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Title: Letter from John B. Giles to Adlai Osborne, July 29, 1806: Electronic Edition.
Author: Giles, John B., 1788-1846
Editor: Erika Lindemann
Funding from the State Library of North Carolina supported the electronic publication of this title.
Text transcribed by Erika Lindemann and Julia Stockton
Images scanned by Mara E. Dabrishus
Text encoded by Sarah Ficke
First Edition, 2005
Size of electronic edition: ca. 12K
Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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The electronic edition is a part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South.
Languages used in the text: English
Revision history:
2005-03-15, Sarah Ficke finished TEI/XML encoding.
Part of a series:
This transcribed document is part of a digital collection, titled True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students in North Carolina
written by Lindemann, Erika
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
Note: 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
Editorial practices
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Document Summary

Giles tells his friend, a former student, that he has joined the junior class; a tooth extraction cost him part of his jaw bone.
Letter from John B. Giles to Adlai Osborne , July 29, 18061
Giles, John B., 1788-1846

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Chapel Hill July 29th 1806

Friend Adlai )

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 extracted it

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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
Tender my best respects to Spruce David Nesbit , and D– Fortry3 all and to all my Old freinds

I am Sin[cerely] yours

Jno Giles4

Envelope page


1. Adlai Osborne Papers, SHC. The letter is addressed "Mr Adlai L. Osborne / Salisbury"; the postage endorsement reads "Chapel Hill 29th July} 12 1/2." The word "post" appears in the lower left corner.

2. The 1803 curriculum for first-year students required examinations in Virgil, Horace's odes, and Lucian's dialogues (in place of the Greek Testament). Sophomores studied Cicero, geography, arithmetic, Noah Webster's and Robert Lowth's English grammars, and Horace. Juniors no longer studied astronomy but were examined in algebra, Alexander Ewing's A Synopsis of Practical Mathematics, Euclid, trigonometry, heights and distances, navigation, and logarithms. Seniors studied Hugh Blair's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, Claude François Xavier Millot's Elements of General History, and William Paley's The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy (Battle 1:168-69). By 1806 the trustees had revised the curriculum to require of every graduate a knowledge of Greek.

3. "D– Fortry" may be Daniel M. Forney .

4. A second hand has written underneath the signature "[? John B. Giles /of Salisbury]."