Letter book transcriptions

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University of Georgia Literary Societies papers
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Letter book transcriptions
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Debates and debating--Georgia--Athens
Societies--Georgia--Athens
Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae--Georgia--Athens
Universities and colleges--Faculty
University of Georgia--Students
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PREFACE
This volume is a typed copy of three volumes of
letter-books of the Demosthenian Literary Society for the period of the 19th Century. A separate preface is given to each of the volumes, and a blue sheet has been inserted to show the divisions.
A.B.S. 7/27/53



DEMOSTHENIAN LETTER BOOK

1833-1870



PREFACE
This is a typed copy of letters of the Demosthenian Literary Society found in a bound volume preserved in the rare book room of the University of Georgia Library. The dates of the letters extend through the period from 1833 to 1870. There seems to be no particular arrangement to the letters in the manuscript volume. They have been rearranged chronologically here.
The typing was done by Mrs. Miriam O. Parr, Secretary of the Department of Political Science during the summer of 1952.

A. B. S.
Athens, Georgia
August 23, 1952




Phi Kappa Hall, June 3d. 1833

Gentlemen of the Demosthenian Society.
Your committees letter of the 1st June was submitted to our body on that day and the undersigned directed. to communicate with you upon the subject. A misunderstanding evidently exists in your minds; and we regret that it should have given rise to the dissatisfaction which appears in that letter.

Your object seems to have been, in the first place,
"to inform us that the report of your committee was unanimously rejected" to use the words of the letter. Of this we will say nothing, but that it would have been more consistent with the respect due to yourselves and to us, to have couched your communication in more polite terms. Secondly, to notify us that "tho excuse offered for the initiating of Messrs. Wilkins and Yancey was deemed insufficient." This was indeed an unexpected piece of information for the P. K. Society and its committee were both ignorant of that any had been rendered. We were authorized as a committee to respond by letter, to your arraignment for an alleged violation of the treaty and we were directed, for the sake of restoring harmony, to do so in the most satisfactory and conciliating manner. Has any such letter been written? There has not. Nor have we sent in any excuses by the mouth or any member of your Society. And if any one has delivered such as coming from us, we deny his authority for doing so. You ask, then, why we did not answer your letter? We will explain.


You may recall that, in addition to the charge made by your first committee, the Ph1 Kappa Society were requested to appoint another to confer with your own, for the purpose or fixing invariably the number of days required before initiation. Accordingly the two committees met. There the undersigned were informed that the chief object of the letter was not the arraignment, but a reduction of the time specified in the treaty. And it was expressly declared by your committee, and understand so by ours, that, in consequence of the first violation having been made by your boys, the arraignment was waived. Such being the case, there evidently existed no farther necessity of discussing the subject of infraction, or [ ] withdraw by those who made it, vis your committee. It makes no difference whether the reason assigned for such withdrawal be true or not; the subject which was to be acted upon, no longer existed. This being the mutual understanding, we agreed upon a proposition to be submitted to our respective Societies. T - Abridge [sic] the number of days from 21 to 11, It was reasonable to expect that the next step would have been another conference of the committees communicate the determination of their different bodies, whether the plan of reduction was good or not. But instead of that you have sent as a noise written in a most careless contemptuous style, amounting to indirect abuse and insult; and, pardon us while we say so, betraying a [ ] spirit, not worthy of the Demosthenian name. If your committee exceeds their powers in setting aside the arraignment, why blame us?

If the fault lies any where, make them accountable for it. And why not inform us in a calm and dignified manner that you could not agree to the proposed reduction? Why bid us defiance, as it were, by stating, as if to cut the matter short that you would not make the least alteration unless the matter were were entirely at your own disposal. We make these remarks, gentlemen -not for the purpose of recrimination, for we conceive that beneath our dignity, but because you request an explanation, and the Phi Kappa Society, we know, will always be able and we trust, will never refuse to vindicate herself from all charges, nor do we wish to implicate your Society at large in these remarks. It was not until we were expressly informed, that we could believe that that letter was ever submitted to you for approbation. And now our respect for your body, forces us to believe that it was ratified without reflection. Permit us then to return the inclosed; and we beg, gentlemen, that you will not regard us as showing disrespect to your body; for such are not our motives. We count consistently with our self respect, or our character abroad, acknowledge such a communication worthy the civility due us. And as we suppose that the contemptuous spirit of the noise, and tho careless priority or the style, may have escaped your attention we request you to examine the production which has gone forth under the sanction of the Demosthenian Society. [ ] we were requested through your first committee to justify ourselves tor violation of the treaty. As no official reply has yet been made in consequence of the mistake under which we laboured [sic], we will now endeavour [sic] to satisfy you, so that the cause of all disturbance between us may if possible no longer exist. We cannot deny that the initiation took place before the legal time; but still we believe our selves justifiable and for these reasons. First. It has been customary with both Societies to admit members in less than 21 days from their examination. The time has been calculated from the hour of the time of their arrival in town, instead of from the hour they became members or College. The 2nd. article of the treaty runs thus. "No person joining the College or grammar school, shall be admitted into either Society before having undergone a probation of, 21 days of the regular College session." Now we will leave it to the candor of the Demosthenian Society whether any thing can be found in this article authorizing the custom which prevails of calculating the time from arrival and not from admission into college. It thus appears that both Societies have connived, in practice at least, at a wrong construction of the treaty. Why then call us to account for the initiation of these gentlemen more than of of others? Why could we not take the same license with them. Which we both have often done before? Secondly. The gentlemen had been residents or the place and members of college 4 or 5 weeks; all the purposes which we wish to effect by the 2nd. article had bean answered by their long stay in the place: and even had there been a violation of the article, we thought that in such circumstances, the generosity of your Society would have overlooked it. But to avoid giving offense, we consulted several of your influential members; and their answer was that they thought not offense could possibly be taken.


For these reasons, we conceive ourselves perfectly justifiable. The matter now stands as it would have stood but for the mistake under which the committees laboured [sic]. You see that the loose construction of the treaty is an evil calculated to create disturbance; and we hope that it will ere long be remedied by the determination of the two Societies never to vary from the specified time, whatever it may be.

The subject is still open for amicable consideration. We have explained our motives at this length, to put an end, if possible, to all dissatisfaction and ill feeling on your part, and because we wish not that the lightest breath of slander should sully the purity of the Phi Kappa honour [sic], we remain gentlemen, with feelings of the Highest respect,

Yrs,
A. P. Powers
B. C. Habersham
A. L,. Benning

Committee of

the

Phi Kappa Society


To the

Demosthenian Society

Franklin College


"Resolved, that eight Junior Orators shall be chosen in the following manner.
The Faculty shall nominate six persons in each Society. out of which each Society shall respectively choose four". The nomination made by the Faculty shall be communicated by them to the Societies on the some day on which it is made, and they shall also on the same day notify to the Faculty the selection made by them and on failure to do so, the Faculty shall proceed to appoint the Junior Orators."


Extract from the Minutes


In compliance with the above resolution from the Faculty have
nominated in the Demosthenian Society.

Bailey
Collins
Hoyt
Moss
Warren

all which is hereby communicated by order of the Faculty.

C. F . McCay
Sect. of the Faculty

June 6th, 1845


September 6th, 1845

Being informed by, the previous Treasurer of this Society that a certain member has failed to fulfill the requisitions of the laws by which he professed and should be governed. I therefore in discharge of the duties of my office proceed to lay his case before the Society and prefer articles of impeachment against him, During the last collegiate term, fines were imposed upon Mr. Taylor for failing in discharge of his duties, when applied. to by the treasurer, he appealed to the decision of the Committee of Appeals by whom the previous decision was confirmed. And according to the decision of the officers of the Society and in fulfillment of the laws, they are now arraigned for impeachment.
Abna Johnson, Cen, Mo.


August
September 6th, 1845

September 6th, 1845

Being informed by the previous Treasurer that a certain member of this society has failed to fulfill the requisitions or the Laws by which he professed and should be governed, I therefore in discharge of the duties of my office proceed to lay his case before the Society and prefer articles of impeachment against him. During the last Collegiate term fines were imposed on Mr. Harris, for failing in discharge of his duties, when applied to by the Treasurer, he appealed to the Committee on Appeals by Whom the decision was confirmed, and according to the decision of the officers of the Society and fulfillment of the laws they are now arraigned for impeachment

Abna Johnson, C. M.


Tallahassee, Mar 23d, 1851


Gentlemen,

I have the pleasure to acknowledge the receipt of your polite note of the 10th which advising me that "I had been elected unanimously as honorary member of the Demosthenian Society", of Franklin College.

I am much obliged to the gentleman of the Society for the compliment they have paid me by this election; and I heartily thank you for the kind manner in which you have communicated the action of the body of which you are the organs.

Your polite invitation to visit your' Hall, shall be accepted with pleasure, should it be my fortune to come to Athens; and I assume you that the [ ] of your note has greatly added to the desire I have felt to visit that city.

Accept for yourselves and for your Society and all its members, my hearty and sincere wishes for their and your prosperity.

Very respectfully and cordially
Your friend and obt. svt.

E. C. Cabell

Messrs

Ino. C. Whitner
Geo. F. Barnes
I. F. Cooper

Committee of Demosthenian So.
Athens, Geo.


Augusta, July 21st, 1851

My Dear Sir:
Yours of the 9th Inst. in consequence of my absence of my from the city. I did not receive until yesterday. I regret exceedingly that existing engagements and the shortness of the time compels me to decline the office of Commencement Orator, to the acceptance of which both inclination end a sense of duty greatly ungo [sic] me. Under other and more favorable circumstances, nothing would afford me greater pleasure than the performance of any duty which our dearly beloved and common Mother, the Demosthenian Society should see fit to impose on me. With the sincerest wishes for the prosperity of the Society and your own personal happiness, I am Sir,

Very Truly Yours,
James G. Collier

Ino. C. Whitner, Esq.
Wm. Com. Correspondence
D. S.



Eutaue, Ala. May 25th, 1852 Gentlemen:

An absence of several weeks from the State, which has just terminated, must be my apology for not having made an earlier response to your communication of the 6th. inst. informing me that the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia had chosen me as "its literary Orator for the next commencement of the College."

I feel

deeply grateful to the Society for this distinguished mark of its confidence and esteem and should be most happy to accept its invitation. Circumstances, however, over which I have no control, compel me most reluctantly to decline it. In doing so, permit to say, as I do most Sincerely, that I know of no position. of the kind that I should be more proud to occupy or that I should decline with more reluctance.

Please assure the members of the Demosthenian Society of my high appreciation of the honor they have conferred on me and of my profound regret of my inability to serve them in the capacity they desire.

I thank you, gentlemen, for the complimentary terms of your letter and remain,

Very truly yours, Jos. W. Taylor



Athens, Ga. June 19th, 1852

To the Officers and Members of the "Demosthenian Society"

Gentlemen:

The Faculty have directed me to announce to you, that they have appointed the following gentlemen, Members of the Junior Class, from whom you are expected to elect Four as "Junior Orators" for Commencement, during the
course of this day.

George T. Barnes
John P. Cooper
Wm. T. Edwards
John B. Gordon
V. C. Mason
Antony McCulloch.

Please notify the Faculty in relation to the result of the election. as soon as possible. Dy order of the Faculty.

Yours truly, John LeConte, Rec. Sec.



Cedar Isle near Dorun, Georgia May 18, 1859


Dear
I acknowledge the receipt of yours [ ] me that I have been elected a member of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia, and [ ] to accept of the honor which has been so graciously by your communication confered upon me and

R. B.

Mr. Wm. D. Anderson
Secretary
(This letter was very illegible) [note by transcriber]


CHRONICLE AND SENTINEL OFFICE,

DEMOSTHENIAN SOCIETY
NEWSPAPER
BOOK AND JOB PRINTING
AND
BOOK BINDING ESTABLISHMENT

To Wm. T. Jones, Dr.


To 1500 Copies Address $90.00



Demosthenian Hall
Sept. 3rd, 1859

Mr. President &

Gentlemen of the Demosthenian Society:-

Whereas the constitution of this society requires me in the absence of the first Censor Morum, to prefer articles of impeachment against any member of this society for any disorderly conduct whatever and whereas, Mr. John T. Burns on the last regular meeting of this society was guilty of disturbing the peace of the society by rising at an improper time, using profane language, calumniating some members of the society and refusing to [ ] at the request of the Presiding Officer I do hereby present his conduct for your consideration.

John H. Cline
Second Censor Morum
of the D.S.
G. C. Holleyman
Sec Pro Tem


New York Sept 12/59

George W. Rush Eq.

D [sic] Sir:

Your favor enclosing draft for Twenty five dollars to balance out of furniture of Demosthenian Socy is oer [sic]? In answer to your questions as to price of engraving a printed envelope we reply as follows

Engraving (according to amt. of work) $1.15 to $20

Envelopes and Print for 1000 $4.00

Soliciting an order we remain

Very truly yours

Wm. Everdell




Near Cartersville Oct 19th 1859

Geo: W. Rush

Dear Sir:

I received your communication requesting me (as the organ of the Demosthenian Society) to deliver the Private Address at the next annual Commencement. - It would give me great pleasure to mingle with the "regular members" in the old Hall and sit down once more where I have spent so many profitable hours and especially to renew the friendships which have not been forgotten in the Serious business of life

My engagements - are such that it would be inconvenient to comply with your consideration and request. Accept my thanks for this kind honor.

Very Respectfully

W. H. Helton



Waynesboro, Ga. Nov. 1st.1859

Geo. N. Rush

Cor. Sec, Dem, Society
Athens, Ga.

Dear Sir

I am in tho receipt of yours of the 1st October advising me of my election as an "Honorary Member of the Demosthenian Society."

I accept the honor confered [sic] upon me.

Permit me, through you, to tender my acknowledgements to your society for this signal mark of their favor and approbation. They have my best wishes for
their future success.

Accept tor yourself, individually, my thanks for the flattering terms in which your letter is couched - I am very Respectfully

Your Obt. Servant

John James Jones.


Anderson C. U. So. Ca.
Novr. 28th, 1859


Geo. W. Rush, Esq.
Cor . Sec. Dem. Society
Athens,
Ga.

Dear Sir: Your letter, informing me of my election to an Honorary Membership in the "Demosthenian Society', of the University of Georgia, was received on my return home, this fall, from the Virginia Springs. The letter by some means was mislaid and not found, until my removal, recently, to this town from Hartwell - to this fact, and not to indifference, I trust you will attribute my long delay in replying to your note.

The honor conferred upon me by the Society, is as unexpected as it is gratifying, and While I am unconscious of having attained a position or sufficient eminence in the "investigation of Science and Truth", to entitle me the position you have assigned me, yet, as a quondam Collegian and a warm sympathizer with the objects and efforts of your society, I cannot forego the pleasure of uniting with you as a Demosthenian.

For the kind terms in which you have been pleased to convey to me the wishes of the Society, accept my thanks; and tender to the Society, my acknowledgements
for the membership conferred and best wishes for its future prosperity and usefulness.

Believe me, dear Sir,
With great respect,
Your obedient Servt,
Warren D. Wilkes



Anderson C. H. S. C.

Decr. 8th 1859

Mr. Geo. W. Rush.
Cor: Sec, Dem: Society,


Dear Sir: your note of the 1st. instant, written to me from Hamburg and directed to Hartwell, reached me on last evening.

n reply I would state, that upon my return, at the close of the Summer, from a tour to the Virginia Springs, I received your letter informing me of my election to an "Honorary Membership in the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia. My delay in replying, was occasioned by the letter being mislaid; upon removal to this town a few weeks since. Your letter was found again, and a reply directed to you at Athens.

I assure you, I am deeply sensible of the honor done me by the Society in electing me to a membership held by so many of the great, good, and learned men of the land. Although unconscious of having attained any distinction in the "investigation of Truth and science",yet as a devotee of each, and as a quondam member of a University I cannot forego the pleasure of enrolling as a Demosthenian,

Accept, for yourself, my acknowledgement for the terms in which you have been pleased to make known to me, the wishes of the [ ] Society my best wishes
for its prosperity [ ]


sir,

eat respect
ruly.
Wilkes

[copied with a piece of paper in front of the middle of the last paragraph. This letter seems to be similar to the one above from Warren Wilkes.]



Madison, Geo Deer 16/59


Mr. Geo. N. Rush Cor Sec FC

Hamburg
S. C.


Dear Sir
My reply to yours of 29 of Oct has been delayed till now partly by reason of my absence from home, and partly by reason of my desire if possible to comply with the request of the Demosthenian Society to become their "Private Orator" for the next Commencement. Such are my professional Engagements that I find it impossible now, to say that I con certainly be at your next Commencement. I must therefore to avoid the hopibility [sic] of a disappointment, decline the honor tendered by your Society; and so unanimously communicated by its corresponding Secretary". With my best wishes for the prosperity of your Society; with the happiness of its members

I am very respectfully yours,

Augustus Reese


Cedar Town Geo Jan 29th 1860

Dear Sir:

Feeling a great interest in the prosperity end welfare of the good old Demosthenian Society I have concluded to ask the Society to elect Messrs G. A. Blance and E. S. Broyles of Cedar Town Geo as honorary members of your Society. They are young men of great merit and wi11 be an honor to the
Society. With my very best wishes for the success and prosperity of the Society I am ever yours

Hoyt Thompson


CHRONICLE & SENTINEL OFFICE,

Augusta, Ga. February 1860

Dear Sir---Enclosed I hand you your account with this office.
By it you will see there is the amount of $_____due me.
100

As I am very desirous to close up all the accounts of the Office, will you please send me by return mail the amount of enclosed bill, and by so doing greatly oblige.

Yours truly

WM. S. JONES.



Athens, Febr. 22d, /60

Gentlemen,

Your note or the 20th inst. as a committee of the Demosthenian Soc. was handed me yesterday. I am greatly indebted to the Soc. for the honor which they do me, and to yourselves for the very kind manner of communicating the resolution of your society. I shall endeavor to meet with the members of the Soc. next Sat., at their usual time of assembling, or very soon there after; and shall be pleased to take some part in the discussion of the subject, if it shall then be agreeable to the Soc.

With sentiments of very
high respect
I am gentlemen
Yours truly,
A. Church


Geo. W. Hurk
B. H. Morley
I. U. Foster



Athens, Mch. 3rd. 1860

Gentlemen.

I received your note or 1st inst -yesterday. You were not sufficiently explicit in your charges to enable me to give any particular explanation or denial, but I can confidently assert in general terms that I have never said anything, on any occasion tending to injure the Society or which could be at all "detrimental to her prosperity." I may have said that the Society had degenerated "in numbers and in the interest manifested by the members, (which ic certainly the
truth} but I have never said so "publicly", or in any place where it could do the Society an injury. And I made the remark, if at all with reference to both Societies.

As to the disorderly conduct of the members, I have said "nothing," "absolutely nothing."

In conclusion, allow me to assure the Society, through you, gentlemen, that she has no member who takes a more lively interest in her welfare or is more anxious for her prosperity.

Yours Respectfully

James M. Hull

Mess I. G. Head - T. Barrow - and Marion Stovall - Committee



Washington

March 15th

1860


Mr. Alonzo C. Whitner,

Dear Sir
I learned from letter yesterday notifying me of my election as an honorary member of the Demosthenian Society. I accept with pleasure the honor so conferred.

Most Respectfully

James Cherant Jr.




Perote Pike Co. Ala. Mar l5t h 1860

Mr. A. C. Whitner

My dear Sir

I am in receipt of yours of the 16th inst, informing me of my election by the"Demosthenian Society" one of its honorary members, The "University of Georgia, which I consider her proudest boast, is situated but a few miles from the spot which gave me my birth. Around and near you are some of my best friends, the scenes of my boyhood, the graves of a sainted Mother and sister. It is natural, that my recollection of these should be fond, and that they should endear to me , the old and noble County of Clarke together with her University.

I am very sensible Sir of your kindness, and I accept the distinction which your Society has conferred with very great pleasure [ ] My ardent wish is, that every "Demosthenian" may be to modern times what Demosthenian was to the ancient, By the above acceptance I wish you to understand me as pledging myself to be your Cooperator, in the future, in all your noble objects and enterprises And as such I subscribe myself

Yours Most Respectfully,

Robt. H. Haynes



Union Springs Ala.

March 16th 1860

Alonzo C. Whitner Esq.

Cor. Seo. D. s.

Athens, Ga.

Dear Sir-

Your esteemed form of the 10th inst. informing me of my election to Honorary Membership by the Members of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia and requesting my acceptance of honor conferred, was rec? [sic] A
day or so ago.

I accept with pleasure, the honor tendered me, and will feel highly gratified at having my name enrolled among your Honorary members - Please tender your Society my thanks for the honor they have done me, and accept the assurance of my high appreciation of the very complimentary manner in which you
have made known their action.

Very truly yours,
Rict. H. Powell



Gorden Co. Mch 26/ 1860

Alonzo C. Whitner

Dear Sir

My absence from Macon will explain to the Society you represent the reason of my not answering a former communication.

Thankful to the Demosthenians on the honor conferred. regret that pre Engagements will deprive me the pleasure of accepting there flattering invitation

With assurance my esteem

I am yours truly

Osborn A. Lochralley


Phi Kappa Library

March 31st 1860


Gentlemen

In accordance with the treaty between the two societies (in reference to their libraries), and after a close inspection of the Ph1 Kappa Library record book, I report to you the following bill of fines against some of your members for retaining books over the stated time.

I. N. Sheats 2 books each 11 days overtime $1.10
1 book 9 days overtime .45
2 books each 1 month & 3 days or 33 days 3.30

$4.85

R Dougherty 1 book 5 months & 20 days or 170 days $8.5O
I Rutherford 2 books each 2 days over time .20
P Wimberly 1 book 5 days overtime .25
A Milner 1 book 4days overtime .20
I Robinson 1 book 5 days overtime .22

$14.45

Respectfully

R. A. Clayton
Librarian of Ph1 Kappa Society



Athens, Apr.21.1860


A. C. Whitner Esq.

Secty.

Dear Sir

Yours of the 12th inst. is recd- I regret that my engagements present and prospective will not permit me, to undertake the duty so kindly assigned me.-

I feel less nesitative [sic] in thus declining the honour, and have already (some years ago,) served the Society in that capacity.

I am dear Sir

Yours truly

H. Hull Jr.


Athens May 17th/60

Gentlemen.

I received your kind note informing me of the honour done me in the election of your Society orator for your Commencement. It would give me very great pleasure to comply, but my labour at that time will be unusually heavy and every moment of my time will be fully' occupied, so I must decline the honour, I assure you that I do it with reluctance.

Yours respectfully

R. D. Moore



Univ. Geo. May 21st 1860


Gentlemen of Demosthenian Society.

In accordance with a recent Act of the Board, giving the election of Junior Orators to the Societies, you are hereby requested to select Seven (7) Members of the Junior Class from your Society, to exhibit on Tuesday morning, at the approaching Commencement, the names of the seven Orators chosen, must be returned to me, by Monday 28th Inst. to be submitted to
the faculty. Your election may be made on any day between now and then.

Yrs. V T [sic]

Wm. Henry Waddell
Cor. Sec.


Cedar Town Georgia

May 28th 1860

Harrison Wells Esq
Cor Sect of the Demosthenian Society

Dear Sir.

It is with the intensect [sic] feelings of profound emotion that I hasten to respond to your note of the 23 inst. informing me of my Election to an honorary membership of your ancient noble, and most useful fraternity. Indeed I felt considerably flattered on the reception of the unexpected and most pleasing intelligence: for the simple reason that only a few years have elapsed since I myself were a regular member of a College Society the institution of which was designed to accomplish the same purpose, of the one to which I am now invited to become connected with. Being sensibly alive to the great and almost incalculable advantages to be derived from a close and punctual attendance to the duties of College Societies I am over ready to contribute my mite in promoting and advancing their interest end prosperity.

Your fraternity has enrolled upon its catalogue some of the most distinguished names that have [ ] the civil, religeous [sic] and political history of our widely extended country for, for the last 30 or 40 years, and without hazard I think I can venture the assertion, that the first flames of that exacted patriotism for which they are so eminently distinguished were enkindled while participating in the debates of the Demosthenian Society. Although I feel that the great names belonging to your fraternity are sufficient bulwarks to ward off the blows of those who may attempt to overthrow it - and adiquately [sic] august [sic] to still the foul tongue of black calumny whenever its foul venom is spit out to blight and destroy the unrivaled splendor or your escutcheon -and being conscious of my utter inability to do any thing which would have the remotest tendency to increase the fame of your brotherhood: yet I feel bound by even sense of moral obligation to accept the distinguished position. I do accept, and humbly beg you as the organ of your society to present to all its members my most sincere and greatful [sic] acknowledgement for the honor conferred. With the best wishes for the continued prosperity of your society.

I am truly your humble sevt. Joseph A. Blance




Mobile June 14th 1860

AC Whitner Esq.

Cor Secty

Dr Sir

Your favor of 21st has been received and would have been acknowledged at an earlier day, but for my absence from home for several weeks. You inform me of my election as an honorary member of the Demosthenian Society, Permit me to return through you to the members of the society my thanks or the honor conferred and my acceptance of the same, may you and each member of the Society have many many happy days laid up in store in the future.

I remain yours very

Truly

H. S. Smith


Lexington
June 18/ 60

Mr. Harrison Wells

Cor. Sec. D. S.

Dr Sir

Your favor of the 12th inst. was duly recd - informing me of my election as private Orator of the D. Society-

My absence from home has prevented an earlier acknowledgement of your letter-

A few days before receiving your communication I wrote to your predesessor [sic] in Office Mr. Whitner notifying him of acceptance of the honor-
Trusting that my delay has occasioned you no inconvenience

I remain

Yours respectfully

S . W. Harris.


Blairsville Ga June 18th 1860

Harrison Wells

Dr Sir Yours of tho 28th of May is before me which brings to me the pleasing news of my election as "an honorary member of the Demosthenian Society".

I feel highly honored in having any name enrolled with the many
distinguished members of which your Society can boast and it
shall ever be my pleasure to aid the venerable and time honored society

Please tender to tho active members of the Society my most sincere
regard for the favor of membership

I remain

Very Respectfully

Andrew Young


Harrison Wells

Corres. Secty. Dem Socty.



OFFICE SOUTHERN FIELD & FIRESIDE,

Augusta, 19 June 1860


My dear Sir,
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 18th inst. informing me of my Election as an Honorary Member or the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia. In reply I beg you to indicate to the Society my grateful acceptance of this undeserved compliment, and to believe that this association has my Earnest Sympathies in its praiseworthy pursuits.

With great respect,

Yours very truly,

Jno. R. Thompson.

Harrison Wells Esq. Corresponding Secretary. D. S.




Atlanta June 20th 1860

Harrison Wells Esq

Cor. See. D. S.

Dear Sir.

Your official communication of the 17th appraised me that by declamation I was excluded from the Honorary Membership.

I think this hasty action, has done me injustice, for by it, I gather the first real evidence of my membership. If my remembrance is right, some 30 years ago, Wilkes and Clarke then of Savannah, received a notification of their membership, one to each Society, (I speak from memory alone, having no written record.) and when some time since, I was informed of my election in the "Phi Kappa" membership, for a long time I delayed
to give my son an opportunity to examine and ascertain If I did or did not belong to your body; this examination was entirely fruitless and I desire you to examine and see if my name is on your "Honorary List. " I pray every success to your Society for it bears the honored name
of the same Society to which I was attached in my own Alma Mater I could never knowingly drop its flag on the ground, banners trailing in the dust.

Yours very respectfully

Jno M Clark


Athens June 26/60

Dear Sir

Have communication informing me that I was elected en honorary member of the Demosthenian Society, I found awaiting me on my return a few days ago. Assure the members of the Society that I appreciate the honour conferred upon me and shall be happy to do what I can to promote their interest.

Respectfully I am

M. H. Henderson


W. Harry Wells


Univ. Geo. July 9th 1860

Mess Rush, Whitner & Kimberly,
Committee Demosthenian Society,

Gentlemen,

The Faculty regret to state that, while they sympathise [sic] deeply with the respectful petition. presented by your Body, they find it inexpedient to depart from the terms of their sentence.

By order of Faculty

Yr. Mo . Ob. Svnt,

Wm. Henry Waddell,

Cor. Seo. Fac.



43 Cedartown Geo.

July 27th 1860

Mr. Harrison Wells,

Dear Sir-

Your letter of the 23rd of May last, as Secretary of the Demosthenian society informing me of my election to Honorary Membership of the same, was not received by me until a few days since, on account of my absence in Tennessee. I beg to assure you and through you the Demosthenian Society of my very high appreciation of the honor so unexpectedly conferred and on my part so little deserved. It w111 afford one great pleasure to be instrumental in advancing the prosperity and promoting the success of your society- Let me humbly suggest that the members of your Society earnestly endeavor to imitate the noble example of the renowned orator from whom your Society takes its name - Let no impediments or difficulties deter you from becoming masters of the noble art of oratory. The said delivery was everything to the speaker, and so it is-Truth, old familiar truths even, "come mended from the lips' of a good speaker. The great difference tween the good and the bad speaker, consists not so much in what they say as how they say it. Cultivate and discipline yourselves in the art of a forcible and elegant delivery. The excellence in which our modern orators are more deficient than any other. Nearly any man of common sense can understand the chief grounds and reasons of a question, but few, very few can array common principles and old truths in such light and beauty as to appear new and as to warm the heart kindle the imagination and storm the intellect. This is the prerogative of genius and application. I accept the proffered honor with great pleasure.

Very Respectfully,
E. N. Broyles

Mr; [sic] Harrison Wells

Cor. Sect - of Demos Scty.
Athens Georgia



Versailles Ky. Aug. 2nd 1860

Alonzo C. Whitner Esq.

Dear Sir:

Your distinguished favor of March 10th was a long time finding its way to me, as you mistook my address, which, properly, is as above. It was forwarded to me from Nashville.

I cannot but gratefully accept the honor, which has been the pleasure of the "Demosthenian Society" to confer upon me, in that you have elected me "an honorary member of the body".

I cannot lay claim to the eminent powers you have been pleased to ascribe to me; but wi11 feel it an honor to be an humble member of the Society bearing the name of the immortal orator with which your Society is~ designated- a name which I trust will inspire many a youthful bosom with ambitious aspirations which will tell well upon our country and the church of God.

With many wishes for the success of your society, and for your personal happiness, and thanks for the happy style of your communication, and thanks to the society for the honor they have conferred upon me,

I am your obliged and
humble servant
H. H. Kavanaugh


Oglethorpe, Sept. 12, 1860

Dear Sir,

By to days mail I send to the address of the "Demosthenian Society of Franklin College" , a copy of my late work, entitled "Wilkins Wagon, or the Successful Man" , which I beg them to place in their Library as a token of my esteem.

In August 1833 I was at commencement, the only time I ever visited Athens. A short time thereafter I was informally notified by my young friend Saml. M. Strong, a student, that I had been elected an honorary member of the Demosthenian Society, a mark of regard which I did not hesitate to accept . Since then I have had no opportunity of writing in your Hall; or of testifying in pen of my grateful acceptance of the honor which had been bestored [sic] on a stranger twenty seven years ago. But I flatter myself that on some future occasion I may be with you, to mingle with a new generation of scholars, to whom I take the Liberty of introducing
myself through the little volume which I respectfully tender
the Society, with assurance of my highest consideration.

Stephen F. Miller

The President
of the Demosthenian Society.



5parta, Geo. Oct. 18th 1860

Dear Sir.

Your letter of the 2nd. to hand. My Brother, C. L. DuBose is now in Texas. The book you mentioned he certainly did not bring home with him, but I will write to him and ascertain if he knows anything concerning the "book".

Very Resptfly [sic] yours,

W. R. DuBose



Head Quarters

Charleston. Jan 25th 1861

Dear Sir:
I am authorized by Geor Pickens to say that your exceedingly courteous letter, apprizing him of his election to an honorary membership"at the Demosthenian Society"-, has been recd, and that he warmly appreciates the spirit it displays, and thanks the Society thro [sic] you, for the honour done him.

Of course, he accepts the "membership" your offer him and sends to the "Demosthenian Society, his sincerest acknowledgements.


I am Sir,

Most Respectfully,
Paul H. Hayne
Aide de Camp.

Geo. C. Walker. Sec.



Marianna, Jackson County

Florida, Jany 28th 1861

Mr. George C. Walker Athena, Georgia

Your esteemed favour [sic] of the 21st inst. informing me, that the Demosthenian Society of the University: to honorary membership, is before me.

I appreciate the complement accept with pleasure and with the assurance, that it will afford me pleasure, to contribute to the noble purpose of tho Society.

Very respectfully I am

Your obt. svt.

John Milborn

PS. The letter was addressed to me as John A. Milborn. I have no middle name.

J.M.



Savannah, Feb. 4th 1861

My dear Sir,

Your favour of the 21st relative came duly to [ ] ,
but for some days subsequently I was absent from the city.

I had considered myself under engagement to deliver the annual oration before the societies; but, as I learn from your letter that I am not, and that there is still time left to secure another - in view of the very unsettled condition or the country & the claim fixed thereby upon all of us who reside on the sec.-board, I am grateful to be relieved from
duty the discharge of which, under more auspicious circumstances, would have been most agreeable to me. With my acknowledgment of the honour conferred I remain

Vy respectfully, Yr. Obt. Servant

Hewry K. Jackson [Hewry in the original]

C. Walker

Sec.


University of Georgia,
F'eby. 14th. 1861

Mr. George C. Walker,
Cor. Secy. Demos. Socy.

My Dear Sir,

I thank you for your note informing me of the wishes of the Demosthenian Society as to my services on the 19th. Inst.

Please return to the members of the Society my very sincere acknowledgements for this expression of their kindness, and assure them that I shall cheerfully respond to their wishes and officiate as desired.

With my best wishes for the continued prosperity of the Society, I beg to remain,

Yours, Very! truly,

Andw. A. Lipscomb.



Athens 16th February 1861

Gentleman.

Your invitation to the Troup Artillery to join in the celebration of your Anniversary on the 19th was laid before the Corps today. We regret to say that causes beyond our control will prevent us from accepting your kind invitation.

Most Respectfully
James F. Wilson Secy.

Messrs

Coleman
Wells
and Cooper
Com.



Anderson, S. C. 15th March 1861

To Mr. W. S. Coleman Esq.

Cor. Secretary,

Demosthenian Society

Franklin College Geo.

My Dear Sir:

Your favor of the 2nd . Inst, appraising me of my election, unanimously, as an honorary, member of the Demosthenian Society of Franklin College, was duly received.
I have only time at present, in the midst of pressing Official und Professional Engagements to announce my acceptance of the appointment and through you, to return to the society which you represent, my sincere thanks for the compliment implied by their election.

With every best wish for the prosperity of your society and its members; and for~ its success in producing many Demosthenians whose names shall hereafter encircle the "Confederate State of America with a halo of enduring glory,

I have the honor to be very

Respectfully yours

Obt. Servant

I. P. Reed


Cincinnati, April 8th, 1861.

Dear Sir:

Your favour of the 23rd [ ] informing me of my, election to honorary membership in tho Demosthenian Society or the University of Georgia, has been received.

For so distinguished and unexpected a compliment and expressed in such
flattering terms as you have been pleased to employ, I am unable to under any appropriate acknowledgment rest assured, however, that I feel more the less grateful for the kindness of the Society (which I accept with pleasure) and for your own.

Very Respectfully

Your obt servt.

G. E. Pugh

Mr. W.T. Coleman
Corresponding Secretary


Gentlemen of the Demosthenian Socy.

I beg the pleasure of your company at my house this evening at 7 o'clock.

Yours, very Truly,

Andw. A. Lipscomb.
Feby. 22. 1862.



Phi Kappa Hall,
Feb 21st. 1866.

Gentlemen of Demosthenian
Society:


We herewith enclose
for the members or your Society (50) fifty tickets of invitation to our public exhibition.

Respectfully

Carlton Hillyer
H. D. Beene.
L. H. Lumpkin.
P. H. Rucker.
W.W. Thomas.
Com. of Arangmts.



Athens Augt 27. 1866.


H. B. Van Epps

Corresponding Secy.

D. S.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 8th inst with the information that your Society had elected me an honorary member of their body was handed me several days since and would have been answered sooner but for pressing engagements.

Permit me through you to tender my acknowledgement of the honor conferred upon me by your Society, and please to acquaint them of my acceptance.

Yours Very Respectfully

Jno. W. Nicholson



Athens, Sept 5th 1866

Dear Sir.

A few days ago I was informed by one of the members (possibly by yourself, for I did not remember the name) of your Society, that a letter had been written to me informing me that I had been elected one of the Honorary Members.

I have waited to reply in the hope of receiving the not yet reached me.

Please express to the Society my sincere thanks for me and notify the members of my acceptance.

Very respectfully,

Your obt. Svt.

I. Pembrooke Jones


Mr. H, B, Van Epps.
Demosthenian Society
Athens, Ga.



Spring hill
Houston Co. Geo.
Sept. 7 . 1866

H. B. Van Epps Esq.

Cor Seo. D. S.

My dear Sir.

I am in receipt of yr letter informing me I
was elected an honorary member of the Demosthenian Society.
You will please return my thanks to the Society for the honor conferred with the hopes of soon making the aquaintance [sic] of its members. I am

With just respect

Yr. Obt. Sevt.

W. Leroy Brown


Athens Ga. Nov. 8th./66.

To President,
and Gentlemen of the Demosthenian Society -


Your communication containing the flattering intelligence, of my election to "Honorary Membership" in your Society is before me. Entertaining, as I do, the highest regard or all Societies, having for their aim the developing of the moral and intellectual being and especially for yours-because of my, close proximity and the advantages I hope to enjoy- Through your kindness - I do most cordially accept the honor conferred.

With greatful [sic]acknowledgment for your appreciation, and praying God's blessing to rest upon your Society-
You will permit me,

Young Gentlemen,

to subscribe myself

Your most Obt. Servt.

J . D. Will Burkhead

Mr. Emory Spear
Cor. Secy.


PHOENIX PRINTING HOUSE

BOOKS & STATIONERY

J. W. BURKE & CO.

Macon, Ga. , Mar. 13, 1867.


C. H. Hill, Esq.

Dear Sir:

I am in receipt of yours or 9th me of my election as an Honorary Member of the Demosthenian Society, It is an unexpected honor, which I cheerfully accept, feeling at the same time my unworthiness.

Accept my thanks for your kindness in informing me of my election.

Yours Truly

J. W. Burke



Macon Geo April 10th. 67-

Reese Crawford Esq

Corresponding Secretary Demosthenian Society

Dear Sir:

I accept with pleasure the honorary membership of your Society tendered me in yours of recent date.

I trust that our Society may ever flourish, and especially that its members from our own Empire State may attain to that destruction which can only be won by honest and manly effort.

With the liberties of our fathers vested from us, we
have only left the principles on which these liberties were founded, and it rests with us to preserve them inviolate that they may, at some day however distant, serve us, when the uncertain circle of revolutions, may again place our destinies in our own hands.

Very truly & C

John W. Shorter



Macon May 29th 1867

B. H. Hill Jr.

Dear Sir: Your letter notifying me, that I have been elected to Honorary Membership in the Demosthenian Society is recd. Gratefully appreciating the honor done me, I take pleasure in accepting it; and consent cheerfully to you enrolling my humble name on the roll of your distinguished members.

Truly and Respectfully

Yours end C.

E. H. Myers.


Lexington July 3rd 1868


Mr. J. C. Young

Sir.


Your favor of June the 7th, notifying me of the honor done me by my election to honorary membership in your Society, was delayed several days, and after its reception, pressing engagements and absence from home prevented an immediate reply.

With grateful acknowledgement, I most cordially accept the place among you so generously and unexpectedly tendered.

Very Respectfully,

J . G. Gibson



University of Georgia.

Sept. 4th, 1868

To the President of the
Demosthenian Society

Sir:

I have the honor to enclose you a copy of the "Resolutions" passed by the Board or Trustees at their last session, with reference to the participation of Literary Societies of the University in
the election of Junior and Senior Orators.

I remain,

Your Obedient Servant,

Andw. A. Lipscomb.
Chancellor.


Davidson College No. Ca.

November 13th 1868


Dear Sir,

Yours of the 2d [ ], came to hand yesterday. having been considerably delayed by misdirection.

I am very sorry to understand that the books referred to are not to be found. As I certainly returned them. Although I took a good many books out or the Library of the Society, they were all returned within the proper time, except once. When my having had them out over time was satisfactorily accounted for.

In all instances, I placed the books upon the Librararial [sic] table and it must have been through some mistake that the volumes (Waverly Novels and Cooper's Novels No. 27) were not marked returned.

As I still and ever shall feel an interest in what concerns the Demosthenian Society, I hope that the books may be found. Regretting that you were placed under the necessity of writing and that I am not able to give you further information, I remain.

Yours very respectfully,

George Summey

Corresponding Sect.

Demosthenian Society.



REV. THOS. E. BOND. REV. R. A. HOLLAND,

BALTIMORE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE

OFFICE NO. 8 1/2 ST. PAUL ST.

BALTIMORE

MD.

EDITORS AND PROPRIETORS.

Baltimore, Jan 28th 1870

Mr. Peter W. Martin

Dear Sir

Accept in behalf of the Demosthenian society my thanks for the compliment of an election to its Honorary Membership. May it prosper in the ends of its Organization and be the means of disciplining many a Southern mind in those powers of persuasion which made the tongue of Demosthenes more formidable than a host, and may yet repeat his triumphs in a second Athens.

Yours Respectfully

R. A. Holland



Salmange [sic] Ga

Feb 9th 1870

Mr. P. M. Martin:

Athens Ga

Dear Sir:

Yours of the 5th inst rec'd and I beg that you will inform the Demosthenian Society or my acceptance of the tendered honor. Such societies do immense good,
if properly conducted, and have been the means of properly developing some of Georgia's statesmen within your own walls, and I doubt not that at present the future statesmen of our new oppressed State and to be found among the ambitious and industrious for genius is a(humble [ ] of dilegent [sic] work) debaters at Athens.

Resply Yrs. M. O. Tuggle




Macon Geo:

Feby: 10th 1870

Dear Sir

I have your letter of the 5th, informing me of my election as an Honorary Member of the Demosthenian Society of the Georgia University, by which I feel highly bound.

I feel a deep interest in the State University, and think every Georgian should be proud or it, its [ ] of Professors and Students; Altho my self only a Georgian; just anxious, I am truly so, I will do all in my power to maintain it.

Of course I feel a more particular interest in your Society, now that my Son is one of your members, and by that you will call on me whenever I can be or any service.

L. N. Whittle

P. W. Martin Esq .
Cor. Secty:
Athens
Geo:



LAW OFFICE OF

JOHN P. FORT,

SECOND STREET

Macon, Ga., Feb 11th 1870

P. W. Martin Cor. Sec.

Athens, Ga

Dear Sir:

Your letter informing me of my election as an Honorary member of the Demosthenian Society is received. I desire to express through you to the society my acceptance of the position tendered me, and my thanks to your honorable body.

With high regard, I am

Very Respectfully

Jno. P. Fort


Greenville, GA.

14th Feb. 1870.

P. M. Martin
Cor. Sec. Dem. Soc.
Uni. Ga.

My Dear Sir

Tour official favor of the 5th inst. communicating the fact of my election to "Honorary Membership" of the "Demosthenian Society" of the University of GA, is before me, and for such an honor you will in behalf of those you represent please accept my sincere thanks.

In accepting the privilege thus conferred it will be my highest pleasure at all times to lend what assistance I may be able to the promotion alike of the aims and ends of your time honored Association as well as the prosperity and happiness of the individual Membership thereof.With my deepest solicitude for your personal welfare and success in life I am as ever

Yr friend
H. R. Harris




Phi Kappa Hall

Feb. 15th 18?0


Representing the Phi Kappa Society we, the Committee, acknowledge the receipt of one-hundred (100) Demosthenian Invitations and tender thanks for the same.

Committee) I. F. Heard, Jr.
N. E. Harris
P. K. Youge



WASHINGTON


LITERARY SOCIETY

WASHINGTON COLLEGE.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Tuesday Evening Feby 22nd 1870.

ORATOR
ROBERT A. WILKINSON, LA .

DEBATERS.


AFFIRMATIVE.

SIDNEY D. MCCORMICK, KY.
JOHN J. LLOYD JR., VA

NEGATIVE

JAMES M. GREY, KY
JUL. WALDEN, ALA.


COMMITTEE.

H. L. Sims, France,
L. H. Raines,Ga.
H. Duval, Kentucky
J . F. Wingfield, Va.
C. D. Hogue , Alabama.

RATES OF SUBSCRIPTIONS:
THREE DOLLARS PER ANNUM,
IN ADVANCE.
6 MONTHS, $1.SO-3 MONTHS,
$1.

THE LAGRANGE REPORTER
JONES & WILLINGHAM PROPRIETORS.

JOB PRINTING
OF ALL KINDS,
EXECUTED WITH NEATNESS
AND DESPATCH
ORDERS RESPECTFULLY SOLI-
CITED FROM ALL QUARTERS.

LaGrange, Ga., Feb 23 1870

To the members of the Demosthenian Society.

Gentlemen: I am notified by your Secretary, Mr. P. W. Martin that you have elected me as an honorary member of your time-honored society, for which I feel flattered and trust I may never cause you to regret it.

This is the more pleasant to me because it was in Athens I began life as a poor, friendless boy, and because of my warm attachment for Old Franklin College, which I have never ceased to commend in the whole course of my editorial career covering a time of seventeen years.

To you, young gentlemen, allow me to adds few words of encouragement, because of my great solicitude for the young men of our beloved and down trodden South. Soon the destiny of our bleeding States will rest upon your shoulders and I would see every one of you take a proud position in promoting the general welfare, and become firm end irresistible defenders of the cause of Justice and Right - true to to your nature land, true to your ancestry and true to God in being true to these. The hope of the South is in her young men. To them we must commute all that is dear to a noble and once free people. They must perpetuate the glory and honor of our ancestry, and see that no dishonor stain the true Southern Character. We are taunted by our implacable enemy as "the chivalry" as a term of reproach or contempt. Young gentlemen, 1et me say to you not to be ashamed of The designation. Maintain the distinction, and make your revilen [sic] feel the supremacy of that noble spirit over the cold and sordid and calcuolatory amemtus [sic] of the Puritan.

I wish to see such and every one of you go out from College with all the honor due to perseverance, persistence and unyielding devotion to letters; and when you to take your positions in the struggles of life, to be even found the noble Champions of your nature land-fearless and unawed in the right, like the many noble and unflending [sic] spirits who are now upon the rolls of your membership.

Hoping that these line may not be obtrusive, and with my beat wishes for the success, prosperity and glory of the Society,

I am, young gentlemen, Yours truly

C. H. C. Willingham

P. S. As a slight token of my appreciation of the honor you
conferred upon me, I shell send you regularly a copy of the LaGrange Reporter.


University of Va Feb 25th
1870

The thanks of the Washington Literary Society are returned for the invitation to the Anniversary Celebration of the Demosthenian Society.

Respectfully
John C. Walker
Corresp. Secty.




Augusta Ga,
Mch 8 1870

E. G. Simmons Esq

Cor sec

Dear Sir Yours of the 5th Inst informing me of my election to honorary membership in the Demosthenian Society of the University of Ga has been received. I accept with pleasure and tender my thanks for the honor thus conferred. With best wishes tor the success of your society

I am Truly yours.

James C. C. Black


Atlanta Ga 15th Mch 1870

E G Simmons Esq
Cor Secy Demosthenian Society,
University of Georgia,
Athens Ga,

Dear Sir:
Yours of the 12th inst, informing me or my election to an Honorary Membership of your Society reached last evening. I take sincere pleasure in accepting the same and hereby return my thanks to the society in thus favoring me. I expect to be in Athena before a great while and hope to have the satisfaction of meeting with your Society and forming the acquaintance of many or its members.

I am Very Respectfully

J . Henly Smith


A. O. BACON.
T. J. SIMMONS.
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In the courts of Macon
and in tho United States
Courts at Savannah and
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Prompt attention will
be given to all business
entrusted to their care.

BACON & SIMMONS
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
OFFICE. 57 THIRD STREET.

Macon, Ga., March 18th 1870


Your letter of the 12th inst. informing me that I had been elected an honorary member of your Society, has been received. I accept the honor so kindly conferred, and beg leave to tender through you, my best wishes for the success and prosperity of the Society.

Yours very Respectfully
T. J. Simmons

E.G. Simmons
Cor. Sec.


Louisville

March 26th, 1870


Dear Sir,

Your note of the 19th, informing me of my election to an honorary membership in the Demosthenian Society of the University of Oa. is received.

The election is o most agreeable surprise to me, and is accepted with pleasure.

Please to convey to the society my sincere acknowledgement for the honor they hove conferred upon me, and my deep interest in the future distinction and happiness of each member, and receive for yourself expressions or my great regard.

Yours T-

W. H. Platt




Madison April 2nd 1870

To the Secretary of Demosthenian
Society.

Dr. Sir,

I take the liberty of suggesting Gene Albert C. Garlington as a suitable person to deliver the annual address before the Societies at next Commencement. Gene C. graduated with the 1st Honor in 1842, has lived in South Carolina, where he
made great reputation as a lawyer, until last fall, when he removed to Atlanta, in this state. He was selected by our society to deliver the annual address, some years ego, and after accepting
was forced to decline, on account of a professional engagement that required his presence in Carolina, during Commencement week. Prom a personal interview with him,
I am satisfied he will not accept only the appointment but be pleased to have it tendered. If the Society has not already made selection of an orator for that occasion it can not do better than to elect Gene Garlington.

Respectfully yours

I . A. Billups



Athena, Ga., April 2d, 1870

By direction of the Odd Fellows Lodge of this place, we take the liberty of presenting for your consideration, the interest or the

LIBRARY,

which the Lodge desires to raise, for the benefit of the members.

The Lodge has a spacious, well lighted hall, in which weekly meetings are held, and in furtherance of the benevolent aims of the institution the design has been conceived of laying now the foundation of a permanent Library. We believe that this permanency is secured by connecting the enterprises with an organized Lodge of a permanent Order. After a few days notice, given to only a few members, over one hundred volumes have been collected, and now the desire is to increase the number at once, to at least one thousand volumes, by soliciting in this unobtrusive way, a few books from each citizen of our city. The value and feasibility of this scheme, and the probable permanency and increase of such a library wi11 occur to you without further statement. We hope, therefore, to receive from your private library, a donation of several volumes. Send them, with your name if you please, as soon as convenient, to the store of Mr. R. L. Moss, or notify either of us where they may be obtained. Any Books, Paintings or Engravings will be appreciated. We are, in behalf of the Lodge,

Yours Respectfully C.A. Evans, M. G. Cohen, Alfred T. Luckie.---Committee



Atlanta 8 April 1870

Mr. E. O. Simmons

Athens, Ga.

Dear Sir

I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 3d inst informing me that I had been chosen by the Demosthenian Society to deliver the annual Literary Oration at the next Commencement of the university of Georgia.
You wi11 please inform the Society [ ] organ you are that I accept the invitation, and at the same time present to them my sincerest thanks tor the honor they have conferred upon me.

I am very respectfully yours,

A. C. Garlington


PDT

PHI DELTA LITERARY SOCIETY

Movra, [sic]

Eopia, [sic]

MERCER UNIVERSITY

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Friday Morning May 20th 18?0

ORATOR

I. Hamilton Carswell, Brotherville
Georgia

COMMITTEE

I Tucker Callaway - Wm. M. McNair
Paul C. Hudson -Geo. L. Oliver Jr.
Wm. M. Jordan -Ed. W. Butler.

SOUTHERN PUBLISHING AGENCY FOR STANDARD SUBSCRIPTION BOOKS,

CORNER REYNOLDS AND JACKSON STREETS

P.O. KEY BOX 334. Augusta, Ga., May 24 1870.


Dear Sir:

The copy of Appletons' "Nwq [sic] American Cyclopaedia"
1. vol. and "'Annual Cyclopaedia' 8 vols. - 24 Vol. in all forwarded by me, is a present to the Demosthenian Society of Athens- from the Hon. Robert Toombs of Harlington Ga. and forwarded as per his instructions.

[illegible]

J. C. Derby


E. G. Simmons
Cor. Seo.


Athens March 11th 1871
To the President or Secretary of the Demosthenian Soc.

I have left at the Burks Book Store one of genl Lees Memorial Pictures.

Presented to the Society by the Honl B. R. Hill, which I hope will be suitably acknowledged by your Society.

Respectfully and C

I Thomas


COMMITTEE OF ELECTIONS,

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, D. C., Jan, 21st. 1880.

Mr. Harry H. Phinizy.

Corresponding Secretary
Demosthenian Society.

Permit me to thank you for calling my attention to my promise to give my portrait to the Demosthenian Society. I will at once have the picture executed, and will forward it. I am dear Sir,

Very Sincerely yours,

Emory Speen



SENATE CHAMBER

WASHINGTON
January 21.
1880

Harry D Phinizy
___Esq.

Corresponding Sect of the
Demosthenian Society of the
University of Georgia
Dear Sir -

I am much honored in being elected an honorary member of your Society and I beg you will inform my New associates of the pleasure with which I find myself enrolled as one of number.

Very Respectfully

T. F. Vayand



UNITED STATES SENATE CHAMBER,

WASHINGTON. Feby 7, 1880

Harry D. Phinizy
Cor. Sec of the
Demosthenian Society
University of Georgia

Dear Sir-
I beg to return through you to your Society, my sincere thanks for the honor done me in choosing me their Orator for the next commencement or the University-

It is quite impossible for me however to make any engagement that would necessitate my absence from Washington during the tension of the Senate - and for that reason I am compelled to decline.

You will please make known to your Society my reasons for inability to accept the honor proposed.

I am very
Respectfully

T. F. Vayand


Athens Mar 9 89


Mr. Polhill Cor. See. Dem. Society


Dear Sir: Y

our notification of my election to honorary membership in the Demosthenian Society was received some time since, and would have received earlier attention but for absence from the city and, great press of work.

I esteem it a privelege [sic] to accept the honor.

May the future of the Demosthenian Society be as brilliant as its past.

G. G. Bond



Gentlemen-

Circumstances unforseen and beyond my control will disable me from carrying out my engagement as private orator in the Demosthenian Society at the approaching commencement. The disappointment in my case has been great, and I am only in hopes that time is yet left you, to appoint another abler than myself to fill the honorable position, to which your Society has elected me.

Yours Respectfully,

T. Gauabl

To the
Corresponding Committee
Dem. Soc.



Demosthenian Hall, 30th. Agst.


The Committee appointed by Demosthenian Society to draught resolutions expressive of the feeling of its members relative to the decease of their late fellow member Mr. Franklin Bryan - Respectfully report the following
-Again are we called upon to mingle our tears oer the deceased person of a beloved fellow member. Death is at all times terrible; but when he comes to us as a fell deshoyer [sic] and snatches from our midst one in the prime of youthful health and vigor, as in the case of our lamented friend, he unmaus [sic] our resolutions and prostrates us in the dust by the sternness and severity of the blow.

In thus expressing our sad - Melancholy emotions at the loss of one who was to us "even as a brother" - we feel that it is but a feeble index of the sentiments of his friends at large - "Those who knew him best - loved him most", and to his friends he was a fair and fragment [sic] flower in the garden of their affections - But the storm of Death has swept oer this garden and the flower now droops its head upon a broken stalk - Words however are but feeble expressions of our heartfelt sorrow. The Divine decree has gone forth and

it becomes us meekly to how before the inestimable Providence of him, "who doeth all things we11" - But how shall speak or the domestic circle, which is thus rendered desolate and of the hallowed ties which thus surrendered by this affecting [sic] dispensation! Would that our affectionate sympathy and Condolence might prove a consolation to those who weep


around the deserted hearthstone! May they find comfort in the protecting power of him, whose merciful promise it is to bring gladness out of sorrow.

Therefore as an expression of our feelings by it:

Resolved 1st;
Than we have heard with deep sensibility the announcement of the death of Mr. Franklin Bryan, a member of the Senior Class - and of the Demosthenian Society.

Resolved 2nd;

That we tender to the relatives of the deceased the expression of our sympathies upon this affecting event: and as a testimony of respect for the memory of the deceased that the members of the Demosthenian Society go into mourning by wearing crepe for 30 days.

Resolved 3d:

That our banner and badges be clothed in mourning on the occasion of his funeral services.

That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the relatives of the deceased; and that they likewise be published in the Tallahassee and Marianna papers.


Mr. Geo. W. Rush,

Dear Sir, you will please accept my thanks for your kindness in informing me of the non-receipt of my former letter of acceptance. If my legal engagements permit, I hope to have the pleasure of meeting with your Society, sometime during next Summer.

If you have an extra copy of the last Annual Oration delivered before the Societies of the University, please send me a copy.

Hoping, to have the pleasure or greeting you in our town, sometime, I remain, your obdt.

Warren D. Wilkes



We the representatives of the two literary Societies, for the purpose of facilitating the borrowing of books for mutual improvement from the Demosthenian and Ph1 Kappa Libraries without detriment to either, have resolved on the following.

1st. That both Libraries shall be opened every Thursday to the members of the two Societies.

2nd. That duodecineo and octavo volumes may be borrowed for the period of two weeks only: Quartos and folios for three weeks.

3d. That no one shall be allowed to take out or retain more than three volumes at the same time.

That those retaining books longer than the specified time, shall be fined 5 cts for each volume each day over the time.

5th. That the respective Societies collect the tines or its own members and refund it to the Society which fined.

6th. That these fines be reported and collected on the 15th October
1st of April and 10th June of each term. Joint committee.

Phi Kappa Soc: Demos Soc:
W. G. Hill G. W. Easter
D. C. Hodo G. W. Rash



Gentlemen of the Demosthenian Society.


We who were appointed a committee to collect the money due the society by both its honorary and regular members, do here make the following report. We wrote almost immediately to those members who were in there places, requesting them to pay up immediately, but have heard not a word from any one of them yet. We then went to dunning the regular members, all of whom, with few exceptions, promised to pay up. We only collected .75 cts cash. Those who refused to pay up, we deem it our duty to report, so that the Society can take action on it. O. Holleyman, was the first to say that he wouldn't pay, on the ground that he didn't owe as much as we made it out. We being confident that we made out each account correctly, will not consent to have it less, until we look over the book again and prove ourselves wrong. Mr. Kinnebrew, Mr. P. G. Thompson and Mr. C. H. Eubanks refuse to pay on the ground that many of the fines against them were unjustly charged. In regard to the Senior members who are now about to leave, we have seen them all except Mr. Hugh Harris, and they all have promised to pay
except Mr. Anderson. He says he will not pay till he gets his diploma. We think that all will respond with dispatch.

Harry Wells
C. B. Riddly


Gentlemen of the Demosthenian Society
You are respectfully requested to attend the
exercises of the Athens Guards on 4th
July next at 10 O'clock A. M. at the
Town Hall

Tuesday June 26th

D. B. Langston
E. P. Bishop
A. M.
Committee


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PREFACE



This is a slim volume of Demosthenian Society notes, entitled "Demosthenian Society,1868" , composed of letters to different members of the society, regarding the return or overdue books and also a list of the members and the titles of the books that are overdue.

The typing was done by Miriam G. Parr, Secretary of the Political Science Department.
A. B. S.
Athens, Georgia
August 25, 1952


No. 5, and "Cooper's Novels" Vol. 27, which during the last College Session, you obtained from our Library - By so doing you Will oblige.

Yours Respectfully
J.B.B. Smith
Cor. Seo. Demosth. Soc.




Athens, Oct. 2nd 1868

Mr. Geo. Camp,

Greensboro, Ga.

Dear Sir:

The "Demosthenian Society" requests through me that you return to us two volumes. "History of South Carolina, and "Byron and his Contemporaries", which you obtained from our Library during the last College Session.

Respectfully and C

J. B. B. Smith
Cor. See. Demos. Soc.



Athens, Oct 2nd 1868

Mr.------ Lane,

Clayton, Ala..

Dear Sir:

The "Demosthenian Society" through me requests that you return to us a volume- "Hazlett's Life of Napoleon", obtained by you from our Library.

Hoping compliance w111 not be troublesome

I subscribe myself Respectfully

J . B. B. Smith
Cor. Sec. Demos. Soc.


Athens, Oct. 2nd 1868.

Mr: ---------Calloway:

Dear Sir:

The "Demosthenian Society" through me requests that you return to us a volume, - "the Ways of the Hour", which you obtained from the Library of the Demosthenian Society.

Hoping that compliance will not be too troublesome,

Respectfully Yr Obdg. [sic] St.

J. B. B. Smith
Cor. Seo. Demosth. Soc.


A. w. Davis. Librarian

Jan. 20






No. of Books 1742
No. of Books Recently received
17 Vols. Report or Committee on Ku Klux Affairs.


Vol's gotten out last term and not returned.

J . H. Hoskinson

Memories of 50 years

Burke's Works Vol. 1

Lott Warren

Wild Western Scenes. Family Book of History


T. B. Coleman

Beef by M. T. Tom Brown


J. W. Nesbet

Coopers Naval History

S. D. Smith

Uncommercial Traveller

R. L. M. Chetton

Hallam'a Middle Ages.


J . S. Head

Reviewers Reviewed By A. H. S.


A. Thoston

Mrs. Skraggs Husbands


Fred Pope

My Novel by Rulwar


W. E. Johnstone

Uncommercial Traveller


E.E. Jones

Georgia scenes

W.H. Flemming

Prize Essays

R.E. Pravatt

Corina

H, Sparks

The Postent

P.G. Smith

Pardoes Complete Works

E. N. Hannund

Sittles Living Age Vol. 24

C.T. McCord

Waverly Vol I Haslett's Essays
Life of D. Webster Newcombe
Oxford English Prize Essays Vols. II III IV


A.L. Dearing

Sut Lovinggoods Yarns

E.L. Cater

Old Curiosity Shop

W.H. Morris

Bill Hop

James H. Worrill

Shakespeare Vol 8 Cecil Castleman's Gage
McCauley's History of England

P. H. Stovall

Oxford English Prize Essays Vol. I

H. H. Gordon

Hume Vol. 6 Twenty years in Philippines Islands.

M.T. Hodge

Mirabeau Hurnes England Vol. 4

R. M. Hodge

Hazlett's Napoleon Vol. 3

Theirs History of the conduct of the Emperor
Napoleon Thomson's Seasons

R. G. Taylor

Waverly Vol. 13

G.T. Gober

Brown's Letters Phi Kappa

H. L. Dickinson


J. T. Tabor Dec. 4 Jan. 8 8 days overtime

W. M. Howard Dec. 4 Jan. 8 8 days overtime

D. P. Hill Oct. 3O Jan.12 46 days overtime

O. S. Greene Dec. 4 Jan. 11 11 days overtime

S. T. Lam Dec. 4 Jan. 8 8 days overtime

S. T. Lam Dec. 4 Jan. 8 8 days overtime

C. S. Floyd Dec. 4 Jan. 8 8 days overtime

J. E. Atkinson Dec. 4 Jan. 8 8 days overtime

J. P. McLaws Nov. 27 Jan 8th 14 days overtime

W. J. Faulk Dec. 4th Jan 12 12 days overtime




Wednesday Jan. 19th

W.Y. Atkinson Dec. 18 Jan 19 4 days overtime

John Witherspoon Jan. 8 Mar. 8 3 days overtime

W. E. Dozier Dec. 15th Jan. 22 10 days overtime

J. S. Tabor Jan. 8 to Mar. 8 3 days overtime

J. H. Alexander Dec. 4 to Jan. 8 7 days overtime

P.W. Davis Jan. 8 to Mar. 8 3 days overtime




Wednesday Mar. 29

Rulland Jan. 14th to Mar. 25 14 days over
S.D. See Jan. 14th to Mar. 25 14 days over
H. R. Cooke Jan. 14th to Mar. 25 14 days over
John Witherspoon Jan. 8th to Mar. 25 21 days over
John Witherspoon Jan. 19th to Mar. 25 17 days over

Wednesday May. 3


John Witherspoon Mar 25 to Apr. 9 15 days

Roberts Mar 11 to Apr. 15 7 days overtime

McDonald Mar 23 to Apr. 9 7 days overtime

Hodge P. J. Apr. 8 to May. 3 25 days overtime

Tabor Mar 30 to May. 3 6 days overtime

Hargett Mar 25 to May. 3 11 days overtime

Hill D. P. Mar 8 to May. 3 28 days overtime

Rullard Mar 25 to May. 3 11 days overtime

Nisbet Mar 25 to May. 3 11 days overtime

Wednesday May 17

Fressen Apr. 5 to May 17th 14 days over

Howard Apr. 5 to May 17th 14 days over

Thompson W. H. Apr. 5 to May 17th 14 days over

Wed. May 24

Howard (continued) 17th May to 24th 7 days

Dozier W. E. April 23 to May 24 3 days over

C. S. Floyd April 23 to May 24 3 days over

Frenchard April 15 to May 24 11 days over

Roberts April 15 to May 24 11 days over

Dozier W. M. April 11 to May 24 15 days over



Wed. Jan 7.


R. P. Hill May 6 to Jan. 7 4 days over

Howard (continued) May 24 to Jun 7 14 days over

Frenchard May 24 to Jun 7 14 days over

Heyne Mar.11 to June 7 60 days over

Dozier W. M. (continued} May 24 to Jun 7 14 days over


Wed. 14


C. S. Floyd May 24th Jun. 10

Dozier (continued) Jun 7 - 11 7 days


Wednesday 28th June

W.H. McIntyre May 20 to June 28 10 days
Oliver May 20 to June 28 11 days
Murphy May 24 to June 28 4 days
Howard (continued) June 7 to June 28 21 days
Davis P. W. May 13 to June 28 18 days
Witherspoon May 10 to June 28 21 days
Sestren May 13 to June 28 18 days


J. H. Alexander- Librarian 1870-7


Books in Library on October 7th, 1876

All told 1978


(The following is from three loose pages found in the back of the original Demosthenian Book of letters to different members regarding the return of overdue books).


Preliminary members, Demosthenian literary Society


Ayers, A. Holland, C.
Barnett, H. Hodges, C.
Bennett, W. T. House, E.
Benson, W. Hush, O.
Berkman, L. Johnson, W. S.
Bernaedik, M. Jones , J . P.
Blalock, C. L. Jordan, P. w.
Bloodworth, E. Jordan, C. G.
Brady, H. Kelly, R.
Britt, c. Kimbrel, M.
Broome, J . W. Martin, Milton
Buchanan, W. M. McEver, H.
Burnette, R. H. McGinty, H. E.
Bryan, J . T. McLaughlin, T.
Campbell, W. L. Moore, J. G.
Cannon, W. Moulder, H. G.
Cofin, Chas. Nathan, M.
Colvin J. R. Nicholeon, J .
Collins, C. E. Nolan, R. E.
Claghor R. Kelly
Cordell, Tom O'Kelley, W.
Dabney A. L. Pease, C.
Dallis, E. Peebles, L. C.
Davis, J. Perry H. A.



Preliminary members, continued.


Daniel, H. Pickren, J.
Edmonds, J . E. Pickett, R.
Elrod, L. F. Dowell, F.
Eubanks, J . D. Redman, C. L.
Fuqua, A. Scott, Tom.
Gilles, J. L. Slaton, H. C.
Hagan, E. Sell, E.
Hawkin Shirley, A. R.
Haines, B. Pickett
Hall , G. G. Slaton, H.
Hawes, W. Smith, W. O.
Head, H. Smith, W. H.
Herrington, F. Smith, T. E.
Talmadge, E. E. Smith
Tart, H. Smythe, J . B.
Whirts, J. M. Stafford, E.
Whiting, D. Strange, c. F.
Whitworth, N. Summerlin, R.
Weiner, L.A. Wise, w.
Young, G. G.

Regular members, Demosthenian Society ELIGIBLE VOTERS.


Atkinson, Sam Roberts, Oscar
Baxter, H. Sands, N.
Black, Dameron Saye, Albert
Brennen, J. Talmadge, H. E.
Calhon, W. Thigpen, T. R.
Cleghorn Ulm, H.
DeFoor, H. Welchel, J. B.
Evans, A.C. Whittle, A.
Gallo, A. Cordell, Tom
Gilreath, H. Cavender, John
Griffin, J. Thomas, Smith
Green, C. Horace, McEver
Harrison, M. C. Bob Knox
Higgins, Lewis Tropp, Bryan
Hargrave, R.
Hodges, Q. E.
Jardine, C.
Lane, E.
Mallary, E.
Martin, J. B.
Massey, L.
Meeks, B.
Moore, H.
McCay
Nicholson, D. B.
Paulson, H.



It is true that Lynching is unlawful and illegal in sight of the law, but just where is the law gotton [sic] from, it is gotton [sic] from the people of course. Some say that lynching is always done by a bunch of fanatics and dam fools. That I do not deny. But if they are a bigger bunch of dam fools than our Legislators and law makers God have mercy on them.
The desire to lynch is comparable to a business cycle. That is, there are periods of depression reasons.




Chaplain

Exhortation

Minutes

Program

That this house approve of the Lynch law.



Affirm. Neg.

Brennan Evans, fined Robert
Paulson $1.00 Wise


Harrison Critic
Neg. Wins

Roll Call
Report of Critic
Soph. Dec.
Annev
Emory - Ga. Debate

Richardson
Welchel
Green Committee of Inquisition
Moore
Griffin





Mialier, M.
Raskin, s.
Cahn, B.
Benjamin, S. I,
Krumbein, N.
Bennet, Tap.


Installation of Officers

Sec. and Instruction

Appointment of Committee

Adleture

Rules for preparation of debates

Announcement of exams

Pandora Contract

Programs for next 3 meetings

B. B. game.
Announced by Whelchel

E. A. Smith
T. E. Cornell
H. C. Calhoun
T. G. Scott


Ways and Means

Letter to Hodgson

Committee on Finances
Mo. Report

Report oo Collected Fines
5O from Pres.


Committee on Functions
Cleaning of Hall


Lib. Committee
Books bought

Program Announced

Magazine


PREFACE
This short volume was typed from the original volume of "Letters Copied by the Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Literary Society in 1870."

The typing was done during the fall quarter by Mrs. Miriam G. Parr, Secretary of the Department of Political Science.

Albert B. Saye
Athens, Georgia
October 30, 1952



Letters Copied
By The Correa. Secretary
1870
Demosthenian Society
1870 A. D.




D. Appleton, Esq., New York, June 11th, 1870--pp. 23

Hon. J. C. C. Black, Augusta, March 5th, 70--pp. 14

Gen. M. C. Butler, Edgefield, C. Ca., Sept. 11th, P. 27

Gov. M. L. Bonham, Edgefield, So. Ca., Nov. 5th, P. 33

Armstead Burt, Abbeville, So. Ca., Nov. 5th, p. 34

Hon. Thos. F. Baynard, Washington, D. C., 46 page

Hon. Thos. F. Baynard, Washington, D. C., 49 page

Hon. Thos. F. Baynard, Washington, D. C., 49 page

Hon. Thos. F. Baynard, Washington, D. C. 50 page
Albany, Geo.

James Jackson, Atlanta, Georgia


Gen. H. Colquitt, Atlanta, Sept. 24th, 1870, page 29

Hon, Wm. T. Dortch, of N. Carolina, March 5th, 1870, page 12

Mr. Joseph Echols, Lexington, July 4th, 18?0, page 25

Mr. Joseph Echols, Lexington, Answer July 7th, 1870

J. P. Fort Feby. 5th, 1870, page 7

J. P. Fort Answer Feby. 14th, 1870, page 7

Genl. Jno. B. Gordon, Febry. 9th, 1870 page 10

Genl. Jno. B. Gordon, Answer Febry. 21st, 1870 page 10

Holland of Baltimore, Jany. 22nd, 1870, page 2

Recd. an answer on Jany. 31st, accepting with thanks his election to Hororary Membership

H, R. Harris of Greenville, Feby. 5th, 1870 pg. 4

H, R. Harris Answer, Feby. 19th, 1870 pg. 4

Gen. A. C. Garlington, April 3rd, 1870 page 21

Gen. A. C. Garlington, April 8, page 21

John B. Gordon, June 26th, page 24

John B. Gordon, June 30th, 1870 page 24

Judge Junuis Cillyar, July 9th, 1870 page 26

Judge Junuis Cillyar, Reply 14th July, 26th P.

[Almost certainly Junius Hillyer]


Judge J. L. Harris, Milledgeville, Sept. 11th, pg. 28

W. W. Hicks, D. D., Macon, Ga., Feb. 28th, 1871 pg. 38

W. B. Johnston Esq. Macon, Ga., Feb., 1877 pg. 36

Rev. Benj. Johnson, Macon, Ga., Feb., 1877, pg. 37

W. W. King, New Orleans, La., Oct. 1st, 1870 pg. 31

Meusey of Baltimore, Jany. 22nd, 1870, page 3

Meusey "Literary Orator" March 3rd, 1870 page 13

Bishop E. H. Morvin, St. Louis, Missouri, March 12 page 13.

Hon. John T. Morgon, Washington, D. C., page 50

Hon. John T. Morgan, Washington, D. c., page 50

Peter C. Meldrim, Savannah, Ga. page 65

C. A. Nutting Esq., Macon, Ga., Feb. 28th, 1871 pg. 39

Platte, W. W. Louisville, Ky., March 19, page 19

Richard Peters Esque , Atlanta, March 12, page 18

John T. Pendleton Esq. , Atlanta, Ga., Feb, 1871, pg. 40

W. P. Price, Washington, D. C., Apl. 13", 71, page 42nd.

Col. John C. Rutherford, Macon, Ga., page 48

Rev. A. J. Ryan Tuscaloosa, Ala, page 52

Rev. A. J. Ryan, Mobile , Ala., Page 52

Col. T. J. Simmons, Macon, March 12, page 15

Hon. J. Henley Smith, Atlanta, March 12, page 16

Col. W. D. Simpson, Laurens, So. Ca., Nov. 5th, page 35

Hon. Emory Speer, M. C., Washington, D. C., page 47

Toombs, Jany. 22nd, 1870, page l

Toombs Feby. 9th, 18?0, answer to the above, page 9

W. O. Tuggle, Lagrange, Feb. 5th, 1870, page 5

W. O. Tuggle, Lagrange, Answer Feby. 10th, 18?0, page 5

Trescott, Wm. H., April 10, 1870, page 22

L. N. Whittle, Answer Feby. 14th, 1870, page 8

L. N. Whittle, Feby. 5th, 1870, page 8

C. H. C. Willingham Lagrange, Feb. 5th, 1870, page 11

C. H. C. Willingham, Lagrange, answer, Feb. 24th, 1870, page 11

J. C. Walker, New Orleans, La., Oct. 1st, 1870, pg. 81

Gen. P. M. Young, Washington, D. C. Apl. 13, 71, page 43


University of Ga.
Athens, Georgia
Jany. 22nd, 1870


Dr. R. H. Holland
Baltimore

Dear Sir:
It ls my pleasant duty, as the Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society, of the University of Ga. to inform you of your election as an "Honorary Member" of that body.

Hoping to be favored by an early reply, I remain

Very Truly and Respectfully yours,

Peter W. Martin Cor . Secy.



Dr. R. H. Holland
Baltimore, Jan. 28th, 1870

Mr. Peter W. Martin

Dear Sir:

Accept in behalf of the Demosthenian Society my thanks for the compliment of an election to its Honorary Membership. May, it prosper in the ends of its organization end thus be the means of disciplining many a Southern mind in those powers of persuasion which made tho tongue of Demosthenes more formidable than a host and may yet repeat his triumphs in a second Athens.

Yours Respectfully,
R. H. Holland


University of Ga.
Athens, Georgia
Jany. 22nd, 1870

Dr. Meusey

Baltimore

Dear Sir:
As the Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Ga., it is my pleasant duty to have the honor of informing you of your election as an Honorary Member of that body. Hoping to be favored by an early reply, I have the honor to remain

Very truly and Resptly yours,
Peter w. Martin, Cor. Secy.


Athens, Ga.
Feby. 5th, 1870

Col. H. R. Harris
Greenville

Dear Sir:

It is my pleasant duty As Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Ga. to inform you of your election to the Honorary Membership of that body. Hoping to hear from you soon, I remain

Very truly and Respectfully,

R. W. Martin
Cor. Secy.


Col. H. R. Harris Greenville, Ga., 14 Feb l870


R. W. Martin, Cor. Sec. Dem. Soc. Univ. Ga.

My dear Sir --

Your favor of the 5th last, communicating the fact of my election to Hon.. Membership of the "Dem-Society" of the "Univy. of Ga.", is before me, and for such an honor my sincere thanks.

In accepting the privilege thus conferred it will be my highest pleasure at all times to lend what assistance I may be to the promotions alike of the aims and ends of your time-honored association as well as the prosperity and happiness of individual membership thereof. With my deepest solicitude
or your personal welfare and success in life I am as ever

Yo friend
H. R. Harris


Athens, Ga. Feby. 5th, 1870

W. O. Tuggle
Lagrange,

Dear Sir:
As the Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Ga. it is my pleasant duty to inform you of your election to the Honorary Membership of that body. Hoping to be favored by your acceptance, I remain,

Very truly and Respectfully,
P.W. Martin


W. O. Tuggle
Lagrange. Ga. Feb. 9th, 1870


Mr. P. W. Martin

Athens, Ga.

Dear Sir:

Your's of 5th inst. traced and I beg that you will inform the Demosthenian Society
of my acceptance or the tendered honor. Such Societies do immense good if properly conducted, and have been the means of developing some of Georgia's
Statesmen within your own walls and I doubt not that at present statesmen of our now oppressed state are to be found among the ambitious and industrious (for genius is a humbug without diligent work debaters at Athens.

Respecfy. Yrs.

W. O. Tuggle



Athens, Ga.
Feb. 5th, 1870

Mr. C. H. C. Willingham
Lagrange.

Dear Sir:
As the Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society it is my pleasant duty to notify you of your election to the Honorary Membership of that body.
Hoping to be favored by your acceptance, I remain

Very Truly and Respectfully,

P. W. Martin
Cor. Sec.

C. H. Willingham

Lagrange, Ga., Feb. 23, 1870

To the members of the Demosthenian Society.

Gentlemen: I am notified by your Secretary, Mr. P. W. Martin that you have elected me as an honorary member of your time-honored society, for which I feel flattered and trust I may never cause you to regret it.

This is the more pleasant to me because it was in Athens I began life as a poor, friendless boy, and because of my warm attachment for Old Franklin College, which I have never ceased to commend in the whole course of my editorial career covering a time of seventeen years.

To you, young gentlemen, allow me to adds few words of encouragement, because of my great solicitude for the young men of our beloved and down trodden South. Soon the destiny of our bleeding States will rest upon your shoulders and I would see every one of you take a proud position in promoting the general welfare, and become firm end irresistible defenders of the cause of Justice and Right - true to to your nature land, true to your ancestry and true to God in being true to these. The hope of the South is in her young men. To them we must commute all that is dear to a noble and once free people. They must perpetuate the glory and honor of our ancestry, and see that no dishonor stain the true Southern Character. We are taunted by our implacable enemy as "The Chivalry" as a term of reproach or contempt. Young gentlemen, let me say to you not to be ashamed of the designation. Maintain the distinction, and make your revilers feel the supremacy of that noble spirit over the cold and sordid and calcuolatory amenities of the Puritan.

I wish to see such and every one of you go out from College with all the honor due to perseverance, persistence and unyielding devotion to letters; and when you to take your positions in the struggles of life, to be even found the noble champions of your native land fearless and unnmoved in the right, like the many noble and emflinching [sic] spirits who are now upon the rolls of your membership.

Hoping that these line may not be obtrusive, and with my beat wishes for the success, prosperity and glory of the Society,

I am, young gentlemen, Yours truly

C. H. C. Willingham

P. S. As a slight token of my appreciation of the honor you
conferred upon me, I shell send you regularly a copy of the LaGrange Reporter.


W.


Athens, Ga.
Feby. 5th, 18?0

J. P. Fort
Macon.

Dear Sir:

I have the honor as the Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society, of the University of Ga. to inform you of your election to the Honorary Membership of that body.
Hoping to receive an early acceptance, I remain

Very Respectfully,
P. W. Martin Cor. Secy.

J. P. Fort


Macon, Ga. Feb. 11th, 1870

p. w. Martin Cor. Sec.

Athens, Ga.

Dear Sir:
Your letter informing me of
election as an Honorary Member of the Demosthenian Society is received. I desire to express through you to the Society my acceptance of the position tendered me, and my thanks to your honorable body.

With high regard, I am

Very Respectfully,
Jno. P. Fort.



Athens, Ga.
Febry. 5th, 1870

Col. L. N. Whittle
Macon.

Dear Sir:
It is my pleasant duty to have the honor, as the Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society, to inform you of your election to the Honorary Membership of that body.

Hoping to receive your acceptance, I remain,

Very Respectfully,
P. W. Martin
Cor. Secy.

Col. L. N. Whittle

Macon, Ga. Feb. 10th, 1870

Dear Sir,

I have your letter of the 5th, informing me of my election as an Honorary member of the Demosthenian Society of the Georgia University, by which I feel highly honored. I feel a deep interest in the State University and therein every Georgian should be proud of it, it's corps of professors and students; altho; myself only a Georgian i'm anxious; I am truly so and will do all in my power to maintain it.

Of course I feel a more particular interest in your Society now that my son is one of your members and by that you will call on me whenever I can be of service.

I am and c.

L.H. Whittle

P. W. Martin Esq.
Cor. Secty; and C.
Athens,
GA


Washington, Ga.
Feby. 7th, 1870

Dear Sir:
Your favor of the 22nd, informing me of my election by the Demosthenian Society, as their "Literary Orator" for the next commencement has been duly received, I would accept the compliment with great pleasure, but there is a considerable probability that my engagements may take me out of the state at that time, and as there should be no uncertainty in a matter so interesting to the Society, I am compelled on this account solely to decline it. Please return my sincerest thanks to the Society for this honor and the many other evidences of goodwill
it has hitherto shown me and assure it of my unabated interest in its welfare and prosperity. Please for yourself my thanks for the very kind manner in which you have communicated the wishes of the Society.

I am very respectfully and truly
Yours and C.

R. Toombs


Mr. P. W. Martin
Athens,
Geo.


University of Ga. Feby. 9th, 1870

Genl. Jno. B. Gordon,
Atlanta.

Dear Sir:
In having the honor, as the Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society of addressing you, it is my pleasant duty to inform you of your unanimous election as the "Literary Orator" for the Commencement of 1870. As the Demosthenian and Phi Kappa Societies elect, alternately, an orator to address them, it is the sincere wish of the Demosthenian Society that you accept.
Hoping to be favored with an early reply of acceptance,

I have the honor to remain

Very Respectfully and Truly yrs.

P. W. Martin,
Cor. Secry.

Genl. Jno. B. Gordon

Atlanta., Feby. 14th, 1870

My Dear Sir: Yrs. of the 9th informing, me of my election, as the Literary Orator for the next Commencement, is recd. In reply, I have to state that I am now under promise to Dr. Lipscomb, to deliver the medals in August and of course must decline the flattering invitation. With my thanks to the Demosthenian
Society and to you individually for the Compliment paid me, I am

Very Respectfully,

J.B. Gordon

P. W. Martin Esq,
Cor. Secry and C.
Athens, Ga. March 5th, 1870

Honl. Wm. T. Dortch,
Goldsboro:

It is with pleasure that I, as the Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society of the "University of Ga." have the honor of informing you of your election to the Honorary Membership of that body. Hoping to receive your acceptance,

I remain very Resptfy. and Truly y's.

P. W. Martin
Cor. Secty.
Dem. Society


Athens, Ga. March 3rd, 1870

Dr. T. K. Meusey,
Baltimore.


Dear Sir:

Several weeks since I wrote you informing election to the Honorary Membership of the Dem. Soc. of the University of Ga, but have rec'd. no reply. I now write you by request of the Demosthenian Society about a matter of much interest to it and her sister Society.

It is the custom for the two societies of this University to select, alternately, "Literary Orator" from their list of Honorary Members to address them on Commencement day.

Allow me to hope the favor of an early reply, as this is not only a matter of deep interest to the Literary Societies, but in one of importance to the University, and the state at large: For then it is that the University's halls of Learning are fi11ed with Georgia's brightest Sons and fairest daughters.

Hoping en early reply of your acceptance of the honor,

I remain Respectfully and Truly yours,

P. W. Martin
Cor. Secry.

Dr. T. K. Meusey

(Answer to be written on next page.) P. W. M.


Athens, Georgia
March 4th, 1870


Hon. J. C. C. Black

Augusta.

Dear Sir:

It is my pleasant duty as Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society of the "University of Ga, to have the honor to inform you of your election. as honorary member of that body.

Hoping soon to hear of your acceptance same.

I have the honor to remain,

Very truly and respectfully

E. G. Simmons
Cor. Secretary
Dem. Society


Hon. J. C. C. Black

Augusta, Ga.

Mch. 8th, 1870

E. G. Simmons Esque

Dear Sir.

Yours of the 4th inst. informing me of my election to honorary membership in the Demosthenian Society of the "University of Ga. has been received. I accept with pleasure and tender my thanks for honor thus conferred. With best wishes for the success of your Society

I am truly yours,
James C. C. Black


Athens, Georgia March 12th, 1870

Col. T. J . Simmons
Macon.

Dear Sir:

I have the pleasure as Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society to inform you of your election to honorary membership of that body.

Hoping soon to hear of your acceptance of the same

I have the honor to remain
Very truly and Respectfully

E. G. Simmons
Cor. Sec.


Macon, Ga. March 18th, 1870

Dear Sir:

Your letter of the 12 inst. informing me that I had been elected an honorary member of your Society has been received. I accept the honor so kindly conferred and beg leave to tender through you my best wishes for the success and prosperity of the Society.

Yours Very Respectfully.

T. J. Simmons.


E. G. Simmons Cpr. Sec.

Athens, Georgia

March 12th, 1870

J. Henly Smith, Esque.
Atlanta.

Dear Sir:
As Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership of that body.

Hoping to hear soon of your acceptance of the same I have the honor to remain

Very truly and Respectfully
E. G. Simmons
Cor. Seo.


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E. G. Simmons Esq.
Cor. Sec. Demosthenian Society
University of Georgia
Athens, Ga.

Dear Sir.
Yours of the 12 inst. informing me of my election to honorary membership of your Society reached me last evening. I take sincere pleasure in accepting the same and hereby return my thanks to the Society in thus favoring me. I expect to be in Athens before a great while and hope to have the satisfaction of meeting with your Society and forming the acquaintance of many ff its members.

I am very Respectfully,

J. Henly Smith


Athens, Ga.

March 12th, 1870

Bishop E. H. Morvin
St. Louis
Dear Sir,

It is my pleasant duty as Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Gato inform you of your election to honorary membership of that body.

Hoping to hear soon of your acceptance of the same.

I have the honor to remain,

Very truly and Respectfully,
E. G. Simmons, Cor. Sec.

Athens, GA.
March 12th 1870


Richard Peters Esque

Atlanta

Dear Sir:
With pleasure as Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society of the "University of Ga. I inform you of your election to honorary membership of that body.

Hoping to hear soon of your acceptance of the same I have the honor to remain

Very truly and Respectfully,

E. G. Simmons Cor. Seo.


Athens, Georgia
March 19th, 1870


Dear Sir: It is my pleasant duty as Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society of the University of the University of Georgia to inform you of your election to honorary membership of body. Hoping soon to hear of your acceptance of the same

I have the honor to remain

E. G. Simmons
Cor. Seo.


Dear Sir:

Your note of the 19th informing me of my election to an honorary membership in the Demosthenian Society of the University of the University of Georgia is received.

The election is a most agreeable surprise to me and is accepted with pleasure. Please to convey to the Society my sincere acknowledgements for the honor they have conferred upon me and my deep interest in the future distinction and happiness for each member and receive for yourself expressions of my great regard.
Yours and

W. H. Platte
Louisville, Ky.


Athens, Georgia
April 10th, 1870


Hon. Wm. N. Prescott

Greensville, So. Ca.

Dear Sir,

I have the honor as Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society of the University of the University of Georgia to inform you of the election to an honorary membership of that body.

Hoping to near soon of your acceptance of the same I have the honor to remain

Very truly and Respectfully
E. G. Simmons
Cor. Sec.


Greenville, So. Ca., 1870

Mr. E. G. Simmons

Dear Sir:
Your communication of the 10th April notifying me of my election to Honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia. has been recd.

I accept with pleasure the honor conferred and tender my thanks to the Society. With wishes for its success.

I am truly and Respectfully,

Wm. N. Prescott.


Athens, Georgia
June 11th, 1870


Mr. D. Appleton
New York

Dear Sir.

I have the pleasure or informing you of your election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia.
Hoping to hear of your acceptance of the same,

I have the honor to remain, Very truly and Respectfully

W. B. Walker
Cor. Soc. D. S.

Athens, June 26th 1870

Gen. John B. Gordon
Atlanta


Dear Sir:

I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to fill the Chair of honorary Presidency or the Demosthenian Society at Commencement.

Hoping soon to hear of your acceptance of the same,

I have the honor to remain
Very truly and Respectfully

W. B. Walker Cor. Sec.


Atlanta, June 30th, 1870

Mr. W. B. Walker

Cor. Sec. and C.

My Dear Sir.

Yrs. informing me that the Demosthenian Society had chosen me to fill the chair of Honorary Presidency at the approaching Commencement is recd.

I regret that I cannot accept. My engagements are such may be called away from Athens, before the meeting of the Society. Thanking the Society for honor confered, I am Most truly and c.

J.B. Gordon


Athens, July 4th, 1870

Mr. Joseph Echols
Lexington.

Dear Sir.

I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to fill the Chair of Honorary Presidency of the Demosthenian Society at Commencement.

Hoping soon to hear of your acceptance of the same I have the honor to remain very Truly and Respectfully

W. B. Walker
Cor. Sec.


Lexington, July 7th, 1870

Mr. W. B. Walker

Yours or the 4th of July notifying me of my appointment as Presiding Officer of the D. Society at the next commencement has been recd.

I am Just recovering slowly of an attack of fever and I may not be well enough by that time to participate in the deliverations [sic] of the Society. I shall make an effort to be with you but prefer your making another appointment to prevent a disappointment. Tender my thanks to the Society for the honor conferred and accept my best wishes for yourself as the agent of her instructions.

With kindest regards, I am yours very Respectfully,

J. H. Echols.


Athens, July 9th, 1870

Judge J. Hillyer
Athens

Dear Sir,
I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to fill the Chair of Honorary President of the Demosthenian Society at the approaching commencement.

Hoping to hear soon of your acceptance I have the honor to remain
truly and Respectfully,

W. B. Walker
Cor. Sec.


Athens, Thursday 14th July-70


Mr. W. B. Walker, Cor. Sec. and C.

My Dear Sir:

I rec'd. your communication informing me of my election as Honorary President of the Demosthenian Society at our approaching commencement.

It gives me pleasure to accept the appointment and I respectfully ask that you will do me the favor to present to the Society my sincere thanks for the distinguished honor they have confered [sic] upon me.

With very sincere regards, ]

I am truly yours,

James Hillyer



Athens, Sept. 11th, 1870

Gen. M. C. Butler
Edgefield

Dear Sir:

It is with pleasure that I inform you of your election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia. Hoping soon to hear of your acceptance, I have the honor or remaining truly and Respectfully,

W. B. Walker
Cor. Seo.


University of Georgia
Sept. 11th, 1870

Judge I. L. Harris
Milledgeville

Dear Sir.

In behalf of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia, I thank you for a donation of books received during vacation.

Truly and Respectfully,

W. B. Walker
Cor. Sec.


Athens, Sept. 24th, 1870

Gen. A. H. Colquitt
Atlanta


Dear Sir:

I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia.

Hoping to hear soon of your acceptance. I have the honor to remain truly and Respectfully,

W. B. Walker


Athens, Oct. 1st, 1870

M. A. Elmore Esq.
New Orleans

Dear Sir.

I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia.

Hoping soon to hear of your acceptance, I have the honor to remain truly and Respectfully,

W. B. Walker
Cor. Sec.

Dear Sir,

I accept the honor conferred as honorary member of the D. S. and tender my sincere thanks to the same.

Yrs. Truly,
Wm. A. Elmore

To

W. B. Walker Cor. Secty.


Athens, Oct. 1st, 1870

W. W. King, Esq.
New Orleans

Dear Sir:

I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia.

Hoping to hear soon of your acceptance, I have the honor to remain truly and Respectfully,

W. B. Walker Cor. Sec.


Athens, Oct. 1st, 1870

Jas. C. Walker
New Orleans

Dear Sir:

I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia.

Trusting that you will accept of the honor I remain truly and Respectfully

W. B. Walker
Cor. Sec.



Athens, Ga. , Nov. 5th, 1870

Gov. M. L. Bonham

Dr. Sir.

It gives me great pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Ga. Hoping soon to hear of your acceptance,

I am Resp. and C.

C. A. Turner
Cor. Secty.


Athens, Ga., Nov. 5th, 1870

Armstead Burt Esq.

Dr. Sir

I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Ga.

Hoping to hear soon of your acceptance

I am resp. and. c.

C. A. Turner
Cor. Sec.





Athens, Ga., Nov. 5th, 1870

Col. W. D. Simpson

Dr. Sir:

I with pleasure inform you of your election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Ga.

Hoping to hear soon of your acceptance

I am resp. and c.

C. A,, Turner
Cor. Sec.


Athens, Geo. Feb. 28th, 1871

W. B. Johnston Esq.
Macon, Geo.

Dear Sir

I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership or the Demosthenian Society of the University of Ga.

Trusting that you will accept of the honor

I remain truly and respectfully

W. B. Lamar
Cor. Sec.



Athens, Ga., Feb. 28th, 1871

Rev. BenJ. Johnson

Dear Sir

I with pleasure as Corresponding Secretary of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Ga., inform you of your election to honorary membership of that body.

Hoping to hear soon of your acceptance

I am resp. and c.

W. B. Lamar
Cor. Sec.


Macon, March 29th, 1871

Dear Sir:

I have the pleasure of acknowledging your kind letter
announcing my election as an honorary member of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia. Please inform your Society
that I accept with grateful appreciation the honor they have so kindly conferred upon me. The increasing of the age under doubly necessary those intellectual arts and that [ ] training to which your Society is devoled[sic]; and which alone can prepare
the young men of the South to reassert in better lines the hostoric [sic] position of their seotion. Convinced of the vital importance to the South of the highest mental culture common with
all who love my adopted state of Georgia, I shall follow with interest and pride the workings of your Society to this end.

Your friend and Serv.
B. Johnson

Mr. W. B. Lamar
Corsp. Sec, D.S.


Athens, GA., Mar. 1st 1871


Dear Sir.

I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership or the Demosthenian Society of the University of Ga.

Hoping to receive your acceptance, I remain

Very respectfully,
W. B. Lamar
Corsp. Sec,


Macon, Ga., Mar. 4th.

W. B. Lamar
Cor. Sec, Dem. Society
Univers. Georgia

Dear Sir

Your kind note informing me of my election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of your University, came duly to hand.

Do me the kindness to thank the Society for the honor conferred, and assure them of my high appreciation of the same,

Yours truly

W. Walker Hicks



Athens, Ga., Mar. 1st, 1871

C. A. Nutting Esq.

Dear Sir.

I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership or the Demosthenian Society of the University of Ga.

Hoping to receive your acceptance, I remain

Very Respt.

W. Lamar
Cor. Sec.


Athens, Ga., Mar. 1st. 1871

John T. Pendleton, Esq.

Dr. Sir

I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership or the Demosthenian Society of the University of Ga.

Trusting that you will accept of the honor, I remain

Very Respt.

W. Lamar
Cor. Sec.


Athens, Ga. Apl. 13th 71


W. P. Price Esq.

Dr. Sir:


I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of the University-Ga.

Hoping soon to hear of your acceptance

I am respct,

E. M. Hammond
Cor. Secty.


Dahlonega, Geo. April 22d, 71

Mr. E. M. Hammond
Cor. Sec. D.S.
Univty. Geo.

Sir:

Your communication of the 13th inst. informing of my "election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society" has been received.

Please convey to the members of the Society my thanks for the honor they have conferred upon me, and that I most gratefully accept the position.

Respct. W. P. Price.



Athens, Geo. Apl. 13th 71

Gen. P. M. Young

Dr. Sir:

I have the pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Ga.

Hoping to hear soon of your acceptance

I am respct.

E. M. Hammond
Cor. Secty.


Washington, D. C.

April 29th 1871

E. M. Hammond Esq.

Cor. Secty. D. S. Univty. Geo.

Dear Sir:

I have to acknowledge yours of the 13th Inst. notifying me of my election as honorary member of the Demosthenian Society for which permit me to return my thanks and assurances that I shall ever make it my duty to prove myself acceptable to the Society and if possible worthy of the honor conferred upon me. With every respect I am

Very truly yours,

P. M. Young




Athens, Ga., Mar. 13th, 1877

Prof. Geo. Little
Athens, Ga.

You were elected an Honorer, member of

the Demosthenian Society, March 8th, 1877 and in accordance with my duty as C. C. I have the honor to inform you of your election.
Very Respt.

C. Murphy Candler
C. S. D. S.


Newton House

Athens, Ga. March 15th, 77

Mr. C. Murphy Candler
C. S. Dem. Soc.

Dear Sir

Please express to the D. S. my thanks honor conferred on me by an election to Honorary Membership in that Ancient and usefull [sic] fraternity and assure the members that in accepting the honors pertaining thereto I shall hope to participate in the pleasure as well as the to perform the duties incumbent upon those elected as Honorary members.

Very Respt.
Y'r Ob'd. Servant

Geo. Little




The letter of the C. S. is abbreviated, that of the answer is
copied in full.

Demosthenian Society
University of Georgia.
Athens, Jan. 17th, 1880


Hon. Thos. F. Bayard,

Washington, D. C.

Dear Sir,

I have the honor to inform you of your election to honorary membership of the Demosthenian Society of the University of Georgia. Hoping to hear of your acceptance, I remain

Yours truly,
Harry H. Phinizy
Cor. Sect. of the D. s.


Senate Chamber
Washington
Jan. 21st, 1880

Harry H. Phinizy, Esq.
Cor. Sec. of the Demosthenian
Society of the University of Georgia.

Dear Sir:
I am much honored by being elected an honorary member of your society, and I beg you will inform my new associates or the pleasure with which I find myself enrolled as one of their numbers.

Very respectfully
Your obedient servant,

T. F. Bayard


The letter of the C. S. is abbreviated, that of the answer is
copied in full.

Demosthenian Society
University of Georgia.
Athens, Jan. 17th, 1880

Hon. Emory Speer
Washington, D. C.

Dear Sir:
Sometime ago, you signified our [sic likely your] willingness to present the Demosthenian Society with a portrait of yourself, in answer to the request of the society. If not inconvenient to you, the Society would be glad to receive the portrait now, and I have been requested to write you for that purpose. Hoping to hear from you soon, I remain

Yours truly,

Harry H. Phinizy
Cor. Sect. of the D. S.


Committee of Elections
House of Representatives,
Washington, D. C., Jan. 21st, 1880


Mr. Harry H. Phinizy
Corresponding Secretary
Demosthenian Society



My dear Sir.

Permit me to thank you tor calling my attention to my promise to give my portrait to the Demosthenian Society.
I will at once have tho picture executed, and will forward it.

I am, dear sir,

Very Sincerely Yours,

Emory Speer


The letter of the c. s. is abbreviated, that of the answer copied in full.

Demosthenian Society
University of Georgia.
Athens, Jan. 17th, 1880

Col. John C. Rutherford
Macon, Ga.
Dear Sir.

I have been requested by the society to write you that the Demosthenian Society would be glad to receive your portrait, which sometime ago was given them to the Society. Hoping to hear from you soon in regard to the matter, I am,

Yours truly,

Harry H. Phinizy, Cor. Sect.



The letters below are exact copies of that sent, and the one
received.

Demosthenian Society
University of Georgia.
Athens, Jan. 26th, 1880

Hon. Thos. F. Bayard
Washington, D. C.

Dear Sir.

A week ago, I had the pleasure of informing you of your election to honorary membership or this Society; I now have the honor of informing you of your election as Commencement orator. There are two literary societies at the University of Georgia, the Demosthenian and the Phi Kappa. They alternate in selecting the literary orator for commencement, last year the Phi Kappa Society selected Hon. O. A.
Lochrane; this year the Demosthenian Society has the privilege.
When the time arrives to select the orator several names are
proposed and each generally receives some votes. On last
Saturday the name of Thos. F. Bayard was chosen by an unanimous vote. Such has never happened but twice since the organization of the Society, and it has flourished for seventy-nine years. Our Commencement occurs the last of July, and
while it is some time off, the members of this Society sincerely hope that you wi11 be able to accept their invitation
and be with them on the occasion. Soliciting an early reply,

I remain. Yours very truly

Harry H. Phinizy
Cor. Sec. of the D. S.



United States Senate Chamber

Washington, Feb. 7th, 1880

Harry B. Phinizy, Esq.
Cor. Sec. of the Demosthenian Society
University of Georgia.

Dear Sir,
I beg to return through you to your Society, my sincere thanks for the honor done me in choosing me as their orator for the next Commencement of the University. It is quite impossible for me however to make any engagements that would necessitate my absence from Washington during the session of the Senate, and for that reason am compelled to decline. You will please make known to your Society my reasons for inability to accept the honor imposed, and that

I am very respectfully
Your and their obt. servant

F. F. Bayard


Demosthenian Society
University of Georgia
Athens, Feb. 25th, 1880

Hon. Jno. T. Morgen Washington.,

Washington D. C.

Dear Sir,

I have the honor to inform you of your election as Commencement orator. There are at the University or Georgia
two Literary Societies, the Demosthenian and the Phi Kappa. They alternate in choosing the Commencement Orator. Last year the Phi Kappa Society exercised that privilege and selected Hon.
O. A. Lochrane. This year we have the right os [sic] selection and the Demosthenian Society has chosen yourself. Our Commencement occurs the last of July and if you can so make your arrangements as to be with us on that occasion, the Society will feel itself honored, and our Commencement made doubly interesting. Hoping to hear soon of your acceptance, I have the honor to be

Yours truly and respectfully

Harry H. Phinizy
Cor. Sec. of the D. S.


Senate Chamber
Washington,
March 8th, 1880

Mr. H. B. Phinizy
Secretary,

Dear Sir:
Your letter of the 25th inst. informing me of my election as Commencement Orator by the gentlemen of the Demosthenian Society has been received. Please tender my thanks to them and inform them that I extremely regret that the multiplicity and urgency of my engagements for next Summer will deprive me of that pleasure of being with them at their commencement. I have already been forced to deny myself the pleasure of meeting the gentlemen of one of your Alabama colleges
next summer. With best wishes to you and to other gentlemen
of the Demosthenian Society,

I remain yours truly,

Jno. T. Morgan


University of Georgia
Demosthenian Society
Athens, April 24th, 80

Rev. H. J. Ryan

Dear Sir,

Some weeks ago, my predecessor Mr. Persons wrote you informing you of your election as Commencement Orator. No reply was received to the letter, and it was concluded that you failed to receive it. I have the honor to inform you again that you have been unanimously elected Commencement Orator, and in behalf of the society which I represent sincerely hope that you will favor us with an early acceptance.

Yours truly,

Harry H. Phinizy
Cor. Soc. Demosthenian Society


Mobile, May 10th, 1880

H. H. Phinizy

Dear Sir:
At the request of Father Ryan I inform you that your letter was not received and he also says that he will not be able to deliver the address at the same time he feels highly flattered at the honor you confer on him.

Respectfully,
Jas. F. Taylor


"Telegram"


Athens, May 8th, 1880

P. W. Meldrim Esq.

Savannah, Ga.

Demosthenian Society has elected you Commencement Orator. Do you accept?

H. D. Phinizy

Savannah, May 8th, 1880

H. H. [sic] Phinizy, Sect.

Athens, Ga.

Accept with pleasure. Return thanks to the gentlemen of Demosthenian Society.

P. W. Meldrim

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