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Title: Letter from Exum Lewis Whitaker to William Figures Lewis, May 4, 1844: Electronic Edition.
Author: Whitaker, Exum Lewis, 1823-1847
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. 12K
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:
2005-10-24, Brian Dietz finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: Lewis Family Papers (#427), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Exum Lewis Whitaker to William Figures Lewis, May 4, 1844
Author: E. W.
Description: 3 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 427 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Whitaker, Exum Lewis, 1823-1847



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Saturday May 4th '44

Dear Figures ,

Your letter of April 15th was recd in due time, and according with your request I hasten to answer it immediately after the reading of of the Senior report. The first distinction was this morning conferred on Messrs R. Cowan Horner Johnston Stanfield and Wetmore, the second on Messrs Battle , Dalton Fuller Barbee Steele , Whitaker , and Lewis, the third Ballanfant Bryan and Foster . Stanfield the valedictory, Wetmore the salutatory.
Jas. B. Shepherd is to deliver the oration before the two Societies, and Jno. H. Bryan is to preside in our society and Jno. H. Bryan Jnr. alias Keats speaks the valedictory. I presume that he will feel rather ticklish in complimenting his Papy's speech at least I should guess he would. It seems to me that he ought to have resigned rather than be placed in such a situation. But it is nothing more than could be expected from him. Be sure to come up to commence and cheer us with your presence. I will be very happy to see you here a witness of my graceful exit from our Alma Mater. You will meet here W. Sanders and I dare say many others of your old friends. We will be happy to see as many of the faces of Edgecombe & Halifax as you can persuade to

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to come up with you. I'll task to the uttermost all my chivalric favors to make their visit agreeable. If you wish a more formal invitation I take pleasure in referring you to the Editorial of the last number of the University Magazine written by S. Philips .
Enough for Chapel Hill, (Dr. Summerell has been here for the last 3 or 4 days) let us for a few minutes occupy our thoughts with a subject equally as pleasing and to you, one would infer from your letter, more so, the subject of Love, Love!
"'Tis second life, it grows into the soul
Warms in every vein, and beats in every pulse,
Do you feel it there?"
Excuse me for quoting poetry on a subject which from all accounts is dearer to you than any other, moreover you are aware that persons in love are remarkably fond of poetry, and the above is quoted for your especial benefit. You needn't try to make me believe you are not in love, for I heard of your visit in Halifax otherwise than through your letter.
Joel came up a few days since with his cousin Sousan, and said that you and the Attorney started off together for Raleigh to see Clay but so powerful was the magnet of your love that you found it impossible to get farther than Halifax. Go ahead dear Fig , take some of the advice to yourself, which you gave to me on the subject of Senior Speaking and may success attend you. But if from a faint heart you fail to win and your hopes wither and die, may that time not come

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until your humble servant is prepared to erect the monument, and Bob Tyler the epitaph.


I have sold the "old arm chair" but am afraid I'll have to take "tick" for it.
Let nothing keep you from coming up, no not even love. Jim Scott sends his best respects to Fig and will be happy to see him here at commence.

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