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"The seat of the University was next sought for, and the public
eye selected Chapel Hill--a lovely situation--in the center of the
state--at a convenient distance from the Capital--in a healthy and
fertile neighborhood. May this hill be for religion as the ancient
hill of Zion; and for literature and the muses, may it surpass the
ancient Parnassus! We this day enjoy the pleasure of seeing the cornerstone
of the University, its foundations, its materials and the architect
for the building; and we hope ere long to see its stately walls and
spire ascending to their summit. Ere long we hope to see it adorned
with an elegant village, accommodated with all the necessaries and
conveniences of civilized society."
-- Samuel E. McCorkle,
address to trustees and spectators at the laying of the cornerstone
of Old East, October 12, 1793
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. 22-23.
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