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Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students in North
Title of collection: Adlai Osborne Papers (#2524-z), Southern
Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from John B. Giles to Adlai Osborne,
July 29, 1806
Author: Giles, John B.
Description: 2 pages, 3 page images
Call number 2524-z (Southern Historical
Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Topics covered: Education/UNC Curriculum Health and Disease/Diseases Examples of Student
Writing/Letters and Letter Writing
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Giles tells his friend, a former student, that he has joined the
junior class; a tooth extraction cost him part of his jaw bone.
Af After a slight and
approved examination on the Latin I entered the Junior Class—Being
extreamly rusty in what little Greek I had read I would not attempt an
examination I have to prepare my self on it before the 15 November—I
study Geography with the sophomore class.2
I will be extreamly happy to hear from you.
The day after I arrived I was taken most violently with the twoth
acke, I suffered the most excrutiating pain immagi[n]able—for near four
days—I then resolved to have it drawn—I was recommended to a
Gentleman as a very expert at the business—after three severe trials he
and brought with it a peice of the
gaw bone—I am very well at present and I am much obliged to the Gentleman
but I think he will never draw an other for me
2. The 1803 curriculum for first-year students required
Lucian's dialogues (in place of the
Testament). Sophomores studied
Lowth's English grammars, and
Juniors no longer studied astronomy but were examined in algebra,
Alexander Ewing'sA Synopsis of
trigonometry, heights and distances, navigation, and logarithms. Seniors
Rhetoric and Belles Lettres,Claude François Xavier Millot'sElements of General History, and
Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy (Battle 1:168-69). By
trustees had revised the curriculum to require of
every graduate a knowledge of Greek.