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Patterson describes an all-day picnic at Patterson's mill in honor of Betty Bryan.
Your last letter was received on sunday, and as it was the first one in two weeks, I read it with much pleasure. I was very glad to learn that all our friends were recovering again, and I hope that there will be no new cases among them for some time to come. I think that our family have had at least their proportion of sickness for the last year or two. Since I last wrote my own health has been much better, and I hope will soon be entirely recovered.
On saturday last, for the first time since I came here, we had a
grand Pic-Nic party. The Ladies had been preparing for it, for some two or
three weeks, and had everything arranged. It was intended to be in honour of Miss
the tha Miss
Dortch, asi a
sister of one of our students, accompanied by her c and was more of a
stranger than Miss
of which the village could boast were
paraded in front of Miss
well almost filled with provisions,
fishing rods, & c the whole party including myself, mounted to our
respective seats, and preceeded by our fine College Band marched out of town.
We found the roads to be in excellent spirits order, and as had
been ] we received the order from Miss
under by the bank of
the creek, and spread with "eatables," as only Miss
The weather for the last few days has been exceedingly unpleasant, and on monday morning we had a very heavy frost, which has destroyed most of the fruit around here, and also, most of the leaves on the trees. Our Campus, which a few days ago bore quite a cheerful and spring-like aspect, now looks gloomy and sad from this premature blight. I fear very much that you also have been visited with a like misfortune, and that your expectations of having a large quantity of fruit, will be disappointed.
I wrote to Mother some two weeks since, requesting her to
tell as soon very soon, as I am needing money
I have not yet learned from you, whether you intend going westward
this summer or not. If you have given out that trip, I should like to know
whether you will come to Commencement or not, &c.; Give my best love to