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recommended instead Professor William Royall, then teaching at
Furman University, where Wingate had known him. He was a man of
first class ability, in fact, one of the very ablest men ever on the
faculty of the institution. In securing him, it may be said, Wingate
made a manifestation of that fine judgment of men that he afterwards
displayed in securing men for the college faculty-Mills, W. B. Royall,
Taylor. But the Philomathesians knew nothing of Royall whom the
Trustees had elected at the meeting in Charlotte on November 8,
1859. Though it is not expressly stated in the Philomathesian Society
minutes, it seems that the dissatisfaction in the Society arose from this
failure of the Trustees to elect a member of their Society instead of
Royall, and caused it to entertain a resolution for its dissolution, the
reason assigned being "the present exigences, brought about, as we
sincerely believe, by undermining contrivances to thwart our efforts
for an upward progress to prosperity and usefulness."7 A committee
appointed to report on the matter brought in a resolution a week later,
which declared in a preamble that, "the Society has existed long to
elevate and refine the minds of those who came within the pale of its
jurisdiction, and long still would it exist were it not for many and
various reasons wholly external, which require its suspension and as
we believe its dissolution." Accordingly, the resolutions further
advised the suspension of the operations of the Society, from
November 26, 1859, until nine o'clock Monday of Commencement,
when a meeting was appointed, in which the active members would
determine, probably after learning the will of the Board of Trustees
with reference to their complaints, whether or not the Society should
be dissolved.8 The resolution was read, and was in course of adoption,
article by article, when further consideration was continued one week.
At that next meeting several former members of the Society, most
probably Professors Simmons and Foote among them, were present,
7 Phi. Records, November 12, 1859.
8 The committee consisted of W. R. Lindsay, William Brunt, C. S. Wooten, F. A.
Belcher, and Tyler Ellington.
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