HisTory of Few Society.
Wl I H the realization of the fact that an organization for polemic associa¬
tion is of untold benefit to students, particularly in a literary institution,
a portion of the students of Emory College, during its infancy, established
the Fhi Gamma Literary Society. The increasing number of members and the
widespread popularity of the new feature soon caused the society to be too
large and unwieldly and it was evident that two societies of such a nature were
needed and that another should be organized. Therefore, several members of
Phi Gamma formed themselves into anew association, which" in deference to
the illustrious name and eminent virtues of the first president of Emory College"
was named the Few Society.
The first meeting was held on August 10th, 1839, and from that time the
society has always been of great value to those who have improved the oppor¬
tunities it has afforded, aiding in their mental development and affording prac¬
tice in oratory and debate.
The early minutes show an unusual interest in the debates and give evidence
of the fact that during the past youths have waxed warm in stressing their points.
The original meetings of the society were held in the old Day Chapel, which
served very well as a gathering place at that time. Realizing, however, that
their plans and purposes could only be carried out by having a building of their
own, steps were taken in that direction and now Few Hall stands as a monument
to those who succeeded in building and paying for it.
The Civil War caused the only interruption of the work of the society since
its organization. During that bloody conflict the hall no longer resounded with
the thundering voices of young orators but instead could be heard the groans of
dying men wounded in battle, for it had been converted into a hospital. Mr.
Roberts and Rev. Charles Lane, however, survived the hardships and difficulties
as they came up and when all was once more calm and peaceful, managed to
place Few on a surer and more certain foundation.
The regular meetings of the society are now held every Monday morning,
beginning at nine o'clock, and are conducted in an orderly and parliamentary
manner so as to be of the greatest help and improvement to its members.
There are over 2,000 names on the matriculation book, among which are
distinguished statesmen, lawyers, preachers, teachers and men of affairs, who
are not only an honor to the society but to Emory College.
Few Society has always had as its highest purpose "the promotion of Virtue
and Patriotism, the cultivation of the forensic powers and for the sake of general
improvement in science and literature." That these ends have, to a great extent,
been accomplished is attested by the fact that hundreds of Few's sons have
testified of the great help they have received from the society and the benefit
it afforded, afterwards, in the busy scenes of life.
ROBERT M. ARNOLD.