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Title: Letter from William Bagley to Asa Matthews, July 8, 1843: Electronic Edition.
Author: Bagley, William, fl. 1842-1850
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 Bari Helms
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First Edition, 2005
Size of electronic edition: ca. 10K
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
Revision history:
2005-10-19, Brian Dietz finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: William Bagley Letter Books (#863-z), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from William Bagley to Asa Matthews, July 8, 1843
Author: [William Bagley]
Description: 2 pages, 2 page images
Note: Call number 863-z (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from William Bagley to Asa Matthews, July 8, 1843
Bagley, William, fl. 1842-1850



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Chapel Hill July 8/43

Mr Matthews

Dear Sir

I with pleasure take this opportunity of dropping you a few lines. I arrived here on the 28th of May & stood my examination for the Sophomore class on the 30th. I passed on ever thing I tried for but there are Mathematics, Prosody & Ancient Geography, that I have to make up, though I think of joining as an irregular & reciting with the Freshman & Sophomore classes, at least until I can make up entirely. After I had been here about a week I took a trip to the western part of the State in company with one of the Faculty, his sister, & a young man of the Senior class. We traveled through some beautiful country diversified with hills & plains. We finally reached the Pilot Mountain in the eastern part of Surry County & from it we obtained one of the most beautiful views our eyes ever beheld, on one side were the Blue-Ridge & Saura-town mountains, whose tops seemed bedewed in clouds & on the other beautiful

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plains extending as far as the eye could reach, the Mountain is several thousand feet high formed like a pyramid with a space of about an acre upon the pinnacle which seems to be composed entirely of rocks carelessly thrown together. We returned after having spent three weeks very pleasantly & profitably. Next Friday (14th) our session commences when I wish to commence ascending the "hill of science" it now appears very steep and rugged but I desire by close application to render it smooth & level; I shall find it very difficult for a year or two though, I expect, but I must try. The young men here are very wicked indeed there are only some dozen professors of religion in all College & I expect my religion will be put to a severe test but through the prayers of my friends I hope I shall outride every storm. I hope you will always remember me in your secret devotions.
Give my best love to our family & all your scholars & receive my best wishes for your welfare.
Please write soon & consider me

Your affectionate Pupil

Asa Matthews Esqr

Williamston N.C.