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Thomson describes for his father a watermelon feast called the "Fresh Treat," his election as secretary of the Dialectic Society, his anticipated grades, and conversations with Gov. David Swain.
Your last came to hand on the fourth of August.– I was unavoidably delayed one mail in answering it.– & even now I am rather encroaching on my hours of rest, but I do not regard that in the least as long as I can please you, by keeping regular.
I allways feel a better boy, when a letter is recieved from you
& read. Many are the times, I become careless about my studies &
affairs generally, but a letter from you never fails to set me again on the
right path. Always keep this in view, when writing, for to be so long without
seeing Home & Home folks & without coming under Home influences is
enough to cause the best to become lax at times. A boy should see as much of
Home, as is possible, during the few short years, it may last. It can but be a
in some instances
at least, to send a son off, for a series of years, to be
absent. I have seen some of the evils of the practice, since I have been here.
The theory of a young man's learning to depend on
himself early, may be good to talk about &
philosophize upon, but it cant succeed in practice. Never weaken the Love of Home, while one
The day on which I recieved your letter was my
nineteenth birth day, the
first I ever spent away from my birth place—It
is, I fear,
I did not have much chance for reflection on last Saturday, for
that was the day of the "Fresh Treat", and I was a member of the
Committee who were appointed to superintend—We contracted for about eight
hundred (800) melons, at one hundred & forty ($140
00) dollars, which money was collected from the
"Newies". It is a great festal day. Every body turns out, with
capacious bags & c & c to get all the melons he can, for it is a great
game—Some getting forty & fifty others, none at all—with
numberless bruises & hurts, & c The
Committee do not engage in the struggle, but have twenty apiece of the largest,
placed in a seperate wagon, & hauled to their Rooms. Next Year our
Committee get profit as well as
honor, to be one of the favored ones. I have been
engaged on every Committee our Class, has appointed yet, & though the
office, itself, is
Since I removed my lodging to College, I have been honored with
almost daily visits, from
I never take any interest in
You told me to get a
With reference to my grade of scholarship, I expect to raise one
grade on Latin &
about the same. Compositions will be required of us
once in three weeks, during the Soph. I cant tell what grade I'll take on that
but will do what I can.
to Next Session with great
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