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Title: Letter from Henry King Burgwyn, Jr. to His Mother, March 6, 1859: 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
Revision history:
2005-08-03, 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: Letter from Henry King Burgwyn, Jr. to His Mother, March 6, 1859
Author: H.K. Burgwyn Jr.
Description: 4 pages, 5 page images
Note: Call number 1687 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Henry King Burgwyn, Jr. to His Mother, March 6, 1859
Burgwyn, Henry King, Jr.



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Chapel Hill March 6th /59

My Dear Mother

Another week has passed & I am again at my post as every one should be who adopts "Semper Fidelis" for their motto. The great event of the week has been the summoning of thirty four men before the Faculty for irregular attendance at morning prayers. I however though I had snapped more than my regularly alowed number fortunately escaped. Of the whole number however only one man was sent off & he probably will get back in a week or two.
I gave my measure a week or ten days ago to a tailor from Baltimore who came here for the purpose of getting orders for clothing from the students & who has given a good deal of satisfaction

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here & I wrote him yesterday to send me some samples of his spring goods. Shall I order a suit from him or not? The price will probably be about thirty dollars from twenty five to thirty. I think I had better. It is getting quite warm & I will need a spring suit. What color had I better select. I can get this suit from him & if I need any more I can get them from Petersburg. He has my measure for shirts & collars also. By the bye if you make me any more shirts please make them some larger in the throat & the same alteration in the pattern for collars would be very good. I received last Tuesday a catalogue of the Virginia Military Institute. It does not say anything about how old or how young a person must be

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to enter. I am very much in hopes that I may get the appointment to West Point. Has Clingman answered Uncle Tom's letter yet & if so to what effect.
I am very sorry to hear that Wilkins is still at Thornbury I am very much afraid that he will remain another year. Quien pensez vous? What does Scott think about doing with his family? Has Wilkins made his log roller yet?
It rained very hard here last Wednesday night & Thursday night. It cleared up during the night & Friday was a beautiful day. But on Thursday it literally poured. The rain was accompanied by Thunder & lightening. Have you had much wet weather lately? Does Maria go to Petersburg to see Mrs Bolling this spring

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Please give her my love & tell her that I received her letter & will answer it in two or three days three at the farthest. Do you think she will go to Philadelphia soon.
I am quite ashamed my Dear Mother of my letters to you when I contrast them with yours to me. They realy appear very diminutive but the entire absence of any think which could in the remotest degree interest you as well as my very limited time which prevents me from taking a sentance & then writing a composition on it as it were & thus lenghtening out my epistles must be my excuse. Next Sunday however I will endeavor to be more communicative. Please write me at once above the clothes. Give my love to all. You never will make that boy Colinson behave until you punish him oftener.

Ever Your Most Affect Son

H.K. Burgwyn Jr.




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Don't fail to admire the envelope in which this precious epistle is enclosed it is realy very fasionable here. 5000 were sold in one day & the next day while I bought two packs of them & was lingering at the store for some few minutes 500 more were disposed of. Tell me how you like them. Don't show my letter to father as I would get a regular raking about crossing it. I believe however that it is the first time I ever sinned in this way.

Mst affect

HKB Jr.