[Note: the "college edifice" is today's Old Centre]
Danville March 4, 1820
At a meeting of a Board of Trustees of the Centre College of Kentucky, present John Boyle, William Craig, Thomas Montgomery, Joseph McDowell, Edward Worthington, Jeremiah Briscoe, John Green, Jeremiah Fisher, Ephraim McDowell, David G. Cowan, James Barbour. The Honorable John Boyle was appointed Chairman pro tem.
Ordered that Joseph McDowell, Edward Worthington, and David G. Cowan be, and they are hereby appointed, a committee to make a settlement with the trustees of the town of Danville, and ascertain what sum has been paid by the latter to the Treasurer of the Centre College, and how much remains unpaid of the several sums due for a part of the public square [Constitution Square], the proceeds whereof have been appropriated for the benefit of the said Centre College, and make report to the next Board.
James Birney, a member, appeared and took his seat.
Ordered that the committee heretofore appointed to receive a deed from [John] Cochran and wife be empowered to rescind the contract with him so far as relates to the
extension of the Main and Back [Walnut] streets of Danville, and purchase from him the strip of ground extending between the College lot and Presbyterian Church yard [College Street], from the main road to the south east corner of the College lot - said committee are hereby authorized to draw on the Treasurer for the sum necessary for paying for said ground when purchased.
Ordered that the Treasurer be authorized to pay the sum of two dollars and fifty cents to printers for advertising notice to mechanics to build College edifice. [Old Centre]
Resolved that the salary of a professor of mathematics, who shall also perform the duty of president pro tem, be $1,200 per annum. The Rev. James McChord was then unanimously elected Professor of Mathematics, and it is ordered that his appointment be communicated to him by the Chairman of the Board.
Ordered that Ephraim McDowell, Edward Worthington, Jeremiah Fisher, and James Barbour be a committee to settle the amounts of the Treasurer and collectors heretofore appointed and report to the next Board.
Ordered that the committee appointed to make a settlement with the trustees the town of Danville make out a detailed statement of all the funds and effects belonging to this institution and report to the next Board.
Ordered that the collectors of debts due to this institution be authorized to receive in payment stock of the Bank of Kentucky at a rate not exceeding $90 for each share.
Ordered that the Treasurer of this Board pay the amount of a note drawn by John Green payee at the Danville Branch Bank for $500, which was borrowed for the benefit of this institution, so soon as he may have funds in his hands which can be spared for that purpose, and that if said note shall require to be renewed in bank, the treasurer as such will renew the same.
Ordered that the Board be adjourned to meet again at this place on the Friday succeeding the first Monday in April next.
John Boyle, David C. Cowan, Clerk
Friday August 11, 1820
At a meeting of the Trustees of the Centre College of Kentucky, present Isaac Shelby, Chairman, John Boyle, William Owsley, Thomas Montgomery, Samuel McKee, William Craig, John Green, Samuel K. Nelson, James Birney, Edward Worthington, Joseph McDowell, Ephraim McDowell, James Barbour, David G. Cowan.
The committee appointed to settle with the trustees of the town of Danville beg leave to report that they have performed the duty assigned and beg leave to report that this Board is indebted to the town as per account herewith in the sum of $61.50, all which is respectfully submitted.
Edward Worthington, Ephraim McDowell, David G. Cowan, August 11, 1820
which account is as follows:
|Trustees of Danville in Account with Centre College of Kentucky|
Amount Sales of Public Ground
|$5,029.92||By T. T. Carrison's note||$1,161.00|
|By James G. Birney's note||$675.00|
Amount 1/2 proceeds of 2nd sale
|$666.00||By Robert Davenports's note||$567.00|
|By Gray and Stewart's note||$546.00|
|By William A. McDowell's note||$561.00|
|By J. Gailey's note||$1,519.92|
|By David Bell's 2 notes||$393.00|
|By Jeremiah Fisher's 2 notes||$167.75|
|By Willis Curd's note||$168.75|
|By Balance due Trustees of Town||$61.50|
We, Joseph McDowell, David G. Cowan, and Edward Worthington, Committee of the Centre College of Kentucky, and Benjamin H. Perkins, William Miller, and Michael G. Youce, Trustees of the Town of Danville, do certify we believe the foregoing account to be accurate and just, given under our hand this 16 day of May 1820.
Joseph McDowell, David G. Cowan, Edward Worthington
The committees appointed to settle with the Treasurer and collectors have further time to report.
Information of the death of the Rev. James McChord, professor elect in this institution
was received, whereupon ordered that the committee heretofore appointed to select a suitable person as professor of mathematics resume their duties.
The Board proceeded to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation now handed in of Barnabas McHenry when Robert B. McAfee was unanimously elected, and it ordered that the secretary inform him of the same.
The committee appointed to arrange with John Cochran respecting the contract for opening certain streets reported a contract they had entered into with him upon that subject, which was approved by the Board.
Ordered that the Building Committee be authorized to receive the College edifice [Old Centre] from the contractor, and also to permit it to be occupied for the present as a grammar school by Mr. Maury, and that
they be further authorized to cause to be erected a suitable necessary upon the College lot and draw upon the treasurer for the cost of the same.
Ordered that the Board be adjourned to meet again on the Saturday succeeding the 2nd Monday in September next.
James Birney, Clerk pro tem