500 History of Wake Forest College
Reade, H. W. Miller; Judges like William Gaston, Thomas Rufin,
James Iredell; statesmen of our own State such as T. C. Clingman,
David S. Reid, J. M. Morehead, Z. B. Vance; statesmen of national
renown like Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Sam Houston, Alex. H.
Stephens; Presidents such as John Q. Adams, John Tyler, James
Buchanan; authors such as William Gilmore Sims, Seaton Gales,
Washington Irving, J. B. Jeter, Richard M. Johnson. Being liberal
with their favors the Societies also honored many of more limited
renown, whose merits were known probably only to the members who
proposed their names.
To notify these members when elected was the duty of the cor-
responding secretaries of the Societies, which they were expected to
do in a neat and courteous letter which usually took the form of a
request that the gentleman elected would do the Society the honor to
permit his name to be put on their list of honorary members.16
Usually, but not always, those elected honorary members accepted
in letters of warm appreciation. Many of these are still preserved and
are to be found in the College Library. They were also transcribed in
books kept for the purpose. Three of them―one from Henry Clay,
one other from Daniel Webster, and a third from James Iredell are
copied here:
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16 The writing of so many letters required no little labor, and cost the Societies no
little money. Postage rates were high and soon both Societies were running up
accounts with the Postmaster at Forestville, in which were included charges not
only for letters sent but often for letters and other matter received. Sometimes there
is a tone of dissatisfaction in the minutes recording the motions ordering the
accounts paid. One one occasion the Euzelian ordered payment, "provided it can be
collected." Eu. Records, December 10, 1842; December 12, 1848: Phi. Records,
April 17, 1852, Possibly because the Postmaster required it, about 1853, the
Societies began to keep small deposits at the postoffice, usually only one dollar,
though sometimes as much as three dollars. Adhesive postage stamps, though
introduced in 1847, did not come into general use until 1855, but on September 26,
1852, the Euzelians ordered the purchase of one hundred, of which fifty were soon
ordered sold; they went to individuals who desired to be among the first to use
them. In August, 1855, when the use of stamps and prepaid postage was prescribed,
the Philomathesian Society provided its Corresponding Secretary with stamped
envelopes. Phi. Records, August 18, 1855.
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