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Bagley tells his sister that there would be no shame in not graduating; news of deaths at home in Williamston, NC, makes him apprehensive about the health of those he loves.
Your very affectionate letter of 10th ultimo2
[has] been rec
d & contents noticed with no ordinary
degree of pleasure
the world to say that I came
to College but was not able to graduate, but
I am well aware that the laurels of
once nothing but a null-boy &c;, but I am also
aware that he never went to college & if he had have gone he probably would
be no greater man than he now is, you seem to think that every thing depends on
my graduating, d
especial[ly a]bout the health of all.
2. "ultimo": the previous month.
3. Apart from traditional local laws, Medo-Persian imperial law
was based on the authority of an absolute monarch. Once the word of the king
had gone forth as law, that law could not be changed or reversed, even by the
king himself. See
4. A hole in the manuscript appears where the
m in Williamston would
5. The line ends in a flourish.