From Perspectives: A Williams Anthology, edited by Frederick Rudolph ’42.

By any contemporary understanding of the meaning of privacy and privileged information, the Williams Collegedisplinary record of William Lowndes Yancey, Non-graduate in the Class of 1833, is revealed here in violation of Yancey’s human rights. […]

  • 2/23/31 – Resolved that Yancey be fined a dollar [$25.00-ish considering inflation] & recieve his first warning, for going out of town without leave, for getting intoxicated, & for using profane language.
  • 3/9/31 – Yancey was fined five dollars for playing cards.
  • 4/13/31 – Yancey was fined fifty cents for breaking glass.
  • 4/20/31 – Yancey, for disturning a religious meeting last Sabbath evening, & for getting intoxicated on Monday, was suspended till the commencement of the next fall term.

There’s more in the book, but this should give you an idea of Mr. Yancey’s relationship with Williams. He later returned, left after incurring fines for missing prayers, returned again, and then left once more for South Carolina.

Why does this matter? Well, our misbegotten Eph was to become “William Lowndes Yancey, an American leader of the Southern secession movement. Williams Professor Charles Keller hypothesized the “Griffin Hall” theory of the Civil War, because if Yancey had not left Williams, it is entirely conceivable that American history in this time could have unfolded entirely differently.

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