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Title: Henry King Burgwyn, Jr. to His Mother, September 13, 1857: Electronic Edition.
Author: Burgwyn, Henry King, 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, 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
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2005-06-15, Amanda Page finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: Burgwyn Family Papers (#1687), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Henry King Burgwyn, Jr. to His Mother, September 13, 1857
Author: Henry King Burgwyn Jr.
Description: 4 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 1687 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Henry King Burgwyn, Jr. to His Mother, September 13, 1857
Burgwyn, Henry King, Jr.



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Chapel Hill Sept. 13th 1857

My Dear Mother

I was very glad to receive your letter of the 7th inst. & endeavor to show my appreciation of the pleasure it conferred on me by answering it as soon as possible. I hope you reached the plantation before the Equinoctial storm which is now raging here it all its fury commenced. For if you were to catch a cold upon your already severe one I am afraid that you would not recover from its effects for a much longer period than usual so be very careful about going or being out late at night or early in the morning & let everything go to racket rather than go in the pantry before breakfast or rather make Ruthy do it for you for what is the loss of a few pounds of sugar or coffee which she may appropriate to herself compared

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to the loss of your health or what is the same thing an increase of your cold. I study latin hard & do a good many things for you & I hope that will do two things for me & they are not to go into the pantry before breakfast or after supper. Make Ruthy attend to them before breakfast & Maria after supper. I wish you would ask father to pay my bill in Philadelphia & to order from the man my winter clothes consisting of a black overcoat $18.00 1 black coat $15.00 1 black coat at $12.00 1 pair black pant $16.00 1 pair grey $15.00 two vest $3.00 or $2.50 either apiece, making 1 overcoat 2 coats 2 pants & two vests in all costing $62.00 which I will place on my acct. to his credit when I get them. I also wish very much that you could make me a dressing gown it would save my clothes very much. I would like to come home about the middle of October to see Sumner & Pollok

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& you in short every person. I can leave here at 11am or 12 [pm] & be at Weldon that night. When you write please tell me about all your & fathers motions, prospects & &c I am very desirous of knowing as much as possible about everything home oh by the bye do you still persevere in your intintion to to cover over that portion of the piazza between fathers room & the spare room & make it a place for the guns & speaking of guns please put father again in mind of sending those guns & flasks that I placed in the right hand side of the guncase he said he would send them before I left. I sent father a copy of a speech by M. W. Miller of Raleigh did he receive it. He has not yet answered my letter but I hope to hear from him this week any how I received a letter from Sumner yesterday he says that he looking forward to vacation

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with a good deal of pleasure & also that he expected to leave Baltimore the 30th of September for home. I know he must enjoy the anticipation of his vacation I expect to write him today. I have been away from the plantation about a month now & have not yet hear from Maria. I heard yesterday that a former student of this college commited suicide at the house of his father in Goldsboro he was sent off from this college for getting drunk & while in college attempted to kill himself once or twice he was not twenty one. I am pretty sure & you may rely on it that I will never learn to smoke until I am twenty five & not then unless you let me. Walker & Les Johnston send their love to you & the rest. Please ask father to get my clothes as soon as he conveniently can. With my best love to all & to yourself. Please excuse blots.

I am ever your most affect. son

Henry King Burgwyn Jr.



Don't forget not to go into the pantry before breakfast or after supper.