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Blake advises his brother to improve his writing. He is studying diligently and was elected to the rank of first lieutenant in the new volunteer militia students have formed.
I have read with indescribable satisfaction the several supplements
received from you, often have they checked the sigh of despondency (as it was
wont to escape my dejected bosom,) and
expelled exhilerated my spirits to an estatic summit. Yet
And Rest assured that to write
handsomely and correctly will be in some measure a great surety in after life,
with a little care you have it in your power to acquire both. Endowed by
omnipotence with understanding, Blest with opportunities3
sufficient, your numerous friends are stretching [out their] arms to assist
you, and though they have not themselves made great progress in the paths of
science and fame, yet their every exertion is used to get you on the grou[n]d
they occupy, and then give you a shove
and send you, scale the mount and seize the crown,—The
anxiety which I feel in your welfare has caused me to write thus plain to you,
When I see you in an error, concience would forbids me pass[ing] it [in] silence, when I behold a
want of counsel, affection breaks the bands of restraint and bursts forth in
that a pure and fraternal strain, Cold indeed would be the heart of that
brother which acts otherwise,
It is but at intervals that I can write, for I have not absolutely
one half hour in the day, except as pass to meals, The hour for recreation from
eleven to twelve. This I employ in study and leave it for others to be hooping
in the bandy field, and growling at the battery,5 I
never have studied half as hard in my life, and this I do from a feeling sense
of the oblagations, which I am under to myself, beloved parents, and country,
morrow, but even after the glimmering rays of the candle had ceased to
dazzle my drooping eyes, the clock tolling the midnight hour, would find
oC a T 25," in the center. A second hand has
written the amount of postage, "12 1/2" cents, in the upper right
corner. In the lower left corner,
i of the word on
top of a second f.
ies on top of
5. Bandy, called "hockey" in
The uprising led to stricter laws
governing slaves and ended support for the abolition movement in the
8. A "snap" was an excused absence from class granted to students by a faculty member. When students "snapped" or "cut" class on their own, the absence was not excused.