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Title: Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, January 13, 1844: 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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2007-02-13, 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, January 13, 1844
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 , January 13, 1844
Ruffin, Thomas, Jr.



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Chapel Hill Jan. 13th 1844

My dear father

This is a duty, that I should have performed before now, since I knew you would be anxious 'till you could hear our respective situations; and, indeed, I would have written sooner, had we all been settled; but it was some time before we could conclude where we should board: We came down from home on Thursday, which was one day too soon. I mean George & myself, James did not come untill Friday in the stage. We all secured our old rooms & in this respect we are situated just as we were last session. James is with a young Mr Wharton, from Greensboro, George with me. The two Brodnax's togather. and finally we all settled down to board with Miss Nancy Hilliard . We are much pleased so far. I particularly so, having a small table, with young Daniel. no one else to trouble or to be troublesome. She has between 90 and a hundred boarders.
Our number of students has increased considerably, since last session. There are about a hundred and seventy five of us now. So far I see no signs of rebellion. The Freshmen are pleased with their new Tutor.
I have not been to see Dr Mitchell's family yet, being rather too bashful to make my devoirs to so many young ladies. as soon, however as I can overcome this, I shall call on them.

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I called on Dr Jones to know whether he could receive Robin Jones & myself as boarders. he, or rather she, declined taking us, but give us very kind invitations to come to their house.
We commence Kent's commentaries tomorrow, I purchased a book of Mr Hughes. Gov. Swain gives us but little consolation with regard to it.
I understand that Dr. Mitchell regrets having parted with his boarders. Why, I do not know, but I am sure he did not regret it more than myself, at first, for I felt completely lost and frequently I would start towards his house, when the bell would ring. I have heard others of his old boards make the same regret at being compelled to leave him. I have paid Miss Nancy for nearly a session's board, or I think I should ask leave to go back.
Robin Jones has left his room in college & taken one in the village.
There is no more news here and the bell will ring shortly. I would have delayed writing 'till some other time, but I knew you would be desirous of hearing from us.
When you see Mrs Taylor, you will pleased to make my excuses for not having gone to see her, when in Raleigh, which I would most certainly have done, had the weather permited me. if you please, also, give her my best respects, and my love to Mary Cain, and tell her to write me.

I am your affectionate Son

Thomas Ruffin


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