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Title: Letter from William H. Maverick to his mother, November 19, 1866: Electronic Edition.
Author: Maverick, William H.
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 Caitlin R. Donnelly
Text encoded by Mike Millner
First Edition, 2007
Size of electronic edition: ca. 12K
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:
2007-04-10, Mike Millner finished TEI/XML encoding.
Source(s):
Title of collection: W.H. Maverick Papers (#498-z), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from William H. Maverick to his mother, November 19, 1866
Author: Willie Maverick
Description: 4 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 498-z (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from William H. Maverick to his mother, November 19, 1866
Maverick, William H.



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Chapel Hill N.C.
Nov 19th. 1866

Dear Mother

About a week ago I received your very welcome letter. "Home once more"! What a glorious idea, no doubt you all now appreciate how dear to one is home. I received a letter from Mary this morning, & indeed I was glad to receive it. Mary did not say but from the way she wrote I understand that you have received my last letter to you "Written on sunday, about church time" & in that letter I informed you of the places where George & myself would spend our winter vacations. College duties will be performed for the last time this session on the day befor thanksgiving's day—on the 27th of this month, the night of which day I hope to pull up stakes & travel for Wilmington in in company

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with my friend John McIlhenny, in whose care I will expect my letters to be directed.
Cholera has never approached this place.
I am ashamed to say that I have not answered sister Ader's letter to me — but I will in a few days. I was extremely glad to see from your's & Marys letter that Sister Ada & Major Minter were entirely well again.
Two or three weeks ago we received the $3.50 sent to us by Pa through Major Minter. We are now preparing for examination & some are studying very hard — George among them. I reckon George will take first all around. You asked me in your last to tell you how much I studied. I will tell you exactly what I do here. My Latin & Greek I study very little, you ask me why? Well — of Greek you know I had

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never learned my alphabet before coming here, whereas boys coming here & entering the Freshman class are required to have studied enough Latin & Greek to have occupied at least two years of hard studying before coming &c. Latin I had studied in all about eight months before coming here. French I study tolerably well — Mathematics I study very well. I am aware that boys have been in worse "fixes" here than I am & before leaving have taken first. You will ask what in the world I can be doing all the time? I answer that I am learning how to study, instead of my text-books (which were always obnoxious to me) I am studying History & I have now trained myself so well that one has never seen me playing (wasting my time away) these last two months next session I mean to turn my studying history into studying my text books. This session I

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have read between five & six thousand pages of history besides several useful book not history. I do not read novels. I am determined & promise you & myself that next session I will take a stand.
Mary says that Sam is going bear hunting with Policarifio & others I envey him much & would give any thing to go with him. I hope Albert knows more about book than I did at his age. I will write home again very soon.
George & myself are in perfectly good health. Please tell Albert to hang up my sock for me christmas eve (night), maybe I am not forgotten by S.C.
With love to all. I bid you adieu.

Your Loving Son

Willie Maverick