“N. C. University,” Fayetteville (NC) Observer, October 13, 1856, p. 3: 3.
Fayetteville Semi Weekly Observer
N. C. University
Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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N. C. UNIVERSITY. – There is considerable excitement at and concerning the University, at present. A sort of Professor, there, has avowed himself to be a Fremont man. His name is Hedrick, a native of Davidson county, N. C. (probably of Quaker connection.) He is a graduate of that Institution, and quite a young man. Since his strange avowal, he has been burnt in effigy in the College Campus by the Students, the bell being tolled during the process. A meeting of the Faculty, also, has been held, fourteen in number, by whom, after a few remarks by President Swain, resolutions disapproving of Mr. Hedrick’s course were adopted, 12 to 1 – Mr. Hedrick not voting, and Mr. Herrisse voting nay, “simply on the ground that the Faculty is neither charged with black republicanism, nor likely to be suspected of it.”
We have not heretofore noticed this matter, though we have felt as every other citizen of the State must feel, astonished and indignant that a man entertaining such political views should hold any place, even that of boot-black, in the University of North Carolina. We have not noticed it because we had no desire to assist in converting Mr. Hedrick into a martyr, over whom the fanatics at the North might raise another miserable howl. We hoped he would be allowed quietly to resign, or failing to do so, that he would be quietly dismissed by the Executive Committee of the Trustees. The subject has obtained too much notoriety, however, and Mr. Hedrick will doubtless thereby secure all he wants – a better place in some fanatical institution. As the Standard says, “Every act, holding him up to public scorn, will only tend to his advantage and advancement among his black Republican associates of the free State.” It is to be regretted, therefore, that the subject got into the papers at all; and the sooner it ceases to figure there, the better.