Letter, 22 March 1838, (Columbia, S.C.) from| Manuscripts Gifts 2007 | Front Page 2007 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
Stephen Elliott Jr. to James R. Pringle
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Letter, 22 March 1838, of Stephen Elliott, Jr., Columbia, South Carolina, to James R. Pringle, Charleston, South Carolina, documents the transfer of funds from South Carolina College, through Pringle, to an individual in London for the purchase of books for the college library and updates Pringle on the academic progress of his son, Julius St. Julian Pringle. | Manuscripts Gifts 2007 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
Elliott, who at this time was serving as Professor of Sacred Literature and Evidences of Christianity, notes that he has enclosed four thousand dollars "for purchase of Books for a library," and that the college officers were "anxious to place these funds to our Credit in London, while Exchange is at its present favorable rate."
College records indicate that in 1838 the South Carolina legislature began an annual appropriation of two thousand dollars, earmarked specifically for the purchase of books for the college library, which the college supplemented with tuition fees. In 1839 the institution spent four thousand dollars, mainly in Europe, on the acquisition of materials to enhance the library's holdings. In a personal aside, Elliott, informed Pringle that he had just been to his son's room in "one of our New Colleges," and that Julius looked "extremely well." However, Elliott worried that he was "not as hard a student as he ought to be," though he was "doing better than he was two or three months back."