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Title: Letter from Arthur McKimmon to Sophie Manly, November 15, 1859 : Electronic Edition.
Author: McKimmon, Arthur
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
Text encoded by Caitlin R. Donnelly
First Edition, 2007
Size of electronic edition: ca. 16K
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:
2007-04-04, Caitlin R. Donnelly finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: Manly Family Papers (#4409), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Arthur McKimmon to Sophie Manly, November 15, 1859
Author: Arthur
Description: 5 pages, 6 page images
Note: Call number 4409 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Arthur McKimmon to Sophie Manly, November 15, 1859
McKimmon, Arthur



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Chapel Hill
Nov 15th 1859

My Dear. Miss. Sophie.

I received your letter the other day & now take the pleasure of answering it, which I should have done sooner, had not so many things happened which prevented me. But as you know that dilatoreness is not — generally speaking — one of my faults I take it for granted that you will excuse me & will proceed to give you all the news.
Since my last letter to you I have had a charming time — I mean for five or six days. I was invited to Hillsboro to Gov Grahams party & of course I went. We left the Hill — or rather I did — with the intention of returning on Saturday afternoon & it was Wednesday before I did so. Soon after my arrival I went to call on Mrs Roulhac & was speaking of what a nice time I had at the fair with Miss Connally, when I was informed that she was in town. You may well imagine how delighted I was, on hearing

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it. I immediately wrote her a note asking her permission to allow me to escort her to the party. She of course said yes & the consequence was I went with her. We all had a nice time considering it was a "dog hanging." But as Mrs Graham is a strong Baptist it could not be helped. Miss C. said she was delighted to see me & looked very pretty in fact I thought she was the prettiest one in the room & a majority agreed with me. Saturday I was invited to dine at Mr Camerons where she was staying. I had a dull time that day. Miss M. Lillie gave me the cold shoulder & I began to think that Miss Ida's prediction had come true viz — that she was a great flirt. But all that was made up that night at Mrs Roulhac's where she took tea Sunday night Miss Sallie Mitchell & Miss Pattie Ruffin & Miss Mary Lillie took tea & staid all night & Mrs Roulhacs & me had a nice time sure enough. The young ladies left us in one corner of the room & we conversed very pleasantly of course for two or three hours — it did not seem fifteen minutes to me so you can conjecture how I enjoyed it. I went with her to the party on Monday night & was to have went to walk with her on Tuesday

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But all the gayety was brought to a close by the death of one of the nicest ladies I ever saw. I mean Miss Sallie Mitchell. It was one of the most awful & sudden things that I know of. She was in perfect health on Monday & was sitting in the parlor entertaining gentlemen, when she lost her voice & complained of a slight head-ache. No one thought any thing of it & on Tuesday morning she seemed to be better but in twenty six hours after she was taken sick she was a corpse. She was much beloved by the people of Hillsboro as was shown by the sympathy exhibited by them. The attendance at her funeral was the largest that I ever saw & all the young ladies walked behind the hearse. Her remains were carried up to Salisbury on Wednesday morning. Thus ended my trip to Hillsboro & it will never be forgotten by me as long as I live.
Miss Mary told me to give her love to you & tell you that she would write to you as soon as she arrived home. She seemed to be dreadfully distressed. She left with the corpse for Salisbury.
I am in hopes of meeting you in Hillsboro before long. If I am

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invited I think I will come. My love to Miss Ida & tell her that I am certainly going with her to H. this vacation. Excuse this letter if you please & do not notice the paper for it is the only sheet that I have in my room. Write soon to your affectionate friend.

Arthur




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                         size=; physical description=One
                                printed card; description=Printed
                                dance card enclosed in 1859 letter from Arthur McKimmon to Sophie
                                Manly listing a sequence of steps comprising five figures of a
                                quadrille dance.; file format=JPEG; spatial resolution=;

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[Reverse side of dance card pictured on previous page:]
RC Slaters Academy.
[unrecovered]
January 1859 -