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Title: Letter from John and Ebenezer Pettigrew to Charles Pettigrew, February 23, 1795: Electronic Edition.
Author: Pettigrew, John, 1779-1799
Author: Pettigrew, Ebenezer, 1783-1848
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First Edition, 2005
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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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2005-07-22, Brian Dietz finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: Pettigrew Family Papers (#592), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from John and Ebenezer Pettigrew to Charles Pettigrew, February 23, 1795
Author: John and E Pettigrew
Description: 4 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 592 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from John and Ebenezer Pettigrew to Charles Pettigrew , February 23, 1795
Pettigrew, John, 1779-1799
Pettigrew, Ebenezer, 1783-1848



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Skipperton Feb 23, 95.

Hond Father;—

After a long & tedious journey we have at last arrived here safe. We found things very different from what we left them. There was hardly one boy but what had chang'd his room; & among the rest we lost ours. I confess that I was much displeas'd at it at first, and spoke to Mr Kerr concerning it; & he told us that he suppos'd we must have it again: but, upon a second consideration, we concluded that we would move into another room, where ther were but four boys; two of them are sober young men, that We likike very well & the othr two are small boys.
Mr Hardy's son is also in a room just above us that had but four boys in it. There was but one more room [in] the university but what had its number of beds in it, & I preferred this far before the other.

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There are now 73 or 4 students at the University. They come very fast, & there is not room for more than nine or then more; so that those who propose comeing up from Windsor had better set of as quick as possible.
We met with a series of misfortunes upon the road;—as many as would fill a small volumn. I will acquaint you of one of the worst, and you can make Glas[g]ow inform you of the rest. The worst was, when we got to the guts of Roanoak, the mare gave out entirely; & would pull none at all, but I believe that it was nothing but stubbornness, so that we were obliged to get one of Mr Lyscum & leave the young horse to plough in his room, for he was not able to go in the fills, but we have made the mair pull before all the way. I will leave glasgow to tell you all the rest, as I have not time.
We have not yet settl'd with the

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steward, but we expect to do it tomorrow. I am much affraid that we shall be much pushed for provisions this year; for I am told that Mr Taylor buys corn by bag-fulls; so that in case of necessity, we shall have to get in hollow trees, & do as the bears do; for it would never do, to set off home,—we should perish upon the roads. Mr McCorkle is not to be here this year, & I shall send his letter back enclosed in mine.
All our class study french one half of the day, and lattin the other half; but we shall be in a class in latin, and study greek, when they study French. We shall be under Mr Delavo reading latin, but Mr Kerr or Hombs in the Greek.
Please to give our duty to our mother & complements to those who ask after us.
We remain your Dutyful sons

In great haste—

John & E Pettigrew




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NB. Please to wright me by Outlaw1 if you should see him before he comes up.

Endnotes:

1. Possibly Morgan Outlaw .