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Title: Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, February 21, 1842: Electronic Edition.
Author: Ruffin, Thomas Jr.
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, 2007
Size of electronic edition: ca. 12K
Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2007
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Languages used in the text: English
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2007-02-09, Stephanie Adamson finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: Thomas Ruffin Papers (#641), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, February 21, 1842
Author: Thomas Ruffin
Description: 2 pages, 3 page images
Note: Call number 641 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin , February 21, 1842
Ruffin, Thomas Jr.



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Chapel Hill Fe 21st 1842

Dear father

I have delayed writing to you this long in order to find out what books we will want to use this session, so that you could procure them for me I learn from Mr Graves that we will want Butlers ancient atlas & Days Mathematics. You will please to send them as soon as possible, for we will have to use one of them this week.
I received a letter from Patty last week saying that Mama was quite unwell & I answered it on last Saturday by November.1 We will have holiday on teusday & I fear there will be a great deal of dringking, but I have joined the temprance society & of course will not think of touching liquor.
There is more gambling &drinking done this session than has been done in all the time, which I have been in college, & it will not be long before there is a great row in college, for there is more complaints about the rigor, & a greater disposition to resist the power, of the faculty than I ever knew.
You stated you wished to know who my room-mate was at the first of the session I roomed with a Mr Campbell from Alabama , but he being a senior & having nothin to do at night, for they have no recitations before breakfast, I could not study so well as with one of my own class, so I moved into a higher room with Mr Busbee

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for which you will I hope forgive me, when you hear my reason for so doing. He is my only friend & from him I have no secret or he from me & he wished to study this session but could not on account of his room mate, who was a wild & dissapated boy & besides all that by my rooming with him I caused him to join the temprance society. therefore I thought you would consent to my doing so.
I received a letter from J. Brodman last week, he & Bob are very much pleased with Williamsburg Mrs Mitchel gave me a lecture on temprance society this morning & related all the scenes, which she ever knew to occur on the 22nd of Feb, some of which were quite interesting. Miss Mary M. has been quite sick but has nearly well.
I heard of the arrival of one Mr, J,B, Roulhac, There is no more news here & it is nearly time for recitation I have been absent once more from prayers, for the wind blew so very hard that neither my roommate or I could hear the bell.

I remain your affectionate Son

Thomas Ruffin


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Endnotes:

Possibly the slave Davidge [1791-1872], also known as "Dr. November," who was the carriage driver for Dr. Joseph Caldwell .