|Creator:||Waddel, Moses, 1770-1840|
|Title:||Moses Waddel speech|
|Dates:||1822 August 7|
Dr. Moses Waddel was born in Rowan County, North Carolina in 1770 and died in Athens, Georgia in 1840. He was an educator, clergyman, and president of the University of Georgia 1819-1829.
A handwritten speech delivered by Moses Waddel to his graduating senior class at the University of Georgia on August 7, 1822. Dr. Waddel wrote: "...before you pass the threshold of public life, I would suggest to you a few rules, the observance of which will infallibly conduce to your public usefulness and personal happiness...make daily improvements in the acquisition of useful knowledge...in order to attain eminence in every useful and laudable pursuit, diligence and industrious application are absolutely necessary...punctilious attention to the fulfilment of promise... To respect and desire the good opinion of our fellow men is a duty incumbent upon all...your Creator requires your supreme affection, your reverential homage, and your filial confidence."
Moses Waddel speech, ms 2940. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.