18 May 1861: “The difficulties of these times…”

Item description:  In this letter, UNC President David Swain alerts Graham that the school’s University Magazine would suspend its publication, due in large part to the increasingly low numbers of student staffers. Swain also urges Graham to appeal to state law.  


Item citation: From folder 196 in the William A. Graham #285, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

More about this item: Initially established in 1844, the University Magazine served as a monthly literary journal composed by members of the senior class. The Magazine ended after its inaugural year, but efforts to revive the journal met success in 1852. By the spring of 1861 however, mobilization efforts for the war led to a steady decline of the student body and student writers. For further research on the University Magazine, see North Carolina University Magazine Records #40171University Archives, volume 1 and “Prospectus for the North Carolina University Magazine, May 16, 1859,” located on Documenting the American South.

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