Charles D. Poston, 1825-1902, was an Arizona pioneer and in 1864 became the first Arizona delegate to Congress. In 1884, he founded the Society of Arizona Pioneers, later the Arizona Historical Society.
Unbound holographic volume, in ink, containing two groups of lectures: Part I, "On learning," and Part II, "On religion." The first page contains a dedication to the Regents of the University of Arizona, and is signed by Poston, Washington D.C., January 1, 1890. The lectures were written as advice to students at the University of Arizona. They set forth Poston's visions and opinions regarding the function of higher education, and the separation of church and state. A complete photocopy of the manuscript is also present.