Euzelians and Philomathesians 501
Ashland. 30th May, 1835. Gentlemen: I have received your favor communicating
the wish of the Philomathesian Society of the Institute at Wake Forest to place my
name on the list of its honorary members. Greatly obliged by the friendly sentiments
towards me which prompted that wish, I take particular pleasure in acceding to it,
and shall feel honored by the association of my name with those of the members of
the Society. I add my fervent hopes for their welfare and fame, collectively and
individually, and request your acceptance of the assurance of the high esteem and
regards of Your friend and obedient servant, H. Clay. (To) Messrs. J. C. Dockery,
G. Washington, P. A. K. Pouncey.
Boston, October 22nd 1835. Gentlemen, I received your letter some time ago,
giving me information that the Society with which you are connected at Wake
Forest Institute had done me the honor of making me one of its honorary members. I
owe an acknowledgement of thanks for this mark of respect from strangers, and I
pray you to accept, Gentlemen, for yourselves and your brethren of the Society my
cordial good wishes for your health and happiness and for your rapid advancement
in all good learning. Your Friend and Obt. Servt.-Danl. Webster.
The third letter, from that distinguished native of North Carolina
and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, James Iredell,
has the added interest of showing the good will with which Wake
Forest was regarded by the enlightened people of the State. It is as
Raleigh, May 29, 1835. I beg pardon for the delay which has occurred in
answering your polite communiction and assure you it has been entirely accidental.
I feel much flattered by your proposal to enroll my name as one of the honorary
members of the Philomathesian Society of the Wake Forest Institute and accept the
offer with great pleasure. I have felt the advantages of such association myself and I
believe they cannot be estimated too highly in connection with the other Exercises
of a literary seminary.
That your Society may produce among its members all the profit of which it is
susceptible, so that hereafter they may look back upon it with grateful and delightful
recollections, and that the whole plan of the Institute to which you are attached may
have the effect of elevating and improving the literary character and moral habits of
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