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Title: Letter from Robert Donaldson to David L. Swain, December 6, 1845: Electronic Edition.
Author: Donaldson, Robert, Jr., 1800-1872
Funding from the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supported the electronic publication of this title.
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First Edition, 2005
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Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2005
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Languages used in the text: English
Revision history:
2005-08-03, Brian Dietz finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: David L. Swain Papers (#706), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Robert Donaldson to David L. Swain, December 6, 1845
Author: Robert Donaldson
Description: 3 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 706 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Robert Donaldson to David L. Swain , December 6, 1845
Donaldson, Robert, Jr., 1800-1872



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Red Hook Dec 6th 1845

My Dear Sir

Yours of the 8th Ult was received in due course of mail. During my short stay in the City on my return I called at Thorburne's seed store & described the kind of gardener you require and they will be on the look out for one. But next month & the month after is the usual period for applications of that kind. I have written since I received your letter to my Brother to Mr James Donaldson , & requested him to engage a suitable gardener for you & to communicate with you on the subject.
As a preliminary movement, to the "Botanic Garden & Model Farm," would it not be well to get up an "Agricultural Society at Chapel Hill? — to be composed of the villagers, who have farms, or neighboring planters & the members of the Faculty and students who may feel inclined to unite

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for the purpose. Let some of the acres of the old Stewards Hall field, be used to try experiments in manures, tillage, seeds &c under the direction of the gardener & appoint some day in the season, when the most remarkable fruits, vegetables & animals shall be exhibited in the village & a suitable address made.
President Polk will, I've no doubt, send from the Patent Office in Washington the rare & valuable seeds which are annually distributed there.
Thus an additional source of pleasant interest will be made to the other attractions of your village, & the surrounding country be benefited. If James Taylor could be connected with the College he would in a short time be very useful in that & similar things.
Say to Prof Green , that I am glad to here that his health is restored.

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The Family & Friends of the late Judge Gaston are anxious to collect, whilst it can be done, materials for a biographical sketch to be published with engravings of his portrait & bust (by Hughes )1 and a few of his speeches & addresses and such of his letters as will be proper.
I know that it will afford you pleasure to contribute to this object & will you at some leisure moment inform me what materials are within your reach (besides the Obituary notices) either speeches, letters, or facts — indeed I should be pleased if you will write out, that it may be embodied in the work, your impressions of him.
What gentlemen in No Ca are most probably in possession of letters &c of Judge Gastons ?
Present my compliments in the kindest manner to Mrs. Swain & believe me

Yours very truly & respectfully

Robert Donaldson

Gov. Swain


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Endnotes:

1. Hughes created only a plaster version of the bust of William Gaston , not the marble version that was commissioned.