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Title: Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, January 29, 1842: 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.
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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
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2007-03-29, 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, January 29, 1842
Author: Thomas Ruffin
Description: 2 pages, 3 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 fatherThomas Ruffin , January 29, 1842
Ruffin, Thomas, Jr.



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Chapel Hill Jan 29th 1842

Dear father

I would have written to you before if I had not been sick & was prevented from so doing. I was taken sick on last friday week & have been in bed ever since. I sent for Dr. Jones on sunday & he came & bled me & gave me other medicines. I had chill & fever besides a very sore throat & cold. But I am nearly well & have commenced my college duties with a determination not to be absent again from any of them, I was absent just a week from every thing, I had not been absent before I was sick.
Dr Jones I ought to go to sea & stay two years which, you know, would be very pleasant, & I should like to go very much. There have been a great many sick this session, & Dr J. say that, if the warm weather had continued a week longer, there would have been a great deal more.
I wrote to Mama, the other day for I expected that she would be uneasy about me, for she had heard that I was sick from November,1 who went up on last Saturday week.
There is a good deal of frolicing going on in college this session & I am afraid that the boys will not be

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as good as the were last year.
I do not intend to spend near as much as I did last session. I have received a letter from any one this session. but I saw a letter which John Brodnax wrote to a nother student he is quite well & still very much pleased.
I occupy the same room which I did with John Brodnax & although I am not so very well fixed as with him yet I am satisfied with my situation.
Dr Mitchel has the same number of boaders as he had last session, but some of them are not pleased with the fare.
I wish you would send me a course of reading which you think best for me.
It is dry here as regards the news. of the world, & can think of nothing else to write give my respects to Judge Camerons family & Mr Boylan & to Mrs Taylor, but most especilally to Miss Anne. Tay.

I remain your most affectionate Son

,

Thomas Ruffin


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Endnotes:

Possibly the slave Davidge [1791-1872], also known as "Dr. November," who was the carriage driver for Dr. Joseph Caldwell .