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Title: Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, April 1, 1841: Electronic Edition.
Author: Ruffin, Thomas, Jr.
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
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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:
2007-03-06, Caitlin R. Donnelly finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: Thomas Ruffin Papers (#641), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, April 1, 1841
Author: Thomas Ruffin
Description: 4 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 641 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin , April 1, 1841
Ruffin, Thomas, Jr.



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Chapel Hill April 1st

Dear Father

I would have written to you before, but it was my time to recite first this week, and do not have but an hour and a half to get my lesson in.
I received a letter from Sister Catherine day before yesterday, which of course gave me a great deal of pleasure as it was the first, that I ever received from her. Sister Anne is the only sister I have (except Sally) from whom I have never received a letter.
I have a very sore toe, for one of the boys mashed the nail off of it, and which caused me to be absent from prayers once, for it kept me awake untill after midnight, and after I did get to sleep, I sleeped so sound that I could not hear the bell next morning, for which I was very sorry, for I had resolved not to be absent at all the last report, but I hope you will excuse me.

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I have said nothing to John about going home, for I knew that there would be no holiday at easter, But Papa I wish you would let me go home any how for I will not be absent from prayers But twice or three times & from recitations twice, and you will know where I have been, and I will promise to make up the recitations which I lose.
I have drawn from Dr Mitchel five more Dollars, 5 cts of which I payed for postage & 5 of which I deposited in the post office, and spent 25 cts for candy and 25 cts for some grapes and have the rest remaining in hand. I expect I will want no more money except to pay my Ball subscription, and if any badges of society come from the north I will be oblige to buy one for if I dont, they will fine me, which is more than it will cost. John Brodnax returned from Hills. last monday where he had been to a party given by Col. Jones.
Tell Susan Mary that I will answer her letter soon, if it can be called so, for it was two lines and a half. and tell Mary Cain that I will kiss

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her the next time I see her for reading the letter which I wrote, for Susan Mary informed on her.
The Senior class are very busy, for they have to speak next week, James McNeill heard from home the other week and all are well.
There is nothing new here & I expect you are tired reading this scrol of bad written nonsense,
Give my love to all, and tell Mama that am very much oblige to her for the pantaloons.

Dear Father I remain your affe[unrecovered] Son,

Thomas Ruffin



P.S. John W. Brodnax sends his respects to all and says please to write word when you will go up to his fathers

Thomas Ruffin



Dear Father Just as I had sealed my letter one of the boys handed me a letter from James, who says that Smith has broke up School entirely on account of the rumours in the neighbourhood and he will teach som few of the boys and James and George may stay untill you go up, and James says he hopes that you can persuade Mr S. to let

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them stay also, but he does not mention S. Cain I supposes he quits and R. Brod. but not Fed.