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Title: Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, August 8, 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. 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
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2007-04-04, 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, August 8, 1842
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 fatherThomas Ruffin , August 8, 1842
Ruffin, Thomas, Jr.



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Chapel Hill August 8th

Dear father

According to your request I write to you another letter before you leave Raleigh, But I can scarcely write for the excitement, which prevails on account of the course, which the election has taken so unexpectedly I must confess, though I know that it is foolish, that I was never so excited in my life as I was on the day of the election, for I supposed that I was on the weak side, but time h shown otherwise, & I saw so many mean & low stratagems, made by the other side, I mean, the Whigs to put us down, that I could but help. to the best of my ability, to make such means of no avail, & I have just as much right to say as any one else that I was the cause of Alisons election, for I procured him one vote & caused another man, as he would not give it to him, to throw his vote away & I also turned, by some mean, Dr Mitchell & Mr Fetter , from strong Whigs to Democrats, though it was often they had voted for the whole federal ticket. We have just received a statement that Gov. Morehead had lost in the two counties of

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Granville & Guilford, I suppose you know that Jones, Brackin, Stockham, & Nash are our commoners & Mr Alison our Senator, elected only by one majority. & who knows but that one vote which I got for him was the cause of it, but to come to the truth of the matter I am neither Whig or Democrat, but a strong Jones man or to give him his appropriated name, I am for little Cad .
Brother Brown was here some few days since with Miss Sarah Simpson, who was on a visit to her sick friend Miss Rolarts of Newbern, I went to see her several times, & she told me that Sister Catharine intended going up home on some day last week & that Mama would accompany her to Hillsborough on the ensueing Saturday.
Fred Brodnax received a letter from John the other day & he said that all were well & that Travis was to come back to Haw River by brothers Brown & Sterling, who I beleive, expect to go up in a few weeks. Col. Jones & his family are going up to Rockingham next week, & they intend staying several weeks. Mr Green has gone to Mr Cameron's today,
On the receipt of your letter, I immediately went to the book store & endeavoured to get the books but he did not have any one of them so you will please to get me, as soon as he procures them,

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a Leviza's French grammar & a Meadow's french Dictionary, I expect I can procure the others here, or else where,
George McNeill received a letter from Fayetteville & all were well there Please to give my best respects to Judge Cameron's family & to Mrs Taylor's also. I suppose Miss Elinor Boylan has not returned yet, We are all well & join in love to you.

I remain your affectionate Son

Thomas Ruffin


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