The University's first seal

The Senate appointed a sub-committee on 3 March 1851 to propose a device for a corporate seal.

Senate Minutes 3 March 1851

A month later the governing body adopted, with "certain alterations", a design submitted by Marshall Claxton to which it added the motto "Virtutem Doctrina Paret" (Let Teaching Promote Excellence), taken from the design of the runner up.

Senate Minutes 10 April 1851

The winning design featured a seated female figure, representing the Spirit of Learning. She held out a laurel wreath over the kneeling figure of a boy, portraying youth. A Common seal was engraved with this design.

The first seal