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Jones informs his brother about his finances and what he is studying.
I have rec
d yours of 6th inst.2 I
cannot recollect any particular circumstances attending the purchase of
were mistook, for I never
25¢ from the other books of
t to you. My principal Studies this session have been
have finished it my Class will begin
t This Session is as Follows10
you see by this statement that I have 2 Dolls on hand, & have
2. "inst.": instant; the present month.
(London: J. Nourse,
1745). A Treatise of Algebra
4. A bookstore in
Dictionary of North Carolina Biography 2:265-67).
5. "/": throughout the letter the slash indicates shillings, each worth one-tenth of a dollar. The price of the book, then, was $2.50.
(Dublin: Bryan Robinson, 1739). A Course of Lectures
in Natural Philosophy
(Edinburgh, 1767). An Introduction to Latin
(Edinburgh: W. Smellie, 1771). A Synopsis of Practical
9. All classes participated in commencement, but being chosen as
one of the junior speakers was indicative of
10. Abbreviations appearing in the account are as follows: Rec
d (received), P d (paid), D o (ditto, meaning "the same"), L d
(load), tl (tallow), Can (candles), C d (carried), Am t (amount), B t (bought), y d (yard), Acc t (account,
11. The money probably was paid to
13. Typically, the recipient, not the sender, of a letter paid the
14. Students paid servants to bring water and light fires in the
fireplaces before daylight;
15. A township in east central
He also served as mayor of