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Title:[Letter] 1847 Feb. 15, E[ast] T[ennessee] University [to] Mr. John D. McAdoo, Clinton, Anderson Co[unty], Tenn[essee] / R. M. Moore: a machine-readable transcription of an image
Author:Moore, R. M

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Date: February 15, 1847
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter, dated February 15, 1847, written from R. M. Moore at East Tennessee University (former name of the University of Tennessee) to John D. McAdoo in Anderson County. In the letter, Moore related the ill state of his health at the time. He also wrote briefly of recent university news. A new student had enrolled, and Moore had befriended the student in hopes that he would soon join his society. Also, a student by the name of Parshall had left the school and returned home. Moore further expressed disdain for the poor performance of his hall's debate team.
Collection:R.M. Moore
Folder: MS-35

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E. T. [East Tennessee] University, February 15, 1847.
Dear John.

With pain and difficulty do I make the effort of offering a friendly, but limited communication. I am sorely afflicted with a severe pain in my head and an aching of my back and limbs, which make me nervous and unsteady, and therefore I am in a bad situation to write. My shoulder aches and my hand is so unsteady, that it appears that I can not [cannot] write without blotting, and I regret to send a letter to a friend, which looks, as though a blacksmith had written it with a hand spike.

But you must make allowances for this one, owing to the state of my health. I am unable to study any of consequence, for the anguish of my head is so severe, that it seems that I can not [cannot] bear to steady at any thing [anything], much less to retain. I have not been in a recitition [recitation] [added: room] to-day [today], and if I do not get better I think that I shall not recite anymore, but endeavor to get home. My mind is so confused that I am troubled to grasp any thing [anything] to reveal to you which may interest you, at all, and I am hard enough pressed in my best moments to produce subjects of importance and interest.

I consider that we have, but little if any thing [anything] here to communicate, which deserves a high appreciation. We have a new student, who arrived here recently from Mississippi and we have got him into our building, though he has not joined our society; yet I think that he will for I think that we have obtained the right side of him. I have taken considerable pains with him by treating him friendly and familiarly, and he seems to be very much pleased with me so far, and also he seems to pleased [added: with] some of the other members. I am not like the Ph.'s when I wish to get a student in our society, for I beleve [believe] that they begin about the first thing to talk about their society; but I wish to gain a student's good will first.

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The members of our hall conduct themselves very badly in debate. On Saturday night last they were very disorderly, and [added: after] the close of debate, the resolution, which was past [passed] on Saturday [added: night] previous to invite the Faculty into our hall, was brought up and voted down by a large majority. —

Parshall has quit college and gone home, though I imagine that his departure will [added: not] produce much sorrow with the students. — Charles and long Kirk I believe are well, and the health of the students generally is good; also their demeanor is considerably better than was it some time since. I had just got so that I could study to some advantage and was advancing much better in my studies; than I have done I believe all of the first part of the session; but I fear that this misery in my head will nearly, if not entirely break up my studying during this term.

I am informed that Miss. Haverly is to be married to McKee , one of the editors of the Tribune.

I have nothing more at present to offer to you; but to ask you to excuse my badly composed and badly written epistle.

I am your true friend,
R. M. Moore
To. J. [John] D. McAdoo

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Mr. John D. McAdoo Clinton Anderson Co. [County] Tenn. [Tennessee]

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