Address to the public. / [caption title over the first column, followed by four columns of closely printed text]. Signed in type at the end "Levi Wales, / Secretary Board of Trustees."

[Natchez, MS?]: Jefferson College Trustees, 1839. Printed broadside, 13 x 15 3/4 inches. After reorganization, the college announces that it is once more ready to receive students, giving a mission statement, courses of study, a faculty list, tuition fees, etc. Jefferson College, in Washington, Mississippi, just north of Natchez, opened in 1811, the first college in the Mississippi Territory. In the text of this broadside one can clearly see the elements that would bring the Civil War to fruition. The first two columns are chiefly devoted to a description of the faculty and their skills, put in place upon the reorganization of the school. In place of gymnastics a daily military drill was to be substituted; a military police "for the preservation of good order and regularity" was to be established. Provision is made for the free admission of one student from each county in the state. The third column deals chiefly with the need to keep students in their home state: "At this very moment, a formidable contest has commenced between the North and the South, from the possible results of which the eye of the patriot instinctively revolts....it surely becomes us to preserve our children from any influence that might mislead their judgment or weaken their patriotism. To do this effectually we must keep them at home!.... "Send your sons to other States where they are released from social bonds, you not only cut off these powerful incentives to emulation but you do more and worse, you weaken or detach the growing virtues of the heart...You estrange them from their native land....". Hummel 1088 (Duke). OCLC locates four copies (New Orleans, Miss. State, Texas-Austin, Southern Miss.). Central vertical fold, a very good copy. Item #64753

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