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Title: Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, Jan.uary 27, 1843 [Containing a Description of a Disturbance on Campus]: Electronic Edition.
Author: Ruffin, Thomas, Jr.
Funding from the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supported the electronic publication of this title.
Text transcribed by Bari Helms
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First Edition, 2007
Size of electronic edition: ca. 12K
Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2007
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Languages used in the text: English
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2007-02-12, Stephanie Adamson finished TEI/XML encoding.
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Title of collection: Thomas Ruffin Papers (#641), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, January 27, 1843 [Containing a Description of a Disturbance on Campus]
Author: Thomas Ruffin
Description: 3 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 641 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter fromThomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin , January 27, 1843 [Containing a Description of a Disturbance on Campus]
Ruffin, Thomas, Jr.



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Chapel Hill Jan 27th

Dear father

I suppose that you have been looking for a letter from me, for some days. Since it was your request that I should write every three weeks, I write just at this period, because there has been a considerable disturbance amongst us, of which you have no doubt heard before this & are anxious to hear if we took any active part in it
I was deceived by some of the students & was made to go where the noise first commenced, but so soon as I understood what it was I retired to my room, or rather to James’ room, where I remained till the next morning. James was more fortunate than my self. He had nothing whatever to do with it, neither did George McNeill & I believe that Fred Brodman had nothing to do with it also.
The Faculty polled college & demanded an answer from everyone as regards the part which each one took in the confusion. Everyone gave an answer & all that were guilty confessed. This I thought was very hard, but they are in doubt now concerning their fate.
It was very amusing to hear their confessions. Some said that they rode hoses, some that they blew the horn & rang the bell

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& others said that they tryed to blow the horn, but could not mak a big noise. All confessed that they hollowed.
I have not heard from home but once this session. though I have written several times.
Pleasant Holt was sent for in great haste on yesterday & received a letter saying that his mother died on Sunday morning very unexpectedly. He did not say what it was that she died with.
I saw Col. Stockard, as he passed through here, he gave me two lists of their proceedings, one for myself & the other to [unrecovered] on.
The Legislature has done but very little in comparison with the time consumed & the monies spent.
You will please to purchase for me at the book store a Norton’s Astronomy & a Map of charts belonging to Worcester’s History & to send them up by the Stage. I was not aware that I would have to use them or I should have procured them from Mr Hughes, when he was up here.
When you see Martha Cain, please give my love to her & ask her to write to me, I hope that Judge Cameron has recovered. Give my best respects to his family, especially to Miss Mildred. Also to Mrs & Misses Taylor.

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James & George & Fred all send their love to you.

I remain your affectionate son

Thomas Ruffin


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