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Title:[Letter] 1837 Apr. 20, East Tenn[essee] College, Knoxville [to] Mr. Charles F. Welcker, Talladega, Ala[bama] / Fred[erick] A. Welcker : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Welcker, Frederick A.

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Date: April 20, 1837
Extent: 4 p
Summary:This document is a letter dated April 20, 1837, from Frederick A. Welcker at East Tennessee College (currently the University of Tennessee) to his brother Charles F. Welcker in Talladega, Alabama. Frederick talks about the school, his examination, and the rival social societies. He also discusses upcoming congressional elections and the candidates. Finally, he expresses shock at the news that their sister Catharine had recently gotten married.
Collection:Welcker Papers
Box:MS-12, b2

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East Tenn. [Tennessee] College , Knoxville April 20th 1837
Dear Brother Charles,

after having been so long silent I am at a great loss to know how the commence addressing you.-

For it would seem that I have no grounds upon which to [added: make] a due and plausible apology.- But I have been busily engaged; and am situated in a retired and secluded place, where I seldom see company or news papers; consequently it is not often I am possessed of such information as would prove interesting to a correspondent.- However let us dispense with this apology, for it has already been sufficiently protracted.-

The examination in this institution took place two weeks since.- It has been customary in this as in all other chartered institutions to have one exhibition at the close of the examination; but on this occasion in its stead the two rival Societies held their anniversaries; and they are said to have thrown in the shade every thing in the line

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of an exhibition that has been seen in the town.- you will see an account of it in the Register I sent Henry; I had also made arrangements for and to be sent you, but through a mistake it was sent to Jacksonville .-

Monroe and myself are continuing on College- hill this vacation.- He is employed in the practical part of Surveying; I am principally employed in reading.-

The period of our state elections is drawing near; and the candidates in this section are urging their pretentions [pretensions] with considerable warmth.- Joseph L. Williams and Robt. [Robert] Anderson are running for Congress in this district.- Graves has no opponent as yet for the Senate; nor has [unclear: Crosier ] opposition to represent this county in the house- Col. [Colonel] Havron of this Co. [County] and Mjr. [Major] John Smith of Roane are offering for [unclear: floating ] number.- I believe but two are running in Roane, Stocton and Carter .- On Monday last the Hon. [Honorable] [unclear: Bolig ] Peyton delivered a speech to a large congregation composed of both sexes from this town and its vicinity.- He is not an avowed candidate for Governor

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but will be; and will receive the support of Judge White 's friends

I would say to sister Caroline, that I now begin to attach much belief to her remark, that girls were curious creatures.- I am the more disposed so at present from the fact, that my own sister in whom I reposed so much confidence, having been lately seized with an amorous fit, became engaged in marriage to a gentleman, and actually consecrated herself his own peculiarly; and the matter was announced in the public prints and she had almost departed with him to a different state before I was apprised of the fact.- I do not mean to complain, for I had some knowledge that such an arrangement had been attempted; but I mention this circumstance merely to show my strong conviction, that girls are in some aspects strange creatures.- Since the subject of matrimony has been introduced I would [added: mention] I saw Mr K. Love about two months since; and he informed me that Mr. J. V. Mitchell had written him a letter informing [added: him] that his father was again married; but lately I have been induced to believe it was only a jocke [joke].- Mr. Love was in good health &c. [et cetera] - I wish [added: my] respects to be presented to sister Caroline Margaret E. & brother H. I. [Henry Inman] and I hope you will accept of the same from

your affectionate brother
Fred. [Frederick] A. Welcker
To Charles F. Welcker Esqr. [Esquire]

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postmark stamp: April 23, Knoxville, TN
] [added: Single]
Mr. Charles F. Welcker Talladega Talladega Co. [County] Ala. [Alabama]
[added: mail]

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