institution has been in operation for twenty years, and has been eminently
useful to the state. It has contributed, perhaps, more than any other
cause, to diffuse a taste for reading among the people, and excite
a spirit of liberal improvement; it has contributed to change our
manners and elevate our character; it has given to society many useful
members; not only in the liberal professions, but in the walks of
private life . . .."
-- Archibald D.
Murphey in his "Report on Education Submitted to the Legislature
of North Carolina, 1817."
D. Murphey, "Report on Education Submitted to the Legislature
of North Carolina, 1817." In The Papers of Archibald D. Murphey,
ed. William Henry Hoyt. Volume two. Raleigh: North Carolina Historical
Commission, 1914, p. 73.
Image source: Archibald De Bow Murphey. Engraving by John Sartain. In Samuel Ashe, Biographical History of North Carolina. Greensboro: Charles L. Van Noppen, 1906. Vol. 14, following p. 340.