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Title: Letter from Thomas C. Pinkard (at Yale) to James Johnston Pettigrew, October 7, 1846: Electronic Edition.
Author: Pinkard, Thomas C.
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First Edition, 2005
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Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2005
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2005-07-27, Sarah Ficke finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: Pettigrew Family Papers (#592), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Thomas C. Pinkard (at Yale) to James Johnston Pettigrew, October 7, 1846
Author: Thomas C. Pinkard
Description: 3 pages, 3 page images
Note: Call number 592 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Thomas C. Pinkard (at Yale) to James Johnston Pettigrew , October 7, 1846
Pinkard, Thomas C.



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Yale Oct 7th 1846

Much Esteemed friend:

Yours of August reached me in due time, and I frankly acknowledge it was the greatest treat I have had since I've been on North. I can urge but one objection to it, and that is, it required more work to read it, than my own feelings will justify; where compulsions is out of the case, withal it was rich. It brought home to me feelings of old times—pleasure, enjoyment, and fun that never will be experienced again. You will kindly remember me to Mr. George, and your Freshman from Florida, and by the by, my respects to he valiant and rebellious Sophomores.
I have just gotten into business here, having been on furlow ever since I left the University. The beginning of the Collegiate year of this institution was the first of October, when I made a pass for admission and to the utter astonishment of my weak mind, I completely succeeded. But of all the examinations I ever stood, this last caps the climax. They did not sum me very hard in mathematics—about the same as at the Hill—but you may depend upon it they sifted me in Greek and Latin. They took me through, from Jacobs Greek Reader to the Prometheus of Aeschylus, and from Caesar as far on as you please. I saw what the chances would be as soon as I arrived, and accordingly put

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into it, head and years. This accounts for my delay in writing. I am now a regular member of the Junior class, and have had the pleasure of making some few recitations. From what little I have seen, I am forced to believe candidly that they turn out better schollars here than they do at the Hill. But it is not owing to the advantages and facilities for instruction, for the University is equal to it in the respect, if not superior. The students here are men of mature age mostly, men who know how to estimate the value of their time and oportunities and mostly indigent students who depend upon their education for a support in life, and add to these considerations a spirit of rivalry and emulation—who and who shall obtain the highest appointments, besides a most rigid college discipline, all tend to excite to study. They have a certain standard of scholarship here, if a fellow falls below which they merely advise him to retire for the benefit of his health; as they say. Which standard corresponds to about "very respectable or "good with you. They have an everlasting "abominable" system of Tutorship also, which I do detest from the very bottom of my heart, and who too, have almost despotic power after all. Yale and Harvard all these big schools live on reputation. They make out a great long catalouge of big men's names as those composing the faculty, and who rarely ever see the college more

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than once a term. The University has its good qualities and so does Yale, and upon the whole I believe they are about equally balanced. For pleasure, fun, socialness, and instruction, C Hill is superior to this place. I say, perhaps superior in instruction, because the tutors instruct here principally, who are not as good as the Proffessors with you. In every thing else Yale has the advantage. I frankly confess I have not made much by my exchange, but am quite well satisfied. When I left home I started off on a wild goose chase and have no doubt but that I will see the other continent before I get back. I had an idea of getting aboard one of those big steamers and going over to see what's on tother side of the world, which I can do any vacations, as they pass to and fro every six weeks. What do you think of the spree? Wouldn't you like to take a peek at monarchy?
But I must bring this badly written, desultory letter to a close. Johnson you must look over this for I never felt so little like writing in all my life, but this is my only opportunity. You will confer a very great favor by writing immediately, and giving me all the news. I wish you would jog my old roommate's memory. He certainly must be out of writing materials, that he cannot answer my letters. My best respects to all my friends and

Yours most sincerely

Thomas C. Pinkard

J. J. Pettigrew


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