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Title: Letter from William H. Thomson to Thomas Ruffin, April 10, 1824: Electronic Edition.
Author: Thomson, William H.
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2005-10-18, Brian Dietz finished TEI/XML encoding.
Title of collection: Thomas Ruffin Papers (#641), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from William H. Thomson to Thomas Ruffin, April 10, 1824
Author: Wm. H. Thomson
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Note: Call number 641 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from William H. Thomson to Thomas Ruffin , April 10, 1824
Thomson, William H.

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Chapel Hill April 10th 1824


The earnestness with which you have advised, & the liberal assistance you have rendered to me in acquiring an education, have induced me to call upon you again, at the close of this education, for your advice with respect to my future course. Medicine is the profession I have made choice of for myself. But as I will be unable for want of funds to enter upon this study directly after graduating, I designed taking charge of some school. For this purpose I applied to Mr Rogers, to get the appointment of assistant teacher in the academy at Hillsboro. He wrote to me that he had already agreed with Mr Jno Norwood to assist him, but mentioned that there was a vacancy in Ebenezer Academy at Leesburg. Caswell, occasioned by the dismission of a Mr Cooper, and that he would name me to the Trustees of this academy if I requested it. He says that a salary of four or five hundred dollars may be calculated upon, at first & that there is every reason

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to believe that this sum will be liberally augmented as the teacher proves his claim to further emuneration. As this is the most favorable opportunity within my knowledge, of engaging in business immediately I had thought it would be my best course to accept of the appointment if offered. However as I regarded you as the best of friends, I considered it proper to consult you on the subject before I had taken any decissive step.
I hope you will favor me with your advice in this case as soon as you can.
When I commenced writing I intended to have concluded here. But I do not consider it to be improper to subjoin a few remarks. [unrecovered] the report of the Senior class, as it has been a subject of considerable discussion, here, & given rise to much unpleasant feeling & indeed some disturbance among the Dialectic members of college, among whom I include myself. The chief cause of complaint to our members was what we conceived to be an unjust distribution of distinctions by the Faculty. They appointed a member of the Philanthropic Society to deliver the latin speech when we were all fully convinced there were four or five members of the D.S. who ought to have been preferred.

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This dicession of the Faculty was attributed to a partiality, which we have thought, has long existed in that body. So indignant were the students when the report was first received, that a general spirit of insubordination prevailed among the other classes, & I am proud to say that its suppression was owing to the influence of the Senior class, who promised to act in such a manner as would satisfy them. Accordingly the Dialectic members of the Senior class wrote a petition to the Faculty, requesting to be exempted from [unrecovered] any part in the exercises of commencement. This request has not, as yet, been acted [unrecovered] by the faculty, & so it rests here. We have no hope that the Faculty will comply with what we ask. We only wish to show by our proceedings that we disapprove of the report.

With much respect
Your Obt. Sert.

Wm. H. Thomson

Judge Ruffin

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