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Title: Letter from Charles L. Pettigrew to Ebenezer Pettigrew, November 7, 1835: Electronic Edition.
Author: Pettigrew, Charles Lockhart, 1816-1873
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
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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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2005-07-26, Sarah Ficke 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 Charles L. Pettigrew to Ebenezer Pettigrew, November 7, 1835
Author: Charles L. Pettigrew
Description: 3 pages, 3 page images
Note: Call number 592 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Charles L. Pettigrew to his Ebenezer Pettigrew , November 7, 1835
Pettigrew, Charles Lockhart, 1816-1873



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University Nov 7th 1835

Dear father

Brother William received your letter containing the bill of $100 without any delay or any hindrance. The sum will be more than will be needed for this session, but as you remarked the surplus can remain to lessen the sum necessary to be sent at the commencement of next session. I have now but a few more months to remain on the hill and will not require a sum much larger than I have hitherto had. You of course have recived letters from the faculty concerning our relative standing in our respective classes, whether it be good or bad; I hope that my general position has been such as to please you and entirely fair. I should be much gratified to learn from you in you letters what my number has been in my several studies so as to know whether it is as good as I expect it to be and whether I should apply myself with greater diligence. There has been a much greater amount of studying in college since this plan has been adopted, as all wish a good account to be sent to their parents and friends. It would be a gratification and more than probably a permanent good to have an account of what the faculty consider us in our college duties.

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Mr. C. Burgwyn met with quite a severe accident yesterday: he with four other young gentlemen went partridge hunting and when in the act of shooting a bird one of them shot Mr. B. the bird having flown between him and the one shooting. His injury is not very serious, but it has made quite sick, he received two shot the one in his nose in the place where it joins the face and the other in the extreme corner of his eye. That kind of hunting where they shoot entirely on the wing is quite dangerous and more especially when there are several in company; the animation is so great, and so great quickness is necessary, that they never look what they are about or who is in danger, the bird is the only object that attracts attention. I have dear father received nothing very deffinite with respect to the place where I shall spend my vacation. Some month ago I received a letter from James Shepard in which he said that grandma expressed great joy at the prospect of seeing us this winter. It would doubtless be a source of the greatest pleasure to spend it in Newburn, when I should have an opportunity of seeing my relations and my dear little brother and sisters. But I am inclined to ask you for another destiny, for a very good reason. My teeth are in a very bad condition. I have but few teeth that are not decaying; all my jaw-teeth are rotting and one of them so far that I shall have to lose them and my front teeth have also commenced, and the decay proceeds so fast, that I really fear, unless something is done quickly, nothing can be done. The mere rubbing them with a brush, makes the bleed every morning.

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Therefore I assume it as position that something is necessary to be done. The dentists in this part of the country are quacks and frequently do more harm than good. By going a little farther North I may come a-cross one that is a good one. The sum of money it will take to go from here to Baltimore is $22.50 this account I saw the merchant make out, who had been from here there only a month ago; and from thence to Washington but little additional expense will be incurred. It would take $12 to go from here to Newburn and to home $21. So thus it will cost but little more to go to Baltimore than to go home, where I might meet with a first rate dentist. My dear father I write this as the honest conviction of my heart for my own good, and not because I wish [to] go for the purpose of having a fine jaunt and of saying I have been to Baltimore or Washington. I have, I am glad to say, no such silly anxiety; silly because it is childish. For my own part, if it were not to see my relations, and but for the reasons just given, I had infinitely rather remain on C. Hill. But not withstanding those reason of the calmest kind I submit myself entirely to your better judgement and without pressing the matter further will cheerfully do as you say: and I would not even now have suggested the plan I proposed had I not been influenced by the firmest conviction of my mind after thorough consideration that the small sum spent now will be of incalculable value hereafter, and that if that sum is now with held in a short time the desired object could not be obtain even with 20 times the amount.
We are both well. Brother William sends his love to you and Please answer this letter soon.

Believe me to be ever dutiful and affectionate

Charles L Pettigrew


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