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Title: Letter from Edmund Jones to his Father Edmund W. Jones, July 29, 1867: Electronic Edition.
Author: Jones, Edmund
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, 2005
Size of electronic edition: ca. 11K
Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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:
2005-10-21, Sarah Ficke finished TEI/XML encoding.
Title of collection: Edmund Walter Jones Papers (#3543), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from Jim E. Jones to his Father Edmund W. Jones, July 29, 1867
Author: E. Jones
Description: 4 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 3543 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from Edmund Jones to his Father Edmund W. Jones, July 29, 1867
Jones, Edmund

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July 29th 1867

My Dear Father,

It has now been nearly a week since my arrival on the Hill but thinking that you would hear every thing of interest from Sam I have neglected to write. I reached the Hill all in good time & found myself surrounded by my numerous friends, as I descended from my seat in the hack. I am sorry to say that the institution is in any thing but a flourishing condition. The loss of Col Martin , who filled the chair of Chemistry is one which will not be easily supplied; State Geologist Kerr

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is spoken of to fill his place, but I do not think will accept. Gov Swain sent in his resignation a few days ago, but from the wording of same, I do not think he is particularly anxious to be relieved. The document stated that probably if the trustees compelled him to resign he might do so, or something to that effect. As is usual in such cases his successor is spoken of in the person of George Davis of Wilmington or Gov Vance . I do not think however think his resignation will be accepted, in case it is I am of opinion that Vance is not the proper man to put in his place, besides I don't think he desires the position. There is general dissatisfaction in College & I think justly so. The University upon its present basis is evidently a failure, so long as the State keeps up its University in a becoming style,

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I am for patronising it, but when she fails to do that, then I think in justice to one's ownself they should change to some other college. Our class (the Junior) is much dissatisfied with their course, we feel the absence of Prof Hepburn much, & the seniors do Martin . Our course is incomplete & so is the senior. I have concieved the plan of taking both together, & as I have plenty of time I can easily do so. Most of the class wish to do the same thing, by that means we will be enabled to graduate, next June, & thereby save one year. I have just finished a conversation with J Fries & he is anxious to pursue that course. I will see the Gov this evening & if he will allow us I think nearly the whole class will join in. What do you think of the plan. Write & let me know. Several old students have have left the

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here because they were not satisfied with the course of instruction, & there are only twelve (12) members of the Freshman class. George Maverick leaves tonight for the University of Virginia in company with two or three other students. He sends his kindest regards to the whole family. In short the University is a farce on a large scale, & I think there will be a general breaking up before long, unless some very radical measures are taken. There are about 90 here. I recieved the letters sent me by mail from home day after I reached here. My cough is improving, probably caused by my eating so much fine fruit. I am sorry to hear of Auntie's illness taking so malignant a shape. I had a fine time in Morganton. Love to all. When I return I hope to see you enjoying a chronic case of good health.

Your aff

E. Jones.