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Stephens informs Gaston that he has earned second honors in his junior year and that preacher Russell led a successful local revival in Spring 1831.
I hope you will not take my long silence amiss as I should most
certainly have answered your kind letter before this but that I wished to
ascertain how my scolarship was approved of by the Faculty and I have been so
much engaged since commencement that it has been impossible to write sooner I
have now the satisfaction of informing you that I have obtained the second
distinction which I value inasmuch as it will gratify you and I hope it will be
a sufficient testimony that I have not altogether neglected your parting advice
I intend applying myself closely
during the remainder of my Collegiate course if for no other reason than to
acquire habits of industry for I now clearly perceive that without
You doubtless have heard of the
There is no person who has a greater respect for religion than
myself but I am and always shall be opposed to bigotry and fanaticism nor can I
esteem that religion genuine the professors of which threaten with their
enemity those who do not think proper to pursue the same mode of life with
themselves Their conduct is sufficient to disgust any person of common sense I
for my part am heartily tired of it and I anxiously look forward to the time
which is now rapidly approaching when I shall be free of the place and begin my
situations whatever situation Providence shall place me I shall
allw always feel the warmest emotions of
gratitude to you the friend of my Father and believe me dear sir it is with no
small degree of satisfaction that [I] subscribe myself
for June 9, 1831,
printed the following report: "We learn that there has been a very
extensive Revival at
Raleigh Register and North-Carolina Gazette