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Title: Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, July 24, 1843: 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. 16K
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, Caitlin R. Donnelly 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, July 24, 1843
Author: Thos Ruffin Jr
Description: 3 pages, 4 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 , July 24, 1843
Ruffin, Thomas, Jr.



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Chapel Hill July 24th 1843

Dear Father !

Knowing, as I did, that you would be desirous to hear of our situations in college, I should surely have written ere this, had not circumstances prevented my so doing. I suppose that you heard, from Dr Brodnax, that I was unwell whilst he was here. My indisposition continued for several days & indeed I have not entirely recovered yet, though I am better by a good deal. But I was so fortunate as not to miss any of my requisite duties. for we arrived before the commencement of the session, by two days & by that time I had improved so much as to be able to attend prayers. though not without some pain & contrary to Dr Jones injunctions.
George & myself have a room together. It is quite a good room, just under that of Tutor Graves. James & Rufus Smith took a room togather, but unfortunately Rufus was compelled to return home. after two day's confinement. from ill health. He expressed a great reluctance to leave & I think, would have remained even at the expense of his health, had not

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his friends persuaded him to venture home. as it was his father's wish that he should do, in case, his heath was at all affected.
The number of students has increased some what since last session & the new numbers are quite an addition. as a large number of them joined high classes.
The faculty, by permission of the Trustees, have returned to us the Saturday Mornings, in pursuance with a partition sent them. from the two Societies.
Dr Mitchell has had an interview with me this session & stated that it was his intention. not to take any boarders after this session. I infered from this, that he had taken some exceptions to my conduct & accordingly I told him that since that was the case, I was willing to with draw at present, but he gave me perfect assurance that this was not the case & expressed a desire that I should remain with him. so long as he continued to keep boarders, which I did accordingly. He stated as his reason for quiting, that he knew it was wrong for him to have young men as boarders. To what he infered I do not know, but think that he has heard of all his boarders requesting permission to leave his house. which was the case & all except two, besides myself, have left them & one of those has written home asking leave to quit now. George McNeil has left him. Dr

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Mitchell stated to me that he did not care for James's having left him, but that George fail to treat him rightly. in not giving him previous notice the consequence being that he had made arrangements to take him, which George was bound to comply with.
I heard from home to-day by Chany, who came down on yesterday. She stated that all were well. She intends leaving on tomorrow for Hillsborough where she has permission to remain untill Saturday next.
James received a letter from his father by the last mail. He expects to pay us a visit some time during this week.
I suppose that you have heard of the [unrecovered] of Mr Cad, Jones' child.
Give my best respects to Mrs Taylor & to Judge Cameron & family, if you please.
We all join in love to you

Beleive me to be your affectionate Son

Thos Ruffin Jr


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