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Title: Letter from James P. Rives to Seth, September 8, 1867: Electronic Edition.
Author: Rives, James P.
Funding from the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supported the electronic publication of this title.
Text transcribed by Bari Helms
Images scanned by Brian Dietz
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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
Revision history:
2007-02-15, Caitlin R. Donnelly finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: John Francis Speight Papers (#3914), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from James P. Rives to Seth, September 8, 1867
Author: Jas P Rives
Description: 2 pages, 2 page images
Note: Call number 3914 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from James P. Rives to Seth, September 8, 1867
Rives, James P.



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Chapel Hill N C
Sept 8 1867

Dear Seth

Your letter came to hand a few days ago, and I have delayed answering it much longer than I ought to have done, but I think I can clear myself if you will only listen to reason. One reason is that I have to study so hard that I don't have time in the week, and another is that I thought you would like to hear from the base ball match game, which came off Yesterday (Saturday the 7th Sept).
I will endeavor to give you a brief account of the game. The game was fought with the 'Crescent' club of Raleigh.
Our club (ie first-nine) fell in rank with bats on the shoulder and march out to meet our opponents where we found them waiting. We then marched out on the field, side by side, where the Captains tossed for the inns. and our Captain got the inns. The first man to the was Hargrave who made a very good strike reaching the first base. Next Rives to the bat; the very first ball the pitcher threw I made a very good strike and also reached the first base. It would occupy too much time and labor to go into every particular. It sufficeth to say that Our boys beat them by a score of 54 runs to 36.
The sum total of the (University) club was 54 runs, 16 Fly catches, 3 Home runs, and 27 outs. The sum

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total of the Crescent club was 36 runs, 6 Fly catches, no home runs and 27 outs.
I made the best score on either side.
Seth how do you like the idea of your sweetheart going to Salem. Dick Lewis says he is almost dead he is so much in love with her. He is going to send her a book. You must look out. You have three or four Rivals, George, John & Dick. I tell you what if you dont mind you will have a hard road to travel. I hope you will be successful. I hope you may always be guided by my best wishes. Write soon to your friend.

Jas P Rives