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ranging from forty to one hundred dollars, but reaching the latter
amount only when the printer took advantage of the polite young men
who did not like to offend by getting prices beforehand. When the
addresses had come, neatly stitched into regulation pamphlets, from
the press, the Society that was publishing them would provide the
other Society with a liberal number, present each member of the
faculty with five or ten copies, send ten to twenty copies to the author,
put a dozen or more in the Society archives, and distribute the
remainder among its own members, who sometimes would find sale
for them at five or ten cents a copy. The Wake Forest Societies were
in correspondence with the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies of
the University of North Carolina and exchanged publications with
them.
Mr. Perrin Busbee, of Raleigh, the speaker at the Commencement
of 1848, declined to have his address published. All the other
addresses were published and all are extant except that of Henry W.
Miller, 1839.3 Mr. Miller was a native of Virginia, a graduate of the
University of this State, and in the class of 1834, and a lawyer of
Raleigh. Of him Battle, History of the University of North Carolina,
says: "Henry Watkins Miller was one of the ablest lawyers and most
eloquent orators in the State. He was elected to the Legislature at the
beginning of the Civil War, and died while a member." Several of his
addresses are extant. His speech was well received and said to be a
good, manly production."4
The subject of Mr. Busbee's address, also a lawyer of Raleigh, was
the general licentiousness of the press. It was delivered with an easy
flow of language and in the forceful and spirited manner, and
commanded general attention.5
1838-WESTON R. GALES
The Euzelians, it seems did not elect a speaker for the Com-
mencement of November, 1837; at least my search for record of
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3 All except two or three, which are in the Library of the University of North
Carolina, are in the Library of the College.
4 Biblical Recorder, June 29, 1839. 5 Ibid., July 1, 1818.
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