first impression of enlightened strangers [of the university] is uniformly
favorable, but when we show them our library and inform them that
we have little or no philosophical apparatus, we sink even more than
is reasonable in their estimation.”
-- Elisha Mitchell,
Professor of Mathematics and Natural History at the University of
North Carolina, 1824
Source: Kemp Plummer
Battle, History of the University of North Carolina. Volume I:
From Its Beginnings to the Death of President Swain, 1789-1868.
Raleigh: Edwards & Broughton, 1907, p. 281.
Image source: A Memoir of the Rev. Elisha Mitchell, D. D., Late Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy & Geology in the University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill: J.M. Henderson, Printer to the University, 1858. Frontispiece.