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Prof. Mitchell, having just arrived in Chapel Hill, NC, describes the town and surrounding countryside to his fiancée.
It is 4 weeks this evening since I arrived in
alt and altho it is past eleven—my
bed time I cannot deny myself the pleasure of just commencing a letter which I
must finish to morrow. 4 weeks will have elapsed to morrow-morning since
you I bade you farewell and 5 or 6 will
have elapsed previous to your recieving any thing from me—How many times
[shall] you have thought of me during that period? I am seated by the fire in a
chamber of the house which if our lives are spared and I am enabled to succeed
as a teacher of the Mathematics in this college—which you are one day to
occupy as your residence—I have finished of t
in a place; spent mostly in studies about triangles and ratios will not enable
one to make any profound observations upon the inhabitants. You know from the
There are now residing in the house Capt Hogg3 an
and one of whom is the professor of languages also a pleasant
man. He had the misfortune while young
[unrecovered] splint bottoms and the largest looking glass for
sale in the village was not more than a quarter as large as the page on which I
am writing. The houses are not well furnished. I presume there are not more
than 3 or 4 carpets in the place. At the place where I board we have cof[fee
whea]t biscuit and bacon either cold or warm—at noon bacon, fowls corn
bread and hominy– also cab[bage]—The
will not grow well here—for supper we have wheat biscuit and coffee. The
labour is done almost exclusively by servants—The business of the ladies
of course is to scold.– The young men in the college are studious and far
more regular than I expected to find them. I am pleased at present with the
situation—How long I shall continue here
th} Paid 50 Double." At the
left margin is written in another hand " About the
Hill house." Below the fold making up the envelope another
2. At this point in his letter,
Chapel Hill 4
Sneed, as if to make the characters below the line more
legible than those on the line.
6. According to
In the family room stood a press with glass doors, on the top
shelf of which
7. In 1819 thirty students lived in
8. "bon ton": a good tone or fashionable manner.