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paying ten dollars for them, five dollars less than the original cost. In
August, 1842, this Society purchased sixteen volumes of the
Edinburgh Review and had them bound in Raleigh. It continued to
take the used numbers of the North American Review of the Reading
Room until February, 1843, when it placed its own subscription for
that periodical. Later the Society took the Christian Review,
purchasing the back numbers, and the Southern Literary Messenger,
the North Carolina Journal of Education, the Whig Review, the
Democratic Review, Aurora, a secession journal published in
Wilmington, and some other lighter periodicals. In March, 1854, the
four British Reviews and Blackwood's were added. The Euzelian
Society subscribed first for the Christian Review, in April, 1846,
ordering the back numbers at the same time. In February, 1847 this
Society subscribed for the great British periodicals, the London
Quarterly Review, the Edinburgh Review, Westminister Review, and
Blackwood's Magazine. In August, 1857, the Societies added to its
periodical list the North Carolina Journal of Education and the
African Repository. For the care of these periodicals the Euzelians had
an officer called Periodical Agent, who alone could take them from
the postoffice. He reported to the Society arrivals from week to week.
The Philomathesians had no such officer. Both Societies had their
periodicals bound, often finding it necessary to fill in missing
numbers.
Another word may be said about the character of the books. An
inspection of the catalogues shows that they were such books as
young men needed in their work in the Societies. The young men
debated historical questions, and therefore provided themselves with
the very best standard histories. They also debated the problems of the
day and such political questions as were agitating the people of the
country, North and South, and they provided themselves with the
volumes in which these matters were best discussed, both other books
and such Government publications as the Congressional Globe; they
debated questions of government and provided themselves with the
works of Calhoun,
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