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James Adger Smyth papers

Identifier: Mss 0034-069

Collection Overview

The collection consists of the handwritten text of two speeches delivered by Smyth at the College of Charleston. The first speech is titled "Public Opinion," and was given at the college on March 6th, 1857. In it, Smyth describes the power of public opinion to shape the actions of governments. The second speech is Smyth's valedictorian address. The works were donated to the College of Charleston by William H. Cross, a graduate of the college in 1925. The papers also include a letter from Cross explaining the contents of the speeches and donating them to the college.


  • 1857-1858


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

James Adger Smyth was a Charleston businessman and was the valedictorian of the College of Charleston in 1858. He was also a member of Company A of the 25th South Carolina Infantry in 1862.


1 folder (3 items) ; 20-27 cm.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by William H. Cross.

Inventory of the James Adger Smyth Papers, 1857-1858
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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Repository Details

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