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Title: Letter from Leander Hughes to John Hughes, August 23, 1823: Electronic Edition.
Author: Hughes, Leander, fl. 1823-1824
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
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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
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Languages used in the text: English
Revision history:
2005-05-10, Brian Dietz finished TEI/XML encoding.
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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: Leander Hughes Letters (#1691), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Leander Hughes to John Hughes, August 23, 1823
Author: Leander Hughes
Description: 2 pages, 2 page images
Note: Call number 1691 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Education/UNC Student Life
Examples of Student Writing/Letters
Editorial practices
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Document Summary

Hughes tells his father that he boards at Mrs. Mitchell's, that two students have been dismissed, and that two local residents have been in a fight, one disemboweling the other.
Letter from Leander Hughes to John Hughes, August 23, 18231
Hughes, Leander, fl. 1823-1824

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August 23rd 1823

Kind and affectionate parent

being now at leisure I sit down do to write you a few lines descriptive of my situation at this place, as it appears that you have not received my letters. I have written twice, and this is the third time since my arrival here; but had almost determined not to write anymore until I should receive some intelegence from you, yet I should have been impelled to it again by filial affection, it is a singular pleasure to me to receive a letter from you at any time and I hope it will not be long before you write to me again
I board at Mrs Mitchels and shall continue there during this session. I room with a Mr Prince 2 a classmate of mine whom I esteem and respect. in one of my letters I I [s]tated that I Roomed with M. Moore but prefering Prince and he appearing equally anxious that I should room with him I done so while with Prince I pay nothing for lodging whereas with any other person I should pay five Dollars per session, I have obtained a trunk by sending to Raleigh about two weeks after coming here. I am quite well and have enjoyed very good health since my arrival here I will now give you a detail of some of the occurencies that have taken place since I came here; there have been two of the students dismissed from college one for having a pistol for the purpose of exploding gunpowder the other for allowing him the privilge of preparing his the [unrecovered] load in his room. there has also been a very severe engagement here between a r[e]sident of this place and one of its vicinity the latter unfortunately

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had his entrails cut out while engaged in the contest and walked from the spring to college or nearly so before it was discovered a distance of nearly twohundred yards. he has mended much, and it is thought will entirely recover.
The session expires on the fifth of December as you may have probaly learned while here; at the end of this term I hope to have the pleasure to return home. as I have understood from Gabriel Moore that his uncle intends sending for him at that time, if and if it would suit you to send for me then, I should like it better than to come in the Stage as the boy can come with Moore ,s please to start him soon enough to get here on the the fourth of the month that I may start on the fifth.


Remember my love and esteem to grandmother tell her I am waiting to recieve her letter
NB. kind and good mother please to have me some nice doublewove Cloth for me against I return as that will answer every purpose of supersede the necssity buying cloth from the stores.


1. Leander Hughes Papers, SHC. The letter is addressed "John Hughes/ Patrick county Virginia/ Penn's Store"; "per mail" appears in the lower left corner. The postage endorsement reads "Chapel Hill/1st Sepr} 18." Written on a half sheet of paper, the letter was folded, then placed inside another half sheet folded to make up the envelope.

2. Thomas McCarrel Prince of Pitt County, NC, received his degree from the University in 1827. He and Hughes joined the Philanthropic Society in 1824.