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Title: Letter from Pleasant Henderson to Walter Alves, July 14, 1799: Electronic Edition.
Author: Henderson, Pleasant, 1756-1840
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. 8K
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
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2005-06-23, Amanda Page finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: University of North Carolina Papers (#40005), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Pleasant Henderson to Walter Alves, July 14, 1799
Author: Henderson
Description: 4 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 40005 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Pleasant Henderson to Walter Alves, July 14, 1799
Henderson, Pleasant, 1756-1840



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Chapel Hill 14th July 1799

My dear Sir,

It was only yesterday evening that I understood or had any knowledge that the Committee of visitation reported the other day on the manner of my supplying the Commons table and the nature of the report i.e. that I had so invariably furnished mutton, many of the Boys disliking the meat, that they were almost starved, & that the Bacon was too fat to be eaten; this report my dear Sir, came like a thunder bolt on me, because I knew it was founded in information false as Hell, understand me, I mean whoever gave this information, as to the mutton, uttered a false & malicious lye.

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Judge yourself, from the fact, which I pledge my honor is the case, that in the whole course of the Session I bought only eleven mutton, weighing in the whole about 500 pounds weight making only about 12 or 13 dinners, & when apportioned among the Boys not seven pounds a piece, here Sir, does this appear like forcing mutton on them? I had no early inducement to purchase mutton in preference to Beef, the price for both is the same; the fact is I had no alternative, Beef was not to be had, neither could I buy shoats or chickens, & fresh meat I was compelled by my contract to furnish. I make the statement merely to ease my own mind & to give you a true knowledge of the business for I had a head that you opposed the report.
My dear Sir, I cannot

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[help] reflecting on the disingenuous conduct of the Committee & Board in this particular, because had any one of you let me know the thing, satisfaction could have been given, & my assertion proved that the information was false.
Buoyed with a conscienceness that I have fully & amply complied with my contract, I view this treatment as particularly injurious & unjust.
The manner in which, I conceive, the board altered my contract, shall be the subject of another letter or a personal conference, in the mean time permit me to assure you that appearances are indicative of if not ruin, the most severe stroke been sustained. Present my respects to Mrs Alves & [complements] to yr Brother.

and believe me truly and
respectfully your most
obedient

Henderson

Walter Alves esquire




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With respect to the latter part of the report, I admit the Bacon is fat, but as the Boys eat at the hams not saving one for my family, could the Committee conceive that the midlings were to be thrown away, as they eat the hams certainly they ought also to use the fatter part. The hams were used when vegetables were scarce.
I put this in by way of a postscript.