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member was present with a motion that the names of all
"radicals"(Republicans) be erased from the list of honorary members;
this was laid on the table, and at the next meeting, August 21, 1868,
the motion was lost. It was voted again, however, that the name of
Governor Holden be erased and that he be informed. Probably the
corresponding secretary, at that time Seth Montagu, hesitated as Hicks
had done. At any rate, on September 2, 1868, Dr. T. H. Pritchard, well
beloved and most eloquent, was present and with his winning words
led the Society from its purpose of expelling the undesirables. Later
Holden was reelected, and it is probable that he never knew of his
former expulsion.
The first celebration of the Anniversary of the Literary Societies
after the War was on February 14, 1868. The exercises at that time
consisted chiefly of the orations, by representatives of the Societies,
one from each Society. On this occasion Mr. J. T. Westcott of
Smithville (now Southport), spoke for the Euzelians, and Mr. F. W.
Pennington of Alabama for the other Society. In his introduction Mr.
Westcott called the names of those who had lost their lives in the War
period, with some short encomium of each, while Mr. Pennington
referred to the death and career of "the great and good Dr. Wait," not
without pride. In other respects the celebration was like those of ante-
bellum days. "The array of beauty and intelligence was equally
striking, and the interest of students and lookers-on was not at all
behind that of former years."13
In 1869, the orators were R. S. Prichard of Wilmington and A. H.
Hicks of Nashville, Tennessee; in 1870, R. E. Royall of Wake Forest
and C. M. Seawell of Carthage. The speeches of all four are to be
found in full in the report of the occasions in the Biblical Recorder.
All are of considerable length; none of them could have been
delivered in less than a half-hour; all are well constructed and in
impeccable English. The outlook of all was towards the future and
optimistic. The speakers felt that they were "in the midst of a
revolution, not merely of arms, but of ideas, of sentiment, of
government" (Hicks), and that they were called upon to see that the
South should emerge triumphant and pro-
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13 Biblical Recorder, February 19, 1868.
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