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Title: Letter from James Johnston Pettigrew to Ebenezer Pettigrew, February 8, 1846: Electronic Edition.
Author: Pettigrew, James Johnston, 1828-1863
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
Size of electronic edition: ca. 10K
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:
2005-07-25, Brian Dietz finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: Pettigrew Family Papers (#592), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from James Johnston Pettigrew to Ebenezer Pettigrew, February 8, 1846
Author: J. Johnston Pettigrew
Description: 3 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 592 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from James Johnston Pettigrew to Ebenezer Pettigrew , February 8, 1846
Pettigrew, James Johnston, 1828-1863



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Chapel Hill Feb. 8th '46

Dear Pa,

Although it is so early in the session, I presume it will not be out of place to make a statement of the clothes I shall want, more especially since my wardrobe is nearly exhausted. The present underclothes, are the ones I had when I left Hillsboro, with the exception of four bosoms and collars, which I bought two years ago. Most of these, that is to say, shirts, drawers, stockings, collars handkerchiefs, & cravats, are either worn out or have become too small. The same is the case with my outer clothes, with the exception the two pairs of pantaloons, which were purchased at Raleigh last summer, and are rather too small by this time. In the article of shirts, I am almost entirely deficient. My present cap has lasted two winters, and Sister Mary can inform you with regard to its shabby appearance during the vacation. This I mention, merely to show, that I am not disposed to be extravagant in my dress. The following is a list which

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I have made out of my probable wants. I have only one coat for winter, so that it will be better to get another for Commencem't.
    One Coat,
    One pair of Pantaloons,
    Two vests, (I am entirely out of vests, also,)
    One hat,
    Shirts,
    Drawers,
    Stockings,
    Two or three handkerchiefs,
    One or two cravats,
    Shoes.
There is in addition to these another want, which may appear very trifling, but which in my situation is absolutely necessary as a Marshal for Commencement, namely, a cane. Judging the price of these articles from my clothes last summer and the summer before, the amount will probably be $70 or $80, a very large sum, but I do not see how it is to be avoided, without an appearance, which I would not wish to show.
There is a report here, that a duel has been fought between Dr. Daniel Johnson and Mr. Jones, who married Tom Devereux's daughter, which resulted in the instantaneous death of the former. The duel originated a private matter. We do not

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know here whether the report be true or not.
Please give my love to Sister Mary, cousin Mary brother Charles , brother William .
And believe me to be

Your affect. Son

J. Johnston Pettigrew


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