Poe and Crawford as a committee on the purchase of books. The next Junior Orator and the declaiming class were then appointed; after which the question "was Maj. Andrew justly executed", was read and the house granted Mr. Garlington the priviledge [sic] of making a motion that the question be changed to "should the Principles of the Know Nothings be encouraged" and their reports, and the last roll having been called the Society adjourned.

W. D. Wash, (Pres.) J. Lamar, (Sec.)


Jan. 30th. [no year included]

The Society convened this evening at the usual hour, the tribunal having transacted their regular business the Society adjourned.

I. Neal, (Pres.) J. Lamar, (Sec.)



Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 3d.

The Society convened this morning at the usual hour and was called to order by the President. The first roll was called and fifteen members were found to be absent. The minutes of the last meeting were then read and adopted, after which a portion of the by-laws were read. The declaiming class was called on and most of the members performed their duty. The declaiming and Senior classes were called on to hand in questions for debate, the question, "should the principles of the Know Nothings be encouraged" was read and the first roll called for debate. The bell rang for 12 O'clock and the Society adjourned until two.

Feb. 3d, 2 O'clock P. M.

This being the regular time for the Committee on Appeals to meet, a motion was made that the debate be continued through the 1st roll and the debate then be suspended which was carried until next Saturday. The President gave notice that the Committee on Appeals would meet immediately after the Society adjourned. Under the head of appointments a motion was made that the President appoint another member on the committy [sic] of Appeals in the place of Mr. Lamar, resigned which was carried. The President then appointed Mr. Hull on the Committee. The next declaiming class and Junior orator having been appointed and the officers having made their reports the Society adjourned.

W. N. Wash, (Pres.) J. Lamar (Sec.)


Feb. 6th, 1855

The Society convened this evening at the usual hour. The Pres. was called to the chair, but he being absent Mr. Neal requested to take his place. Mr. J. B. Silman was then initiated a regular member of this Society. The Tribunal then took their seats and having gone through with their regular business, the Society adjourned.

I. Neal (Pres.) J. Lamar, (Sec.)



Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 10th, 1855

The Society convened this morning at the usual hour and was called to order by the President. The first roll having been called, the minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted. Under the head of proposition for the admission of members (Regular or Honorary) Messrs D. H. Ellington and A. G. Adams were initiated regular members of this Society, after which a portion of the by-laws were read. The Declaiming class having been called on, and most of the members having performed their duty, the Declaiming and Senior Classes were called on to hand in questions for debate. The Junior Orator having performed h1s duty, the question "Should the Principles of the Know Nothings be encouraged" was read and the debate resumed where it left off last Saturday by calling the second roll. The bell having rung for 12 O'clock, the Society adjourned until two (2) 1n the after
noon.


2 O'Clock P. M.

The debate was resumed this evening (where it was interupted [sic] by the ringing of the bell) Mr. McGough commencing it. After calling the 2d roll the voluntary debate was 1n order, after which came the decision which was given by the President 1n favor of the affirmative. Under the head of notices, Mr.. Davis gave notice that he would being up a motion that the law for declaiming be done away with. The President then gave notice that the new officers would take their seats on next Saturday and that there would be an election for Librarian on the same day. Mr. Clarke then made a proposition that those young men who came to College to be educated for the ministry to be allowed to join our Society free of their initiation fee which was carried. Communications coming next in order Mr. Clarke read a letter

(the rest of these minutes were not written up. Typist)


Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 17th, 1855

At the usual hour the Society convened this morning. The President was called to the chair, and the Society was called to order. Mr. Lamar, the Sec. called the roll and 9 members were found to be absent. By order of the Pres. the New Officers took their seat. Mr. McGough on taking the Pres. Seat delivered a beautiful inaugural address, as is customary on such occasions. He expressed to the Society his thankfulness for the honor confered [sic] on him. Under the head of Propositions for the admission of members, Messrs J.M. A. Brown and Wm. D. Hurlow were initiated as regular members of the Demosthenian Society. By order of Pres. the Secretary called the roll for the declaiming class, few of whom performed their duty. The declaiming and senior classes were then called on for questions all of whom approached the ballot box. The first roll was then called for debate as this question was read, "Should we support Cromwell in the execution of Charles the first?" The Pres. ordered the Sect, to call the first roll and a warm debate was held when the Pres. decided in the negative. A committee under the head of appointments was appointed by the President to confer with the Phi Kappa Society on the regulations of our Anniversary on the following Monday. The com. was Merrit, Neal and Owens. Nothing more being before the Society the Pres. gave notice that it was adjourned.

R. McGough, Pres. W. H. Sims, Secretary


Wednesday Evening, Feb. 21st. [no year]

The Society met this evening nothing being before the Society, the Tribunal proceeded to take their seats and in a short time the business was rightly transacted.

Pelix Brown, Pres. W. H. Sims, Secretary


Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 24th. [no year]

The Society met this morning. The roll having been called 18 members were found to be absent. The minutes were then read and accepted by the Society. By order of the Pres. the Secretary called the declaiming class, most of whom performed their duty. The question was then read, Should the [ ]law be repealed, after a long and interesting debate, the question was decided in the affirmative. Under the head of appointments the Pres. appointed Messrs Atkinson, Dunn, Poe, Hurt and Owens Committee on Questions. By motion of Mr. Tolbert the B. Laws were then suspended and the election of new officers took place, when the following were elected. Pres.--Fudge; Treas.--Neal; Secretary--Dunn; Censor Morum--McMullan; Clerk Tribunal--Hill; D. R.--Gatewood. Nothing more being before the Society it adjourned.

Pres, MoGough Sec. W. H. Sims


Feb. 27th. [no year]

The Society as usual convened this evening. Nothing being before the Society it devolved upon the Tribunal to take their seat. The business was dispatched very expeditionly [sic] and the Society again adjourned.

J. R. Tolbert, President W. H. Sims, Secretary


Demosthenian Hall March 11th, 1855

The Society convened this morning, Mr. McGough presiding. The Society was then called to order and the Sect. called the first roll when 17 members were found to be absent. The minutes of last meeting were then read and accepted. A portion of the By Laws were then read, and the Declaiming Class called on, many of whom were absent. This question was then read for debate viz: "Is this our government a consolidated government?" The whole of the fore-noon was consumed in an animated debate and again the Society met in the afternoon and the question was warmly debated and decided in the negative. No business being before Society the last roll was called and it adjourned.

R. McGough, Pres. W. H. Sims, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, March 14th.

The Society met this evening and no business being before 1t, The Tribunal took their seats, the business was dispatched with expedition.

J. R. Tolbert, Prest. W. H. Sims, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, March 18, 1855

The Society assembled this morning, Mr. McGough presiding. The Society was then called to order and the Sect. proceeded to the transaction of business. This was done expeditiously and the Society adjourned.

J. R. Tolbert, Pres. Tri. W. H. Sims, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, April 21st, 1855

The Society convened this morning, Mr. McGough presiding. By order of the Pres. the Secretary called the first roll 3 members were then found to be absent. The minutes of last meeting were then read and accepted. A portion of the ByyLaws [sic] were then read by the Secretary and the declaiming class was call on for questions with the Senior. The Pres. then ordered the Sect. to read the question for debate and call the first roll. A motion was then made dispense with debate this morning as heretofore on such occasions. This motion passed the house. Under the head of notices the Pres. gave notice that new officers would take their seats today. Under [ ] of communications Mr. Crawford arose and stated to the Society that the money in the Treasury amounting to $79.70 had been stolen from the Treasurers drawer and proposed to the Society to refund tho amount stolen from the Society if they thought proper and Pres. then stated upon motion of one of the members to Mr. Crawford from such an obligation, that there was no need of it as Mr. Crawford was unimpeached. The election then took place for Censor Morum and Court of Appeals when the following were elected.
Court of Appeals--Mattox, McTyer, G. Hull, P. Hill, M. Adams.

Appointments Committee on State Society--Clarke, Brown, Tolbert, Fudge, Neal, Eberhart, Atkinson.

Com. Badges--Dunn, Moore, Brown, Mattox.

Com. Motions--Poe, Lamar, Hurt.

No other business being before the Society it adjourned.

R. McGough, Pres. W. H. Sims, Sect.



Demosthenian Hall, April 22nd. [no year]

The Society met this morning, Mr. McGough ascended the chair and ask some member to state of object of meeting. Mr. Wash arose and proposed that we should publish in the Athens Whig, our loss from the treasury with a reward of $50.00 for the apprehension of the thief and the recovery of the money, $25. for thief. Mr. Brown proposed an amendment that we should offer $50. for thief, which was accepted. The Society decided that it should be published.

R. McGough, Pres. Wm. H. Sims


Demosthenian Hall, April 24th. [no year]

The Society met and after proceeded to the business which was done with great dispatch and the Society adjourned.

Felix Brown, Pres. Tri. W. H. Sims, Sec.
R. C. McGough, President W. H. Sims, Secretary
R. R. Fudge, Pres. J. Anderson Dunn, Sect.


Demosthenian Society, April 28th, 1855

The Society convened this morning, Mr. McGough presiding. 1st roll being called and minutes being read, announced that the New officers would now take their seats. Mr. Fudge in his inaugural address, reflected much credit on himself and will prove, no doubt, a bright star among the constellation of the Honorary Members of the Demosthenian Society, the [ ] of the officers, except Gatewood, he being absent took their seats with suitable dignity. Eloquence was undone when the Declaiming Class was called upon. 1st roll being called very few participated. Junior Orator failed in the discharge of his duty. The Honorary Members did not embrace the opportunity when extended to them.

interest [sic] was manifested in the debate. In the 2nd roll two members (Honorary) in 2nd roll made such a deep and unanswerable speech. [sic] The Senior Class nominated for Honorary President at the next commencement. Judge E. A. Nisbet, Macon, and Hon. W. C. Dawson, Greensborough [sic], 1st alternate. Mr. Henry Hull, of Athens was nominated Private Orator and George T. Barnes of Augusta 1st Alternate, which being announced, it was ratified by the Society. Considerable enthusiasm in voluntary debate. The President summing up the arguments gave his opinion in favour [sic] of the affirmative.

Tribunal Questions Mr. Green was appointed Cor. Sec.

Burns Meriwether
Brown Hill
Harris Biggs

President gave notice of election of new officers. An article of impeachment was prefered against Mathews for absence from 3 successive 'Tribunals, but was excused by Society in consequence of ill health. No other business being, before the Society, it adjourned.

J. Andrew Dunn, Secretary R.R. Fudge, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, 6th May, 1855

The Society convened this morning, President took his seat. Majority of the Society were present. Very little interest was manifested in the debate, though some of the members did themselves great credit showing much study and an urgent desire to discharge their duties as become members, of the Demosthenian Society. President having commented upon the arguments gave his decision in the affirmative. Mr. Mattox made a motion to return Mr. Lambert the thanks of the society for a donation of the spoils of some books presented by him. He appointed Maddox, Green and Burns on that Committee: Cor. Secretary read a communication from Mr. Henry Hull declining the acceptance of private commencement orator and Mr. Barnes, 1st alternate, was then instructed to be elected. The law requiring
"that a catalogue of Honorary members be printed and published every four years", be abolished, which being put to the house was unanimously carried. The law "requiring a class to declaim before the Society" be abolished, was brought up and carried. Election of new officers resulted in the following.

Poe, Pres. Pro. Tem.;Green, c. M.; Owens, Treas.; McTyer, Sec.; Crawford, President;
A. Adams, D. K.; Beasley, c. Tribu.;
Mr. Poe resigned in favor of Lamar.

No other business being before the house, it adjourned.

R.R. Fudge, Pres. J. Andrew Dunn, Secretary



Demosthenian Society, May 12th, 1855

The Society convened this morning; roll being call. The President gave notice Mr. Lamar the newly elected President, would take his seat. which we dld, and delivered a beautiful address. The debate was spirited and very interesting, much study was manifested in handling the subject. Junior Orator failed in the discharge of his duty. Mr. Green read a communication from E. A. Nesbit, declining the commencement presidency. The President gave notice that the society would go into election for Valedictorian and President, which resulted in Mr. Mattox being chosen as President and Mr. Sims as Valedictorian. The Society passed again the law concerning the publication of a catalogue of Honorary members and the abolition of the declaiming class. Mr. Crawford read his report and was received. No other business being before meeting she adjourned.

John Lamar, Prest. J. Andrew Dunn, Secretary


Dem. Hall, May 15th, 1855

President took his seat and Mr. N. K. Drake of Oglethorpe County was initiated regular member. No other business being before the Society the tribunal took their seats end the business being speedily dispatched the Society adJourned.

J. A. Dunn, Secretary J.M. Brown, Prest. tri.


Demosthenian Hall, May 19th, 1855

Mr. Lamar, the President, took his seat and the Society called to order, the new law of the abolition of declaiming, was inforced [sic] and acted like a charm. The Society can congratulate herself upon the dispensation of the monotonous and useless exercise. The question of "whether capital punishment should be abolished", was read and discussed at some length. Our new member, Mr. Drake, participated in the debate: bids fair to hold no unconcpicuious [sic] place among the disputants. Some of the Honorary members participated in the debate and sustained their college reputation. A motion being carried to suspend the law to continue the debate was prosecuted. President gave his opinion in the negative. Mr. Green gave notice, that he would bring up a motion at the next meeting to change the meeting of commencement from Wednesday Evening to Monday Morning. No other business being before the Society, she adjourned.

J. A. Dunn, Secretary John Lamar, Pres.


D. Hall, May 22nd. [no year]

Tribunal took their seats and business being speedily dispatched, the Society adjourned.

J. A. Dunn, Secretary J.M. Brown, Pres. Trib.


Demosthenian Hall, May 26th, l855

The Society convened this morning at the usual hour. Roll being called, many members were absent. Junior Orator failed in the discharge of his duty. The question was read and debated, many participating therein. The President gave his opinion in the negative. Mr. Beasly gave notice that he would bring up a motion, next meeting. to change the time of holding Tribunal to Monday evening. Cor. Sec. read a note from Mr. Barnes accepting the Private Oratorship, also from R. T. Fouche, declining the payment of his dues until they are sent to, him. The Committee reported unfavourably [sic] upon the detail of writing in the hall and being put to the house, they decided in the negative.

To change the meeting on Commencement Day to Monday, was put to the house and carried. No other business being before Society, adjourned.

John Brwon [sic], Pres. J. A. Dunn, Secretary



D. Hall, May 2?. [no year]

The Society convened this evening, business being speedily dispatched, the meeting adJourned.

J.M. Brown, Pres. Tribunal J. A. Dunn, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, June 2nd, 1855

The Society convened this morning at the usual hour. The President made a proposition for the admission of members either regular or honorary. When the following gentlemen were elected, Hon. Joseph B. Cobb, W. H. Hall, and Joseph D. Allen, first roll being called, very few participated. The Junior Orator being called upon discharged his duty with credit to himself. The second roll being called more interest was manifested and the President gave his opinion in the negative. Mr. Mattox gave notice that he would bring up a motion next Saturday, to alter the Constitution or by laws as regards the time of meeting of the Society next term. Mr. Owens gave notice that he would bring upon motion for the prohibition of lending our hall for any persons to use it except the Society and Prayer Meeting. Mr. Mr. [sic] Brown gave a similar notice for the abolition of the Junior oratorship. Mr. Green read a notice from A. C. Garlington our commencement orator declining the honor of addressing, on account of unforseen hindrance, also from Mr. Polsey declining to pay his dues until the items were forwarded to him. The Committee on Motions, reported motion for the changing of commencement meeting from Wednesday to Monday, which being submitted to the society was carried. The motion of changing Tribunal to Monday evening was reported on by Committee and carried. The last roll being called the Society
adjourned.

J. A. Dunn, Secy. John Lamar, Pres.



Demosthenian Hall, June 5th, 1855 Tribunal took their seats, and the business being speedily dispatched, Society adjourned.

J.M. Brown, Pres. Tribunal J. A. Dunn, Secretary


Demosthenian Hall, June 9th, 1855

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was called ,to order by Mr. Lamar taking the chair. The first roll being called eleven absentees were noted. The minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted. The newly elected officers then took their seats. President Mattox then delivered a very chaste and appropriate address to the Society. The question for debate was then read, "Should the license of retailing liquor be abolished?" The 1st roll was called and few participated in the debate. The Junior Orator was then called upon, who discharged his duty with credit to himself. The second roll was called and many members took part in the discussion. Voluntary debate being next in order the evils of intemperance and c. were portrayed to the satisfaction of all. This being concluded, the President decided in favor of the affirmative. Mr. A. I. Neal then moved that the "Society appoint a Comt. to repair the Hall which was passed. Mr. Neal, Brown and Sillman were appointed on said committee. Mr. Neal again moved "that the Secretary be instructed to procure a book and from this date to register the names of the Honorary Members who might be elected together with their Post Office, in this book"; which passed. Mr. Brown gave notice that he would, on next Saturday bring up a motion to allow members to take notes and to abolish the second roll. The President gave notice the election of new officers would take on next Saturday. He thus appointed the following committees to wit.

Corresponding Sec.---J. A. Dunn
Committee on Motions--Hall, Brown, Belcher
Committee on Questions--Lamar, Harris, Cheney
Tribunal--Simms, Dawson, Hancock

The Committee on Motions brought forward Mr. Owens motion to wit, "That the Treasurer of Dem. Soc. be instructed not to permit any mock court or mock speaking in their hall, which was passed at the preceding meeting, and was confirmed. Also the motion to change the time of holding the tribunal from Tuesday to Monday evening. After the report of officers the last roll was called and there being no other business before the society it adjourned.

W. A. McTyer, Secretary W. H. Mattox, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, June 11th, 1855

The Society convened this evening at the usual hour end the Tribunal transacted the regular business of the day, it adjourned.

W. A. McTyer, Secretary W. H. Sims, Pres. Tribe


Demosthenian Society, June 16th, 1855

The society met this morning at the regular hour and "Was called to order by Pres. Mattox, the 1st roll was called and 23 absentees were noted. The minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted. Mr. Down then proposed the following gentlemen as. honorary members: Martin I. Crawford, Columbus, Ga., F. M. Polhill, Forsyth. Mr. Poe proposed Mr. G. E. Harman, Forsyth. They were then unanimously elected. The question was read and the 1st roll called and few members participated in debate. The Junior Orator was then called upon and failed to discharge his duty. The second roll was then called and little spirit was manifested, after which the voluntary debate being in order many participated and resulted in an animated discussion on the effects of Political Secret Association. The President then decided they would exert a bad influence under the head of motions a motion was brought up, "that we invite the "Athens Guards" to join us on the 4th of July" which was discussed and lost whereupon Mr. Poe moved that we postpone the time until 1/2 past nine O'Clock which was also lost. The President then gave notice that the speech would come off at the regular time. Mr. Byron was appointed instead of Sillman on the Committee to repair the Hall and requested the committee to report on next Saturday. Articles of Impeachment were prefered [sic] by the Censor Morum against Mr. G. R. Hoxey for devulging [sic] certain secrets of the society. Mr. Hoxey pronounced the charge false and the charge not being substantiated. The Society declared the impeachment null and void. A communication was read from Mr. W. A. H. Hall of Zebulon accepting his honorary membership. On motion of Mr. Lamar, Mr. G. Stovall was released from a fine of $1.25 because he had once paid it. The By-Laws then were suspended and the Society went into an election for the regular officers which resulted as follows.

Poe, President;
J. Beasley, Secretary; G. Merritt, Treasurer;
Walton, Censor-Morum;
L. Beasley, Door Keeper;
Sillman, Clerk Tribunal.

The officers having made their report the last roll was called and there being nothing else in order the Society adjourned.

Wm. A. McTyer, Sec. Wm. H. Mattox, President


Demosthenian Society, June 18th, 1855

The President was called to the chair to reconsider a motion passed on last Saturday relative to change the time of the 4th July address. It was discussed at some length and decided that "the speech should be delivered at 9 A. M." There being no other business before the Society the tribunal took the seat and having transacted the usual business adjourned.

W. M. McTyer, Secretary M. H. Simms, Pres. Trib.


Demosthenian Hall, June 23d, 1855

The Society was called to order this morning at the usual hour by Pres. Mattox taking the chair. Minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted, the 1st roll was called and 16 absentees noted. Mr. Lamar then moved that as it was customary, that we dispense with the debate, which was carried. The Junior Orator, Mr. Burns discharged his duty. A communication was then read from Mr. F. J. Polhill accepting his election as honorary member of the Dem. Soc. Hon. W. C. Dawson's acceptance of the Commencement Presidency was read under head of elections, Mr. I. Beasly was elected. Treasurer in place of Mr. Owens who from sickness would be unable to discharge his duty. The officers made their usual
report and the last roll called at which 12 members were absent. There being no other business before the Society it adJourned.

W. A. McTyer, Sec. W. H. Mattox, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, June 25th, 1855

The tribunal took their seats and having transacted with dispatch the regular business, it adjourned.

W. A. McTyer, Sec. Wm. H. Simms, Pres. Trib.


Demosthenian Hall, June 30th, 1855

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was called, to order by President. The first roll was called and 18 members were absent. The Bye Laws were read and debate being next in order, but as it had previously been customary it was dispensed with. The Junior Orator, Mr. Cheney who discharged his duty with a Latin Speech. Messrs W. C. Wilkes of Forsyth, N. L. Rodney, Forsyth, A. A. Gaidding, Griffin, Jas. Milton Smith of Thomaston and Dr. W. P. Beasley, LaGrange were elected honorary members of Dem. Soc. Mr. Lamar proposed that we elect Rev. Jos. Key to officiate as Chaplain on 4th July and was elected. Cordy, Sec. read a communication from Mr. C. C. Welbourne paying all his dues which was accepted. Mr. Crawford on Committee of Books, reported that a Catalogue of the books was ready, and he laid the manuscript before the Society. President at the motion of some
member appointed the following Committee to have it printed to wit: Messrs Poe, Simms, and Neal. Mr. Neal moved that 3OO be printed. Mr. Beasly gave notice that he would resign the office of Clerk of Tribunal as he had been elected Treas. The Pres. decided that it was unconstitutional to hold more than one office at same time as Mr. Beasly had been elected Treas. last, he would have to resign it, whereupon he resigned both. The Society then went into an election which resulted as follows: Mr. Beasley, Treasurer and G. Hill, Clk. Tribl. Mr. Brown moved that as the Senior Class had failed to select an orator that Mr. B. F. Minor of Va. be elected to address the two societies at Commencement. He was elected. Mr. Green moved that we elect him honorary member before we write to him, which was done. The officers having made their report the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

W. A. McTyer, Secretary W. H. Mattox, President


Demosthenian Hall, July 2nd, 1855

The President was called to the chair this evening and on motion of Mr. Lamar he appointed Messrs Lamar, Burt and Hull to match the members for the procession. The Committee on publishing catalogue of books were excused because of the want of time. The Tribunal then took their seats and having finished the usual business adjourned.

W. A. McTyer, Sec. W. A. Sims, Pres. Trib.


Demosthenian Hall, 9 O'Clook, July 4th.

The Society met this morning and was called to order by the Pres., Mr. Hill moved that Mr. Pierce be elected in place of Mr. Minor to address the two Societies. Mr. Crawford proposed to amend Mr. Hills motion by electing Mr. Pierce 1st alternate which amendment was accepted and the motion was carried. Mr. Brown then moved that we post-pone the 4th July Oration till eleven O' clock, on account of the inclemency of the weather. The Society then adjourned.

9 O'clock

Pursuant to adjournment the Society met, and was called to order. Some member moved that we reconsider the above motion end change the time back to 9 O' clock and was carried. The procession was formed and marched in concert with the Phi Kappa's to the Chapel where Mr. Scott delivered a very chaste oration.


lOt O' clock

The Procession returned to the Hall and Mr. Lamar moved that the thanks of the Society be returned to Mr. Scott for the manner in which he addressed them and he be requested to give us a copy for publication. Mr. Scott then desired the Society to excuse him publishing but would furnish a copy for the archives. There being no other business before the Society it adjourned.

W. A. McTyer, Sec. W. H. Mattox, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, July 29th, 1855

The Society met this evening at the regular hour, three O'clock to make some arrangements relative to the death of one of the members, Mr. Owens. It was moved that a Committee to draw up resolutions relative to the event be appointed. Messrs Crawford, McKain and Blount were appointed. Mr. Dawson was appointed to attend the corpse home. The honorary members were invited to unite in procession. Moore, Furlow, Barris and Hill, Pall bearers. There being no other business before the Society it adjourned until five o'clock in the morning.

W. A. McTyer W. H. Mattox


July 30th, 5 O'clock A. M.

The Society met this morning and having formed a procession, marched to the residence of Mr. Chase and accompanied the corpse to the depot, returned to the Hall and there being no business it adjourned.

W. A. McTyer, Sec. W. H. Mattox, Pres.


9 O'clock

Mr. Clark called the Society to order and a motion to postpone the regular business until Wednesday evening 2 0'clock because of the absence of Honorary President, Dr. B.O. Jones and Dr. W. T. Beasley were elected and initiated. Mr. N. L. Graham was elected. The Committee appointed to draft resolutions reported as follows Mr. Blount was elected Librarian and Lee, Clerk of Tribunal.


Demosthenian Hall, Oct. 6th, 1855

The Society met this morning pursuant to adjournment last term the first roll was called and but few absentees noted. The following names were proposed and elected regular members, Messrs Dunn, Smith, Andrews, Vasen, Colbert, North, C. F. Smith, Tenter, Ragland, Bolton, Mitchell, Chandler. They then went through the regular form of initiation. As was customary, the debate was dispensed with. Mr. Henry R. Shorter of Eufaula, Ala. was elected an honorary member. The Junior Orator, Mr. Dawson discharged his duty. After reports of officers the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

W. A. McTyer, Sec. W. H. Mattox, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, June 8th, l855

The President was called to the chair this evening and Mr. Davis rose and moved that we change the question for next Saturday which was carried. The question was then choosen [sic] to wit: "should Southern's let their slaves remain in their present state of ignorance" Mr. Hull was elected President. The tribunal then discharged the business and the body adjourned.

W. A. McTyer, Sec. Simms, Pres.


(The following is from a piece of paper found in the original book or Demosthenian Minutes.)

Resolved: That when propositions for Honorary Memberships are made that some history of the man be given by the proposer in order that we may not elect those unworthy of the gift. Rush.
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President then gave notice that the election of all the new
officers would come off at the next meeting. Mr. Lamar gave notice that he would bring up a motion to change the time of adjourning to the second Saturday in Nov. Oct. 13th, 1855

Thomas Biggs, Censor Morum W. Adams, Door Keeper


Demosthenian Hall, Oct. 13th, 1855

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, the President being absent also Censor Morum, Mr. Lamar was called to the chair. The first roll was called and few absentees were noted. The following names were proposed and elected as regular members of the Demosthenian Society, Messrs Taylor and Wellborn. They then went through the regular form of initiation. The new officers then took their seats and a portion of the by laws were then read after which the debate was next in order. The first roll was called for debate and but little interest was shown. The Junior orator was then called on, who failed to perform his duty. The second roll for debate was next in order and great interest was displayed in the debate by many members. The debate was then in order after which the President gave his decision in favor of the affirmative. A committee of three was then appointed to 'buy a curtain, Sims, Davis, and Harris were appointed. Messrs Beasley and Walton gave notice that they would resign the offices of
C. Morum and Door Keeper after which the election came off and the following officers were elected: Biggs, Censor Morum; Adams, Door Keeper; Committee of Appeals, Sims. Merriwether, Belcher, Harris and Hill. Mr. Dunn then read a communication from G. F. Pierce which was received. After this the bell ringing at 12 O'clock, the by laws were suspended and the business was proceeded with. Oct. 13th, 1855. Committee on Books: Lamar, Merriwether, and McKinnie. Tribunal: Potts, Cheney, Hogan. Committee on Question: Crawford, Dunn, McTyer. Committee on Motions: Davis, Hurt, Hancock. Corresponding Sect. Sims.
The reports of the Librarian and Treasurer were then read and received by the Society also a motion was passed allowing Mr. Potts free use of the Library as long as he remained in College. The President then appointed the following committees: On Books, Lamar, Merriwether and McKinnie. Tribunal, Potts, Cheney, and Hogan. On Question, Crawford, Dunn and McTyer. Corresponding Sec., Sims. Com. on Motions, Davis, Hurt and Hancock. No more business being before the house, the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

J. Beasley, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Oct. 15th, 1855

The Society met this evening at the usual hour, the President was called to the chair and John B. Wolfe was initiated a regular member of the Demosthenian Society. A motion was then brought up to change the question and the President decided that it was unconstitutional. The tribunal then took their seats and business was quickly dispatched, and Society adjourned.

F. M. Potts, Pres. J. Beasley, Sect.


October 20th, 1855

Sims, President; Potts, Censor Morum; Harris, Sect.; Burns, Treasurer; W. Adams, Door Keeper; Vason, Clerk of Tribunal.


Oct. 20th, 1855 Demosthenian Hall

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, the President then took his seat and the Society was called to order. The first roll was called and few absentees were noted. The following names were initiated regular members of the Demosthenian Society. Messrs Hobson and Eberhart also E. C. Bullock, Eufaula, Ala., Hon. John Cochman, Eufaula, Ala., and P. T. Sayre, Montgomery, Ala. were elected honorary members. The first roll was called for debate and but little interest was shown. The Junior orator was then called upon who discharged his duty with great honor. The second roll was then called and the debate was very interesting. The decision was given in favor of Beauty. A motion was brought up to adjourn four weeks before the end of the term and the motion as passed. The election then came off as follows. Sims, Pres.-Potts, C. M.-Harris, Sect.-Burns, Treas.-W. Adams, Door Keeper-Vason, Clerk Tribunal. A motion was then brought up to change the question which was passed and the following question was received. To which are the United States under greater obligations, her warriers [sic] or Statesmen? No more business being before the house, the last roll called and the Society adjourned.

J. Hull, Pres. J. Beasley, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Oct. 22nd, 1855

The Society met this evening and no business being before the house, the Tribunal took their seats and the business was quickly dispatched and the Society adjourned.

F. M. Potts, Pres. J. Beasley, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Oct. 27th, l855

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and the President
took his seat. The first roll was called and but few absentees were noted. The minutes of last meeting were read and the following names were elected honorary members of Demosthenian Society. Henry W. Hillard, Eufaula, L. F. Gormans, Gillsville, S. c. The first roll was called for debate and great interest was shown in the debate. The junior orator was then called who did not discharge hie duty. The second roll for debate was then called, the voluntary debate was next in order after which the President gave his decision in favor of the Statesmen. The bell ringing for twelve, the bylaws were suspended and the business passed through with. The motion for changing the time of adjournment was passed
the last roll called and Society adjourned.

J. Hull, Pres. J. Beasley, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Oct. 29th, 1855

The Society met this evening at the usual time and no business being before the house the tribunal took their seats and the business was quickly dispatched.

F. M. Potts, Pres. J. Beasley, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Nov. 8th, 1855

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and the President took his seat. The first roll was called and many absentees were noted. The following names were elected as honorary members of the Demosthenian Society, Hon. Lawrence M. Keill, Orangeburg, S.C. Hon. Milton Brown, Jackson, Tenn., B. F. Polhill, Macon, Ga., Milton A. Browder, Fort Browder, Barbour Co., Ala. The first roll was called and the President gave his decision in favor of the affirmative. Committee on getting curtain reported that they had got a curtain and put it up. Committee on books reported that the catalogues were ready and in the Library. The President gave notice that the election for Anniversary Orator would come off on next Saturday. Mr. Merritt gave notice that he would resign the office of Treasurer and the election came off on next Saturday. The voluntary debate was next in order and great interest was displayed in the debate. The last roll was called and the Society
then adjourned.

J. Hull, Pres. J. Beasley, Sect.



Demosthenian Hall, Nov. 5th, 1855

The Society met this evening at the usual hour and no business beIng before the house the tribunal took their seats and business was quickly dispatched.

F. M. Potts, Pres. J. Beasley, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Nov. 10th, 1855

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, the President took his seat and the first roll was called and many absentees were noted and the fol. names were elected honorary members of the Demosthenian Society. Col. Robt. A. McTyer, Eufaula, Hon. Percy Walker, Mobile, Hon. Jas. F. Dowdell, Oakboury, Ala. The first roll was called for debate and the junior orator was then called on who discharged his duty. The second roll was called for debate and great interest was shown. The voluntary debate was next in order and the bell ringinf [sic]for twelve o'clock by laws were suspended and business proceeded with. The President then gave decision [sic] in favor of the affirmative. The President gave notice that Society would adjourn on next Saturday. Mr. Sims then read a communication from T. M. Daniel which was received. The election then came off as follows. Davis. Aniversarian [sic]; Cheny, Treas. The last roll was [sic] and Society adjourned.

J. Hull, Pres. J. Beasley, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Nov. 1?th. 1855

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and the President took his seat and first roll was called and few absentees were noted. A motion was passed to suspend the debate and a Junior orator was called on who failed to discharge his duty. Mr. McTyer gave notice that he would bring up a motion at next meeting to do away with junior orator. Several communications were then read from men acknowledging their election. The President gave notice that this was last meeting for the term. The following names were elected honorary members, Dr. A. B. Calhorn, Newnan, Ga. The last roll was called and society adjourned.

J. Hull, Pres. J. Beasley, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Nov. 19th, 55

The Society met this evening at the usual hour and no business being before the house, the tribunal took their seats and business was quickly dispatched.

P. M. Potts, Pres. Tribe J. Beasley, Sect.



Demosthenian Hall, January 19th, 1856

The Society met this morning at the usual hour. The President took his seat and the first roll was called and few absentees were noted. The following names were elected as regular members of this society, J. H. Lamar, F. Ward, Wm. Barron, Alonzo Freeman, R. Ricks. The debate was suspended and several communications were then read and the last roll was called and Society adjourned.

J. Hull, Pres. J. Beasley, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Jan. 21st. 1856

The Society met this evening at the usual hour and no business being before the house the Tribunal took their seats and business was quickly dispatched.

F. M. Potts, Pres. J. Beasley, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Jan. 26th, 1856

The Society met this morning at the usual hour. The President took his seat and the first roll was called, the minutes of last meetings were read. The new officers took their seats, when the society was entertained by an eloquent address from the President elect, W. A. Sims. The 1st roll was called and few members entered into the debate. The question was decided in the affirmative. Mr. Adams resigned his office of door keeper and Mr. Adams was elected in his place. The next question being read, it was proposed to change it. Several questions were proposed but all rejected, whereupon the Pres. was requested to make a decision. Under appointments the Pres. made the following.
Cor. Sec., Meriweather;
Tribunal, Lamer; Jones, Fontain;
Com. Questions, Davis, Wolf and Hill.
Com. Books, Green, Mattox, and Moore;
Com. Motions, Hall, North and Walton;
Com. Badges, Crawford, McKinne and Andrews.
The last roll being called, the Society adjourned.

W. A. Sims, Pres. S. W. Harris, Sec.



Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 2nd, 56

The Society met this morning at the usual hour. The President took his seat, first roll was called, the minutes of last meeting was read, Mr. Allen was initiated a regular member, then first roll was called and the usual number of gentlemen engaged in the debate. New members were then called on and upon the calling of the second roll many of the members took a lively interest. Voluntary debate was then opened and after some excitement a motion was made for decision and Pres. decided in favour [sic] of the negative. Mr. Lamar gave notice that he would bring up a motion on next Saturday that those members who had gold badges would not be requested to wear any other but those above mentioned in procession commencement. Motion was carried to dispense with the by laws until the members could propose tickets and the votes being counted out the following members were elected. Merriwether, President; Walton, Censor Morum; Jones, Sec; Hancock, Treasurer; Alen, Door Keeper; Moore, Beasley, Vason, Hurt, North, Committee on Appeals and J. Andrew, Clerk of Tribunal. No other business before the Society it adjourned.

W. H. Sims, Pres. B. S. Jones, Sect. Pro tem.


Des. Hall, Feb. 4th, 1856

Society met this evening, no business being before the Society, the Tribunal took their seats and discharged the regular business.

J. Lamar, Pres. S. W. Harris, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 9th, 1856

The Society met this morning at the usual hour. The Pres. took his seat and called the Society to order. The first roll was called and many members were present. Under the proposition for admission of members, the following members were elected and initiated. Messrs Young and Murphy. Rev. Mr. Winn was elected an honorary member. The question for debate was read and the firstt [sic] roll was called, whereupon a very interesting debate ensued. The Pres. decided in favour [sic] of the Republican government.
The subJect was changed. No more business being before the
Society it adjourned.

W. H. Sims, Pres. S. W. Harris, Sec.



Demos. Hall, Feb. 11 [no year]

The Society met this evening and no business being before the Society, the tribunal proceeded to dispatch usual business.

W. H. Sims, Pres. S. W. Harris, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 16, 1856

The President was called to the chair this morning at the usual hour, the first roll was called and a maJority of the members were present. On motion for the admission of members regular or honorary. Mr. Oliver was elected as a regular member and Mr. Runold Johnston of Forsythe, Ga. A portion of the by-laws being read, the question for debate was read and the first roll called. Much interest was exhibited both in the 2nd roll and voluntary debate. The Pres. decided in favour [sic] of the negative. Under motions, Mr. Winn was elected as Chaplain on our Anniversary. Mr. Burns gave notice that the treasury was robbed of $25.30. On motion Mr. B. was excused. No other business being before the Society, it adjourned.

S. W. Harris, Sec. W. H. Sims, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 23rd, 1856

The President took the chair this morning at the usual hour. The first roll was called and a majority of the members were present. A portion of the By-Laws being read, the question for debate was read and the first roll called. Very little interest manifested by the members in the debate. The Society decided in favor of the negative. No other business being before the house the Society adjourned.

T. W. Dawson, Sec. W. H. Sims, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, 25th Feb.

The Society met this evening at the usual hour, no other business bein before the Society, the Tribunal took their seats and dispatched the business.

S. W. Harris, Sec. J. Lamar, Pres.


Demosthenian Society, March 1st, 56

The Pres. took his seat this morning at the usual hour. After the roll was called, the question for debate was read and a very interesting debate ensued. The Pres. after a very very short enumeration, he decided in favor of the affirmative. He, the Pres., was excused from the fine of neglect of duty. Where upon great confusion ensued. Mr. Burns was excused, upon the same
grounds. The motions were repealed. Mr. Blount made a report
on the Library, which was received. No other business being before the Society it adjourned.

S. W. Harris, Sec. W. H. Sims, Pres.



Dem. Hall, Mar. 3d, 1856

The Society met this evening at the usual hour. Nothing else being before the Society the Tribunal took their seats and dispatched the usual business.

S. W. Harris, Sec. John Lamar, Pres.


Demosthenian Society, March 8th, 56

Society met this morning at the usual hour and the Pres. being absent the Censor Morum took the chair. The first roll was called most of the members were present. The new officers then took their seats. Mr. Merriwether as Pres. delivered before the Society a short chaste and appropriate address. A portion of the by laws was then read and the declaiming class and junior class were called on to hand in questions after which the Pres. announced under the head of appointments. Mattox, Corresponding
Secretary; Hurt, A. Adams, Wellbourn as Tribunal, Green, Hill, North as Committee on Questions. Sims, Walton, Andrews, Com. on Books. Potts, Biggs, Chandler, Com. on Badges. The question was then read, first roll was called and the debate convened. Although many members were silent there was nevertheless a great feeling manifested and when the second roll was called it became quite lively and after the voluntary defeat the Pres. gave his decission [sic] in favour [sic] of the negative. During this time the bell rang and on motion the by laws were suspended and the business continued. A proposition was then made that the Pres. appoint a committee of three to make effort to return all the scattering books belonging to the Library or as many as they could find. The Pres. appointed Dunn, Dawson, and Lamar. The Pres. then gave notice that there would be an election of new officers on the next Saturday. Mr. Burns then rose to read the report he had made as treas. of the Society but Mr. Hull moved as it was so late he would be excused until next Saturday which was carried unanimously. On motion the by laws were suspended for the members to prepare tickets for the election of speaker which resulted finally in the election of Mr. Hull by acclamation. After the reports of officers the last roll was called and no other business, the society adjourned.

M. D. Merriwether, Pres. B. S. Jones, Sec.


Dem. Hall, March 10th. [no year]

The Society met this evening at the usual hour. No business being before the Society the tribunal took their seats and business being dispensed it adjourned.

B. S. Jones, Sec.


Demosthenian Society, March 15th, 56

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, the Pres. took his seat and first roll was called a greater portion of the members were present. The minutes of last meeting were read and received. The following gentlemen were then elected honorary members of the Society. L. F. Wigfall, Marshall, Texas; E. M. Pease, Austin, Texas; Frank Roudon, Henderson, Ga.; Hugh Buchannan esq., Newnan, Ga; Dr. Elias Macks, Columbia, S. C.; Hon. A. P. Butler, Washington City; Henry A. Wise, Richmond, Va; W. G. Johnson, Fayetville, Ga; Hiram Warner, Grantville, Ga; P. P. Henderson, San Augustine, Fla; Mr. Clifford Anderson, Macon, Ga; J.M. Calhoun, Atlanta, Ga; J. H. Lumpkin, B. L. Posey, J. A. Calhoun, Abeville, So. Car., Foster Marshall, Abeville, So. Car., John S. HarriS, Atlanta. A portion of the by laws was then read. The debate was dispensed with, the Junior Orator was called on and failed to perform his duty. Hull was then excused as reader and a motion was carried to elect one this day. Mr. Moore then read the report of the Committee on Books which was received. Mr. Burns then read his report as Treasurer and on motion it was received. A motion was then read that those gentlemen who had been written to and replied without paying their dues should be informed that they were no longer members of the Society, after a number of remarks for and against the motion was passed. A motion was then made that the senior members of the Society meet at once and determine whether or no they should appoint a valedictorian, which being carried it was moved and carried that the By Laws be suspended for this purpose and also to prepare tickets. The senior class then reported that they would have a valedictorian. The following gentlemen were then elected officers for the next term. Mr. McTyer, Pres; Beasley, C. M.; Chandler, Secretary; Hill, Treasurer; Ward, c. of Tribunal. Mr. Biggs was elected reader and Harris Valedictorian. Another election was then had which finally resulted in the election of Mr. Potts. Mr. McTyer made a report as Treas. Pro. Tea. which was received. No other business the Society adjourned.

B. S. Jones, Sect. Pres. M. D. Merriwether


March 17th, 1856

The Society met this evening and the tribunal took their seat. The President had the business dispatched and the Society adjourned.

B. S. Jones, Sect. Pres. M. D. Merriwether


Demosthenian Society, April 18th, 56

The Society met this morning at the usual hour. ~he first roll was called and most of the members were present. Mr. Smith was initiated as a regular member of the Society. A portion of the by laws was then read and on motion the debate was dispensed with. Mr. Dawson moved that Mr. Merriwether and Mr. Walton be excused from acting as Pres. and Censor Morum which was passed. Mr. Mattox then moved a Committee be appointed to make investigations concerning an act which Mr. Cobb has in his for collection which was passed and the Pres. appointed Messrs Mattox, Blount and Wolf. Mr. Mattox the Cor. Sect. read communications from Messrs Marshall, Landrum, Johnson, and Nise accepting the membership and one from Mr. Dunn concerning his with the Society and on motion Mr. Dunn was excused from paying it altogether. The by laws were then suspended for the members to prepare tickets which resulted in the election of the following Gent. Dawson Pres. and Beasley, C. Morum. The Pres. then gave notice that the new officers would take their seats on next Saturday. A motion was then made to change the question which was defeated and no other business before the Society it adjourned.

B. S. Jones, Sect. M. D. Merriwether, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, Apr. 21, 56

Society met this morning. Mr. Dawson as Pres. and Beasley as C.
M. The first roll was called and thirteen members were absent. The minutes of last meeting were read and received. A portion of the By Laws were read. Then the question was read end the defeat announced and after the first and second roll and the voluntary debate the question was decided in favour [sic]of the Neg. The Pres. then appointed Mr. Hogan, Pres. of the Tribunal and Mr. McTyer Corresponding. Mr. Blount then moved that the Committees on books be instructed to have those books that were in a bad condition rebound, the motion was passed and after the reports of officers the last roll was called, the society adjourned.

B. S. Jones, Sect. G. M. Dawson, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, Apr. 29th

Society met this evening, Pres. was called to the chair and a
motion made to postpone the debate on next Saturday which was decided to be unconstitutional, and the motion was withdrawn. The tribunal then took their seats and the business was quickly
dispatched.

B. S. Jones, Sect. G. M. Dawson, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, May 3d, 1856

Society met this morning. The Pres. called the house to order. The first roll was called, the minutes were read and a portion of the constitution was read and the debate was commenced. There was a little excitement and after the 1st and second roll and the voluntary debate the Pres. decided in favour [sic] of the neg. The Pres. gave notice there would be an election for Court of Appeals next Saturday. Mr. Hancock gave notice that he would bring up a motion on next Saturday to change the time of meeting commencement. A motion was made and carried to clean the question. The Pres. then appointed McTyer, Harris, Blount, Jones, North, Woff, and Hill to report on the general prospect and condition of the Society at commencement. No other business before the Society after the reports of officers the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

B. S. Jones, Sect. W. L. Furlow, Pres. Tri.


May 5th.

Society met this evening, no business before the house the tribunal took their seats and the business was quickly dispatched.

B. S. Jones, Sect. R. W. Hogan, Pres.



Demosthenian Hall, Mar. [sic] 10th, 1856

Society met this morning at the usual hour, the Pres. being absent the Censor Morum took the chair and called the house to order. The first roll was then called and ten members were found to be absent. The minutes of last meeting were then read and received. Mr. W. C. Cleveland was then initiated as regular member of the Society. The Sect. then read a portion of the by laws. The declaiming class and senior class were then called on to hand in questions and some few of them performed the duty. The question for debate was then read and the members all seemed to take a lively interest in the contest throughout. Especially this was the case with the freshman class, and after the subject was completely exhausted the Pres. gave his
unbiased decision in favour [sic] of the neg. On motion the by laws were suspended for the members to prepare tickets which resulted in the election of the following: gentlemen as Court of Appeals. Blount Pres.; Burns, Andrews, Young, and Murphy. The Pres. then gave notice that there would be a meeting of the Court of. Appeals in the afternoon, then after the appointment of the next declaiming class and Junior orator, the reading of the question for debate and the reports of officers, the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

B. S. Jones, Sect. I. Beasley, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, May 12th, 1856

Society met this evening and there being nothing but the usual business of the tribunal to attend to the house was called to order and the business was quickly dispatched.

[No officer's names listed]


Demosthenian Hall, May 17th, 1856

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and being called to order by the President, the first roll was called, a majority of the members being present. The newly elected officers then took their seats; and the minutes of the last meeting being read and approved, the following gentlemen were elected and approved as honorary members of the Society to wit: Reverand [sic] Samuel H. Higins of Columbus, Georgia, John M. Dyson of Thomasville, Geo. and Col. Augustus Prestley of LaFayette, Ala. President McTyer having delivered a chaste and appropriate address, the Declaiming and Senior classes were then called on to hand in questions which was promptly done. The regular Junior Orator was then called on but failed to perform his duty. The question for debate was then read, and the first roll called much interest was exhibited both in the second roll and voluntary debate. A motion was then made excusing Mr. Biggs from the duties of the Reader, he pleding [sic] want of time, which was passed. The President then gave notice, that there would be an election the following Saturday and also a meeting of the Court Appeals that evening, as they were unable to meet the last time. A motion was then made that the seats of the hall be furnished with cushons [sic], which was passed. The President then appointed a committee consisting of Messrs Jones, Beasley and Welbourne to furnish them. Mr. Andrews stated that the committee on books was unable to make a report having received no books lately. The President then appointed the following committees to wit:

Corresponding Secretary---James W. Harris

Committee on Question--Burns, Adams, and Murphy

Committee on Motions--Belcher, Smith, Ragland.

Committee on Books--Blount, Merritt, Barron.

Committee on Badges--Hancock, Harris, Oliver

Tribunal--B. J. Jones, J. Robert North, Wolfe.

A motion was then made to change the question for debate which was passed after many useless attempts to select an appropriate subJect. A motion was made that the President be allowed the privilege of selecting one. He choose the one proposed by Mr. Fontaine, Has a state the right to secede". After the report of officers, the last roll was called, and there being no further business before the Society it adjourned.

John L. Chandler, Secretary Wm. H. McTyer, President


Demosthenian Society, May 17th, 1856

The Court of Appeals met this evening and having discharged their business expeditionsly [sic] the society adjourned.

[No member's names listed]


Monday Evening, May 19th, 56

The society met at the usual hour, the business of the Tribunal having been dispatched the Society adjourned.

John L. Chandler, President B . L. Jones, President of the Tribunal



Demosthenian Society, May 24th, 1856

The Society convened this morning at the usual hour, being called to order by the President. The first roll was then called and the minutes of the last meeting being read and approved, the secretary read a portion of the bye laws, the question for debate was then read, and the first roll called. The Junior Orator was then called upon who discharged his duty to the best of his abilities. The 2nd roll was then called, but there being few members of the Society present little interest was displayed in the debate. The President then gave his decision in favor of the affirmative. Mr. Sims as Chairman of the committee on books then made a report which was recd. The Society then went into an election of officers which resulted as follows. Blount, President; Hicks, Secretary; Barron, Treasurer; Smith, Censor Morum; Murphy, Doorkeeper; Oliver, Clerk of Tribunal; Davis, Reader. A motion was then made to change the question for debate. After much confusion, the following question was decided. "Is there such a thing as an innate conscience?" The last roll was called and Society adjourned.

John L. Chandler, Secretary Wm. H. McTyer, President


Demosthenian Society, May 26th, 1856 The tribunal took their seats and having transacted with dispatch, the regular business it adjourned.

John L. Chandler, Secretary B. L. Jones, Pres. of
Tribunal


Demosthenian Hall, May 31st, 1856

The society met this morning at the usual hour, and was called to order by the President. The first roll was then called and a majority of the members being present, the minutes of the last meeting being read and approved. Mr. Brooks of South Carolina was elected as an honorary member of the Society. The question for debate was then read and the first roll called. The junior orator was then called on but failed to discharge his duty. The 2nd roll was then called and some interest was manifested in the debate. The President then gave his decision in favor of the affirmative. Mr. Harris made a motion to wit: That the Society give Mr. Norton a late member of the Society a diploma which was carried. Mr. Ragland then moved that the annual meeting at commencement be changed from Monday to Wednesday, which was adopted. Messrs Adams, Cheney and Ward were then appointed by the President to fill the places of Messrs Andrews, Blount and Hall on the Committee appointed to report on the affairs of the society. Mr. Dunn being then submitted, the following manuscripts being the selection of the Senior Class. Honorary President--Hon. Asbury Hull; 1st Alternate-Private Orator, John Harvie Hull; 1st Alternate--David B. Hamilton; 2nd Alternate--Thos M. Daniel; Valedictorian--W. H.
Mattox. The above being approved, the Treasurer made his report, which was recd. No further business being before the Society the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

John L. Chandler, Secty. Wm. A. McTyer, President


Demosthenian Hall, June 2nd, 1856

The Tribunal took seats, and having transacted all business with dispatch the Society adjourned.

J. L. Chandler, Secty. S. L. Jones, President


Demosthenian Hall, June 7th, 1856

The society convened this morning at the usual hour, and was
called to order by the President. The first roll was then called and a majority of the members were noted as absent. The minutes of the last meeting being read and approved, Hon. Augustus Cabiness of Athens, Geo. was elected as an honorary member of the society. The Secretary then read a portion of the bye laws and also the question for debate. The first roll was called and the Junior Orator being called in failed to discharge his duty. Much interest was manifested in the 2nd roll and voluntary debate. The President then gave his decision in favor of the negative. The President having given notice that the "Committee appointed to report on the condition of the Society and c" would meet on the following Tuesday evening the last roll was called and there being no further business before the Society, it adjourned.

John L. Chandler, Secty. W. A. McTyer, President


Demosthenian Hall, June 9th, l856

The Society met this evening at the usual hour, nothing else being before the Society, the Tribunal took their seats and dispatched the usual business.

Jno. L. Chandler, Secty. B. L. Jones, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, June 14th, 1856

The society met this morning at the usual hour, the President being absent also the Censor Morum, Mr. Burns was called to the chair. The first roll was then called and several absentees noted. The minutes of the last meeting being read, Mr. P. G. of Newnan, Geo. and Prof. J.E. Millet of Penfield, Geo. were elected as honorary members. The debate was next in order but elicited little or no interest. The President gave his decision in favor of the affirmative. No further business being before the society it adjourned.

J. L. Chandler, Secretary D. Burns, President


Demosthenian Society; June 16th, 1856

The Society met this evening at the usual hour, nothing else being before the Society, the Tribunal took their seats, and dispatched the usual business.

J. L. Chandler, Secretary B. L. Jones, President of Tribunal


Demosthenian Hall, June 21st, 1856

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, and being called to order by the President, the first roll was called, a majority of the members being present. The question for debate was then read and first roll called. In the last roll and voluntary debate, much interest was manifested. The honorary members being called on, Messrs Carlton and Hoyt delivered neat and appropriate addresses. The President then gave his decision in favor of the affirmative. The President then gave notice that the Society would adjourn the following Saturday. Mr. Harris then read the resignation of Hon. Asbury Hull as President and John Harvie Hull, as Private Orator at commencement, also a communication from Mr. Lamar in reference to some business concerning the Society. Mr. Blount then moved that a Committee be appointed to investigate the matter, but it was not carried. Mr. Jones being absent, Mr. Hogan was appointed to fill his place as President of Tribunal Pro tem. No further business being before the Society it, adjourned.

J. L. Chandler, Secretary Wm. A. McTyer, President


Demosthenian Hall, June 23d, 1856

The Society met this evening at the usual hour, and there being nothing but the usual business of the Tribunal to attend to, the house was called to order, and the business quickly dispatched.

J. L. Chandler, Secretary B. L. Jones, President


Demosthenian Hall, June 28th, 1856

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, and being called to order by the President, the 1st roll was called end a majority of the members reported present. A motion being made to suspend the debate, and no business being before the house the Society adjourned.

John L. Chandler, Secretary Wm. A. McTyer, President


Demosthenian Hall, June 30th, 1856

The Society met this evening at the usual hour. There being no important business before the house, the tribunal took their seats end dispatched their business after which the Society adjourned.

John. L. Chandler, Secretary B. L. Jones, President


Demosthenian Hall, August 5th, 1856

The Society being called to order by the President and the 1st
roll being dispatched with, the Honourary [sic] President, Gleen Mack and Cooper was called to the chair. The customary business being dispatched, the President proceeded to deliver the diplomas and the members of the graduating class which he accompanied with appropriate remarks and Mr. Harris moved that as a member of the graduating class of 56, Mr. Norton receive his diploma which was adopted. The Committee on the state of the Society reported that the Society was in a state of churning prosperity. The report was accepted. ,.. The valicictory [sic] to the class being now in order, Mr. D. W. Harris very affecting performed that duty. The last was then called and the Society adjourned.

Hon. Mark A. Cooper, President John L. Chandler, Secretary


Demosthenian Hall, August 19th, 1856

The Society met this morning at 7 o'clock to make some arrangements relative to the death of one of the members of our Sister Society, Mr. Kilgore. Mr. Jones moved that a committee be appointed to draft resolutions relative to the comt. Messrs Blount, Hill, Sullivan, Snipes and [ ] were appointed by the President to fulfill that duty. Messrs Vason and Snipes were appointed to attend the corpse home. Messrs Wolfe, Burns, Allen and Mitchell were appointed Pall Bearers; the President then moved that the usual badge of mourning be worn 30 days. There being no further business before the house it adjourned until 9 O'clock.

J. L. Chandler, Secretary Wm. A. McTyer, President


August 17th, 1856, 9 O'clock A. M. [Date out of order]

The Society met this morning again and having formed a procession marched to the residence of Mr. Browning, and accompanied the corpse out of town and then returned to the hall. There being no further business before the house it adJourned.

J. L. Chandler, Secretary Wm. A. McTyer, President


Demosthenian Hall, August 16th, 1856 [Date out of order]

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, the President took his seat and the Society came to order. The 1st roll was called and a majority of the members were present. The usual debate was dispensed with. The Proposition for the admission of members either regular or honorary being in order, six members were initiated as regular members. The last roll was called and no further business being before the Society. it adjourned.

R. W. Adams, Secretary Pro Tem. W. A. McTyer, President


Demosthenian Society, August 18th, 56

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, there being no business before thehhouse [sic]the Tribunal took their seats and dispatched their regular, then the Society adjourned.

J. L. Chandler, Secretary Wm. L. President of Tribunal


Demosthenian Hall, Aug. 22d, 1856

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and the President took his seat and call the house to order. The first roll was then called and the new officers took their seats when the greater portion of the members were present. The proposition was then put to house for the admission of members either regular or honorary
and Mr. Hillyer was elected as an honorary member. The question for debate was then read and discussed with considerable interest. The corresponding Secretary being absent, several communications were read and handed in by Mr. McTyer. On the committee of Appeals was then elected Messrs Sullivan, Snipes, Pitts, Cleghorn, Hill, North and McTyer President. On Tribunal, Hill, Ragland and Cheney President. Librarian, Mitchell. The last roll was then called and there being no farther business before the house the Society was adjourned.

Blount, President R. G. Ricks, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Aug. 25, 1856

The Society met this evening end there being no other business before the house the tribunal took their seats and dispatched the usual business immediately when the Society was adjourned.

Cheney, President of Tribunal R. G. Ricks, Sect.


Demosthenian Society, Aug. 29th, 1856

The Society was organized this morning by calling the Pres. to the chair. The first roll having been called, the minutes of last meeting was read and was followed by the proposition for the admission of members either regular or honorary. A portion of the "By-Laws" was then read. The Declaiming and Senior class was then called on to hand in questions all of whom approach the Ballot Box. The first roll was then called for the debating of this question, "Should capital punishment be abolished?" The second roll for debate was next called after which voluntary discussion was in order. The question was entirely exhausted. There was a strong and ardent degree of interest manifested by both parties of the question but those on the negative side were alone victorious. It then being past 12 O'clock the Society immediately adjourned.

J. Blount, President R. G. Ricks, Sec.


August 31, 1856 The Society met this evening and there being no other business before the house the tribunal took their seats, when the usual business was quickly dispatched and the society was adjourned.

Cheney, Pres. Tribunal R. G. Ricks, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, September 6th, 1856

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was called to order by the President taking his seat. The first roll being called when a greater portion of the members were present the proposition for the admission of members either regular or honorary was put to the house and Mr. Banks was elected a regular member of the Demosthenian Society. A portion of the "ByLaws" was then read and the declaiming and senior class were celled on to hand in questions. The question for debate was then read and discussed, after which the By Laws were suspended for the preparation of votes for all the regular officers of the Society. McKinne was elected President; W. Adams, Sec; Ragland, Treas; Belcher, Censor Morum; Thompson, Clerk of Tribunal; and Dennis, DoorKeeper. The declaiming class and Junior orator were then appointed and there being no other business before the house the last roll was called and the society adjourned.

J. Blount, Pres. R. G. Ricks , Sec.


The Society met this evening at 2 o'Clock. The regular business having been quickly dispatched, the Society was adJourned.

Cheny, Pres. Tri. R. G. Ricks, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. 8th, l8S6

The Society met this evening at the usual hour and there being no other business before the house tribunal took their seats and immediately transacted their business and the Society was adjourned.

Cheny, Pres. Tri. R. G. Ricks, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. 13th, 18S6

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, when the President took his seat and called the house to order. The first roll was then called and the proposition for the admission of members either regular or honorary was put to the house. Messrs D. I. Bailey and James Wray were elected honorary members of the Demosthenian Society. A portion of the "By-Laws" was then read and the declaiming and senior class called on to hand in questions. The subject for debate, "was Napoleon a Patriot" was then read and discussed by both parties with considerable interest. The decision of the President was given in favor of the affirmative. The last roll was then called when a greater portion of the members were absent. The Society was then adjourned.

J. Blount, Pres. R. G. Ricks, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. 16th, 1856

The Society met this evening at the usual hour and there being
no other business before the house the Tribunal took their seats. The regular business was then quickly dispatched and the society adjourned.

Cheney, Pres. Tri. R. G. Ricks, Sec.



Demosthenian Society, Sept. 20th, 1856

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was organized by the President taking his seat. The first roll was then called and a majority of the members were present. The minutes of the last meeting were then read and adopted. Under the proposition for the admission of members (either regular or honorary) D. C. Barrow and Rev. H. A. Tupper were elected honorary members of this association. The Declaiming and Senior Class were then called on to hand in questions all of whom approached the Ballot Box. The Junior Orator having failed to perform his duty, the question "should the Indiana be incorporated with the American People" was then read for debate, and thoroughly discussed. A motion was then made to require the declaiming and seignior class to hand in questions for debate with their names signed, each man to the question he hands in, which is to be Judged by the committee on questions whether or not it be worthy of reception. Notice was the given that an officer be appointed to have the power of arresting members and making them attend the Society. That we appoint two Censor Morums and that an election would come off for next Saturday for anniversarian. The last roll was then called and the Society adjourned.

J. Blount, Pres. R. G. Ricks, Sect.


Sept. 22d, 1856

The Society met this evening and there being no other business before the house the usual business of the Tribunal was quickly dispatched and the society adjourned.

Cheney, Pres. R. G. Ricks [no title]


Demosthenian Society, Jan 20, 1857

Society met this morning at the usual hour. The Pres. took his seat and the House was called to order, the first roll was then called and most of the members present. Prop. for admission of new members was then in order and the following gentlemen were admitted: R. C. Harman, T. W. Jones, C. W. Russell, L. Womack, J. C. MoMullan, G. McMullen, C. A. Evans , A. F. Callaway, J. H. Cindy, Proff. Mell and Easter O. Woodson were proposed as honorary members. On motion the debate was dispensed with and the Pres. then gave notice that the new officers would take their seats on next Saturday. The motion passed and a preceeding [sic] meeting was then brought up and passed and the other business dispatched and the Society adjourned.

J.B. Blount, Pres. B. S. Jones, Sect. Pro t.


Monday Evening

Society met, the President took his seat and W. H. Pritchett was initiated as regular members [sic]. The tribunal then took their seats and the business quickly dispatched.

W. D. Cheney, Pres. B. S. Jones, Sect.


Demosthenian Society, January 31st, 56

The society met this morning and the regular Pres. and Censor Morum being absent, the society was organized by Mr. Harris taking the seat. The first roll was then called and a majority of the regular members were present. Propositions for the admission of members (either regular or honorary) W. L. Williams was elected a regular member and the following gentlemen were elected honorary members of the association. Josephs. S. Brown, New officers then took their seats and Mr. McKinne delivered a neat and appropriate address. The declaiming and senior class were then
called on to hand in questions for debate and approached the box. The question "Should the expunging resolution have been adopted" was then read for debate and by the members engaged on it, debated with considerable interest. The bell ringing, a motion was made to suspend the By-Laws, which accordingly was passed. The decision was given by the President against the expunging resolution, a motion was then put before the house for the last time, concerning the requiring the Senior and Declaiming class to write their name upon their questions, which was passed. Also the motion concerning an officer to be appointed for arresting members was passed. Mr. Harris then gave notice that he would make a motion to reintroduce the Declaiming class Communications were then received from Prof's Easter and Mell declining the honor tendered them. The following com. were appointed by the Book Com. on state library, Hancock, North, I. C. Adams; Com. on Motions, Merritt, Oliver, Banks; Com. on Badges, Sullivan, Snipes, Hogan; Tribunal, Burns, Cox, Beasley; Com. to examine questions, Cheney, McTyer, Barron, Marshall, Cleveland; Cor. Sec., Blount. The last roll was then called and the Society adjourned.

R. W. Adams, Secretary Barna McKinne, Pres.



Demosthenian Society, Febr'y. 2d, 57

The Society met this evening, no other business being before the house the Tribunal took their seats, and the usual business was dispatched.

Burns, Pres. R. W. Adams, Sec.


Demosthenian Society, Febr'y. 7, 1857

The Society met this morning at the customary hour, and was called to order by the President taking the chair. The first roll was then called, and very few absentees noted. The Declaiming and Senior Class were then called on to hand in questions for debate and approached the desk. The question "Should the United States build the Rail Road to the Pacific" was then read for debate. The debate was entered upon with considerable
interest by a part of the society. The bell ringing a motion was made to suspend the bye [sic] laws of the society, which passed. Voluntary debate was next in order. The President gave his decision in the negative. A communication was then read by Mr. McTyer, Cor. Sec. from Mr. Kiet of South Carolina accepting the honor of delivering the Commencement address. Elections being next in order, the following gentlemen were elected the regular officers of the Society. Hogan, Pres; McTyer, Censor Morum; North, Treas; Barron, Sec; Pitts, Door Keeper; McMillan, Clerk
Tri. The last roll was called and the society adJourned.

Barna MoKinne, Pres. R. M. Adams, Sec.


Demosthenian Society, Febry. 9th, 1857

The Society met this evening and no other business being before the society, the tribunal took their seat and the usual business being dispatched it was adjourned.

f. R. Burne, Pres. R. W. Adams, Sec.


Demosthenian Society, Febry. 14th, 1857

The Society was organized this morning by the President taking his seat at the appointed hour. The first roll was then called and very few members were found absent. The minutes of the last meeting were read, and no objection was found. The question "which has the greatest influence upon man, Beuty [sic] or Booty" was then read and the 1st roll was then called for debate which was not debated with any considerable interest by the majority of the members. The following gentlemen were elected honorary members of this association. Col. John R. Towns, Hon. J. C. Dobbin, Wm. M. Brown, J. A. Turner, George Stiley. Voluntary debate was next in order and entered into with more interest than the regular debate. The President gave his decision after making some appropriate criticisms upon the manner of debate in favor of the Beauty. Mr. Blunt gave notice that he would hand in a motion to the committee on motions to allow the officers around the table to be exempt from debate. A motion was then made to fine the committee appointed to repair gutter and c. and another committee appointed. The committee appeals were elected as follows. Harris, Smith, McTyer, Merritt, and Young. The Subject of next Saturday's debate was then changed and the following one was substituted. Was Napoleon's banishment to St. Helena just? The last roll was called and the society adjourned.

Barna McKinne, Pres. R. W. Adams, Sec.


Demosthenian Society, Feb. 16th, 1857

The Society met this evening and was organized by the Mr. Jones taking the chair. A committee was appointed to confer with the Phi Kappa and arrange order of procession, and A. Church was elected Chaplain. The Tribunal then took their seat and the usual business was dispatched.

A. R. Burns, Pres. Tri. R. W. Adams, Sec.


Demosthenian Society, Febry. 19th, 1857

The society was organized this morning by the Pres. taking the seat. A motion was made to confer with the Phi Kappa Committee which accordingly was done. A motion was passed to ring the bell at ten to warn the citizens at whqt [sic] time the speaking would, and 15 minutes later for the procession to march out. The thanks of the society was then returned to Mr. Jones the orator for the able manner in which he performed his duty and also a motion was passed to publish his speech in the O. U. and also in an Athens and Atlanta paper. The last roll was then called and
the society adjourned.

Barna McKinne, Pres. R. W. Adams , Sec.




Demosthenian Society, Febry. 21st, 57

The Society was organized this morning at the usual hour by the President taking his seat. A majority of the members were found present, the first roll being called. The minutes of the last meeting were then read and received. The question, "was Napoleon's banishment to St. Helena Just" was then read and the first roll was called for debate, and some interest was displayed on both sides. The President gave his decision in favor of the negative, Motions being in order, the Chairman of the Com. on Motions reported favorably of the motion to exempt the officers around the table from debate. The motion was passed by an almost unanimous vote. A motion was passed returning the thanks of the society to Mr. Cleveland for the manner in which he performed his duty. Communications were then read by the corresponding secretary from the Phi Kappa Society inviting the Demosthenian Society to join in their anniversary celebration. Communications were then read from John D. Easter and S. H. Dent. The President gave notice that the other Censor Morum should be elected next Saturday. A committee was appointed to attend to the necessary arrangements consisting of McTyer, Blount, Young, to attend to the arrangements by next Saturday. A report was then read by Mr.
Barron concerning his Treasurers Office. The last roll was then
called and the Society adjourned.

Barna MoKinne, Pres. R. W. Adame, Sec.


Demosthenian Society, Febry. 23d, 1857

The tribunal met this evening and the usual business being transacted it adjourned.

A. D. Burns, Pres. R. W. Adams, Sec.



Demosthenian Society, Febry. 28th, 57

The Society met this morning at the appointed hour and was called to order by the President taking his chair and a majority of the members were found absent. The first roll having been called, the minutes of the last meeting were then read and adopted. The question for debate "Should the Judges be elected by the People" was then read and the first roll was called for debate. The President gave his decision in favor of the negative after making, some appropriate criticisms and remarks. Notices being in order Mr. Hogan gave notice that he would bring in a motion to remedy the deficiencies in the constitution concerning the new members. The Pres. gave notice that the committee of appeals would meet next Saturday and also that the second Censor Morum would take their seat next Saturday. A proposition was made that the same committee appointed to have the table made should also attend to having the carpet covered from the door with some suitable substance. Mr. McTyer was elected Censor Morum. The let roll was called and the Society adJourned.

R. W. Adams, Sec. Barna McKinne, Pres.


Demosthenian Society, March 2nd, 1857

The Tribunal took their seats and the usual business was speedily transacted.

Jarrell Beasley, Pres. Pro. Tem. R. W. Adams, Sec.


Demosthenian Society, March 7th, 1857

The society was organized this morning by the Pres. taking his chair. The first roll was called and a majority of the members were found present. The minutes of the last meeting were then read and approved. The debate being next in order, the bye laws were suspended and as usual was the custom the debate was dispensed with. Motions being in order, the motion to excuse all the officers around the table was acted upon and passed
the society. Mr. McTyer gave notice that he would resign his office as Censor Morum. The Com. on table reported that the table was finished. The Pres. gave notice that the fourth of July orator was to be elected today. The election resulted after a good many resignations in favor Mr. Hogan. Reports of officers being read and last roll called, the Society adjourned.

Barna McKinne, Pres. R. W. Adams , Sec.


Demosthenian Society, March, 1857

The tribunal took their seat and the usual business was dispatched.

Robert W. Adams, Sec. A. D. Burns, Pres.


Demosthenian Society, April 18th, 57

The Society met at usual, and was called to order by the President. The new officers then took their seats. A communication was then read by Mr. Mitchell from the Smithsonian Institute, which was approved and a committee appointed to report on the state of the library. Mr. Blount then read a communication from Mr. Flournoy which was received. The President then gave notice that the election for new officers would then come off, the society then adjourned and the election resulted as follows: Hogan, Commencement President; Hamber, President; Thompson, Treasurer; Murphy, Secretary; Freeman, 1st C. M; Cox, 2nd C. M. G. McMillan, Door Keeper; North, Valedictorian; Vason, Clerk of Tribunal; Banks, Humber, North, Williams, McMillan, Committee on Appeals, Librarian not voted for. The question for the ensuing Saturday is, Is slavery a moral evil. For the following, Should a Maids property be subject to the will of her husband after marriage,

W. Barron, Secretary R. M. Hogan, Pres.




Demosthenian Hall, April 20th, 1857

The Tribunal took their seats and the usual business was dispatched.

Barron, Sec. J, McMillan, Pres,


Demosthenian Society, April 25th, 1857

The Society met this morning as usual, immediately after taking his seat, the President delivered a chaste and eloquent inaugural address, which reflected honor upon the Society as well as upon himself, The name of Prof. Easten's name was then proposed as a regular member, and was unanimously received. He was then regularly initiated, Debate was then in order, and the question, "Is Slavery a moral evil" was warmly contested. The question was then decided in favor of the negative. The secretary and Treasurer then resigned their offices, and the byelaws were then suspended and an election resulted in the election of: Pritchett, Treasurer; Mitchell, Secretary; 1st Censor Morum; North, 2nd Censor Morum. The following appointments were then made by the President.

Committee on Books--Cox, Ricks, Adams

Committee on Badges-North, Chandler, Beasly

Committee on Motions--Banks, Murphy, Freeman

Committee on Questions--Oliver, Pritchett, Adams

Committee on State of Society--Mitchell, Humber, Barrow, Williams
and Calloway.

Corresponding Secretary--Wm. Barron.

Question for next debate, Should a Maids property be subjected to the will of her husband. Ensuing Saturday, Was Charles the first justly executed? Society adjourned.

Wm. Barron, Sec. R. W. Hogan, President


Demosthenian Hall, April 2?, 1857

The Society dispatched the usual business this evening and adjourned.

W. Barron, Sec. J. McMillan, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, May 1st, 1857

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, order was instituted by the President taking his seat, and. the first roll was called. Most of the members being present. Mr. W. Beasley's name was proposed as a regular member and unanimously received, and the gentleman was regularly initiated as a regular member. The following names were proposed as honorary members and simultaneously received. Chas. P. Morum, H. H. Davis, R.H. Simms, R. D. Hardeman, A. Judson Crane. Debate was then in order, and the subject, "Should a Maids property be subject to the will of her husband", was very warmly contested, and the debate rendered peculiarly interesting. The question was then decided in favor of the affirmative. The Librarian then read a report before the society, which was accepted, and the subject for next debate read. "Was Charles the 1st justly executed?" and the society adjourned.

R. W. T. Mitchell, Sec. R. W. Hogan, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, May 4th, 1857

The Society met as usual this evening, and no other business of importance being before the society, the usual business being dispensed with and the Society adjourned.

R. W. T. Mitchell, Sec. J. McMillan, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, May 8th, 1857

At the usual hour, the society met, was called to order by the
Presidents taking his seat, and the first roll was called most of the members being present and the minutes of the last meet
ing were read. Under the head of propositions for the admission of members regular or honorary, Mr. D. W. Reed was initiated a regular member of the Demosthenian Society, and the following gentlemen, D. W. Slayd and A.H. Dawson, R. T. Adams, and J. C. Hunter were elected as honorary members of the Demosthenian Society. The subject for debate was read and discussion ensued, and though many of the members like the Pharisees of old seemed to think that they would be 'heard for their
"much speaking", it is due to them to say that the debate was unusually uninteresting. The President decided in favor of the negative. That Charles the 1st was not Justly executed. Mr. Hunter then made a motion to change the constitution, but there not being two thirds of the society present, as is requisite on such occasions, the motion was postponed until the next meeting. Mr. Cleveland then gave notice that he resigned his office as Marshall, and the by laws being suspended, an election was held which resulted in the triumph of Mr. Stuart over many adversaries. Mr. Hunter then made a motion to the effect that the society return thanks to Mr. Cleveland for the prompt energetic manner in which he had discharged the duties devolving upon him as sergeant-at-arms, and such was proved the unanimous wish of the society; the last roll was then called and the society adjourned.

W. T. Mitchell, Sec. J. R. North, President


Demosthenian Hall, May 10th, 1857

The Society met this evening at the usual hour, the usual business was dispensed, and the President gave notice that the court of appeals would be held next Saturday at two o'clock. The Society then adjourned.

W. T. Mitchell, Secretary J. McMillan, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, May 15th, 1857

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was finally called to order by the Presidents taking his seat, some fears being first entertained lest there should fail to be a quorum, but these proved groundless and the Society proceeded to business. The first roll was called, very many of the members being absent, and the minutes of the last meeting were read. Under the head of propositions for the admission of members regular or honorary, Dr. R. A. T. Ridley was elected an honorary member of the Demosthenian Society. Debate was then in order and the subject of "public laws" was discussed warmly, some what more so than the nature of the question seemed to admit of. The President decided that the public lands should be divided among the states. The twelve O'Click [sic] bell ringing it was moved and seconded that the bylaws be suspended and the Society proceed with business and accordingly such was the case. The last roll was then called and the Society adjourned.

W. T. Mitchell, Sec. R. W. Hogan, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, May 17th [no year]

The Society met this evening at the usual hour, butte treasurer having neglected to produce the "wherewiths" to open the various drawers, the president decided that the Society adjourn till the morrow.

W. T. Mitchell, Sec. J. McMillan, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, May 18th [no year]

The Society met this evening as is not the general custom, and the usual business was speedily dispensed by the tribunal, the President fining the treasurer for neglect of duty the preceeding [sic] evening.

W. T. Mitchell, Sec. J. McMillan, Pres.



Demosthenian Hall, May 20th, 1857

The Society met at the usual hour, there being very few members present at the first roll. Debate then being in order the question, "the unity of the human races" was discussed with a good deal of interest considering the members present. The President gave his decision in favor of the affirmative. The regular business was then dispatched. The question for next debate is, can a state secede if it thinks the government has violated the general compact? The Society then adjourned.

Wm. Barron, Sec. Pro. Tem. R. Hunter, Pres. Pro. T.


Demosthenian Hall, May 25th, 1857

The Society met this evening at the usual hour and the usual business being dispatched, the Society adjourned.

W. T. Mitchell, Sec. J. McMillan, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, May 3Oth, 1857

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was called to order by the President taking his seat. The first roll was then called, a good number of the members being present, and the minutes of the last meeting were recd. Under the head of propositions for the admission of members regular or honorary, Mr. P. Kellom, Newnan, Ga. was elected an honorary member of the Demosthenian Society. The President with the other new officers then took their seats, immediately after the President
taking his seat, he delivered a chaste and eloquent inaugural address, which reflected honor upon the Society as well as upon himself.


Demosthenian Hall, May 30th, 1857

Debate then being in order, the subject was read, whether or not a State had a right to secede, if it thinks the general government has violated the compact. A very warm and interesting debate ensued. The President decided that A state had a right to secede from the union, and the following officers were appointed by the President for Tribunal: (Pritchell [sic], Mitchell and Williams). Corresponding Secretary, J. R. North, Mr. Pritchett made a motion that portion of bylaws [ ] new members from punishment until the expiration of six weeks be repealed as regards their conduct. While in the hall, after the President shall have once warned them of violation of the laws. Election for new officers then came off and the following gentlemen were elected: Poe, President; J. R. North, Censor Morum; 1st, McMillan; Second, Eberheart; for Secretary, Thompson; for Treasurer, Stewart; for Clerk of Tribunal, Oliver; for Door Keeper, McMilliam [sic]; for Marshall, G. T. Beasley. The last roll was then called, the question for debate was then read, whether it was reasonable to support from the present indication of affairs that there would be an annexation of the Union. The Society adjourned.

John Murphey, Sec. R. C. Hunter, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, June 1st, 1857

The Society met this evening and the usual business being dispatched with the Society adjourned.

John Murphey, Sec. W. H. Pritchett, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, June 6th, 1857

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, there being very few members present at the first roll. Debate then being in order, the question, is it reasonable to suppose from present indications that there will be a disruption of the union, was discussed with a good deal of interest considering the number of members present. The President gave his decission [sic] in favor of the negative. The usual business was then dispatched with. The question for next debate is, Is conscience in all oases a correct moral guide? The Society then adjourned Sine Die.

J. Murphey, Sec. B. C. Humber, President


Demosthenian Hall, June 8th, 1857 The Society met this evening as usual, and the business being gone through with the Society adjourned.

J. Murphey, Sec. W. H. Pritchett, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, June 13th, 1857

The Society met this morning at the customary hour. The first roll was called and absentees noted. The declaiming class and portion of the senior class were then called on to hand in questions. The debate being next in order the subject for debate was then made known. "is conscience in all cases a correct moral guide". The subject was debated with great interest, and much light thrown on the subject by the members of both sides. The President decided in favor of the negative. The usual business was then dispatched with. The report of the Treasurers report was received by the Society and a vote of thanks returned. The report of the other officers was also received. The question for the next discussion, whether the cause of truth and virtue would be permoted [sic] by restricting the freedom of the press so as to present the publication of anonymous fines.

W. H. Pritchett, Sec. Pro. Tem. R. C. Humber, Pres.


Demosthenian Society, June 15th, 1857

The Society met this evening and the usual business being dispatched with, the Society adjourned.

J. Murphey, Sec. W. H. Pritchett, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, June 21, 1857

Demosthenian Society met this morning at the usual hour. The first roll was called and there being very few members present, the Declaiming class and portion of the Senior class was then called upon to hand in questions. The debate was then in order and the subject for debate was read. Whether the cause of truth and virtue would be advanced by restricting the freedom of the press, so as to prevent anonymous publications. The Pres. decided in favor of the negative. Under the head of communications, the Cor. Sec. read the acceptance of Mr. Jno. R. Stanford as an honorary member of the Demosthenian Society. There being no other business before the Society the Society adjourned Sine die.

John Murphey, Sec. R. C. Humber, Pres.


Demosthenian Society, June 23, 1857

The Society met this evening as it is the custom, the usual business was dispatohed with end the Society adjourned.

John Murphey, Sec. W. H. Pritchett, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, June 28th, 1857

The Society met this morning at the customary hour. The first was called and absentees noticed. The minutes not having been drawn up the Secretary was fined for neglect of duty. The Senior and declaiming class was then called upon for questions. The motion was made and carried to dispense with debate. The Hon. Benj. H. Hill was elected honorary President for commencement, Hon. Charles Jenkins, and John E. Ward first and second alternates. H. Hull, Jr. was elected speaker and Mr. Billups of Madison alternate. A committee of arrangements to draw up order of proceedings for commencement consisting of Mr. North, Pritchett, McMillan, Vason and Beasly. Committee on fixing Hall, Adams, Banks and Snipes. The last roll was called and absentees marked, after which the Society adjourned.

W. Murphey, Sec. R. C. Humber, Pres.


Demosthenian Society, June 29th.

Demosthenian Society met this evening at the usual hour and the business being dispatched with the Society adjourned.

John Murphey, Sec. W. H. Pritchett, Pres.


June 29th, 1857

The President called the society to order, special business owing to make arrangements for celebrating 4th July. Dr. Church was elected Chaplain for the occasion. A committee of three appointed to regulate the order of March, consisting, Mertt, Vasen, and Williams. The Society adjourned.

J. W. Murphey, Sec. R. C. Humber, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, August 5th, 1857

The Society met this evening at the usual hour and was called to order by the honorary President taking his seat. The committee on the state of the society then made their report which was followed by a similar document from the treasurer, both of which reports were unanimously received. The President then delivered the diplomas to the graduating class. Accompanying their delivery with a beautiful and appropriate address of half an hour length. The valedictory to the class was delivered by Mr. North in an elegant and touching manner, doing credit to himself and his society. The society had no private orator on this occasion, the two gentlemen who were written to having declined to serve, a fact which is to be lamented. Many of the honorary members were then called on for some social remarks in the form of a speech and each one responded to the call in a manner very creditable, in point of common sense, philosophy, wit; and good humor. There being nothing more before the Society it was formally adjourned by the President.

J. W. Murphey, Sec. B. H. Hill, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, August 15th, 57

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, and was called to order by the President; the absence of a quorum being discovered, there was some delay, but the deficiency being supplied, proceeded with business. The first roll was called and absentees noted. Under the head of propositions for the admission of the members either regular or honorary; the names of the following gentlemen were proposed as regular members of the Demosthenian Society, and unanimously received. Viz. Messrs Wood, Rush, Fitzpatrick, Amas, Church, Pope, Rutherford, Pinson, Kinnebrew. Debate then being in order, the question was read but it being moved and seconded that the debate be dispensed with, it was carried. The following gentlemen were then elected a Committee on Appeals viz. Messrs Oliver, Pritchett, Adams, Mitchell. The President then appointed the following gentlemen a Committee on Motions viz. w. Adams, Barrow, J. Rutherford: On Badges, Mitchell, Vason, Ware. There being no other business before the Society it then adjourned.

John W. Murphey, Sec. R. C. Humber, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, Aug. 18th, 1857

The Society met this evening at the usual hour, and was called
to order by the President, the name of Mr. Easter was then proposed as a regular member of the Society and was received. The usual business being transacted the Society adjourned.

John W. Murphey, Sec. W. A. Pritchett, Pres.


Aug. the 22nd, 1857

The Society met this morning at the usual hour end after a short delay was called to order by the Pres. Then the first roll was called and all absentees noticed. The next thing in order was the proposition for regular and honorary members and under that the following gentlemen were unanimously elected regular members of the Demosthenian Society viz. Messrs Roberts, Harris and Evans. We then had a short but very appropriate address from the President. The President on taking his seat appointed the following committees. For the Tribunal, Barron, J. Beasley, Murphey. Corresponding Secretary, Mitchell. To examine Library, Wood, Pritchett, Barron. Committee on Motion, Dennis, Oliver and Rush. Committee on Questions, Humber, Pritchett, J. Rutherford. Committee on books, Mitchell, Pope , Humber. The subject being then read for debate, it was opened with great interest on both sides and was debated with such interest that it was impossible to get through before twelve O'clock. It was then moved to suspend the bylaws and proceed with the business, which motion being defeated, the Society adjourned until two O'clock. The Society assembled at two O'clock and the debate was opened with the same interest that was manifested in the morning. The debate having ended, the President decided in favor of the negative. The election then came off and the following is the result. Pres-Mitchell; Treas-Williams; Sec.Barrow; Dennis-DoorKeeper; (this term), William Beasly, DoorKeeper next term; Pitts-Cen. this term; Mitchell-Cen. next term. Pritchett-2nd cen; Oliver, Clerk Tri; Evans, Librarian; Murphey, there being no further business before the Society it then adjourned.

J. F. Thompson, Sec. J. R. North, Pres.


Aug. the 24th, 1857

The Society met this evening at the usual hour and after the Society was called to order by the Pres., the name of Mr. Thos. Mosely was proposed as a regular member of the Demosthenian Society and was received. There being no further business before the Pres. the Tribunal took their seats and dispatched the business. The Society then adjourned.

Ivy. F. Thompson, Sec. J. R. North, Pres.


Aug. the 29th, 1857

The Society convened this morning at the usual hour and was called to order in due time. The first roll was then called and all absentees noticed. Next in order was the proposition for the election of honorary and regular members and under that heed the following gentlemen were chosen as honorary members of the Society, viz. M. M. Tidwell, A. H. Dawson and Hon. H. M. Miller. The subject was then read and the debate continued until twelve O'clock at which time the Society adjourned until two O'clock. The Society was then assembled and the debate was opened again with considerable warmth, and continued thus until the subject was pretty well exhausted. The debate having ended, the Pres. gave his decision in favor of Direct Taxation. The election then came off for Censor Morum, which resulted in favor of Mr. Ragland. The Society was troubled very much about a question, but they at length succeeded in selecting one. There being no further business before the Society adjourned.

Ivy. F. Thompson, J. R. North, Pres.


August 31, 1857

The Society met this evening and after being called to order by the Pres., proceeded with the business which was dispatched in a short time. There being no further business before the Society adjourned.

Ivy. F. Thompson, Sec. J. R. North, Pres.


Dept. [sic Sept] 5th, 1857

The Society was called to order and the first roll was then called and all absentees noticed. Under the proposition for honorary members the following gentlemen were chosen viz. Col. E. D. Chisolm, Dr. J. T. Hill and Smith. The subject was read and to sorrow the debate was not as interesting as we have heard. The debate soon ended and a motion was then brought up to change the constitution as as to allow the members to take notes on each others speeches, which was passed. The last roll was called and the Society then adjourned and c.

Ivy F. Thompson, Sec. J. R. North, Pres.


Sept. the 7th, 1857

The President called the society to order this evening at the usual hour, the roll was then called and the business dispatched as soon as possible. The Society having gone through with the regular business then adjourned and c.

Ivy F. Thompson, Sec. J. R. North, Pres.


Sept. the 12th, 1857

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, the first roll was called and all absentees noticed. The proposition for regular and honorary members was then in order and under that head the names of the following, Messrs Billups and Lane were proposed and unanimously elected. The subJect was then read and the gentlemen proceeded to discuss the subject. The debate ended with the decision in the negative. The election then came off for the election of Censor Morum and Mr. R. Humber was chosen
to fulfill that seat. The last roll was called and the Society
adjourned and o.

Ivy. F. Thompson, Sec. J. R. North, Pres.


Sept. 14th, 1857

The Society convened this evening and after being called to order by the Pres. proceeded with the business, which was gone through with as quick aa possible. The regular business having been gone through with the Society adjourned. Sine Die.

Ivy F. Thompson, Sec. J. R. North, Pres.


Sept. the 19th, 1857

The Society met this morning at the usual hour. The first roll was called and all absentees noticed. The following gentlemen were then elected as honorary members viz. John w. H. Underwood, J. R. Mitchell, L. C. Elam. The debate then opened but with little interest on either aide, the debate was very short and concluded with decision in favor of the affirmative. The regular business was then dispatched. The last roll called and the Society adjourned and c.

Ivy. F. Thompson, Sec. J. R. North, Pres.


Sept. the 21st, 1857

The Society convened this evening at the usual hour but was delayed some time for want of the desk key. The key was at length found and the Society was called to order by the Pres. The last roll was called and the business dispatched as soon as possible. The Society then adjourned sine die.

Ivy P. Thompson, Sec. J. R. North, Pres.


September 29th, 1857

The Society met at the usual hour, the roll called and absentees noticed. The question was then read and debated with usual interest by the different members, some bawling and squalling most prodigiously and boring the Society most tremendously and decided in the negative. A motion was made by Mr. Humber that the Society subscribe for the magazine and carried. A motion was made to purchase t he back numbers of the same and have them bound which carried. Anniversary Orator was elected to wit; W. Mitchell. After the regular business Society adjourned.

W. A. Pritchett, Sec. P.T. J. R. North, Pres.


September the 29th, 1857

The Society was called to order this evening in due time. The roll was then called and the Tribunal proceeded with the business which was soon dispatched. All the business having been regulated the Society adjourned sine die.

Ivy. F. Thompson, Sec. J. R. North, Pree.


Oct. the 3rd., 1857

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was called to
order by the Pres. Under the proposition for honorary member, Mr. J. R. Smith was elected. A committee was then appointed to make out a catalogue of the regular and honorary members consisting of the following gentlemen viz: Mosely, Mitchell, Pritchett, Banks and Fitspatrick. The Pres. then appointed the following gentlemen to write to the honorary members about the dinner viz. Humber, Pope, Evans. The election then came off for Treas. and Court of Appeals which places were filled by Mr. Pope Treas. and Mr. Murphey and Barlow Court of Appeals. It was also moved to dispense with the debate which was carried and c. The Society then adJourned and c.

Ivy F. Thompson, Sec. J. R. North, Pres.


Oct 5th, 1857

The Society met this evening at the usual hour and was called to order by the Pres. The Tribunal then proceeded with the business which was soon dispatched. The Society then adJourned.

Ivy F. Thompson, Sec. J. R. North, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, Jan. 23rd, 1858

The Society met this morning at the usual hour; and was called to order by Mr. Humber who officiated in the absence of the regular President. The Censor Forum being called to the chair the new officers then took their seats. Under the head of propositions for the admission of new members, the following gentlemen were unanimously elected, viz. Messrs Tumlin, Jameson, Wells, McAlvy, Murray, Reese, and Thompson. Debate being in order it was moved that it be dispensed with. The motion was put to vote and carried. The reports of the treasurer and Censor Morum were read end received by the Society. Other regular business having been dispatched, the Society was adJourned.

M. T. Barrow, Sec. W. H. Pritchett, Pres. Pro. Tem.


Jany. 31st, 1858

The Society met this morning and was called to order, Mr. Mitchell presiding. After a very appropriate address from the President debate was announced and the question being an interesting one, both parties entered into the debate with considerable zeal. The society was honored by a few remarks from a honorary member who happened to be present. The question, was should the legislature have legalized the banks suspension, the president decided that they should not. The society adjourned for dinner and met at 2 O'clock P. M. to transact business consisting of elections appointed committees and c. The President then appointed the following committees and officers viz. Tribunal, Messrs Humber Pres., Woods and Mosely. Corresponding Sec., Oliver; Committee on Motions, R. W. Adams, Roberts, Ivy F. Thompson; Committee on Badges, Banks, Williams, Kinnebrew; Committee on Books, Pope, Barrow, J. R. Adams; Committee on Questions, Pritchett, Humber, Oliver. The following was the result of the various elections of officers. Pritchett, President; Pope, Sec.; Ragland, 1st Censor Morum; Banks, 2nd Cens. Mor.; Wood, Treasurer; Fitzpatrick, DoorKeeper; Evans, Marshall; Head, Clerk Tribunal. To fill vacancy of Oliver resigned Cens. Mor. this term, Roberts was elected to fill his place. Court Appeals, J. Adams, Banks, Pope, Wood, Reese. All the business having dispatched the Society was adjourned.

Mill T. Barrow, Sec. W. T. Mitchell, Pres.


Feb.1st, 1858

The Society met this evening at the usual hour and was called to order by Pres. of Tribunal. The necessary business having been transacted, Society was adjourned.

Mill P. Barrow, Sec. R. C. Humber, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 6th, 58

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was called to order by Mr. Mitchell. Under the head of regular and honorary members, the following gentlemen were received. Mr. Cameron as regular member, Messrs Rice. The question of debate was then read, "should the whole constitution of Kansas or only the Slavery feature be referred back to the people?" The question was debated to some extent by a few of the members. The bell having rung at 12 O' clock, the motion was made and carried to suspend the bylaws and proceed with business. The Pres. decided that the whole Constitution should not be referred back to the people. President then appointed following gentlemen Committee on Hall Viz. R. W. Ada.ms, Barris, Rutherford. The election for Librarian then came off and Mr. Easter was elected. Question for next Saturday was then read, and a motion was then made by Mr. Oliver to change it but it was lost. The last roll was called and absentees noted. Other business having been dispatched, the Society was adjourned.

W.P. Barrow, Sec. W. H. Pritchett, Prest. P. T


Feb. 8th, 1858

The Society met this evening at the usual hour and was called to order by the President. Under head of propositions for new members, Mr. Eubanks was received as regular member. Tribunal then took their seat and regular business being dispatched Society was adjourned.

W. P. Barrow, Sec. R. C. Humber


Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 13th, 1858

The Society met at the usual hour and was called to order by 1st Censor, owing to the absence of the regular President Mr. Mitchell. The roll was called and absentees noted. The election of regular and honorary members being next in order, the following gentlemen were elected Honorary members. G. W. Oliver, J. O. Morrow, Albt. Rust., Henry C. Ward, J. C. Langstreet , L. W. Crook, J. C. Brodnax, J. F. Hamilton, and Col. LG McMillian. Before the question for debate was read, the President gave notice that all persons interrupting him while a member was speaking would be fined. The question was then read, "Should our Government sustain Com. Paulding in his conduct towards Gen. Wm. Walker?" This question was very ably debated and there was much ingenuity displayed on both sides. Several Honorary members was [sic]present, and being called upon, Mr. Harris responded adding much interest to the debate. The question was decided by the President in the negative. Mr. Pope, the Junior Orator, delivered a very eloquent oration, and owing to the manner in which the duty has been discharged heretofore, it reflects still more credit upon his exertions. Motion being next in order, Mr. Humber moved that a Comm. of three be appointed to arrange the order of procession for our Anniversary, on Friday the 13th. The following gentlemen were appointed, Humber, Banks and Wood. Then Mr. Banks moved that a Comm. be appointed to confer with the Phi Kappa Society in regard to our celebration which was carried. Dr. Church was elected Chaplain for the occasion. Several letters were read by the corresponding Secretary, from different gentlemen accepting their election as Honorary Members of our Society. The President (Mr. Bilchett) give notice that he would introduce a motion on next Saturday to alter the constitution in regard to the mode of handing in questions and appointing Junior Orator. The last roll was then called and the Society then adjourned.

R. C. Humber, Sec. Pro. tem. W. H. Pritchett, Pres. Pro. Tem.


Feb. 15th, 1858

The Society convened this evening at the usual hour and the necessary business having been dispensed of the Society was adjourned.

M. P. 8arrow, Sec. R. C. Humber, Pres.


Feb. 20th, 1858

The Society was convened this morning at the usual hour, and was called to order. Mr. Mitchell presiding. By a vote of two thirds the order for motions was reversed. Under this the motion was made to dispense with the debate, which was carried. Motion was then made to-suspend the by laws to prepare for the election of Reader of Constitution on Fourth of July next. The election resulted in favor of Mr. Pritchett. The necessary business having been dispatched the Society was adjourned.

M. P. Barrow, Sec. W. P. Mitchell, Pres.


Demosthenian Society Hall, Feb. 22nd, 58

The Society met this morning and being called to or-derby the President, Mr. Mitchell, the by laws were suspended while the Committees of the Society were conferring. After the exercises in the Chapel which consisted of an appropriate address from the Anniversarian of the Phi Kappa Society, the Demosthenians marched up to the step of the Hall and there disbanded. The Society proceeded to transact some business. Under the head of Honorary members the following gentlemen were elected. Messrs c. Kibbe, Hon. A. G. Hammond, Col. Erskins and Rev. R. A. Houston. All the other business being finished the Society was adjourned.

M. P. Barrow, Sec. W. P. Mitchell, Pres.

W. T. Mitchell, President Dem. Soc.

M. P. Barrow, Secretary Dem. Soc.




Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 27th, 1858

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was called to order, Mr. Mitchell presiding. The first roll was then called and absentees noticed. The motion for honorary and regular members then being in order the following gentlemen were proposed, and received as honorary members viz. Messrs Rev. Thomas and Hamilton. Under head of motions, Mr. Humber moved that the Committee on writing to the Hon. members respecting dinner at Commencement draw money from treasurer to ascertain amount, it was carried. Mr. Williams read a report of Committee on Badges and c. Some difficulty was apprehended but the Society concluded to instruct the committees on Diplomas to inquire into the matter. Mr. Wood was then appointed Junior Orator for next Saturday. Reports of officers then followed. Mr. Head moved that the question should be changed for next Sat. which was lost. The Society then adjourned.

M. P. Barrow, Sec. W. T. Mitchell, Pres.



March 1st, 1858

The Society met this evening transacted necessary business and was adjourned.

M. P. Barrow, Sec. J. Y. Wood, Pres. P. T.


Demosthenian Society Hall, March 6th, 1858

The Society convened this morning at the usual hour, Mr. Mitchell presiding. The first roll being called and absentees noticed, the motion was in order for admission of new members the following gentlemen were received as honorary members viz. Messrs Winston, Bethune, G. Toombs, McCullough and Callaway. The debate was then in order. The question, "Which contributes most to the formation of an orator, nature or art", was then read. The first roll being called of declaimers some of the members responded to the call with considerable zeal. The Junior orator, Mr. Wood was then called upon and responded in an impromptu address which reflected some credit upon the gentlemans [sic] ingenuity and goodliness. The President closed the debate on this question by decided that nature contributed more towards formation of orator than art. Notices being in order, President gave notice that the new officers take their seats next Saturday. Mr. Humber remarked that they should have taken their seats today but as not notice to that effect was given last Saturday they did not do so. President gave notice that it was considered as gross disorder for a member to address him while another member is speaking. Cor. Secretary then read several communications. Mr. North moved that the question for next Saturday be changed this motion was carried. By motion of Mr. Pritchett the following question was substituted, which is the most beneficial to the Demosthenian Society, to discuss political or literary questions? Mr. North
moved to reconsider the vote which was lost. The last roll being called the Society was adjourned.


M. P. Barrow, Sec. W. T. Mitchell, Pres.


March 8th, 1858

The Society met this evening at the usual hour end having transacted all necessary business, was adjourned by Pres. Tribunal.

M. P. Barrow, Sec. R. C. Humber, Pres.


Demosthenian Society Hall, March 13th, 1858

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and a quorum being present, proceeded to business. The new President, Mr. Pritchett being in the chair. The roll having been called and absentees noticed, the new officers took their seats, when the society was entertained with a very chaste and logical speech from the new President, on the subject of "The Powers of Eloquence". Mr. Dougherty was received as a regular and Rev. Davidson as an honorary member of the Demosthenian Society. The question for debate viz. "Which is the most beneficial to the Demosthenian Society, the discussion of literary or political subjects?" was read and debated after which the President decided that Literary subjects are most beneficial. The Junior orator was called on and interested the members with an incomprehensible and metaphysical speech on the subject of Devotion. The President appointed the following standing committees viz. On motions, Adams , Oliver and Jameson. On Hall, Evans, Head and Rush. On Badges, Thompson, Rutherford and Church. On State of Library, Kinnebrew, Moseley and Tumlin. Corresponding Secretary, Adams. On Tribunal, Barrow, Pres; Tumlin and Thompson. On Questions, Pope, Wood and Moseley. The corresponding secretary read several letters from honorary members, after which the Society proceeded to the election of officers for the next term, with the following results President, Pope; First Censor Morum, Mosely; Second Censor Morum, Wood; Secretary, Tumlin; Treasurer, Thompson; Marshall, Oliver; Doorkeeper, Church. Question for next debate, "should the standing army of the United States be increased?" Society then adjourned.

J. D. Pope, Sec. W. H. Pritchett, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, March 15th, 1858

The Society met this evening, Mr. Barrow in the chair and after the usual business was transacted the Society adjourned.

J. D. Pope, Sec. M. P. Barrow, Pres.





Demosthenian Hall, March 20th, 58

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and a quorum being present proceeded to business. The debate was dispensed with by the vote of the Society. On motion of Mr. Banks the room formerly devoted to the a. u. Magazine was allowed the members of the Society for the purpose of making a reading room, the contributions to be made voluntarily by those who felt so disposed. On motion of Mr. Mitchell the thanks of the Society was tendered to Mr. E. H. Peck for $20. which he presented to be expended in any way the Society might think most proper. The money was also directed to be expended for books for the Demosthenian Library and the name of the donator be put in the books purchased. Next question for debate "were the conquests of Cortez beneficial to the Mexican people in a moral point of view?" The last roll being called the Society adjourned.

J. D. Pope, Sec. W. H. Pritchett, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, March 22d, 1858

The Society met this evening, Mr. Barrow in the chair, and after the usual business was transacted, adJourned.

J. D. Pope, Sec. M. P. Barrow, Pree.


Demosthenian Society, March 27th, 1858

The Society met this evening at two O'clock P. M. in order to transact business brought up before the Court of Appeals. The business being transacted the Society was adjourned.

M. P. Barrow, Sec. Pro. Tem. G. R. Banks, Prest.



Demosthenian Hall, April 17th, 1858

The Society met this morning and a quorum being present, Mr. Kinnebrew in the chair, proceeded to business. After the first roll was called and absentees noted, the following gentlemen were elected as honorary members of the Demosthenian Society viz. Col. H. R. Sorrow, Jos. G. Ryals, J. R. Parrott all of Cartersville, Ga. and J. D. Bradford, Columbus, Miss. The question for debate was then read and by the vote of the Society defered [sic] till next meeting. The Society then adjourned.

J. D. Pope, Sec. E. C. Kinnebrew, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, April 19th, 1858

The Society met this evening, Mr. Barrow in the chair, and after the usual business was transacted, adjourned.

J. D. Pope, Sec. M. P. Barrow, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, April 24th, 1858

The Society met this morning, was called to order by the President and proceeded to business. After the first roll was called the following gentlemen were proposed and elected as honorary members of the Demosthenian Society viz. Col. James Milner of Cartersville, Ga. After a very spirited debate the question "whether the conquests of Cortez had a good moral influence on the people of Mexico?" It was decided the affirmative. Letters from several honorary members were then read by Cor. Sec. Committee appointed to make a report of condition of the Society before Honorary President next Commencement, Pope, Barrow, Tumlin, Evans, Church, Rush, Mosely. The society then
adjourned.

J. D. Pope, Sec. W. H. Pritchett, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, April 21, 18S8

The Society met this evening and after the usual business was dispensed adjourned.

J. D. Pope, Sec. M. P. Barrow, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, May 1st, 1858

The Society met this morning was called to order by the President and proceeded to business, after a brief discussion the question was decided in the negative. After the usual order of business dispatched, the Society adjourned.

J. D. Pope, Sec. E. Kinnebrew


Demosthenian Hall, May 3d, 1858

The Society met this evening and after the transaction of the usual business adjourned.

J. D. Pope, Sec. M. P. Barrow, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, May 8th, 1858

The Society met this morning and the President being absent Mr. North was called to the chair and proceeded to call the Society to order. The names of the following gentlemen wore proposed and elected as honorary members viz: Col. J. Carter, Union Co. Eldorado, Ark. After a very spirited discussion of the question "Whether the Wars of Cromwell had a good effect on England?" was decided by the President in the affirmative. The regular order of business being gone through the Society adjourned.

J. D. Pope, Sec. J. R. North, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, May 11th, 1858

The Society met this evening. Mr. Barrow in the chair and after the transaction of the usual business adjourned.


J. D. Pope, Sec. M. P. Barrow, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall May 16th, 1858

The Society met this morning and was called to order by Mr. Pritchett, the President. After the first roll was called and absentees noted, the following gentlemen were elected Honorary Members viz. Dr. Jno. Hall, W. D. Alexander, John Isham, Whit G. Johnson, S. A. Atkinson, J. H. Spicer, J.M. Davis, A. T. Newson, A. J. Quinche, Wingfield Scott, After an animated discussion of the question, Is a lie ever Justifiable? President decided in favor of the affirmative. The new took their seats. The Society was entertained by some very chaste and appropriate remarks from the new President.

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Demosthenian Hall, May 16th, 1858

The Society met this morning and was called to order by the President. After the first roll was called and absentees noted. The following gentlemen were proposed and elected Honorary Members (Viz.) Dr. Jno. Hall, W. D. Alexander, John Isham, Whit G. Johnson, S. A. Atkinson, J. H. Spicer, J.M. Davis, A. T. Newson, A. J. Quinche, Wingfield Scott. The new officers then took their seats, and the Society was entertained by some very chaste and appropriate remarks from the new President, Mr. Pope, on the "Duties of members to the Society." The discussion of the query was then in order an~ after an animated discussion in which the members generally participated, President decided in the affirmative. The question read as follows, "Is lying ever justifiable?" The report of the Treasurer was read and recd. The President appointed the following Committees, viz.

Tribunal--Adams, Reese, Cline

Cor. Secy--M.P. Barrow;

On Badges--Rush, Wells, Pitts.

On Motions--Easter, Murray, Thompson, Jr.

On Query--Kinnebrew and Adams;

On Hall--Rutherford, Head, Eubanks.

The Society then adjourned.

Saml. Tumlin, Secy. J. D. Pope, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, May 18th, 1858

The Society met this evening, Mr. Adams in the Chair and after transaction of the usual business adjourned.

Saml. Tumlin, Secy., J.T. Adams Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, May 29th, 1858

The Society met this morning and was called to order by the President. After first roll was called and absentees noted, Mr. James M. Davidson Jr. was then elected Honorary Member. The discussion of question was then taken up. Question was read as follows. Was the distribution of lands according to the laws of Lycurgus favorable to the condition of Sparta? The President after reviewing the arguments decided in favor of the affirmative. The Junior Orator was then called on. Reports of officers was recd. Society adjourned.

Tumlin, Secy. J. D. Pope, Prest.

Monday Evng., May 31st, 1858

Society met this evening and after the usual business was transacted, adjourned.

Tumlin, Secy. J. T. Adams, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, June 5th, 1858

The Society met this morning and was called to order by the President, after the 1st roll was called and absentees noted. The following gentlemen were elected Honorary members (viz), Hon. John Armstrong. The discussion of question then ensued. The President decided in favor of the negative. The question read as follows. "Should the United States assume the Protectorale over Mexico?" The Junior Orator was then called on and responded in a felicitous manner. The Society went into the election of President for commencement which resulted in the election of Mr. R. C. Humber. The regular business having been transacted Society adJd.

Tumlin, Secy. J. D. Pope, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, June 7th, 1858

The Society met this evening and after the usl business was transacted adjourned.

Tumlin, Secy. J. I. Adams, Prest.



Demosthenian Hall, June 12th, 1858

The Society met this morning and was called to order by the President. After the first roll was called and absentees noted the following gentlemen- Messrs Eden Taylor [ ]
The discussion of query then ensued and after an animated discussion, President decided in favor of the affirmative. The question was "Do inventions improve the condition of the laboring classes?" The Society passed a resolution to purchase two pictures of Mr. Beasley. The regular order of business having been dispatched, Society adJourned.

J. D. Pope, Prest. Tumlin, Secy.


Monday Evng. June 14th, 1858

The Society met this evening, usual business having been transacted, adjourned.

J. T. Adams, Prest. Tumlin, Secy.


Demosthenian Hall, June 24th, 1858

The Society met this morning and was called to order by the President. After first roll was called and absentees noted, the debate was then taken up, and after a very limited debate, President decided in favor of negative. The question read as follows viz. Would the United States be Justifiable in making war with England under the present circumstances? Mess Humber and Rush were appointed as a Committee to procure a new type for our Diploma, the old one being lost. No further bussiness being
before Society, it adjourned.


Tumlin, Secy. Pope, Prest.

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Monday Evng. June 28th, 1858

Society met this evng. usual business having been dispatched. Society adjourned.

Tumlin, Secy. Adams, Prest. Tribunal


Demosthenian Hall, July 2nd, 1858

Society met as usual this morning, Prest. called Society to order. Debate was deferred. It was moved that the magazines in the Reading Room be divided between Societies. Motion adopted. Com. Barrow and Adams. Librarian report was read and recd. it was agreed not take Bekwood's Magazine. Society adjourned.

Tumlin, Secy. Pope, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, July 19th, 1858

Society met this morning and after let roll was called and absentees noted, the following gentlemen were elected Honorary members. Daul S. Printup, David O. Cotting, Dr. L. Landrum. The Discussion of question was then taken up, and after an animated debate, in which members generally participated, President decided in favor of the negative. The query read as follows, "ought we to have a Southern Confederacy?" The President appointed Messrs Barrow, Mosely and Tumlin as a Committee to prepare a program of the order of business at the approaching commencement. The President gave notice the Society would adJourn today two weeks. The usual bussiness having been transacted, Society adjourned.

Pope, Prest. Tumlin, Secy.




Monday Evng., June 21st, 1858

The Society met this evening, having dispatched usual business adjourned.

Adams, Prest. Tribunal Tumlin, Secy.


August 15th, 1858 Dem. Hall

The Society met this morning a little after the usual hour and was celled to order, Mr. Pope presiding. The initiation of new members being then in order the following gentlemen were proposed end unanimously elected. Viz. Mess. Atkinson, Sheats, Anderson and Patrick. There being a vacancy in the office of Secretary, Mr. Rutherford was elected by acclamation. The President, Mr. Pope then delivered a short address which reflected much credit upon the gentleman, and proved that he cherished a deep interest in the welfare of the Demosthenian Society. The Society was then adjourned.

M. P. Barrow, Sec. Pro. Tem. J. D. Pope, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, Aug. 5th, [sic] 1858

The Society met this morning at 9 O' clock, and Hon. James Jackson was called to the chair. On motion of Mr. Humber, a committee of three was appointed to confer with a committee from the Phi Kappa Society for the purpose of arranging the time and order of marching with them to the Chapel to listen to the address of George A. Gordon Esqr., the Orator of the occasion. Mr. Gordon's address on the subject of "The Union of Contemplation and Action" was remarkable for beauty of sentiment; elegance of and profound philosophy. It was indeed a most successful and happy effort. As a testimonial of the high appreciation of the Society, a committee, composed of Barrow, Pope, and Rutherford was appointed to present to Mr. Gordon our thanks and request his acceptance of the same. On motion the Society adjourned.


Jno. D. Pope, Sec. Hon. James Jackson, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, Au. 22d, 58

The Society met as usual this morning. The Society was called to order by Mr. Pope. First roll was called and absentees noticed. The following gentlemen were then elected Honorary Members (viz). The New officers then took their seats. The new President, Mr. Mosely on taking his seat addressed the Society in a very chaste and appropriate manner on the eloquence of the nineteenth century. The debate was then taken up, and the members generally participated. Prest. decided in favor of the affirmative. The question read as follows. Should the Common School system proposed by Gov. Johnson in his last message be adopted? The President taking his seat appointed the following gentlemen to fill on the particular committees. Cor. Sec.--J. D. Pope. Som. Motions--J. T. Adams, Kinnebrew and Church. Com. Hall-Williams, Reese, Jameson. Com. Questions--Williams, Kinnebrew, and Adams. Com. Library--Easter, Pope, Oliver, Com. Books--Barrow, Lane, Thompson, Com. Badges--Wood, Thompson, Dennis. Tribunal--Williams, Harris, Murray. At the ringing of the bell a motion was made to suspend the bylaws and proceed with the business, and an amendment made to this motion to the effect of adjourning at the specified time at the annual of which another motion was made to reconsider this motion and proceed with the business, but this was defeated and the Society adjourned until two o'clock. The society met in the evening at the appointed time and the following elections then came off. Wood, President: Billups and Williams, Censor: Anderson, Sec: Dennis, Lib: Pope, Clerk of Tribunal: Shealds, Marshall:
Patrick, Door Keeper. There being no other business the society then adjourned.

Rutherford, Sec. T. Moseley, Pres.


Monday Evening, Aug. 24th,

The Society met this evening at the usual hour and having dispatched the business adjourned.

Rutherford, Sec. Williams, Pres. of Tri.


Demosthenian Hall, Aug. the 29th, 1858

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was called to order by the President taking his seat. The first roll was then called and absentees noticed. The proposition for members either regular or honorary was then put to the house, which resulted in the election of the following gentlemen viz. Messrs R. M. Young. The subject for discussion was then read and the members entered in the debate with more warmth and ardor than is generally manifested and as a witness of this fact we have but to record that the first roll was finished some time after the ringing of the bell. At the end of the first roll the society adjourned to meet again in the evening. The Society met this evening at the appointed time. The earnestness which the members entered in the discussion in the morning appeared to be rather augmented than diminished [sic], and in view of a protracted debate it was deemed expedient to adjourn. A motion was made to that effect with an amendment that the same question be retained for the next discussion. The Society then adjourned.

Rutherford, Sec. Moseley, Pres.


Monday Evening, Aug. the 31st.

The Society met this evening and before proceeding with the regular business it was moved that we permit Mr. Cobb according to his request to address the Society after it adjourned on the slave trade. From some misunderstanding that prevailed among the members evident opposition was raised at first, but when the motion was stated clearly and distinctly it was carried with but few dissenting voices. The regular course of proceeding being then taken and having gone through with it on the usual manner the Society adjourned.

Rutherford, Sec. Williams, Pres. of Tribunal


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. the 5th, 1858

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, the first roll was then called and absentees noticed. The minutes of the last meeting was then read in their regular order, after which the propositions for members either regular or honorary was put to the house which resulted in the election of Mr. Watkins as a regular member of the Demosthenian Society. The question for debate was then read and the first roll called. The warmth and earnestness with which most of the members entered in the discussion proved that they were willing to yield their positions with out a struggle, and had returned doubly prepared for the contest. The debate was characterised [sic] by more honesty and plenty of intention than is generally witnessed in our weekly discussions. From some cause or other the vigor of the debate was broke and the members gradually retired one by one until there was not even a quorum remained. It was then thought by some unconstitutional to proceed with the business. A hurried decision was then made more for the sake of gratifying the faccy [sic] of some than for some in the affirmative (that's) that the African slave trade should be reopened. The customary business being finished the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

John c. Rutherford, Sec. T. Moseley, Prest.


Monday evening, Sept. the 7th.

The Society met this evening at the regular hour and the usual business having been finished adjourned.

Rutherford, Sec. Williams, Pres. Pro. Tem.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. the 12th, 1858

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was called to order by the President taking his seat. The proposition for members either regular or honorary was then put to the house, and there being no names proposed the question for debate was read. Which was should Regulus have returned to Carthage? The question being considered by some very plan [sic] it was consequently thought that the discussion would be and short, but quite the opposite was the case, the debate was characterised [sic] by considerable warmth and ardour [sic]. The first and second roll being called and the voluntary debate being finished the President gave his decision in the affirmative. Having dispatched with the remaining business the Society adJourned.

John C. Rutherford, Sec. T. Moseley, Pres.


Monday Evening, Sept. the 14th, 1858 The Society met this evening at the customary hour, the usual business having been dispatched the Society adjourned.

Rutherford, Sec. Williams, Pres. of Tribunal


Demosthenian Society, Sept. the 17th, 1858

The Society met this morning at the usual hour the first roll was then called and absentees noticed. After the minutes of the last meeting and a portion of the constitution were read there was the proposition for members either regular or honorary which resulted in the election of the following gentlemen as honorary members. Messrs Dr. Felix Shaw, Madison, Geo. and Rufus Phillups of Monticello. Geo. The question was Louis the 16th of France justly executed, was then read and the first and second roll were called for members to debate. The discussion was not characterised [sic] with the fervour [sic] and ardour [sic] that is generally manifested. The question being an extensive one and requiring a good deal of investigation before it should properly be discussed it could hardly be supposed that the debate would be clothed with the usual warmth. After the short discussion the President gave his decision in favour [sic]of the negative. The last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

J. C. Rutherford, Sec. T. Moseley, Pres.



Demosthenian Hail, Friday Evening, Sept. 20th

Owing to the death of one of the professors children, the college duties were suspended on Monday, and it was thought best to postpone the meeting. The regular President not being present Mr. Pope was requested Viva Voce to act. The usual business being dispatched the society adjourned.

Rutherford, Sec. J. Pope, Pres. of Tribunal Pro. Tem.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. the 19th, 1858

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, the first roll was called and absentees noticed. After the minutes of the last meeting were read; the proposition for members either regular or honorary was put to the house which resulted in the election of the following gentlemen, Isham S. Farmer, Dr. G. G. Gordon, T. L. Macon as honorary members. The question should the usury laws be repealed was read and the first roll for declamation was then called. The members generally participated in the debate although leaving made considerable room for considerable. After a quite an [sic] earnest discussion the President gave his decision in favour [sic] of the affirmative. Under the head of motions notices and commencements a few letters from honorary members informing the Society of their acceptance of our membership was read by the Cor. Sec. after which there being no other business before the Society the last roll was called and the Society adjourned.

Rutherford , Sec. T. Moseley, President


Wednesday Evening, Sept. the 23rd.

Owing to an unhappy circumstance the death of one of our beloved members the meeting of the Society was deferred until this evening. A motion to dispense with the regular business and to lay it over until the meeting of the next tribunal was made and carried. A motion was then made that we make some outward exhibition of the high respect which we entertained for our deceased brother and the deep sorrow his death has cast upon the Demosthenian Society. To accomplish this purpose the following gentlemen were appointed to draw up some resolutions with reference to the matter. Messrs Pope, Moseley and Kinnebrew. The regular Secretary was then requested to act. It was also moved that these resolutions be published in three papers viz. The Christian Index, Temperance Crusader, Constitution. There being no other business the Society adjourned.

Rutherford, Sec. J. Wood, Pres. Pro. T.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. the 26th, 1858

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was called to order by the President taking his seat. The minutes of the last meeting were then read. The next in order was the proposition for the election of members either regular or honorary. but there being no names proposed the business proceeded. The question for debate was then read, but it was moved and seconded that the debate be dispensed with, the motion was then put to the house and carried. There being no other business the Society adjourned.

Rutherford, Sec. Moseley, Pres.


Monday Evening, Sept. 28th.

The Society met this evening at the usual hour the ordinary business being dispatched, the Society adjourned.

Rutherford, Sec. Wood, Pres. Pro. Tem.


Demosthenian Hall, Jan. the 22nd, 1858 [sic, 1859]

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, the first roll was then called and absentees noticed. The proposition for the election of members either regular or honorary which resulted in the election of the following gentlemen, Messrs MoClesky, Foster, Clemens and Burns. The question for debate was then read but it was moved and carried that the debate be dispensed with. There being no other business the Society adjourned.

Rutherford, Sec. T. Moseley, Pres.


Monday Evening, Jan. the 24th [1859]

The Society met this evening at the usual hour. Our regular President being called to the chair, the proposition for the election of members either regular or honorary which resulted in the election of Messrs Dougherty, and B. T. Whitner, the regular business was then attended and the Society adjourned.

Rutherford Pope, Pres. Pro. Tem.


Demosthenian Hall, Jan. 31st, 1859

The Society met this morning in accordance with previous appointment. The roll was then called and absentees noticed. The proposition for the election of new members, either regular or honorary was then in order; which resulted in the election of Williams, McFarlan and Hardeman as regular members of the society. The new officers then took their seats: The President elect Mr. Wood delivered before the body, a very chaste and appropriate address on the feelings that swell the bosom of the aspirant for fame, which reflected great credit on its author. The question for debate was then read: The first roll of speakers was then called and the members generally debated with considerable feelings. After a considerable discussion, the President decided in favor of those advocating the side of the soil and climate. The election of the following officers then took place: Barron, Pres; Burns, Secretary; Adams and Kinnebrew, Censor Morums; Sheats, Marshal; Whitney, Clerk of Tribunal. The last roll was then called and the society adjourned.

Anderson, Sec. J. Y. Wood, Pres.


Monday Evening, Feb. 2nd, 1859

This Society met this evening and after transacting the usual business adjourned.

Anderson, Sec. John Y. Wood, Pres.


Demosthenian Society, Feb. 5th, 1859

The Society met this morning according to the usual custom. The roll was then called and absentees marked. The election of members was then in order, which resulted in the election of Cox as a regular member. and many of gentleman as honorary members of the body. The roll for debate was then called and the members generally partook in the discussion. The Junior orator was then called on. Mr. Rutherford, who displayed great power of oratory, and delivered a very able, chaste and eloquent address on the opportunities afforded by the Demosthenian Society. The President then gave his decision in favor of the unity of the human race. The last roll was then called and the society adjourned. However, the election of a forth of July orator, which resulted in the choice of Mr. Pope.

Anderson, Sec. John Y. Wood, Pres.


Monday, Feb. 8th, 1859

The society met this evening and having performed the regular duties of the society adjourned.

Anderson, Sec. Tumlin, Pres.


Demosthenian Society, Feb. 12th, 1859

The Society met this morning at the usual hour: The President then took his seat. The first roll was then called, and absentees noted. The Sophomores and Seniors were then called on to hand in questions for debate. The regular president compelled to be absent, requested Mr. Barrow to take the chair who presided with marked dignity throughout the discussion. The first roll was then called for debate, and none but Juniors responded. The Junior orator, S. Sargeant. Tumlin was then called on, being prepared was excused till the next meeting of the Society. The second roll for debate was next called and the members generally participated. Voluntary debate was then constitutional, which was entered into with great enthusiasm, when the motion for the election of new members was moved it resulted in the election of Milner as a regular member of our body. The President Pro Tem, Mr. Barrow decided in favor of those arguing in behalf of the Supreme Court. Motions and Notices were then in order, Propositions and communications were then taken notice of. The question for the next debate was then read by the Secretary. It was then moved that the president appoint a committee to prepare notices for the different churches, that the anniversary oration of the Demosthenian Society would be delivered next Saturday in
the College Chapel. The last roll was then called, absentees noted, and the society adjourned.

W. O. Anderson, Sec. M. D. Barrow, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 14th, 1859

The regular President, Mr. Wood took the chair appointed Messrs Mosely, Pope and Rutherford a committee to arrange t he members in order at the approaching anniversary. Pres. Tumlin then took the seat, transacted the regular business and dismissed the Society.

Anderson, Sec. Tumlin, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 19th, 1859

The anniversary of the society fell upon today. The members convened in the Hall at half past 10 o'clock. The Secretary called the roll and prepared by the committee on marching, and the procession marched forward headed by our graceful standard bearer, Saml. Tumlin. After the audience had assembled in the College Chapel, Mr. Wood, the orator, of the season delivered an oration on the very appropriate theme, "Those only are successful who are prepared for the contest." Mr. Wood' s oration was truly an able, chaste and well timed address, which will conduce to the literary population of its author, and which certainly did honour [sic] to the Society. After the services were over the members returned to the Hall, and requested a copy of Mr. Wood' s speech for publication, which was refused. The Society then adjourned.

Anderson, Sec. John Wood, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 21st, 1859

The society was called to order this evening by the regular president taking the chair. A book was presented to the society by M. P. Barrow from Thomas R. R. Cobb. The President appointed a committee composed of Messrs Pope, Barrow, Tumlin, to return the thanks of the society to Mr. Cobb, for his very highly esteemed present. There being no further business the society adjourned.

Anderson, Sec. Wood, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 26th, 1859

The Society met this morning according to the usual hour. The Society was called to order by the President taking his seat. The Secretary read the minutes of the two last meetings, motions for the election of new members of the society, there being no names proposed, the first roll was called for debate and the
discussion was entered into with great warmth of feelings. The second roll was then called and the members responded with great feeling. Voluntary debate was then constitutional, the President decided in favor of the course of Georgia. Motions were noticed, notices were in order, notices next disposed of. Propositions, Communications, reports and elections were noticed. Burns was appointed Junior Orator. 'l'he second roll was called and absentees noticed. There being no other business the society adjourned.


Anderson, Sec. Wood, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 28th, 1859

The society was called to order by the regular president taking his seat. A motion was made that the Pres. to appoint a committee of three to confer with the Phi Kappa Society regarding the publication of Mr. Woods speech. The Pres. appointed Messrs Rush, Jameson, and Mosely as the said committee. After transacting the regular business the society adjourned.

Anderson, Sec. Tumlin, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, March 5th, 1859

The Society met this morning at the usual hour. The body was called to order by the regular Pres. taking his seat. The secretary read the minutes of the last meeting. The regular motion for the election of new members was moved which resulted in the election of Holleyman as a regular and several gentlemen
honorary members of the body. The first roll was then called for debate, and the members generally participated. The Junior Orator, Burns was called on and delivered a very appropriate address. The second roll was called, voluntary debate was then called on, and members generally debated. The President decided in favor of those contending against dwelling. Motions. and notices were in order. Propositions were in order. The Pres. gave notice that the new officers will take their seat. Resolutions were in order, and Mr. Rush offered several good resolutions. The Society resolved that when the propositions for new honorary members were proposed, that the one proposing the name should give to the Society some testimony of the person's being worthy of the honor conferred upon them. Another resolution was offered to build a new Hall; met with opposition and failed. A resolution was offered to the society that when an officer charged a member with disorder, that said member be fined, notwithstanding his denial of the charge. It was passed by a majority of the members present and was entered on the bylaws. Reports of committees and officers. The committees appointed to attend to the publication of Mr. Wood' s speech reported through their chairman Mr. Mosely that the speech would be published soon at the price of 20 dollars. Reports of presiding officers were read, there being no further business the last roll was called and absentees noticed. The society adjourned.

W. Dryden Anderson, Sec. J. Y. Wood, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, Feb. 5th, 1859

The body was called to order by the regular Pres. taking his seat. Mr. Pope reporting to the body, that Mr. Black had not replied to the invitation to deliver the oration, before the two societies, proposed the name of Cumming, who was elected. The Pres. of the Tribunal then took his seat and transacted the business of the society and adjourned.

[no officers listed. No explanation for the second meeting of the day. perhaps the date is incorrect]



Demosthenian Society, March 12th, 1859

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and was called to order by the President taking his seat. The first roll was then called and the minutes of the last meeting read. The proposition for the election of members either regular or honorary which resulted in the election of the following gentlemen as regular members, Messrs. Mitchell and Seals. The President on taking his seat made a short but appropriate address taking our beloved society for his glorious theme. The question for debate was then read and the first called and it was pleasing to see a good many of our new members participate no doubt urged on by the kind remarks of our worthy President. The question, Has a state the right to secede [sic] was warmly discussed on both sides. When the President gave his decision in favour [sic] of the negative. The Junior orator, Mr. Oliver was excused until the next meeting. The President appointed the following gentlemen upon the respective committees.

Tribunal--Rutherford, Church, McFarland.

Committee on Hall-[ none listed ]

Committee on Motions--[ none listed ]

Committee on Questions--[ none listed ]

Committee on Badges-[ none listed ]

The next question was then read the last roll called and the society adjourned.

Burns, Sec. Barrow, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, Monday Evening, March the 14th.

The Society met this evening at the usual hour the business being transacted the Society adjourned.

Burns, Sec. Rutherford, Pres. of Tribunal


Demosthenian Hall, March 11th, 1859 [either out of order or April 11th]

The body met at the regular hour this morning as usual. The President took his seat the house was called to order and the first roll was called. Being the regular day for the Society to adjourn, there was no debate and the proposition being made for the election of new officers. The house proceeded to business which resulted in the election of the following members. Mr. J. C. Rutherford, President; Mr. Bengiman [sic] Mosly [sic], Secretary; Mr. Thomas Cameron, Treasurer; Mess. Reese and Harris, Censor Morum; Mr. Williams, Door Keeper; Mr. William Church, Librarian. The business of the society being completed more was made for the society to adjourn which receiving a second the Society adjourned until the first Saturday after the fifteenth of April.

Mr. M. T. Barron, President Burns, Secretary


Demosthenian Hall, April 16th, 1859

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, the President not being present a more [sic] was made and seconded for Mr. Rutherford to be called to the chair which he did and called the Society to order and there being no business before the Society a more [more] was made and seconded for the Society to adjourn which was immediately done.

Rutherford, President Pro. Tem. Burns, Secretary


Demosthenian Hall, April the 23 , 1859

The Society met this morning at the usual hour. The President took his seat as usual and called the house to order and proceeded to business. The proposition for the election of the Hon. Thomas W. Thomas being proposed and seconded, he was unanimously elected as an honorary member of the Demosthenian Society. The roll of debate was then called and the members generally engaged in the discussion which was protracted for a considerable time with much warmth and interest. The debate being ended decission [sic] was called for which resulted in a decission [sic] by the President in favor of the negative. The question for debate was the reign of Tragan [sic] beneficial to the Roman government. The business of the Society being finished a mere was made end
seconded that the Society to adjourn. The society adjourned Sime [sic] Die.

M. T. Barron, President Burns, Secretary



Monday evening , April 25th, 1859

The Society met this evening at the usual hour, the business being transacted, the Society adjourned.

Burns , Sec. Rutherford, President of Tribunal


Demosthenian Hall, April 29th, 1859

The society met this morning according to adjournment. Mr. Barrow delivered the seat after an affecting address to Mr. Rutherford who entered upon his office with an essay finely composed and delivered. The new officers commenced their duties. The debate was confined to a few who nevertheless argued the question ably and warmly. The voluntary debate was very spirited and able. The President decided in favor of the negative. The election of officers for the next term then took place and resulted in the election of the following officers.

Prest.-Anderson;

First Cens.--Murray;

Second Cens.--Cline;

Sec.-Clements;

Treas.--A. Whitner;

Door Keeper--R. Dougherty;

Clerk Tri.--Samuel S. Tumlin;

Marshall--John T. Burns.

Committees:

On Motions . . . Head, McFarland, Hardeman

On HallClements, Barrow, McClesky

On QuestionsBurns, Eubanks, A. Whitner

On LibraryHolleyman, Thomson, Milner

On BooksB. Whitner, Gardner, Beasly

On BadgesDougherty, Thompson, Stovall

On TribunalAnderson, Jameson, Robison

Corresponding SecSamuel S. Tumlin

Ben Moseley , Sec. Rutherford, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, May 7th, 1859

The Society met this morning according to adjournment, the house was called to order and business was commenced. The members answered very feebly to the first roll call for debate. Honorary members engaged zealously in the contest. The second calling of the roll was promptly responded to by the members and the meeting was made very interesting by the members generally, dutifully, eloquently and warmly arguing the prescribed question. The honorary members also gave eloquent evidence of their abiding honor for the society. Order was kept by the members generally remarkably well and the meeting was upon the whole interesting enough perhaps to approach the object of the meeting, amusement and instruction. The President decided the question in favor of the negative. Mr. Anderson was elected by the Society to deliver a farewell address to the senior class. The other business was then dispatched and society adjourned.

Ben Moseley, Sec. J. Rutherford, Prest.



Demosthenian Hall, May 14th, 1859

The Society met this mornin at the usual hour and the regular President being absent the first Censor Morum, Mr. Reese took the chair. The regular secretary being absent, Anderson was requested to act. The minutes of the last meeting was called and the first roll was called for debate. There was a motion made to suspend the debate. The President put the question to the house, and there was a tie. The President then gave his casting vote in favor of the debate. The roll was then called and the members generally participated. The contest was warmly contested and the President gave his decision in favor of the affirmative. The President gave notice that motions, propositions were in order. Reports of officers were then read, the last roll was then called and the Society adjourned.

Anderson, Sec. Protem Reese, Pres. Protem


Demosthenian Hall, May 16th, 1859

The society met this evening at the usual hour, Mr. Anderson, Prest. of the Tribunal, Messrs Robinson and Jameson being called to take the place of Assistants. The point was contested whether the absentees who went to the picnic should be excused. The Court decided to excuse them. The other business was then dispatched and the Society adjourned.

B. Moseley, Sec. Anderson, Pres. Tri.



Demosthenian Hall, May 21st, 59

The Society met this morning at the hour common. The President called the house to order and the business of the society was entered upon. The President made a short address relative to the duties of members, the general neglect of the society by some members and the laws on the subject. There were present at the calling of the first roll 20 members. Prof. Ryan and G. W. Taylor Esq. were elected as honorary members of this society, the former of Columbia, S. C.; the latter of Forsyth, Monroe Co., Ga. The debate then commenced and was unusually warm although the question seemed to be one sided and the members generally could not conscientiously embrace the affirmative side. The debate resolved itself by this in to individual essays which were yet very interesting and some of them bordering upon eloquence. The gentlemen kept order remarkably well and it seemed the society was improving in honor among the members. The voluntary debate was somewhat spirited but boring. The President decided in favor of the negative. Mr. Anderson read communication of the acceptance of membership from R. B. Rhett. The other business was then transacted and after the calling of the roll the society adjourned. Present at the last roll 18 members.

B. Moseley, Sec. Rutherford, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, May 23d, 59

The society met this evening at the usual hour. Most of the gentlemen who were disorderly at the last meeting were present. The business was quickly dispatched on account of the good order which generally prevailed. After transacting the business before the tribunal the court adjourned for Saturday.

B. Moseley, Sec. W. D. Anderson, Pres. Tri.


Demosthenian Hall, May 28th, 1859

The Society met this morning according to adjournment. There were present at the calling of the first roll twenty five members. The proposition for the election of new members was met by the election of the following gentlemen:

Hon. David Clopton, Tuskegee, Ala.

Col. C. W. Dubose, Sparta, Ga.

Lewellyn A. Nelms, Waranton, Ga.

The debate then commenced with some interest. The Honorary members engaged in the debate and made it more interesting. The first roll being through, the junior orator made a very appropriate address. At the second calling of the roll the debate was very warm and the voluntary debate was still more so. The
Prst. decided in favor of the negative. There were present at the calling of the last roll twenty three members. The reports of officers were then read and the society adjourned.

Ben Richard Moseley , Sec. J. Rutherford. Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, May 30th, 1859

The society met this evening at the usual hour, the tribunal opened the meeting, and the business was soon dispatched on account of the excellent order which prevailed. The business was dispatched and the court adjourned to meet on Saturday.

Ben Moseley, Sec. W. D. Anderson, Pres. Pro T.



Demosthenian Hall, June 4th, 59

The Society met at the usual hour. Present at the first roll twenty members. The debate was entered in by a majority of the members. The order of the house was kept uncommonly well. The debate was one of the most interesting and warm that has been carried on in the society during the term. The voluntary debate was very warm and the question was both contested by nearly all the members. The president decided in favor of the negative. The reports of officers were then read and the society adjourned. Present at the last roll twenty three members. M. P. Barrow was elected Honorary Prest. for commencement.

Ben Moseley, Sec. John Rutherford, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, June 6th, 1859

The Society met this evening at the usual hour. The President called the house to order and Mr. Rush to take Mr. Lawsons chair. The meeting soon dispatched the business before the hour and adjourned til Saturday.

Ben Moseley, Sec. W. D. Anderson, Prest. Tri.


Demosthenian Hall, June 11th, '59

The Society met at the usual hour this morning. Present at the calling of the first roll twenty seven members. The question was debated but with very little warmth. The Prest. decided that Austria was to blame for the war in Europe. The reports of officers were then read and the society adjourned. Present at the calling of the last roll twenty members.

B. Moseley, Sec. John Rutherford, Prest.



Demosthenian Hall, June 13th, 1859

The society met this evening at the usual hour and in consequence of the good order which was kept some dispatched the business before the society and adjourned.

Ben Moseley, Sec. W. D. Anderson, Prest. Tri.


Demosthenian Hall, June 16th, 1859

The society met this morning at the usual hour, present at the calling of the first roll twenty three members. The following gentlemen were elected honorary members of the society: C. C. Clay, Huntsville, Ala; Col. James Brown, Canton, Ga. The debate was long and warm. There being no farther business before the society adjourned. Present at the calling of the last roll eighteen members.

B. Moseley , Sec. John Rutherford, Prest.



Demosthenian Hall, June 20th, 1859

The society met this evening at the usual hour. The secretary not being present Mr. Tumlin took his place. The business was then transacted and there being good order the Society adjourned.

B. Moseley, Sec. W. D. Anderson, Prest. tri.


Demosthenian Hall, June 25th, 1859

The society met this morning at the usual hour. Present at the calling of the first roll twenty five members. The debate was very warm and interesting. The motion was offered and carried that members of the other society passing near the hall should be informed of their transgression. The debate being over the
reports of officers were read and the society adjourned. Present at the calling of the last roll, eighteen members.

B. Moseley, Sec. John Rutherford, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, June 27th, 1859

The Society met this evening at the usual hour. The Prest. called the house to order and the meeting proceeded to transact the business. The meeting soon transacted all the business before the house and adjourned. The members kept very good order.

Ben Moseley, Sec. W. D. Anderson, Prest. Tri.


Demosthenian Hall, July 2nd, 1859

The society met this morning at the usual hour, the President called the house to order and the society proceeded to business. Present at the calling of the first roll thirty one members. Under the proposition for the election of honorary members the Society elected Hon. Albert Rusk, El Dorado, Ark. The debate was postponed and also the junior orator was excused til the next meeting. The following members were elected as a Court of Appeals. W. D. Anderson, Prest; John Clyne; W. L. Church; G. H. Eubanks; G. C. Holleyman. The following gentlemen were appointed on committees: On Order of March and c., 4th July--S. S. Tumlin, A. C. Whitner, J. T. Burns. Orderly Committee at Commencement--J. D. Pope, S. S. Tumlin, J. T. Adams. On Commieett [sic] of Conference with Dr. Moore--W. L. Church, W. D. Anderson, G.
W. Rush. Mr. Rush was appointed by Prest. to fill Mr. Carerons unexpired term of office.

B. R. Moseley, Secy. J.C. Rutherford, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, July 4th, 1859

Monday Morning, 9 O'clock A. M.

The society met this morning to determine the order of the day and appoint officers and to for the arrangement. It was moved and carried that the honorary members be excused from giving the Demosthenian Society a dinner. Mr. Church was appointed Standard bearer by the chair and Mr. Stovall Marshall. A committee was appointed to regulate the order of marching which was regulated satisfactorily. The society adjourned sime die. [sic]

Ben R. M., Sec. John Rutherford, Prest.


Monday Morning, July 4th, 12 O' clock

The society met to transact any small business that might be before the society. A motion was made and carried to have the speech of the orator Mr. Pope, printed which was carried but Mr. Pope declined furnishing the manuscript. A vote of thanks was then offered to Mr. Pope the honor he did the society and to the honorary members for their kindness. It was moved and carried that the orator's speech should be preserved in the archives of the society which was agreed to by the speaker. Society adjourned sime die. [sic]

Ben R. Moseley, Sec. John Rutherford, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, July 9th, 1859

The society met this morning at the usual hour to transact the business before the Court of Appeals. There being present but very few members the society adjourned for 15 minutes. The Society, met again and the tribunal took their seats. The business of fines and appeals for all offences [sic] committeed [sic] under the administration of treasurers, Sheets and Cameron was then settled. It was moved and carried that a committee be appointed to superintend the business of diplomas and also that they be empowered to regulate the number and c if badges. The Society adjourned sime die. [sic]

Benjamin R. Moseley, Sec. William D. Anderson, Prest. Tri.


Demosthenian Hall, July 18th, 1859

The society met this evening to decide about and determine on the building of a monument over our deceased member' s grave. It being shown by some of the members that the sum of eighty dollars was expected to pay for the monument and the society' s treasury expected only to pay the remainder which should be due after as much was subscribed as could be, and on the contrary that it appeared the treasury of the society would be called on for $107.00 the question for argument was should the society be expensible for more than it had been expecting to pay. After much discussion it was decided that we confer with the committee before deciding. The Society adjourned sime die. [sic]

B. R. Moseley, Sec. W. D. Anderson, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, Commencement August 3rd, 1859


The Society met this evening at three O'clock and was called to order by Mr. Barrow who introduced to the society the honorary President, Hon. Iverson L. Harris. Upon taking the chair, the honorary president gave a short but appropriate address. The minutes of the last meeting were then read. There being some gentlemen present who wished to Join the society they were attended to first and the next thing in order was reports of committees appointed by the society to report on the state of its regulations and appurtenances then came forward and gave in his report the substance of which was as follows: That the society was generally in a flourishing condition that the library was well kept and the offices generally of the society altered to with promptness, but he complained that the library had been added to but very little. After Mr. Anderson's report, Mr. Pope handed in to the treasurer a present from the liberal and beloved honorary members of the town amounting to $120.00. It was
adopted on motion that thanks be returned to the donors for generosity and kind remembrance of the society. There being several gentlemen in the hall not members of the society it was moved by some of the members that they be elected honorary members of the Demosthenian. Their names were proposed and they were elected, whose names were as follows: P. Young, Cass Co. Ga., Edward Symmes, South Carolina; J. J. McCrea, High Shoals, Ga.; L.A. Nelms, Warrenton, Ga. The next thing in order was the annual address by Mr. Gordon of Augusta. Mr. Gordon delivered before the society a very eloquent speech on a very appropriate theme. The speech was listened to with marked attention and greeted with applause. A vote of thanks was unanimously adopted to be presented to Mr. Gordon for able manner in which he performed his and testifying our gratitude for the pleasure afforded us. It was adopted also that a copy his speech be requested for preservation in the archives of the Society. The next thing in order was a speech from Mr. Anderson to the graduating class which he performed to the satisfaction of all. The next thing in order was the presentation of Diplomas to the graduating class. This office the honorary President performed with a very becoming, suitable, and instructive speech accompanying. The honorary members were then called on for speeches. Messrs Toombs and Hill responded to the call and made some very interesting remarks to the Society. Several more members were called upon but excused themselves and responded with a gift which course appeared to be highly satisfactory to the regular members. It was moved and seconded that a vote of thanks be returned to the Hon. Iverson L. Harris for the able and efficient manner in which he performed the duties of President. This motion was unanimously adopted and after it one to adjourn.

Ben. R. Moseley, Secretary Hon. Iverson L. Harris, Pres.


Demosthenian Hall, August 4th, 1859

The Society met this mornin~ at a quarter before 8 O'clock to rehulate [sic] the order of marching, supply honorary members with badges and confer with the other society about the time of marching to the Chapel. At the appointed time the two societies marched to the Chapel and listen to an eloquent and wise speech from the orator, Joseph Cumming. After the delivery of this the members marched again into the hall the Prest. called the house to order and put a motion to the house which was offered by a member and seconded by another that a committee of three be appointed to thank Mr. Cumming for his speech as doing honor to those who chose him; and request also a copy for publication. This motion was passed unanimously and our also adjourned.

B. Moseley, Sec. John D. Pope, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, 13th Aug., 59

The society met this morning at the usual hour. Present at the first roll sixteen members. The order for the election of new members was filled by 3 members joining the society. A motion was made to suspend the debate which was carried. The society then listened to speech from Mr. A. C. Whitner which was not too long and a fine speech moreover and was greeted with applause. The question was then read and the reports of officers and the Society adjourned.

B. Moseley, Sec. John Rutherford, Prest.


Demosthenian Hall, Aug. 15th, 1859

The society met this evening at the usual hour to transact the business before the Court of Tribunal. There were many charges for absences but none for disorder. The order at this meeting was very good with one or two exceptions. The simple charges for absences were soon finished and the Court adjourned to meet on the following Saturday.


B. R. Moseley, Secretary W. D. Anderson, Prest. of Tri.


Demosthenian Hall, Aug. 20, 1859

The Society met this morning at the usual hour and proceeded to business. Some new members were elected. Present at the calling of the first roll thirty four members and usually large numbers which served to show the healthful state of the society in the honor shown by the members. The debate was very warm and interesting. The President decided that William the Conqueror had a Just title to the throne of England. The Society then adjourned til two O'clock, when they again met to elect new officers for the next term which resulted as follows:

Prest-Thomas A. Murray Treas--George C. Holleyman

Sect--Charles H. Eubank Librarian--G. C. Gardner

Door Keeper--L. M. Lyle Marshall--Samuel S. Tumlin

Censors Morum--J. T. Burns, C. J. Reese

Corresponding Secretary--George W. Bush

After the elections the reports of officers were read and after the calling of the last roll which was answered by 38 members , the society adjourned til Monday evening.

W. D. Anderson, Prest. B. R. Moseley, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, August 22nd, 1859

The society met this evening to transact the business before the court which was considerable. More time was taken at this meeting than might have been on account of the general disorder which prevailed and which some of the members carried on to a disgraceful extent. The society adjourned until Saturday.

B. R. Moseley, Secretary C. T. Reese, President of Trib.


Demosthenian Hall, Aug,. 27th, 1859

The society met this morning at the usual hour and proceeded to business. Exceeding interest was displayed in the debate; the new members especially took an active part. The decision of the Prest was that the assassination of Caesar was not a laudable act. Reports of the Censor Morum were read and the Society adjourned until Monday evening.

W. D. Anderson, Pres. Geo. C. Holleyman, Sect.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. 5th, 1859

The Society met this morning to transact the business of the day. Twenty five members present. Long and Manfully did they contest in debate, with the flashing scimetary [sic] Genius and when at last their strokes became few and feeble a silent spectator called for a decision which the President gave in favor of the house. The Society adjourned until two O' clock. The society according to the appointed time this evening and after a spirited debate, the President gave his decision in favor of the negative (ie) that the conduct of Bacon towards Essex was not to be admired.

W. D. Anderson, President Geo. C. Holleyman, Secretary


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. 7th, 1859

The society met this evening after several motions being made concerning the Prayer Meeting which resulted in requesting it to change to the Phi Kappa Hall. The usual business having been transacted the Society adjourned.

W. L. Church, Sec. C. J. Reese, Pres. Tri.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. 10th, 1859

The Society met this morning at the usual hour the Pres. having taken his seat proceeded to business, very little spirit was taken on the debate and but few of the members participated. The debate having been closed the Pres. gave his decision in favour [sic] of the negative (ie) "The reign of Cromwell was not beneficial to England." It became the unpleasant duty of the Society that they should consider impeachments brought against two of the members for disorderly conduct. Action having been taken on their cases the society adjourned.

W. D. Anderson, Pres. W. L. Church, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. 12th.

The Society met this evening and the usual business having been transacted the society adjourned.

C. J. Reese, Pres. Tribunal W. L. Church, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. l7th, 1859

The Society met this morning at the usual hour, the Pres. having his seat proceeded to business. Considerable interest was taken in the debate 18 members participating. The debate having been closed the Pres. gave his decision in favor of the negative (ie). The Union of England with Ireland was not beneficial to the latter. The following motion was introduced and carried viz. Resolved: "That an officer called Recorder be instituted whose duty be to preserve all the correspondence of the Society in letter book and to register all treaties and communications between the two societies and to keep a correct list of the Honorary members." The election having been taken resulted in electing B. R. Moseley as Register. Mr. Burns case as then considered which was voted and carried to be a fine of two dollars 2.00. The last roll having been called and absentees noted the society adjourned.

T. A. Murray, Pres. Pro. Tem. W. Church, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. 19th, 1859 The society met this evening at the usual hour. The Tribunal having taken their seats and the usual business having been transacted the society adjourned.

C. J. Reese, Pres. Tribunal W. Church, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. 23d, 1859

The society met this morning, the first roll was then called and absentees noted. Present, thirty eight. The question was then read and roll for the Debate called, more interest than usual was displayed in the debate. Twelve O' clock arriving it was moved and carried that we suspend the by laws and proceed with the debate until one o' clock. The debate having been closed resulted in Pres. giving his decision in favor of the affirmative (ie), The South should patronize Northern Institutions. The election of the Court of Appeals then came off which resulted in the election of the following gentlemen viz. B. R. Moseley, A. B. Simms, C. J. Reese, G. W. Rush, J. T. Burns. Mr. Burns was then elected as anniversarian. The reports having been read the society adjourned.

W. D. Anderson, Pres. W. L. Church, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Sept. 27, 59 The society met this evening and usual business being transacted the society adjourned.

C. J. Reese, Pres. Tribunal W. L. Church, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, October 1st, 1859

The society met this morning at the usual hour, the roll having been called and absentees noted; proceeded to business. On motion of one of the members that as this was the last day before adjournment, we suspend with the debate. The vote being taken resulted in adjournment. The last roll was then called and the society adjourned, until Jan. 1860.

W. D. Anderson, Pres. W. L. Church, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, October 3d, 1859

The Society met this evening and no business being before the house, adjourned.

C. J. Reese, Pres. Trib. W. L. Church, Sec.


Demosthenian Hall, Jan. 30th, 1860

The Society met this evening at the usual hour and transacted the business and adjourned.

John Cline, Pres. Tri. Sec, Chas H. Eubanks


Questions for Debate 1860

Should the common school system proposed by Gov. Johnson in his last message be adopted?

Whose reign was most beneficial to the World, Queen Isabellas or Elizabeth?

Was Louis the 16th of France justly executed?

Are tariffs for Revenue productive of more good than evil?

Which is the most beneficial to the Demosthenian Society, the discussion of political or literary questions? (next Saturday, decided for the Literary).

Should the Standing Army of the United States be increased? (For Sat. after next, not debated).

Were the conquests of Cortez beneficial to the Mexican People in a moral point of view? (Decided affirmatively) .

Ought the Woman' s Rights Bill of A. J. Miller to have become a law? (Decided negatively).

Were the wars of Cromwell beneficial to England?

Is lying ever justifiable? (Affirmative).

Can England's course towards India be justifiable? Negative.

Was the distribution of lands by the laws of Lycuryus [sic] sutitable [sic] to the condition of the Spartans? Affirmative.

Ought the U. S. to assume the Protectorate over Mexico?

Do inventions improve the condition of the laboring classes? Affirmative.

Ought we to have a Southern Confederacy? Negative.

Would the U.S. Be Justifiable in making War with England under the present circumstances?

Should the African Slave rule be re-opened?


Questions for Debate 1860

Should Regulus have returned to Carthay?

Was Louis 16th of France justifiably executed? (For Sat. aft. Next Sept. 4th).

Should the Usury Law be repealed?

Which exerts the greatest influence on the progress and destiny of a nation, the ancestors from which they spring or the situation and climate of their Country?

Can Benedict Arnold be Justified?

Ought Mortard to have been handed over to his parents?

Is the whole human race sprung from the same pair?

Should the Supreme Court of Georgia be abolished?

Was Georgia justifiable in the course towards the general government in 1825?

Is dueling ever Justifiable?

Has a state the right to secede?

Was the reign of Tragan [sic] beneficial to the Roman Empire?

Was Mary Queen of Scotts Justly executed?

Was Sickles Justifiable in killing B. Rey?

Would Socrates have been Justifiable in escaping from prison?

Should the South submit if Congress should reject a common territory applying for admission with a pro slavery constitution?

Such constitution be republican in its form.

Should the United States interfere with the affairs of Mexico in her now distracted condition?

Should the Pacific R.R. be built by the national government?

To whom should the blame of the present war in Europe be attached, France or Austria?

Was the banishment of Napoleon to St. Helena Just?

Should the Usury Laws be abolished?

Should a Maids property be subjected to the will of her husband? (decided affirmative).

Was Charles the 2nd [sic] Justly executed? Decided Neg.

Should the public lands be distributed among the states? Affir.

Has a state a right to secede if it thinks that the general government has violated the compact?

Is it reasonable to suppose from the present indications, that there will be dismission of the Union?

Whether the interest of truth and virtue would be promoted by so far restricting the freedom of the Press, as to prevent anonymous publications?

Ought the United States to restrict foreign emigration?

Are men morally bound to marry?

Ought Walkers government to be recognized by the Government of the United States?

Ought Walkers expedition to have been sustained by the people?

Should the United States favor the extension of Liberty?

Should the expenses of the general government be defrayed by a system of direct or indirect taxation?

Ought Utah be admitted as a State under her present customs?

Which yields the most influence, the man of talent or wealth?

Should the license system be abolished?

Should the United States have declared war against Mexico under the then existing circumstances?

Should southern commercial conventions be encouraged and c?

Ought the Usury laws to be abolished'?

Should the Legislation have legalised [sic] bank suspension?

Should the whole constitution of Kansas or only the slavery feature be refered [sic] back to the people? (For Sat. after next).

Should our Government sustain Com. Paulding in his conduct towards Gen. W. Walker?

Which contributes most towards the formation of an orator, nature or art? Next Sat.

Ought the President to have the power to remove officers appointed with the concurence [sic] of the Senate without their concurrence? For next Sat.

Was Cromwell's reign beneficial to England?

Was his Union beneficial to Ireland?

Should the South patronize Northern Institutions?

Should capital punishment be publicly or privately executed?

Should the Judges be elected by the people?

Was Mary Queen of Scotts justly executed?

Is slavery a moral one?

Should a maids property be subjected to the will of her husband?

Should the Usury laws be repealed?

To which would it be best, for our legislature to appropriate money to the University or the same amount to poor schools?

Should the Indians be incorporated with the American people?

Should ministers of the gospel deal in politics?

Should the expungent resolution been adopted?

Should the United States build the rail road to the Pacific?

Which has the greatest influence on man, booty or beauty?

Was the banishment of Napoleon to Helena just?

R. W. Adams




Junior Orator Sat., Jan. 29 , 1859

Cline, Dennis, Harris, Murray, Pills, Reese, Rutherford, Tumlin.


Questions for Debate

Should the license of retailing liquor be abolished?

Is the influence of Political Societies on Government good or bad?

Was Georgia Justifiable in her conduct towards the general government in 1825?

Was Brutus Justifiable in killing Caesar?

Which has the most influence on men, booty or beauty?

Are all men bound to marry?

To which are the United States under greatest obligations, her Warriers [sic] or Statesmen?

Is the human race decended [sic] from a common parent?

Should capital punishment be inflicted upon circumstantial evidence?

Are all men morally bound to marry?

Ought Walkers Government be recognized by our Government?

Should there be such a thing as college honours, [sic] as that thing subject is generally understood?

Is a man Justifiable in telling a lie under any circumstances?

Should there be a protective tariff?

Does the present state of affairs warent [sic] us to believe that there will be a disolution [sic] of our Union?

Should the sell of ardous [sic] spirits as a beverage be prohibited by law in Ga?

Will the world be burned?

Should there be a protection tariff?

Is the character of Aaron Burr Justly [ ]?

Should the aid of the U. States be given to Gen. Walker?

Would any further extension of the Union be polite?

Has a state a right to secede?

What is the best for Institutions, fice dogs or pop corn? [??sic??]

In crossing a river on a boat with your mother and affianced bride, the boat should be overturned, which should you save?

Is there such a thing as an innate conscience?

Was Mary Queen of Scotts Justly executed?

Was the Crusades beneficial to the advancement of civilization?

Was the United States justifiable in dismissing Mr. Crampton, (the English Minister)?

Should capital punishment be abolished?

Ought we to encourage Southern Convention?

Is an elopment [sic] ever justifiable?

To whom is the gratitude of our country most due to warriers [sic] or statesmen?

Did William the Conqueror have a just title to the throne of England?

Are the mental qualities of the fairer sex inferior to those of the sterner sex?

Would Socrates have been justifiable in escaping from prison?

Was the assassination of Julius Caesar a laudable thing?

Was the conduct of Lord Bacon towards Essex to be admired?

Should capital punishment be executed in private or public?




Should there be a disolution [sic] in the Union, were a black republican President elected?

Is the difference between men owing more to organization or education?

Is the unanimity of Juriors [sic] conductive to the egnty [sic] of their decisions?

Should the government of the U. S. take any measure to protect or support the establishment of the Republic of lower California?

Should the capital be removed?

Were the Crusades beneficial?

Was Brutus justifiable in killing Caesar?

Should capital punishment be inflicted on circumstantial evidence?

Was the conviction of Warren Hastings Justifiable?

Should Warren Hastings have been acquited [sic]?

Has the cause of despotism been strengthened by the extermination of the Poles?

Was Napoleon a Patriot?

Should the government of the u. s. tolerate emigration?

Is England actuated by benevolent or selfish motives in the present war with Russia?

Was Elizabeth Justifiable in her course of conduct toward Mary, Queen of Scotts?

Ought Aaron Burr to have been convicted?

Should the U. S. acquire Cuba?

Should the U. S. acquire Cuba as a renumeration for past offences [sic] to her?

Should home manufactures be protected by the imposition of high Tariffs?

Was the bombardment of Georgetown Justifiable?

Was Charles I Justly executed?

Was the cause of human freedom promoted by the conquests of Napoleon?

Was general Wm. Hull guilty of treason?

Should the tariff of ardent spirits be?

Was the bombardment of Georgetown justifiable?

Ought Duke Daughline to have been executed?

Should the principals of the Know Nothings be encouraged?

Was Gen. Wm. Hull guilty of Treason?

Should Maj. Andrew have been executed?

Are all men morally bound to marry?

Should the Usury law be repealed?

Which possesses the most elements of permanency, Monarchies or Republics?

Do Monarchies possess more elements of permanency than Republics?

Which has the greatest influence in Society, the man of wealth or the man of talent?

Which is preferable, public or private education?

Was the U. S. justifiable in prosecuting the war against Mexico?

Were the Crusades beneficial?

Were the aggressions of England sufficient justify the American revolution?

Should Utah in its present condition be admitted in the Union?

Should the license of retailing liquor be abolished?

Is the influence of Secret Societies in Government good or bad?

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