town [Chapel Hill] being the only seat of learning immediately under
the patronage of the public, possessing the advantages of a central
situation, on some of the most public roads in the state, in a plentiful
country and excelled by few places in the world, either for beauty of
situation or salubrity of air, promises, with all moral certainty, to
be a place of growing and permanent importance."
-- William Richardson
Davie, "Father of the University," 1793
William D. Snider, Light on the Hill: A History
of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill:
University of North Carolina Press, 1992, p. 16.
Image source: Kemp P. Battle, History of the University of North Carolina, Volume I. Raleigh: Edwards & Broughton, 1907. Frontispiece. Scanned by Documenting the American South.