The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: April 27

Hampden-Sidney, April 16, 1776.
THE Students at the Academy increase so fast, that I cannot pretend to furnish Beds for any considerable Number more. Those Gentlemen who send their Sons hereafter will do me, and perhaps themselves, a Favour by sending Beds with them. It can be no great Trouble to them, if two Gentlemen will agree to send their Children together, to furnish and convey a Bed at their common Expence. I find it will be too chargeable for me to provide this Article at the Rate I have hitherto done, as young Persons are less disposed to be careful of the Property of another than of their own. PHIL. HOLCOMBE, Steward

Virginia gazette (Dixon& Hunter) April 27, 1776

About this entry:

Hampden-Sidney Academy was incorporated as a college in 1783. When the academy was founded in 1775 it was modelled after Princeton and all of the teachers were Princeton graduates. Patrick Henry and James Madison were among the first trustees of the new college. This entry in the Virginia Gazette is a subtle comment on the behavior of students, behavior that has not changed over the years.

Sources: VMHB

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