Excerpt from The North Carolina University Magazine: Vols. Vi-VII; March, 1857-April, 1858
At this early stage of your progress in life, and the still earlier stage of your progress in learning, it occurred to me that I could select no subject more appropriate for me in my station, or more in accordance with the primary design of this institution, or morepro fitable to you, than the necessity of the early adoption of right principles. By the term principles is often meant, ao cording to our dictionaries, and com mon usage too, the elements of which any thing is composed: as when we Speak of the principles of matter, we mean those simple or elementary sub stances of which it consists; and per haps this idea goes with the term through all the connections in which it is used, but modified, of course, according to the na ture of the subject to which it is applied.
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