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[Source Description: 22 October 1851. David L. Swain to Charles Manly. University of North Carolina Papers (#40005), University Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.]

Chapel Hill, 22 Oct. 1851

My Dear Sir,

When I last saw you I intimated the opinion, that we would be compelled to adopt measures to insure a sufficient supply of firewood and counteract the [desperation manifested] around to extort unreasonable prices from the young men. I suggested the propriety of authorizing the bursar to employ college servants during the vacation and at other times, when unemployed in the campus in cutting old, decayed, and decaying trees from our own lands, and supplying the students to such an extent as to give tone to the market, with corded wood at reasonable prices. You are aware that frequent trespasses have been and are constantly being committed by adjoining proprietors and squatters, against which scarcely any vigilance can protect us. It seems to me that we had better sell wood to students at fair prices, than suffer it to be carried off by plunderers. I incline to the opinion that we may very properly cut all the timber within a few feet of our line, around

the entire tract, with the exception of marked line trees, and trees designated at boundary which no one can pretend to pass by mistake.

Yours very sincerely,

D. L. Swain

Gov. Manly

Gov Swain on Fire Wood