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and Ceremonies, A Chart of the World, and two maps, all of which
were "thankfully received by the body." On October 3, following,
regulations for the government of the library were adopted. On the
21st of the following November the Society, "viewing with deep
interest everything which is calculated to enlighten the mind and
refine the taste," decided to use the money in the treasury and to raise
additional money by subscription for the purchase of books. This
money was to be turned over to Professor Armstrong to make the
purchase and the books to be such as his best judgment should dictate.
The Society also pledged its members to their best efforts during the
winter vacation, which was about to begin, to procure such books as
should be of service to the Society. All gifts were to be acknowledged
by letter and through the public press. All this was done the same year
the Societies were constituted. Among the chief movers in this matter
were C. R. Merriam, a brother-in-law of Wait, and George
Washington of Craven County.
The Committee was able to place fifty dollars in the hands of
Professor Armstrong, and on April 30, 1836, reported their purchase.
It is interesting to note Armstrong's selection, which was Gillies,
History of Greece; Russell, Modern Europe, 3 vs.; Plutarch's Lives;
Gibbon's Rome, 4 vs.; Miller, History of England, 4 vs.; Ferguson,
Roman Republic, Encyclopedia Americana, 13 vs.; Anderson, History
of Commerce. The total cost was $50.25, half of which went for the
Encyclopedia. The Plutarch was only a selection, while the History of
Commerce seems to have been an abridgement of the great four-
volume quarto edition. The young democrats would probably care
very little for Gillies' history, which was a defense of monarchy rather
than a history of Greece, and in fact, its pages show little thumbing,
but otherwise the selection was as good as could have been made. The
Society was very proud of the books and made more stringent library
regulations for their protection.
It was on February 13, 1836, that the Euzelians took their first
action looking to gathering a library, the leader being J. H.
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