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Title: Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, April 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
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:
2007-03-14, Mike Millner 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 1841
Author: Thomas Ruffin
Description: 3 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 1841
Ruffin, Thomas, Jr.



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Chapel Hill April

Dear Father

I now commence a letter to you, in no pleasent mode, for I have been wronged, yes, and treatead meanly by Dr Mitchel for he gave a party to night and asked all his borders except one, by the name of Bryan and myself and said he had no room for us, it could not be because we were Fres, for he asked the Fresh, and Papa I insist on quiting his house as a boarder, I suppose he thought we were not good enough for to his company to see, and that we were children and would not notice it, but he was mistaken, and I hope to receive your permission to quit his house and never to enter it a gain, for Pa , just think how you would feel if you were slighted so. and this is not the first time that I have whished to quit there, for if you could hear his family talk about the other facultys family you would want to quit there too, and they are continually making fun of Mr

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Mr Owen (a Tutor) calling him Judge Owen (a name the boys gave him) and talking about how poor, ugly, and how little sense he had, tho this is none of my buisiness, yet it is not such a palace as you whish me to board at, or as I want to board at, And I have heard them talk about Mr Green , which first prejudiced me against him, and of all the rest of the faculty.
You may wonder that I never mentioned this before, But I knew that you desired me to stay there and that it would increase your trouble, therefore I would have stayed there if I had nothing to eat But bread & water, But Papa I can not stay there willingly. And the worst of all, he made me lose my supper to night, for if I had gone, he would say that I was fishing for an invitation and Papa I would die before I would do that or have it said that I did it.
All the other boys went to supper and I beleive that some of them are none to good to fish for an invitation.
I will say nothing about leaving there untill I hear from you, But Pa , consult your own feelings were you in my situation, and I know you

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you will consent to my leaving there, and he says that he wants no one to stay there unless they are willing, and I am not willing, therefore Pa , you ought to let me quit.
But Papa if you think I am wrong I will stay and do not let Ma, see this letter, if you please, that is, if you think I am wrong.
Tell Jane that I received her letter this evening and that I will answer it soon.
I have made a mistake in the manner of writing my letter, But I hope you will pardon it as you see I know better.
Give My very best love to all at home and if you please forgive me if I am in the wrong as to leaving Dr Mitchels house, for it was a long time before I could begin to write it, for I feared it would cause you some uneasyness.

I remain your affectionate Son

Thomas Ruffin


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