Randolph Macon College, Va
February 18th 1861
As I haven’t heard from you all for some time, I now seat myself to write you a few lines, in order to find out why you don’t write oftener. Surely you have been from home long enough at a time to become anxious to hear from home folks once a week at least. You don’t know how much I appreciate a letter from home.
Well, I stood my last examination last Saturday – Spanish – and you may rest assured that I’m glad of it. But am sorry to say that after reviewing very hard for the last 6 weeks, I am pestered with a continual headache, have had it now for about eight or ten days. I don’t think I’ll study any this week, and see if it won’t leave me. Still I feel recompenced when I think that I have come out so well in all of them. Prof Staubly says I stand a very good chance to get through on Spanish next June, that is take a diploma on one of his half tickets. Last Saturday he valued his examination at 100 out of which I got 85. Dr. Arnold valued his Greek at 125. I got 124 out of that. Sixty would put me through under Staubly. 100 would under the Old Dr. So you see I averaged 24 ½ over both their standards. There is no news of interest in this vicinity. Everything quiet about college. There is a gentleman here from Georgia teaching the Othoepy of the English Language, how to pronounce every word. I take lessons under him at $2.00. He has 50 students in his class, besides every one of the Faculty, from Dr. Smith down to Shep. and several Ladies from the county. Give my love to all, and receive a portion for yourself. Please write to me very soon.
Your affectionate son