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Johnson, John Wesley
John Wesley Johnson Collection.
Inclusive Dates:
Materials in:
Collection contains correspondence, invitations, biographical sketches of various people, diaries, and miscellaneous documents related to the life of John Wesley Johnson. Items were created 1853-1930.
6 boxes.
Repository :
The University of Mississippi
J.D. Williams Library
Department of Archives and Special Collections
P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848, USA
Phone: 662.915.7408
Fax: 662.915.5734
Cite as:
John Wesley Johnson Collection (MUM00577). The Department of Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi.

Scope and Contents Note
Collection contains correspondence, invitations, biographical sketches of various people, diaries, and miscellaneous documents related to the life of John Wesley Johnson. Items were created 1853-1930.

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Index Terms
University of Mississippi -- History

Container List

Box 1

Folder No.:

1. Inventory.

2. Biographical information on John Wesley Johnson.

3. ADS. [1881-1882]. C. W. Sears, University of Mississippi, to Secretary, Board of Trustees, 1 p.

4. ALS. June 24, 1882. A. J. Quinche, University of Mississippi, to Gen. A. P. Stewart, Chancellor, 1 p.

5. ALS. June 26, 1882. John L. Johnson, University of Mississippi, to Gen. A. P. Stewart, 1 p.

6. ALS. June 23, 1885. W. D. Hedleston, University of Mississippi, to Gen. A. P. Stewart, 2 pp.

7. TLS. October 30, 1888. L. T. Davidson, Courier-Journal Job Printing Company, Louisville, Kentucky, to JWJ, 4 pp.

8. TLS. November 10, 1888. L. T. Davidson, Courier-Journal Job Printing Company, Louisille, Kentucky, to JWJ, 2 pp.

9. ALS. December 8, 1888. H. M. Lazelle, War Department, Publication Office, Washington, D. C., to JWJ, 1 p.

10. ALS. April 20, 1889. J. V. Moore, New Orleans, Louisiana, to JWJ, 3 pp. With envelope.

11. TLS. May 9, 1889. [Joseph Cummnigs], Evanston, Illinois, to JWJ, 2 pp.

12. ALS. May 29, 1889. Bertha Macy, Columbia College, New York, to JWJ, 4 pp. With envelope.

13. TLS. June 6, 1889. E. W. Hilgard, University of California, Berkeley, to JWJ, 1 p.

14. ALS. October 2, 1889. H. L[ ] [Martenburg], University of Chicago, to "My dear friend," 4 pp.

15. ALS. November 4, 1889. Clara C. Fant, Holly Springs, Mississippi, to JWJ, 2 pp. With envelope.

16. ALS. December 11, 1889. Mrs. [ ] [Murray], Cincinnati, Ohio, to JWJ, 2 pp. With envelope.

17. ALS. March 6, 1890. Mrs. F. A. P. Barnard, New York City, to JWJ, 4 pp. With envelope.

18. ADS. August 3, 1890. Illegible signature, Gottingen, 1 p. In German.

19. ALS. April 23, 1892. Robert Lowry, Jackson, Mississippi, to "To Whom it May Concern," 2 pp.

20. ANS. May 17, 1897. Thomas A. Edison, Orange, New Jersey, to JWJ, 1 p.

21. TLS. June 5, 1907. John N. Tillman, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, to JWJ, 1 p. and TLS. August 28, 1907. John N. Tillman, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, to JWJ, 1 p. With envelope.

22. ALS. August 26, 1910. H. Trueman Wood, Royal Society of Arts, London, to "Sir," 2 pp.

23. TL. June 17, 1911. J. G. Gaither, Oxford, Mississippi, to A. A. Kincannon, 1 p.

24. ALS. March 4, 1912. David H. Bishop, University of Mississippi, to Mrs. JWJ, 2 pp., with TL. March 11, 1912, [Mrs. John Wesley Johnson], Chicago, Illinois, to David H. Bishop, 2 pp.

25. ALS. February 22, 1918. [Aunt Glen], to Chris [L. C. Johnson], 4 pp. With envelope.

26. ALS. [February 28, 1918]. [Aunt Glen], to Chris [L. C. Johnson], 5 pp. With envelope.

27. ALS. February 23, 1929. Aunt Tessie [Mrs. G. C. Savage], Nashville, Tennessee, to Christine [Whitlock], 4 pp. with ALS. April 1, 1929. Aunt Tessie [Mrs. G. C. Savage], Nashville, Tennessee, to Christine [Whitlock], 6 pp. With envelope.

28. ALS. March 1, 1929. Leslie Christine Johnson Whitlock, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, to Mr. [H. C.] Williams, 2 pp., with TNS. Williams to Whitlock.

29. ALS. March 5, 1929. Aunt Tessie [Mrs. G. C. Savage], Nashville, Tennessee, to Christine [Whitlock], 6 pp. With envelope.

30. TLS. March 15, 1929. J. A. Cunningham, Booneville, Mississippi, to C. Glenn Whitlock, 1 p.

31. ALS. May 29, 1929. Aunt Glenn to Christine [Whitlock], 4 pp. With envelope.

32. ALS. [September 26, 1929]. Aunt Glenn [Davis], Booneville, Mississippi, to Chris[tine] Whitlock, 7 pp. With envelope.

33. ALS. September 26, 1929. Aunt Glenn [Davis], to Chris[tine Whitlock], 1 p. See photograph removed to Collections Photographs.

34. ALS. March 4, 1949. Aunt Corrie to Christine, 4 pp. With envelope.

35. TLS. May 8, 1958. George F. Lull, American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois, to Mrs. C. Glenn Whitlock, 1 p.

36. ACS. August 28, 1905. Sudie to Christine Johnson.

ACS. November 25, 1906. Unsigned to Mr. Hollis C. [Racoles].

ACS. April 7, 1908. Marie Hendley to Christine Johnson.

ACS. April 11, 1908. Sudie to Christine Johnson.

ACS. July 15, 1908. Marie Hendley to Christine Johnson.

ACS. August 25, 1908. Papa to Christine Johnson.

ACS. September 3, 1908. Papa to Christine Johnson.

ACS. December 31, 1908. Sudie to Christine Johnson.

37. ACS. April 3, 1909. S. R. to Christine Johnson.

ACS. September 15, 1909. Francis to Christine Johnson.

ACS. December 28, 1909. Sudie to Christine Johnson.

ACS. [ ] 25, 19[17]. Dr. H. Lindlahr to "Dear Friends".

ACS. March 25, 1930. Ella C. Norman, Memphis, Tennessee, to Mrs. C. G. Whitlock.

38. ALS. Not dated. Aunt Glenn to Chris, 2 pp.

39. ACS. Not dated. Christine Whitlock to Sudie.

40. Printed invitations:

May 4, 1877. 25th Anniversary of Phi Sigma Society, University of Mississippi.

February 22, 1881. 21st Anniversary of Hermaean Society, University of Mississippi.

June 26, 1890. Commencement Ball, University of Mississippi.

February 22, 1894. 45th Anniversary of Hermaean Society, University of Mississippi.

December 9, 1904. Evening with Sigma Chi fraternity, Oxford, Mississippi.

January 18, 1901. Founder's Day Reception at Dr. W. A. Montgomery's.

April 14, 1905. 55th Anniversary Cotillion, Delta Kappa Epsilon, University of Mississippi.

March 9, 1906. Founder's Day, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, University of Mississippi. 2 copies.

February 9, 1911. Sigma Chi Fraternity, University of Mississippi.

November 15, 1907. Linen Shower for Miss Sudie Burt, at home of Mrs. Edward Donald Beanland.

November 20, 1907. Wedding of Sudie Burt and Stokes Vernon Robertson, Oxford, Mississippi.

41. Miscellaneous envelopes.

42. ADS. 1881-1882. J. M. Long, University of Mississippi, Report of the Department of Metaphysics, to Gen. A. P. Stewart, 2 pp.

43. Folio of autograph letters, signed in re: John W. Johnson's Application for Chair of Mathematics at the University of Mississippi, 1886:

ALS. July 23, 1886. JWJ, Booneville, Mississippi, to Board of Trustees, 3 pp.

ALS. July 27, 1886. J. W. Buchanan, Okolona, Mississippi, to Board of Trustees, 1 p.

ALS. July 20, 1886. Illegible Signature, Corinth, Mississippi, to Board of Trustees, 1 p.

ALS. July 20, 1886. A. N. S. Smith, Heidelberg, Mississippi, to Board of Trustees, 1 p.

ALS. July 20, 1886. R. G. Porter, Verona, Mississippi, to the Board of Trustees, 1 p.

ALS. July 20, 1886. V. P. Willing, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas, to the Board of Trustees, 1 p.

ALS. July 22, 1886. W. B. Walker, Aberdeen, Mississippi, to Board of Trustees, 1 p.

ALS. July 23, 1886. J. B. Stone, Verona, Missisippi, to Board of Trustees, 1 p.

ALS. July 28, 1881. Alexander P. Stewart, Chancellor, University of Mississippi, to JWJ, 1 p.

ADS. July 6, [1881]. A. J. Quinche, University of Mississippi, 2 pp.

ADS. July 6, 1881. Lewis T. Fitzhugh, University High School, Oxford, 1 p.

ADS. July 28, 1881. John L. Johnson, University of Mississippi, to JWJ, 1 p.

ADS. July 28, 1881. J. W. Wheat, University of Mississippi, to JWJ, 1 p.

ALS. July 24, 1886. John M. Allen, University of Mississippi, to Board of Trustees, 1 p.

44. AD. April 30, 1889. List of Articles Departed/[Library] Corner Stone Relicts, 1 p.

45. AD. [April 30 1889]. Oration delivered at the Laying of the Cornerstone of the Library Building upon the Centenary Anniversary of the First Inauguration of Washington, by Charles Firman Smith, Law Class of 1889, University of Mississippi, 18 pp.

46. ADS. Not dated. A. J. Quinche, University of Mississippi, to Chancellor A. P. Stewart, 1 p.

47. ADS. Not dated. Edward Mayes, Robert Fulton and W. Latham, Report of the committee appointed to make a preliminary investigation of certain rumors of a fraud committeed by Miss [ ] Smythe . . , 16 pp.

Box 2

Folder No.:

1. Biographical sketches of University of Mississippi alumni:
a. John McSwine, 1855.
b. James M. Smith, 1855.
c. Henry Minor Scales, 1855.
d. Rev. M. L. Weller, 1855.

2. Biographical sketches:
a. Burfoot Aldrich, 1889.
b. J. M. Allen, 1870.
c. J. W. Allen, 1881.
d. C.H. Alexander, 1877.
e. Jefferson Davis Anderson, 1881.
f. Jno. Hodge Arrington, 1889.
g. William Franklin Ashley, 1889.

3. Biographical sketches:
a. Rev. Louis M. Ball, 1871.
b. Evon Marion Barber, 1883.
c. D. C. M. Bigham, 1871.
d. Oscar F. Bledsoe, 1860.
e. J. M. Boone, 1878.
f. Roswell Valentine Booth, Jr.
g. Gerard Brandon, 1882.
h. Jefferson Davis Brown, 1889.
i. Edgar Eugene Bryant, 1880.
j. John Carroll Byrson, 1888.

4. Biographical sketches:
a. J. M. Buchanan, 1878.
b. J. W. Buchanan, 1861.
c. Edward Jefferies Buck, 1889.
d. T. E. Bugg, 1852.

5. Biographical Sketches:
a. Walter Cain, 1880.
b. Ezekiel Samuel Candler, 1881.
c. William Locke Chew, 1882.
d. C. T. Cooper.
e. J. W. Cutrer, 1878.

6. Biographical Sketches:
a. Rev. J. S. Davenport, 1870.
b. Hon. John L. Dodd, 1871.
c. Walter Hugh Drane, 1894.

7. Biographical Sketches:
a. J. B. Earle, 1852.
b. J. B. Eckles, 1889.

8. Biographical Sketches:
a. J. W. T. Falkner, 1869.
b. Edwin Clifford Finley, 1889.
c. Guston Thomas Fitzhugh, 1866.
d. Lewis Thomas Fitzhugh, Jr., 1885.
e. Walter L. Foxworth, 1894.
f. James Walter Furr, 1888.

9. Biographical Sketches:
a. J. H. Gaillard, 1855.
b. James Lockhart Goodloe, 1860.
c. Cornelius Washington Grafton, 1868.
d. E. F. Griffin, 1854.
e. Robert James Guthrie, 1868.

10. Biographical Sketches:
a. Judge E. P. Hamilton, 1868.
b. Stephen T. Hampton, 1882.
c. L. S. Handly, 1869.
d. James Maury Harding, 1869.
e. Henry Hughes Harper, 1881.
f. Hon. W. R. Harper, 1879.
g. J. C. Harris, 1882.

11. Biographical Sketches:
a. William Shryoe Hemingway, 1889.
b. Thomas Hinds, 1854.
c. Addison Hogue.
d. Samuel Holloway, 1884.
e. Ira Griffin Holloway, 1854.
f. Samuel Holloway, 1889.
g. Francis Holmes, 1858.
h. Laurentius Holmes, 1854.
i. Frank M. Howell, 1869.

Box 3

Folder No.:

1. Biographical Sketches:
a. David Bell High, 1878.
b. Howell.
c. John L. Hudson, 1851.
d. Richard Franklin Hudson, 1868.
e. Eugene Victor Hughston, 1882.
f. Edwin William Hunter, 1894.
g. Milton Calhoun Hulton, 1869.

2. Biographical Sketches:
a. Frederick Hugh Ivy, 1881.

3. Biographical Sketches:
a. William Thomas Jenkins, 1877.
b. Edwin Lee Johnson, 1894.
c. Eugene Johnson, 1870.
d. Dr. J. L. Johnson.
e. J. J. A. Johnson, 1869.
f. Dudley W. Jones, Jr., 1894.
g. Garland Mordecai Jones, 1893.
h. Joseph Blake Jones, 1880.
i. J. H. Jones, 1858.

4. Biographical Sketches:
a. Leroy Kennedy.
b. James Monroe Kyle, 1890.

5. Biographical Sketches:
a. J. W. Lambuth, 1851.
b. Thaddeus Booth Lampton, 1889.
c. Frank Ernest Larkin, 1882.
d. A. J. Liddell, 1870 and J. A. Shackelford, 1870.
e. Dabney Lipscomb, 1879.
f. Mary Little, 1889.
g. R. H. Loughbridge, 1871.

6. Biographical Sketches:
a. W. A. McDonald, 1880.
b. Monroe McClurg, 1878.
c. W. H. McGruder, 1879.
d. Charles S. McKenzie, 1871.
e. Frank Alex McLain, 1874.
f. Albert T. McNeal, 1861.
g. Samuel Madison McWhorter, 1889.

7. Biographical Sketches:
a. Thomas Dabney Marshall, 1882.
b. William Elijius Martin, 1878.
c. Edward Mayes, 1868.
d. James Andrew Mecklin, 1869.

8. Biographical Sketches:
a. W. J. Mhoon, 1871.
b. Walter Pelham Mills, 1889.
c. William Minor Mitchell, 1889.
d. D. P. Montgomery, 1868.
e. Henry Mounger.
f. William Austin Murch, 1889.

9. Biographical Sketches:
a. J. K. P. Newton, 1871.
b. Brodie Strachan Crump, 1852.
c. Capt. W. B. Lowry, 1860.

10. Biographical Sketches:
a. Malachi Christopher Pegues, 1880.
b. Edward Beauchamp Peirce, 1885.
c. Samuel Logan Postel, 1889.
d. James Jones Quarles, 1851.

11. Biographical Sketches:
a. Robert Clark Redus, 1882.
b. W. H. Rees, 1869.
c. Jackson Reeves, 1888.
d. Sarah Alice Reeves, 1888.
e. Jackson Roach, 1853.
f. Eugene Harper Roberts, 1889.
g. John Henry Rogers, 1868.
h. William Thomas Ross, 1871.

12. Biographical Sketches:
a. H. M. Scales, 1855, 1859.
b. Edward de Seebuch-Juny, 1879.
c. John Whitfield Shields, 1869.
d. Walton Shields, 1889.
e. William Isidore Sinnott, 1887.

13. Biographical Sketches:
a. A. T. Smith, 1881.
b. Charles Firman Smith, 1889.
c. Milton Samuel Smith, 1889.
d. Lee Spence, 1889.
e. John Thompson Stevenson, 1869.
f. C. S. Stewart, 1882.
g. Benjamin Arthur Stockard, 1881.
h. William Johnson Stockett, 1889.
i. Jno. Willis Stovall, 1894.
j. Charles Calvin Swinney, 1889.

14. Biographical Sketches:
a. Collin Southall Tarpley, 1879.
b. Marcus Elvis Taylor, 1871.
c. James Barrett Thompson, 1889.
d. Robert Harvey Thompson, 1870.

15. Biographical Sketches:
a. George R. Waddel, 1868.
b. W. B. Walker, 1882.
c. John Thomas Walton, 1854, 1857.
d. Harry Warren, 1881.
e. Hon. Edmond Watkins, 1871.
f. W. Calvin Wells, 1869.

16. Biographical Sketches:
a. Rev. Richard Whitehead, 1855.
b. Lula Whitten, 1889.
c. Harry Hill Wildy, 1870.
d. John Fernanders Williams, 1889.
e. Dr. Thomas Emerson Williams, 1870.
f. Walter David Williams, 1888.
g. Samuel Allen Wilkinson, 1889.
h. Joseph Beauregard Wilson, 1882.

Box 4

Folder No.:

1. Miscellaneous material, including roster, for 11th Mississippi Regiment.

2. Miscellaneous material regarding John Wesley Johnson's Institute, Booneville, Mississippi.

3. Program from April 30, 1889 ceremony for Laying of the Cornerstone of the New Library Building at the University of Mississippi. 10 copies.

4. Miscellaneous invitations and programs from Kappa Alpha fraternity, University of Mississippi, 1900-1907.

5. University of Mississippi Examination Paper for Greek, n. d.

6. Miscellaneous broadsides:
a. "The Rivals," September 2, 1907. 2 copies.
b. Columbus Day celebration at the University Chapel, October 21, 1892.
c. Humorous Recitations by Willoughby Reade, Hampden Sydney College, October 29, 1885.

7. Pamphlet, "Suggestions to My Pupils founded upon Lectures Delivered to Them," by Willoughby Reade, 1885. 2 copies.

8. Miscellaneous certificates:
a. Home Library and Supply Association, 1897.
b. Masons, State of Mississippi, 1887.

9. Surveys completed by Presidents of various colleges for the purpose of introducing changes at the University of Mississippi; survey conducted by Edward Mayes, 1889.

10. University of Mississippi Commencement calendar and program, 1907.

11. Miscellaneous article by John Wesley Johnson.

12. Words to "Dixie," n. d.

13. Miscellaneous membership cards, tickets and passes.

14. Miscellaneous autograph notes.

15. Miscellaneous personal and acamdemic records.

16. Miscellaneous financial records.

17. Miscellaneous legal documents.

18. Autograph manuscripts: "Electrical Engine vs. the Steam Engine," and "Development of X-Ray Theory," n. d.

19. T. M. S. E. W. Hilgard. Untitled. "When I arrived at the University of Mississippi in September 1855 . . " 8 pp., re: F. A. P. Barnard.

20. Miscellaneous pages torn from University of Mississippi magazine.

21. Miscellaneous clippings re: University events, faculty, students and alumni.

22. Miscellaneous.

Box 5

Folder No.:

1. Photocopy of JWJ diary, 1854-1855. Notes on research.

2. Original of JWJ diary "Electric Heating in Niagra," 1897.

3. Photocopy and original of JWJ diary, 1859-1860, 1864-1865. University notes.

4. Photocopy and original of JWJ diary, 1865-1866. University notes.

5. Original of JWJ diary "Saturday Night Report," January 1874 - December 1878.

6. Original of JWJ diary, 1865-1866 and 1879. University notes.

7. Original and photocopy of JWJ diary, "Notes on Travelling," July 1890.

Box 6

Folder No.:

1. Broadside. University of Mississippi. University Players presentation of "The Rivals," under the direction of Stark Young, April 27, 1907. 3 copies. 2 encapsulated.

2. The University Record (partial copies):
a. January 17, 1900
b. January 31, 1900
c. February [3], 1900
d. February 14, 1900
e. February 28, 1900
f. March 28, 1900
g. April 11, 1900
h. April 18, 1900
i. May 2, 1900

Loose fragments of various newspapers.

Items catalogued from John Wesley Johnson Collection:

Oscar F. Bledsoe, "Oration before the two Literary Societies of the University of Mississippi," June 27, 1866.

Speech of the Hon. A. J. McLaurin of Mississippi in the Senate of the United States, February 22, 1902.



Saturday Night

January '74
April "

Preface 3
Often have I tried to re-
call past events; or the time
or circumstances connected with
the events but in vain because
I had taken no special notice
of them at the time, thinking that
they were of little importance.
I have thought it would pleasant
to read a brief account of ones
own acts, thoughts, feelings, &c.
years after they had past. It
seems that it would have a tenden
cy to make one a closer observer
of what is going on around him, if
he were in the habit of taking
notes of all that passes under his
observation. It seems one would
become interested in writing some
thing for himself only, to express
his thoughts in his own way perhaps

no other person would understand it
at all, and yet prove a satisfaction
to the author, after adversity had
[illegible] his bright hopes, or pros-
perity crowned his efforts with suc-
cess. In consideration of all
these things I have determined
to write something every Saturday
night about the events and time
of the past week. This I will
call the Saturday Night Report.


January 3rd 1874
The past week has been long
and tiresome. Christmas dull.
Was glad when Friday came
with duties of college to be
resumed. I felt rather disappointed
when Witherspoon & Miller returned
without bringing any news about my
money affairs; but was relieved
when the five o'clock train brought
a letter with a Post Office
order in it. Was too late for
chapel Friday morning in consequence
of it, but greatly gratified when
I paid General Sears his long
Due $28. Had my teeth plug-
ged Saturday morning and was
deprived of more of my money than
I expected.
January 10

Sunday was a very pleasant day
for the season, except that there
was sign of rain. Presbyterian
preached in our church. In the
evening the wind began to blow from
the North, which of course, made the
air chilly. Monday there was some
snow and sleet. The same Tuesday,
Wednesday the sun shown out
and and glistened through the
icy covered trees and formed
so may beautiful shades, glitters,
and reflections, that it looked
like we were living in a Par-
adise. Weather continuted to mod
erate till Saturday when it
seemed and felt like farmers
ought to be planting corn. Wed.
we were turned back in math
emetics. Mon. Greek started
spelling logarithm. I went to the
singing Saturday evening; determined

to go oftener. Saw the dumb man
on my return. We contemplate a
plan by which we may better our
way of baching. FS elected officers
for the Hermaen celebration.
January 17
Sunday we had a splendid lect-
ure from Dr. Garland, on the mir
acles of the bible. The 11 o'clock
sermon was good; showing that
we all have an influence which
works either for good or evil. Mon.
& Tues were rainy days then the ground
Froze which proved to us that winter
Was not neglecting us after all. Wed.
[Pope] turned us back into the [Satires].
Thu. we finished reviewing Mesuration
& Trigonometry & Fri took up the [Sur]
Friday night Kennedy brought me
three letters one from [H.M.] Bigham
one from M.A. Hicks, another from [Long.]
After reading them I could scarce

ly draw my mind off enough to
finish getting my old speech. Very
anxious to get another from some
body to know for certain if [J.] K.
Barmone is married, and whether
Aunt Lizzie is to marry next
Sunday week. I rather made
a [flot] this morning in FS. Stew
art says I will have to come
out if I get a speakers place.
I think he is about right. E.E.
Bigger was delivering an excellent
bimonthly oration when the dormi-
tory took fire this morning. Ex-
pecting to interest myself writing
to ma & Jimmy tomorrow. The
oil is out of my lamp; so I must
quit writing. Tis now 11 o'clock.
Jan. 24
Sunday morning. I was too
late for Sabbath school. Heard
most of the lecture and determined

that I would be in time
next Sunday. After school
Wiseman gave me my little
[Daisy] and a letter from [Sank].
No preaching at the Prsbyterian
church, consequently we had a
large congregation at our church.
Dr. Wheat preached an excellent
Sermon John 7-17 "If any man
will do his will, he shall know
of the doctrine, whether it be of
God or whether I speak of my self."
He proved the divine mission of
Christ by three evidences: External,
Internal; and Experimental. Mon
day and Tues. brought on their rotine
of work. Wed I got a letter from
Uncle Jim Stating that shure
enough Aunt Liz & St. Clair are
to marry 4 Sunday. It had in it
also a P.O. order for $40- [illegible]
for my warrants, 10 from

Lawrence. I went over in town
a 11 o'clock, got my money, and
after looking about some for
a suit of clothes finally bought
one from some Jews $20. Some
what fear that I am cheated.
Think hereafter I will offer
only about half what they ask.
Thu. we begin our review in Ana
Lytical. Johnson [kepet] us up in
his room the whole hour without
any recitation or giving us any
at all. Demerited
several of us for applauding the
ringing of the bell, after being bored
there the whole hour. I consider
that either he or the faculty is
making some [flats]; as well as
ourselves. How will we make
it on the examination in Eng?
our old Anal. Sounded very
natural Fri after our absence

of about three weeks. Did not
send me to the board as I expected
Look Monday! first one in Greek
will be I & no doubt first in
Math and not surprised if [illegible]
calls on me also. Singing this
evening as usual few in attendance
on account of examination.
January the 31.
I have been too busy this week
to pay much attention to any thing
except my books. Heard for a fact
that Barmone is married. Tom Wheat
left, they say, for Texas, last Wed
nesday night. [Pafs] has excused
us from two of the satires. I think
I know why. Johnson's order is to
write the examination with pen & ink.
Before another Saturday night comes
we will have passed the direful
examination in English. Will we
all make the rise. I fear that

Tunstall, Terry, Juny & some others
will not because they failed to give
the analysis. I have spent this
month $77! Dont expect to
spend that much from now till
Febraury 7
I cant refrain from taking a few
notes on the excellent Sermon I have
just heard (Sunday) Dr. Wheat's text
may be found in John 6-35 "I
am the bread of life." Jesus uttered
these words after he had performed one
of his great miracles of supplying the
multitude with bread. This furnished
him an opportunity of illustrating
his mission. As bread which we eat
goes to the sustaining of the body
hands, feet, and even the very rain
of our head; so is Christ to the Chris-
tians in all their words, thoughts,
acts, and deeds. Is this so with

Us all? Is all we do and think
and act in accordance with this holy
precepts? This is answered yes or
no according as we are Christians
or not. For us Chist was born, for us
He lived, for us He died, for us
he rose, for us he is now making
intercessions at the right hand of
God. Tis not sufficient for the mortal
body, that food may be cooked and spread
on the table, that we look at it
and see others enjoy it, that we seat
ourselves with them, and frame
some excuse for not enjoying the
feast. This will not do; not do. We
must actually partake of it. Neither
is it sufficient for us to have a Bible
in the house, to go to church, pay
the preacher, to partake of the blessed
emblems of his sufferings and death
These to be sure must be done but
they are not the essential means by

which "Christ is to us to bread
of life" No God bless you it it
not. The humble servant may eat
of scraps from the masters feat, with
out having tables set with fine [illegible]
spread with white linen; Yes
he may take sparing morsel and
eat in secret; which nourishes his
body strengthens him for his mas
ters service. So may we eat of
the "bread of life"; not because we
are dressed fine, because it is Sun-
day, because it is in accordance
with formality. What then are the
means of taking this bread of life? "Believe
in Jesus" He is the bread of life.

No time now for writing in my
report; it is nearly 12 o'clock. I
Came out better than I expected on
my Eng. Examination--94. Fear I
will flat on Greek. But will keep

Trying. Nothing more, ,"I am tired
Now and sleepy too."
Feb. 14th
Well I have heard from my
Greek examination and by the
Way I will just take down
all of our names with the standings.
Sess Ex Aver Sess Ex Aver
Bingham 92 89 90.5 Juny 82 56 64 (66 crossed out)
Bailey 71 McCollum 86 50 62 (68 crossed out)
Dial 70 McIntosh 76 51 55 (63 crossed out)
Foster 93 86 88 (89.5 crossed out) Nash 41
Greenwood 98 96 97 Rives 96 93 94.4
House 96 87 90 (91 ½ crossed out) Trotter 53 63 59 (58 crossed out)
Isom 76 51 59 (69 ½ crossed out) Tunstall 89
Johnson 85 91 89 (88 crossed out) Scott 86 93 90 (89 ½ crossed out)
Ledbetter 87 70 75 (78 ½ crossed out) Williamson 70 50 56 (60 crossed out)
Lester 74 62 66 (68 crossed out) Witherspoon 94 90 91 (92 crossed out)

I am anxious to hear from
Mathematics. Would not risk the
examination over but do hate
it for missing the first prop

osition. I think now I will
never forget that mensuration
has for it object the finding
of areas; Trigonometry the so-
lution of triangles--not with
respect to area. Before another
Saturday night comes the long
Trial for speakers place will be
Over. Will I have a place?
I am now a little perplexed be
Cause Pa does not pay Lankey
Dont know really what to do about it.
I got my little pictures Tuesday
night. Dont think I will send for
any more like them.
Feb. 21st
The report was wrong about the first
position. We got that all right but
missed it, putting "sine" where I
should have said "chord." Well I
got a speakers place but do not expect
to use it. Probably we will know

Standing of Sophomore class in
English Feb. 6th 1874

Exam Av Exam Av
Andrews 88 90 McCollum 92 92
Bailey 89 85 McIntosh 64 72
Bingham 85 86 Nash 40 47
Corlton 53 49 1/3 Rives 95 95
Dial 84 85 Saunders 75 74
Ellis 84 85 Scott 91 91
Foster 83 84 1/3 Smith A.N.W. 95 93 ½
Gardner 87 82 Stockard 96 94 1/3
Greenwood 93 95 ½ Sullivan 93 92
House 90 91 Terry 86 70
Isom 75 81 Trotter 93 92
Johnson 94 94 2/3 Tunstall 30 37
Juny 62 68 Williamson 45 56
Ledbetter 74 79 Witherspoon 93 94
Lester 53 60
John L. Johnson Prof.

exactly how we all stand by next
Saturday night. Scott and my-
self have just tied so far. Bing-
ham is about one ahead of me.

Sophomore Class 1873-4 U.M.

Term Examination Average Term Examination Average
Bingham 94 97 96 Scott 98.5 87 91
Bailey 86 31 ½ 50 Smith 70 45.5 54
Dial 86.6 50.5 63 Tunstall 61.5 16 31
Ellis 83 26.5 50 Trotter 94 66 76
Foster 93 54 67 Williamson 77.5 19.5 39
Greenwood 100 100 100 Witherspoon 98.5 99.5 99
Howze 93 70.5 78 B.S. Section
Isom 97.3 51.5 67 Andrews 94 40 58
Johnson 99.4 83.5 89 Carlton 80 34 47
Juny 77 46.5 57 Cooper 96
Ledbetter 99.5 66.5 77 Gardner 66.9 28 41
McCollum 91 78.7 83 Smith 94 49.5 64
McIntosh 83 33.7 50 Stockard 99 ½ 94 93
Rives 97 89.7 92 McDaniel 97 80 86
Saunders 96 62 ½ 74
Gen. Sears Professor

I have been on double duty this week
while Sam is down with the measles. I
may be down with them by next time I set
myself to my Saturday Night. Strange wedding Wed-nesday

A.B. Sophomore's standing in
Latin. U.M. '73-4.

Term Exam Ave. 1874 Term Exam Av.
Bingham 81 Ledbetter 85
Bailey McCollum 84
Dial 72 McIntosh 73
Elis Nash
Foster 90 Rives 94
Greenwood 95 Scott/Smith 83
Houze 93 Tunstall 75
Isom 85 Trotter 81
Johnson 90 Terry 65
Juney 73 Williamson 52
Lester 55 Witherspoon 94
Feb 28.
The Orator came down Sunday eve-
ning. So we had the celebration;
but without the band of music.
We thought sure Dr. Wheat was caught
on the other side of the river, but twas
a mistate. Plenty of Greek and that
which is hard enough. Demosthenes


A.B. Sophomore's Standing in

February Exam Term Av. 1874 Term Exam Av
Bingham 93 89 93 Rives 80 86 82
Bailey 75 89 79 Scott 80 86 82
Dial 82 89 85 Tunstall 60 90 70
Foster 91 93 95 Trotter 60 86 68
Greenwood 95 93 95 Williamson 65 89 73
Houze 80 88 89 Witherspoon 95 92 94
Isom 60 85 68
Johnson 88 87 88
Juny 97 95 96
Ledbetter 80 88 83
McCollum 76 86 79
McIntosh 80 90 84
Nash 50 86 62
F.A. Juny Prof

March 7th
Nothing grand, gloomy, or peculiar has hap-
pend this week. Elected officers in Phi Sigma
this morning. Craighton Pres Smith V. Pres & c.

General averge standing
With the number of each Sophomores
February 24, 1874

Scholarship Standing relative
Bingham 89 5 Nash* 54
Andrews# 74 Rives 91 3
Bailey* 71 15 Saunders* 74
Carlton c 48 Scott 87 7
Dial* 76 11 Smith A.N.W.# 78
Ellis* 67 Smith E* 54
Foster 84 8 Sullivan* 92
Gardner* 61 Stockard# 93
Greenwood 96 1 Terry* 67
Houze 88 6 Trotter 75 12
Isom 72` 13 Tunstall* 53
Johnson 90 4 Williamson 55 17
Juney 71 14 Witherspoon 94 2
Ledbetter 79 10
Lester* 60
McCollum 80 9
McDaniel* 86
McIntosh 67 16
* Uncertain; c Civil Engineer; #B.S. Students.

March 14
I received a post office order
for $40 Tuesday, paid Sam & c
Lessons all hard. I did as well
as I expected in FS this morning

Mar. 21
It has been raining all the week.
The trees are budding out as
If we were going to have an
Early spring. I rec a letter
From Ma Monday. Am anxious
Now to get one from Hale.
I have had the headache all
day to day very unusual for me
must be in consequence of so much
inclement weather.
Mar. 28
We are having more rain than
any thing else these days. We think
of quitting our baching soon.

April 4.
Still plenty of rain hard
[sudy] and obliged to bach.
J.J. Hueston & Nash quit
college this week. We are
anxious to quit baching as
soon as Plant gets back
April 11
Plant still has not started
surely he will be back before
this time next Saturday night.
So much rain finally termin-
ated in snow last Thursday.
We began Horace again last
Wednesday. Latin prose Friday be
fore. It seems to me like
it will be a hard matter for
me to make respectable ex
amination & leave by the 5th of June.
I do hope the Old General will turn
us back in a few days. It
seems that my letters cant go to Pontotoc

Second Quarter quine of
"Saturday Night Report
April '74
October "

April 18th
We were disappointed in get-
ting any money from Union County
and so we concluded to quit bach-
ing any how. Began boarding this morn-
ing with Mr. [Gambrel]. Shall I ever
forget my disappointment which be-
fell me last Sunday eve? May the
blessed virgin never catch a worse
beau than myself. Next time I of-
fer my services to a young lady for
accommodation's sake I will be sure that
my offer will be gladly accepted. Gen.
Sears has been sick two or three days
I think he will turn us back in
a few days. Still raining, surely
I never saw so much.
April 25.
Sure enough Old Gen. turned us
back last Wed. Glory! Boarding is
very much more pleasant than baching
As I have been excused from the So

ciety I try to make up my examina
tions all right. However I have made
a very poor start this evening spending
the whole afternoon in looking at the
R.R. hands---I have one more ev-
idence of the fact we often change
a friend to an enemy in trying to
do something which we think will please
or benefit him.
May the 2nd
The weather has been very pleasant
This week for both mental and phys-
ical labor. May it remain so. I took
dinner last Sunday at Mrs. Murrey's
Well pleased with the apprearance of things
There. Miss Newell made my watch
Pocket in exchange for the ribbon. I
think it is a beauty, and that its maker
means business at whatever she un-
dertakes. Adams left Wed. eve.
Poor old Ad Brown in penitentiary
for 20 years! Never will forget the
parting scene.

[Bro.] Johnson's Freshmen reflected
honor on themselves, and also on him
in their performance this afternoon.
May 9
We had no preaching last Sunday as
Dr. Wheat was in St. Louis. I went
To the P-church and [Newell] came home
with me. No Greek Mon. Led thought
we would have to recite it Tuesday
although it was the Anniversary!
We passed the day very well. I dont
think the speech pleased Dr. Waddel. McIn-
tosh's Temperance meeting seemed to
be rather a failure. I shall not join
this year! probably never. We are
embarrassed about our money, from
Union County. I am a little afraid
we will have to leave Oxford before
we pay all we owe. I am now on a [stand]
to know what to do about standing for the
prize in math. Our time will not be
fully occupied, till Dr. Wheat gets back.

The Seniors did not seem to inter-
est the crowd this morning. I suppose
Johnson will make use of this as an
opportunity of complimenting his pet
Freshmen. Sexton left us last
Thu. I wish him well, but dont
think I would approve of his resting
one month. Before this time next
Saturday night we will know who is
Elected for the next Anniversalian.
I am for Bigger staight out!
May 16
Yes Bigger is elected by a ma-
jority of only three! I think
now we ought to elect Green for
Valedictorian for next year. My
examinations are bothering me now
I fear I cant get 90 all round.
Jimmy Lawrence stayed all night
with me Wednesday night. Jo-
seph Gambrel brought our money
from Union Co. at last. Rive's

bimonthly was splendid this morn-
ing. I think he will stand a very
good chance for Anniversalian next
May 23
McIntoshes Temperance
Has a very good start now
I hope it will succeed in
doing good but I greatly
fear it will help to make
Mc loose the rise. My
Latin examination is now
over and by this time next
Saturday night my Greek
& Mathematics will be
over. I am too busy and
too much bothered to
write now.
May 30
Well, well, flat in Mathemat
ics. I just know I made
the biggest flat that I ever

pretended to make since I
have been in College. I dont
know what to do. I would
like to stand it over, but
now I know I have not time.
Tuesday I had my hateful
old tooth pulled. That may
have been a part of the cause
of my flat. I know it bother-
ed me the day & night before.
I shall always feel grateful
to Mrs. Gambrel and family
for the kindness they showed
me that evening and night so
miserable to me. It has
been about a month since
it rained. I think I never
saw such a spring, so un-
favorable for work. Perhaps
the farmers will get their
crops clean. I would much
rather have a dry May than

a dry June. Well it is not
worth while to grieve over my
flat, in fact I have not time
now I shall just do the best I
can in the future. I have
lost all hopes of making 90
all round now, or of being
one of the first five in the class.
I shall try my best I think
To go through the Greek &
Latin compositions by the first
of Aug. I hope to be with
my old school friends by this
time next week.
June the 6th
Yes I am at Mr. Purvine's
to night tired enough. I
left Oxford yesterday at
1 o'clock, at 6 we had gone
Just six miles. I would
much rather walk than to
ride on a heavy loaded ox

wagon We traveled on till
8 and I slept on the bare
Ground covered with my
shall started quarter before 4 & got to Lafayette Springs
at 9 there I left my trunk
and proceeded on foot.
My examinations are now over
all except French. I hope
that will not be much I might
have stood French also if I
had known that the wagon
would not get off till 1
They told me it would leave
at 9. I fear the school will
be very small. Mr. Purvine
says, however, he will send
his two girls.
June 13
One week is gone already.
very little study done yet.
Hicks scared me all over
Sunday when he told me that

He thought it would be im
possible to start the school
under two weeks. It would
have been too big a flat to
have just lost two weeks
when I had made such
sacrifice in Oxford to
get off. Monday I had only
9, some increase every day
Friday I had 16. Think
I will have twenty next
week. How I was shocked
to hear that Barmone had
stolen a horse! I did think
the boy would take warning.
June 20
No 20 came in; we had a nice
rain last Mon and all have
been busy at work. I think
we stand a chance for a fair
crop yet. I could not get
a horse to ride to see Grandpa

this morning. I fear the old
fellow will think hard of me
Perhaps it will suit me
better for several reasons to
go next Saturday. I hope to see
Witherspoon & Miller, and also
Miss Ellen at church on Sunday.
How I long for Saturday to come!
I am doing well with my
studies, hope I will be able
to come up to my expectations.
I must record the day that I
first saw Miss [Dinkey] Newell
for I must acknowledge she struck
me with more than common admiration.
It was June the 14 at Oak Forest.
June 27th
No more new scholars yet it
frets me to think how I will be
crowded with the little brats, now
soon when my time ought to
be occupied with the larger ones.

I failed to see Witherspoon &
Miller. Am very anxious to
hear from Oxford. I received
my paper from Craig this week.
Also a copy of the Southern Home
stead. I find Grandpa's folks
all well this evening.
July 4
I did get to see Miss Ellen
but that was all, did not speak
to her. J.R. Graves preached
Sunday. I could enjoy my-
self better some other time when
there is not such a crowd.
I have been teaching now just
a month. My school aver-
aged 15 11/20 I hope I will have
an arbor to teach under be
fore this time next month.
Tis very dry again in this
Neighborhood, very little rain
since the 15th of June.

We have been watching a Comet
this week 'Tis a little West
of North seems to be about
15° high probably falling.
July 11
Moon preached a very
sermon last Sunday. I
heard at church that Dr.
Waddel and four other pro-
fessors had withdrawn from
the University I am so
anxious to know about it.
I fear that there will be
a general confusion and
disturbance of the school.
I do want to go back
if there is any possible
chance. My school has in-
creased to 30 this week.
I expect more next week.
The Comet seems to be low-
erring. I think it will be out
sight this time next week.

July 18
Rev. Gailyard preached us
a good sermon last Sabbath
and again took up his collection.
I did as I intended talk to
Miss Mittie Gregory, a little
while. Think I shall do
so again. I want to
make it a point to talk
to the ladies in preference
to the men from now on.
After getting my dinner at
Mont's I came over to
Wile's to see Miss Mary Jer-
nigan. And, as I was of-
fered a horse by Mr. Hue
Bell, had the pleasure of see-
ing Miss Mary a part of the
way home. And, behold
I saw her catch a fall by
riding into a [ving] bush. She
denies being hurt; but, un-
less she fared better than

her hat did, she is hurt/
I like her appearance very
well, for the first sight.
Monday evening I received
My long-wish-for letter from
Ledbetter. It contains only a part
of a report. I see, as I know
I would have to see that there is
no chance for 90 all round. It
might be better for me to try my
Mathematics again. But I dont
expect to do it. I shall keep
trying to read some in my
Latin & Greek. I will in-
sert my piece of report on
the next page. I may want
to refer to it some day. But not
soon. I had 46 schol-
ars Thursday. Lawrence tells
me that there is no chance for
an assistant to get pay from
the county. I fear I will

be worse bothered next fall
to get to Oxford than I
have ever been. Warrants are
worth only 60 cts. I feel very
much disheartened in trying
to make money in such a
July 25
I heard Rev. D.C.M. Bingham
preach last Sunday. I liked
his discourse very well. Text
"To day if ye hear his voice harden
not your hearts." I enjoyed
myself very well in the buggy
ride with Miss Mary Ann. Hope
I may have the pleasure again
I failed in getting an assist-
ant from the county. I have
been trying to day to make
up $10 00 for Milly to help me
It seems quite a task. [We]
are suffering in flat woods for

rain. the last good rain
was on the 15th of June.
August 1st '74
I have finished my Greek &
Latin Composition. Had to omit
the translation of a few lessons
before I got through. Old
Mrs. Jernigan was buried
this evening. Friday morning
was the coolest, I think I
have ever felt for this time
of the year. 'Tis in contrast
with some days last week
which, I think, were un-
doubtedly the warmest
I have ever felt. Tuesday
I had to whip Joseph &Will
do hope they will do better
for a while.
Aug 8th
I am bothered about my school.
It seems like that a subscrip

tion school will be worth nothing.
My notion is that stopping the
Schools is just an arbitrary
notion of Lawrence and the
Supervisors. I hear much
Talk of the Singing Convention
Will try to go over tomor-
row.. I find Grandpa & fam-
ily well as common.
Aug 15
So I went to the convention
saw many of my old friends,
and heard some excellent sing-
ing. I do not admire the
'fa sol la' system. I did not
get to speak to Miss Ellen at
last but I think I will
[illegible] and speak to her yet.
Aug 22
My school lacks now only
one week of being out. I
shall try my best to have the

the Free School continued not
because I think the pay is good
but because I have begun
with it intending to teach 4
months and I want to carry
out my plans. I met up
with Mr. Bigham in town
and went home with him
last Saturday; went to church
with Miss Mary Ann, and
saw to my surprise and
satisfaction Miss Newell
Gambrel. The chaps have
torn my my demerit book
so much that I will leave
it at home for a while and
try putting the demerits
on their backs
Aug. 29
My school is out now I dont
know whether I can get it star-
ted again or not. I dont like

to be in such a fix. I
find Uncle John & family well
except Arther. He is trying to
have chills or something of the sort.
I will feel better if I can
get my scholarship warrant
issued Monday.
September 5th
Well I have been teaching again
this week. I dont know that
I can ever get any pay for
it. I will teach any way
and then try to get my pay.
I probably could go on again
to Oxford with what I have
but would do much better with
a little more money. The Super-
visors gave me my warrant very
readily. Ab was bitten to day by
a spider or something else, which
made him very sick for a while.
Sept. 12

My school has been going on very
well this week. I dismissed on
Thursday to go to Mr. Bigham's
[illegible]: I arrived in time and
after I got started I never en-
joyed the company of ladies better in
life. I hope I will have the pleas
ure of meeting Miss Amelia Word again
some time and see if she has kept
her word. I think Mr. Bigham has
a fortune in the selection of his
wife. Would that I could meet
with her sister, Miss Florance.
Sept 19
This has been a long weary
week. I had to teach to day to
make up for last Friday. I ex-
pect a small school from now on.
Perhaps I can study a little
better. I have done nearly nothing
at it for the last 6 or 8 weeks.
My school averaged the first month

[illegible], second 40, 3rd 45. Only 3 more
weeks now till I expect to return
to old Oxford, where I will have another
long siege of study and baching.
Sept 26
I have been much confused this
week by hearing that Hicks had chang-
ed his notion and wants my school
to stop. Hope however as he
did not come to see me yesterday
that I can teach on yet. Our
teacher's convention met in Pontotoc
to day Little done. I am at
Lawrence's to night expect to go
back tomorrow. I must try to
sustain my school.
Oct 3rd
Sure enough my treacherous
friend, Hicks, defeated me in the
school by riding around to see
all the patrons. Policy prevents me
from doing any thing in way of revenge

Third Quarter of
Saturday Night Report
Oct '74-75
To March 27 '75

Oct 10
This finds me again at old
Oxford. I could not borrow
money, to come on nor sell
warrants above 60 cts Gave
Bell nearly 15 % premium to
exchange his State warrants
for my school warrants.
Prof. Quinche has loaned me
$50 00 without interest.
Stewart arrived this evening
but says he expects to board with
Major Estelle so that I
will probably be alone baching
again. Tom Wheat is at
home again.
Oct. 17
I have been sick this week
with a cold, and baching went
hard with me. So much so that
I went to Mrs. Wilborne's yester-
day morning and engaged board

I would rather work several
months after I get through than
to "bach" this winter again.
Stewart has gone to board in
town, so that I am alone a-
Oct 24 & 31
I have felt much better this
week, since I have been boarding.
Smith A.N.W. arrived last Sunday
Morning, and has bought Stewart
Out, so that I have a room-
mate again. I have some hope
now that I will get my board
some cheaper, if I can be of any
help to Mrs. Wilborn. We had
a light frost on the night of the
28th of September, at Mr. Purvines,
then at Oxford we had another
but not a killing frost- the
12 of Oct Heavy frost 31st of Oct.
The meeting in Oxford is still

in progress and I think it
has done great good. I am
now on a stand to know what
to do about money. I dont
want to borrow, and yet I
know that I need it, because
certainly I dress the plainest
of any of the Junior class.
Nov 7
We have just got good to work
now in our Junior Class. Little
change is going on It seems that
all my friends have forsaken in wri-
ting. Gen. Stewart is to be in-
augurated next Tuesday. I am
getting tired of that work we
have to do for the society.
Nov 14
Gen Stewart gave us his inau-
gural address last Tuesday. It
was plain & practical rather than
vain and showy. Col. Lamar

delivered an address welcoming
Gen. Stewart to the position
in behalf of the people. I must
mention the swindler who payed the
town of Oxford a visit to day. I
simply saw the lesson repeated which
I have long known, i.e. never spend
any money on another man's tricks.
Nov. 21
We have had a very good weeks
work. Dr. Lyon started to his
church's Synod last Wednesday.
We again had to day the pleasure of
hearing the gifted Lamar, pouring
forth his mighty strains of eloquence
for two hours. He mentioned his
friend Flourney who spoke against
him two years ago.
Nov 28
Dr. Garland started to Con-
ference at Aberdeen last Mon-
day. We finished electricity

and began in Mechanics last
Monday. I saw Uncle John in
Oxford Thursday which was our
holliday. He told me that Un-
cle Jim White died on the 13 inst. re-
ceived a letter from Ma also
this morning stating the death
of Uncle Jim.
Dec 5
We recited to Dr. Garland Wed instead
Of to Dr. Juney. We will not study
French any more till we get through
with Chemistry and Dr. Garland starts
to Europe. I am very anxious to
hear whether Uncle Jim can lend
me any money. I was much sur-
prised to know this morning
that I was elected President of
FS. Can I make and deliver an
Inaugural address? Time will show.
I will try.
Dec 12

Colonel Pegues was buried last
Tuesday. The faculty dismissed
all the exercises which gave me
a better chance to work on my in-
augural. I did as well with
my speech as I could expect.
Several of the boys complimented me
highly. I shall do all I can to for-
ward the FS cause. I think Uncle
Jim ought to write to me; and
let me know whether or not he
will let me have some money.
Dec 19
The boys are anticipating Christ-
mas. As to myself I expect
to have a feast of reading. Some
of my friends may come after me,
but I hardly expect it. The
FS's adjourned this morning
contrary to my will. All delib-
erative assemblies have the right
to appeal fro the decision of the President

Dec 26
I have undergone a considerable
change since last Saturday, as
to how I will spend my Christ-
mas. Prof. Johnson offered me
last Wednesday an agency to
sell "Personal Reminiscences of
Gen. Robert E. Lee." I have now
About 18 subscribers. Johnson
Says I will get 30 pr ct.
I look for my canvassing [book]
and other information concern-
ing it Monday next. Christ-
mas is somewhat dull. Most
of the boys have gone home. I
went to a sociable at Mrs
Macie's Tuesday night, and to
another Friday night at Mrs. Simmons.
Jan. 2, 1875
Well Christmas has come and
gone. We must go to work
Monday. Several of the boys

have returned. My canvassing
book came last Sunday. I
see now that I can make
about 66 2/3 pr cent on the invest
ment of the books. I have
not had much luck this week
selling. I have only about 23
names in all. Times are too
hard. Uncle Jim still
neglects to write. He certainly
never rec'd my letter or else
he does not wish to let me have
the money. Perhaps I will get
my money from Union Co. when
Mr. Davis returns. However I
little expect it since I have
had to wait so often. Mr.
McLeod says he will take my
State warrants to Jackson for
Me; thinks he can get the
cash. How much I will be obliged
to him!

Jan 9
In looking back over this I
see blots on nearly every page.
Can I not do better? And
write more neatly? We have
had regular work this week
Some few of the boys will not
Return. We have had an
awful cold day. Dr. King in
Oxford says that it has been
colder to day than it has been
since '56. The thermometer
has been from 8 to 9 Fa. All
day. Jan 16
The thermometer was down
to 4 F last Sunday. Very
cold all this week. I now
have great hopes of getting
the cash for my state war-
rants when Mr. McLeod re-
turns from Jackson. He told
this morning that he would

start Tuesday. I would
be so glad if I could get
the money and send for my books.
I am at Cousin Joe Johnson's
to night. We will begin
review in Electricity Monday.
Jan 23
Saturday night has again
come, but no money for me
yet. My warrants could not
be paid notwithstanding the
Treasurer wrote to me himself
that he would be ready by
the 15. I came to Oxford
with only one dollar and have
never got a cent since except
as I borrow. Surely I will
either hear something, or get
some money from my Union
Co. scholarship, before an other
Saturday night. I have been
Looking every day for more than a month

Dr. Quinche is, in the true
sense of the word, my friend
in this time of need. This
morning he let me have 70 dol-
lars to send for my books.
I think I will lift one
or the other of my notes before
next Saturday night. We
will finish Our Eng. book
in two lessons more. I
fear we will make a bad
work in it on Examination.
It bores me, in spite of my
efforts to enjoy it. Uncle
Jim still neglects to write to
Me. Shurely he never got
my letter in Nov. We have
had a pretty spell of weather
this week. Spring is coming.
January 30
We had a call meeting of FS.
this morning and accepted

the donation offered our library.
I have my books all in
safety now I think except
one. Perhaps I will keep it.
[three] let them fall back on
me, but I sold them again.
if I collect closely I will
have made clear of all ex-
penses about $38.35 Quite
a help to me now while money
is so hard for me to get.
Craig has deceived me, and
has gone to Mrs. McMayhan's
to board. It is poorly worth
while to believe what many per-
sons say. It seems that those
with whom I take the greater pains
in trying to get to board with
Mrs. Wilborn; are the very ones
Least apt to go, and then again
They work "vice versa." Such is the
world. It seems that [Wiatt]

is determined to leave college.
As he has begun to think he ought
to go on. I know, however,
it never would have suited
me to begin boarding with any
family without paying for
my board. Perhaps it would
be different if I were a preach-
er. No money come to me yet.
How many "Saturday Nights"
will I record without money. I
am now thinking of going to
Holly Springs the 17 to sell
my book. I would be sat-
isfied if I could just make
enough to pay my expenses.
February 6
Our recitations will now
be stopped two weeks during
the examinations. How are we
to make "the rise." The boys
say that I will get the 5

speaker's place. I dont know
my-self. 'Tis better than I
expected when I left here
last June. I thought all the
class would beat me. I do know
that my standing would have been
better could I have remained
last year, and the year before,
till the regular time for
examinations. I dont know that
I can remain this year though
I would much prefer it. Mrs.
Wilbourne left Monday to go to her sick
son. Thursday night I had high
fever for my first time in college.
I hope it will prove to be nothing
more than cold. My throat us sire
to night. I shall try the experiment
of putting a wet sock around my neck.
No money comes yet, from any source.
I sent Uncle Jim another letter Tuesday
I believe he thinks it rather a sorry invest-

ment to lend me money. I
do think "deo volente," that when
I get out of this jail of a college
I will try to rid myself of money
embarrassments and live less depedent.
I have been in cone continual press ever
since I entered college, embarrassed
when in company for the want of clothes
suitable to the occasion. I have not
yet determined whether to go to Holly Springs
Must decide before next "Saturday
Night" is written. Three examinations
must also be passed before Saturday
night. I will record some perhaps
on the opposite page would that I could see them now
Feb 13.
I have received $85 dollars this
week which has greatly relieved me.
I paid Dr. Quinche $50 last
Wednesday. We aer now settled
as to money affairs. I certainly

Semiannual Examination
Junior Class
Univ. of Miss. February 1875

Names Greek M.S. Latin Mech. Eng. Chemistry
S. E. A. S. E. A. S. E. A. S. E. A. S. E. A. S. E. A.
Bingham 91.89.90 95.100.98 88.82.84 83.84.84 94.78.89 71.90.85
Cooper 98.99.99 Germ. 93 93.80.84 92.77.82 90.94.93
Dial 72.75.74 97 83.71.75 86.50.62 94.79.84 70.75.73
Foster 90.93.92 99.85.90 94.85.88 91.70.77 95.82.86 90.75.80
Greenwood 98.94.95 99.100.100 97.95.96 98.98.98 98.96.97 98.99.99
Isom 87.61.69 98 86.75.79 95.65.75 91.80.84 90.57.70
Johnson 92.90.91 98.99.99 94.79.84 96.84.88 94.89.91 93.96.95
Ledbetter 93 98 92.82.85 84.93.90 94.66.75 90.90.90
Rives 97.92.94 98 94.89.91 90.95.93 94.76.82 90.86.88
Scott 82.90.87 97.97.97 87.75.78 96.95.95 93.87.89 91.90.90
Smith 98.99.99 Germ 87 92.90.91 92.92.92 92.80.84
Stockard 98.100.99 " 95 97.88.91 96.85.89 90.82.85
Trotter 75 85 85.81.82 85.88.87 87.82.84 92.90.91
Tunstall 88.80.83 98 86.76.79 68.50.56 92.69.77 60.54.56
Williamson 71.60.64 70 75.55.62 60.51.54 81.56.64 60.38.46
Witherspoon 96 Sick 85 95
Proff Wheat Lyon Quinche Fulton Johnson Johnson

ought to be under obligations
to him, almost "the only one faith-
ful to me." Yes three of our
examinations are past. We have
heard from but one, M.S. as yet.
It is quite satisfactory. I think
Now that I will go to Holly Springs
I dont expect to make much at it.
I paid Mr. Geo. Leavell $20 this morning.
Feb. 20
Well, I am in Holly Springs
to night, have 14 subscribers
for my book. I think I will
make enough to pay my expenses
as I expected, and am well pleased
so far. The Misses [Cammons]
were in my room playing for
me when I returned this evening.
I am a little uneasy about my
Feb 27.
Mr. McNeil sent me a bill

of exchange yesterday evening
and I got cash for it this
morning. I will long be under
obligations to him. I shall count
my suit & trunk as being paid
for with the money I have made
selling books. I will not
be embarrassed so much now I
hope when in company for want of
March 6th
I paid General Sears the $28
which I have been so long
owing last Tuesday. Prof
Quinche gave back to me twenty
dollars of the money which I paid
him the 10 ult. saying that it was
counterfeit. I will be
quite embarrassed to have to
pay it again. I sent it im-
mediately back to Lee Jarvis; but
I have but little hope of get-

getting any thing for it.
I ought to have registered
the letter by all means, but
did not. Perhaps I will learn
something about tending to
business, when I lose enough
to convince me that I have
bought my wit.
Mar. 13.
Last Sunday we had our first
snow. Twas on the ground when
we waked, and nearly all gone again
when we retired. I have been
anxiously expecting to hear something
from Mr. Jarvis. I am a little
afraid that he will not get my
letter. I sent of $55.00 for
my second bill of books this morning.
Will risk them by freight this time
Expect to be in Holly Springs
again in two weeks from this
time. But Oh! the study in Chem

istry before that time.
March 20
I still hear nothing from
Jarvis. I wrote to R.F.
Jarvis this morning. My
books were received safely
this evening, all safe & sat-
isfactory. The man did not
send me a copy of Seward's
Travels around the World. Per-
haps he will send it as he
says by mail, but I doubt
it. Our examination in Chem-
istry will be next Thursday.
How will I make it? Next
Saturday night I may be in Holly
Springs--Oh! this makes me think
of death. I heard yesterday
that Millie Jernigan was dead.
Whose time is next? Her father &
Mother are both living, one grand-
father & mother and her father's

mother was only buried last
summer. "Death with equal
pace and impartial fate, knocks
at the palace and cottage gate."
Her family seemed to be long-lifed,
and she, I thought, was a girl
of the strongest constitution. But oh!
she was "as the flower of the grass, in
the morning it flourisheth, in the
evening it is cut down and withereth"
Her letter to me was dated the 19th
Feb. last thing she said was that
she hoped soon to get an answer. But
it is not answered, nor can it ever be.
March 27
I have succeeded upon the
whole as well as I expected
in delivering my books in
Holly Springs. I finished
delivering this evening, after the
train had been gone about a half
hour. In all, now, I have dis-

tributed 52 books, and made
about $52 clear of all expense,
and have a nice copy myself,
beside the canvassing book. I
dont expect to sell any more before
next fall. I shall claim my
suit & trunk, which cost $40, as
my returns for selling books. The
other $12 may go to my general
expense. Mch. 30 My money matters have been
easy since my warrants were cashed
I can see my way through this year
I have received this college year, $275 ½,
Beside what I have made with my
agency. I now have $95 counting
Stewarts note of $45 and board paid
for about a month. I still hear
nothing from Jarvis. It seems that I
will have to pay that $20 again, which
will again put me in a strain for money,
till Christmas perhaps for it seems impossible
for me to get money early in the fall

4th Quarter
Saturday Night Report
April '75 &
June ""

April 3rd
I sent another letter to Mr.
Jarvis this morning. I do hope
to get an answer soon. We
are getting restless to know
who of the Juniors will get pla-
ces from the faculty. We are
having quite an easy time
now. I am somewhat on
a stand to know what to do;
whether to leave the 1st of
June as I have always done
or stay for commencement.
I have no idea of staying next
year for commencement. It
seems that I ought to attend one.
April 10
I received my answer from
Jarvis last Friday, but no
money. He said, however,
that he would send it soon.
Dr. Garland left last Tues-

day. His lecture Sabbath eve-
ning was very interesting and
appropriate. His place in the
Univ. will hard to fill
April 17th
We are having quite a cool
spell of weather for this season
of the year. I fear we will have
a backward spring. We have the
appearance numberless millions of
caterpillars coming again. How
I do despise to see them. My old
patrons seem anxious for me to
return again next summer. I
think now I will do so. However,
it seems difficult for me to
hear from Mr. Ike Bill, the [illegible]
Well I have a speakers place. How
will I fill it? I think I will
try, and then afterward I ex-
pect to turn my attention
wholly in my leisure moments

to the study of the profession of med-
icine. Uncle Jim says now
that he cannot let me have mon-
ey this year. I can go through
any way till June without it.
I think I will even have
some left; but, judging from
the past, I know he will not have
it for me next fall, and I will
again be here, a moneyless man
However the Future must take
care for itself. I enjoyed my-
self splendidly last evening
at Rev. J.B. Gambrel's I was
sorry that the whole Junior class
could not be there as the en-
tertainment was given specially
for us. I do think Mrs. Gam
brel is one of the most splendid
wives I ever knew. Would
that I knew I could get such
a wife when I marry. But who knows?

April 24
Debate in FS was enthusiastic
this morning. Mr. J.G. Rives made
quite an eloquent and lengthy
speech; but, upon the whole, it
seemed to me was foreign to the
subject. We elected Lewis Green, 2 weeks since,
from Columbus, our valedictorian
for commencement. And now candi-
dates are in the field again for anni-
versalian. Who will be elected, is the
question all over the campus. I
will now guess E.H. Dial, from Meridian,
Old Dr. Garland, I suppose is, on the
waters to night. May the Lord spare
his life and return him in
safety is my prayer.
May 7.
The weather is yet cool for
the season and spring seems
late. I hear that wheat is fine.
I was disappointed in getting

to see Miss Lizzie Berry last night.
She stated no reason in answer to
my card, nor did she give any ap-
ology, which is not wholly satisfac-
to me. Though I may be wrong in
this. One thing I know and that is
I do not yet want to make any
egagements for marrying, though I would
like to keep the ladies company at
least once in every two weeks. It
seems that I am naturally un-
lucky in sending cards for calling.
I never have written but three
which were for calling and have
failed on every one--two to Miss
Moss Harris, and this one to Miss Lizzie
Dr. Garland's pictures came safely
to hand yesterday evening, all sat-
isfactory. If I succeed in col-
lecting all I will make my pict-
ure for my troubles--I am in a lit-
tle suspense just now. Ledbetter

may make arrangements for us
to accompany the Misses Nelson to church
tomorrow evening, and Isom may
make the same at the College. I thought
I would see Led. before he could write.
But now it is nearly 10 and I have not
seen him since 4. Hereafter I shall be
more certain about things- I forgot
to state in the proper place that
the Seniors planted their "Memorial
Tree" on Monday the 11th ult. The occa-
sion was interesting to us, not only
for its own merits but also because
we were released all the afternoon
from recitation. Stewart left col-
lege yesterday. I am, indeed, sorry
for that boy. It seems that many
boys cannot endure the hardships,
privations, and sacrifices of college life.
May 8th
Our anniversary was cel-
berated last Wednesday. The

speech was as good as I ex-
pected. I think it was satis-
factory to FS's generally, and also
to the assembly which was
quite a mixed one. So that
I think Mr. Bigger did credit
to himself, and reflected honor
on the society by the way he repre
sented us. I was disappoint
ed in seeing Miss Dinkey Newell,
and then made a flat in going
with Bingham after Miss Mag
gie Plant & Miss Lizzie Berry.
I know that Mrs. Leavell thought
I went after Miss Lizzie, and on
that account I am sorry that I
went. However, I do not believe
that Miss Lizzie means to slight
me or Mr. Bingham either by the
careless (?) way in which she
has treated us. I was favor
ably impressed by the compa

ny of Miss Katie Corethers last
Sunday evening. I anticipate a
Similar fate with Miss Lou
Ella Neilson tomorrow evening.
I made second class in every thing
Except Eng & M.P.--1st in these--
last month. It does seem that
I ought to make better marks
while times seem easy upon us.
I do dread old "papa Quinche"
On the examination with his
"Latin on the board." Dr. Juney
has been gone to Vicksburg since
Tuesday, so that we have had
no French this week. This has
slackened our rope still more
for this week--Jarvis is sore
ly trying my patience by not send-
ing that money. Surely will an-
other week pass without my hearing
any thing from him?-- FS adjourned
prematurely this morning. Very much to

my disapprobation. Though no doubt
I enjoyed myself much better by read-
ing physiology than I would to have
served during the meeting as [Servato-
May 15
I indeed enjoyed myself last Sabbath
evening with Miss Ella but did not
accompany her to church on account
of the rain. She promised, without
being solicited, to bring me a nice
boquet (? I can't find this word in my dic
tionary) for my speech at commence-
ment. Surely I ought to do my
best (Craig has found my word
Tis bouquet I will never forget
this. So my ignorance may here go on
record for coming years. But as this is
only for my own private perusal I will
not change any thing on this page. And
I will just state here that should any
one be so silly; meddlesome, and curious

as to read this, hereby let him know
that he is transgressing on private and
forbidden property. I don't think up to
this date any one, save myself, has ever
read a page of my "Saturday Nigh Report"
Dr. Phillips replanted the Sen-
ior's tree Thursday evening. I think
it also will shed off its leaves,
notwithstanding. Dr. Phillips laughed
at me when I told him so. We
recited our last lesson in Eng.
Friday evening. We must now
prepare our Junior speeches for
commencement and let Prof. Johnson
criticize them. My speech is boring
me considerably. I dont know
what to write. I suppose I am
now feeling the disadvantage of never
having been here at a commencement.
Examination is now drawing near.
As I will remain this year I
do want to make a better mark than

I did last year, especially on Math
I know we can prepare very well
for examinations if we will, although
the weather is warm and the young
ladies encourage us in going to
see them--I sent Miss Lizzie a
card this morning and she answered
it favorably. It seems that I
can accompany her to church but
cant make a regular call. Stew-
art came back this evening and told
me that Mrs. Gambrel said, I made Miss
Lizzie mad that night at Gambrel's en-
tertainment, about eating the love-can-
dy knot with me. And also that if
I were going a courting there I would
certainly fail. My criticism on this is
short. I simply think Mrs. Gambrel
is somewhat taking time by the forelock.
Miss Lizzie, as every other virgin,
knows I never said a word of love
to her in my life. I dont expect

to say any in earnest till I get
through college, and perhaps through
a Medical College also. But some-
thing else is bothering me worse
than any "love scrape." Jarvis still
remains silent and I can hear
nothing from my $20. I think
yet I will finally get it. But it
does [bore] me to wait so long-my pros
pects are rather gloomy for coming back
here next year. I suppose I will get
bell-ringer's place next year, which will
replace my loss of the "scholarship's ben-
efit." I can teach only three months next
summer, and, they say, that warrants
are worth only 50 cts in the dollar, So
that I will make at that rate but
little more than my board--I see
that Thom. Wheat is again at home
I hear he is to stay till after
Commencement. I think my "Saturday
Night" took notice of his leaving in

in Jan in '74--Willie Wheat was
very sick last Monday so that we
had no Greek on that day- This
is about the longest Report I
suppose up to date. I will remem-
ber however that I wrote the first
part of this early in the week; but
kept the date 15th. This I ex-
pect to do for regularity's sake
and also for convenience of reference.
May 22
E.H. Dial of Meridian was
was elected this morning in
FS as our next anniversalian.
John F. Rives was his only opponent
whom he beat 28 to 19. I think
this difference was greater than
their merits justify. Dial was
my choice but I sympathized
with Rives in being so badly
beaten- I hope we will get
Bigger's speech next Saturday

May 29
I got a few copies of Bigger's
speech this morning. Isom &
Trotter did not make the con-
tract with Thompson as definite
as I wanted. However the
whole cost will not be more than
$33 00; which is light compared
With $80 00 which we paid las
Year.- The examination is now
coming on so near at hand that
I have no time, it seems, either
for taking note of events for
my Report, or even for writing.
June 5
I never studied harder I think
in life than I have to day. Green-
wood is sick, so that he cannot
stand his examination in Eng.
with us on Monday, so that
Smith is the only one ahead of
Me; and if I could just beat

him I might stand a chance
for the British prize. I did
not think of this until yesterday
evening; and, perhaps would not
then had not I noticed Smith
studying his Eng. with uncom-
mon zeal & interest- I still
hear nothing from Jarvis. Stew-
art, I think, could have answered
my letter, by this time, had he
been as prompt in seeing
about my money from Jarvis,
as I have been in sending
his from the treasury.
June 12
Three examinations are now
over and three more to
stand. I fear I flatted
smartly in Eng. But have
some hope, from what he
says, that I beat Smith. John-
son might have had our

marks out by this time if
he had tried. I made a [ten]
again with Miss Lizzie by sending
her a card for tomorrow night. I
anticipate a nice time. Also
I hope to meet Miss Dink New-
ell at commencement and enjoy
her sweet smiles and lovely looks.
Stewart sent me a postal card
Wednesday and again failed to say
any thing about my Jarvis money
Human nature is certainly self-
I9sh. I was much more anx-
ious to hear from him, in
order to know something about
my money, than for any other
reason. I certainly
will rejoice when the time
comes for me to record another
"Saturday Night" for these, ex-
aminations are truly boring
to me. I see that by

throwing away my freshman
makrs, and marking an average
of 93, from now on I
can get get a first class
diploma. I have never made
an average of 93 on an ex-
amination yet, and therefore
have but little hope of
doing so.
June 19
I can now see from the op-
posite page how my marks
are doing, and indeed I
am heartily ashamed of some
of them. I shall attribute
our flats in Eng. to the
ambiguity of Johnson's questions.
As to the British prize
I hear two reports (a) none of the
class will get because none have
made over 90; (b) This last book
which we have studied is

Semiannual Examination
Juniors U.M. June 1875

Names Eng Lat Logic Mech Greek Fren
E. S.A. E.S.A. E.S.A. E.S.A. E.S.A. E.S.A.
Bingham 95.55.68 95 83.84.83
Cooper 96.70.78 97
Dial 98.33.54 90 82.95.86
Foster 96.80.85 93 91.94.92
Greenwood Sick
Isom 99.76.84 87 85.84.84
Johnson 96.76.83 97 83.88.84
Ledbetter 96.78.81 93 80.87.82
Rives 96.79.85 88 90.93.91
Scott Sick
Smith 96.65.75 93
Stockard 98
Trotter 89.88.88 90 70.83.74
Tunstall 97.38.57 77 84.90.86
Williamson 89.10.36 83 65.81.70
Witherspoon 99.92.94 97 95.94.95

not counted, and therefore the
prize has been awarded to Green-
wood. However this may be, I
dont want it, when I make no
more than 76. Counting both books
I came out ahead; it up
to this time Greenwood having
missed this examination, and
Witherspoon the one in Feb; which,
though no doubt they will beat
me badly would exclude them
from the prize. I have always
thought this book was rather
and obscure conglomeration and
wondered how Johnson would
ask questions. I dont believe that
the author himself would have
recognized some of the questions as
being taken from the text.- Dr. Juny
surprised me worse than any in
the marks. And, I will record
although I may hereafter be ashamed

of it, that I talked to him
this morning more imprudently
than I ever did to a professor.
I do believe the examination
was conducted unfairly, un-
reasonable before man, and un-
just before God. He allowed
Tunstall and Foster and others as much
time as they wanted after
dinner, when he told us plainly
that we should close promptly
at (he first said 12 oclock) 1 oclock
I told him I was satisfied
as to my grade absolutely, but
not relatively, that I could
have corrected nearly all errors
had I known that he would
allow it, being directly contrary
to what he had said. I now
feel like buying me a Jack
and using it in his recitation
room seeing there is, in his

department no [illegible]
for honest labor. However
I know of a truth, that as
to marks- per se- I care noth-
ing. Tis for something higher that
I endure my hardships, privations,
and inconveniences, which are known
to me human as they are to me.
But when a man, a sensible man,
treats me wrongfully I glory in
my privilege, as a free man to
tell him of it. He said he con-
sidered my language as insulting
and he may, as I told him
demerit me, but I dont believe
he will.--I am in no humor
to night to leave on record a
few pleasant memories of the young
ladies whose company I have
enjoyed some for the last two
days & nights. God bless them
all. I am tired now, and sleepy too.

June 20
Examinations have come
and gone, commencement
has come and gone and
here I am in the flat
woods waiting till Monday
to begin my regular siege
of boring in teaching school.
I have not heard from
Greek and Mechanics, and
will not now perhaps till
I return next fall. But
marks are of little impor-
tance any way. I see that
there is no hope for me
to get a first-class deplo-
ma. I shall always believe
however, that I could have
gotten it, had I remained
in my Freshmen & Sophomore
years till the class was

Saturday Night
From June 26 '75 To
January 15 '76

June 26
I have lost some time
by staying for commence-
ment which will only
strengthen my necessity for
borrowing money next year.
I feel, however, now that
I shall never regret my
stay, and the little sac-
rifice and expense consequent
thereto, even if, in after
life, it costs me a month's
labor. I talked to Miss
Lizzie Berry several
times during commencement,
and she treated me kindly
saying nothing whatever of
"walking papers." I think
upon the whole, that Miss
Dinkey Newell was the
most amiable Miss, that
I met at commencement.

I now see that it was useless
for me to study for the British
prize in philology; as the
prize was given in the other
book. Greenwood got it; who
doubtless was worthy of it.
July 3rd
I am to night at Grandpa's;
and Aunt Jodie is here also. I
will not get to see Matt nor
Aunt Liz, but expect to see
Miss Ellie in the morning.
I sent a letter to Miss Dink
Newell this morning. Now what?
Will I get myself into business as
Smith says? It is not my
intention to enter into courtship
at present. Miss Dink certainly has
some qualities which I admire
very much, and shall risk some-
thing in order to cultivate her
acquaintance and friendship

My school opened last Monday
with 19 students. Bell says
that my contract is all
right. I am indeed fortu-
nate with my school. I was
the only one who taught last
Sept. in the county. Had I
not got the contract then,
which was indeed difficult,
I would have failed to get
It now, or not have gotten
More that $45 at most,
As it is I get $60 pr. mo.-I
began reading Physiology last
week; and to day Dr. Fon-
taine has lent me two vol-
umes of Anatomy. Now I
must try to read some, for
practical use in life.
July 10
I called on Miss Ellie last
Sunday morning at 8 oclock

At two oclock I stopped
to see Miss Sallie for a short
time, failed to hitch my horse
on account of the saddle bags
I suppose and consequent-
ly my horse left me. But
accidentally I found her in
about a half hour; but was
benighted in getting home,
lost the road entirely and
had to roam over the flat
woods and through dense thick
ets matted with fine logs,
till nine oclock. My school
did not increase this week as
much as I expected. Have
not had more than 23. I
do hope I will be able to
get on without whipping
as much as I did last year.
My reading has been rather
slow this week. Have read

about 160 pages. This rate will
finish my task of three vol-
umes for the summer, but
my chance will not be so
good when my school is
full as it has been. I heard
Rev. Mr. Fontaine preach to day
at Palestine.
July 17
I am to night at Mr. Big-
ham's and happily have met
Miss Lamar Phifer. Dave and
his wife look very natural-I
received Miss Dink's letter yes-
terday morning, and hurriedly
answered it last night- I
hear to day that Will Stew
ard has been condemned and
put in jail for stealing! I
do sympathize with Sam.
July 24
I called for a few min-

utes on Miss Ina Word last
Sunday. She gave me the kind
of a social equality grasp that
I admire. I arrived home in
due time, owing perhaps to my
getting lost a fortnight previ-
ous. I am to night at
Mr. Steele's. So far I am fa-
vorably impressed by Miss Ellen,
and would like to see her again
before I leave for Oxford.
July 31st
I have just staid at home
all day to day; and have been
trying to finish up my task
of reading for the week. I
have done so 'tis true, but
it seems that I know but
little of what I read. It is
in some chapters almost like
reading the dictionary. I have
much study before me ere I

make a doctor. My school bores
terribly. The boys are so hard
to make get their speeches!
I long to get away from this
country, and land again at
Oxford. Surely I will not
come back here again next year
to teach if I do not get
off to Texas.
Aug. 7th
I am to night at Mr. N.M.
Berry's on my return from
New Albany where I failed
to get any money from
my old debtor Jarvis.
Miss Lizzie looks very sweet
Says she dont know whether she
will return to Oxford or not.
I do hope she will. I received
A sweet letter from Miss Dink
August 14

I am getting on very slowly
trying to read my books
on Anatomy. But my one
hundred pages per week will
give me some information after
a while. I dont study however
like I would if I were in
college. I must now begin
to talk around about electing
Trustees again, and try again
to teach through September
as I have done the past
two years. How I do despise
such arrangements!
August 27
I am to night at Grandpa's
Find him an Grandma
at home and in their usual
health. Uncle Jim has gone
again to see Miss Lizzie
Steele. I do wonder if
they will marry? It may be.

Bell gave me no encourage-
ment to day about teach-
ing on through September
I expect however to teach on
till the Supervisors meet.
If I risk nothing I will sure-
ly make nothing. I would
lose the 4 days if I were
to do nothing; if I teach
and get nothing for it
perhaps it may do the chil-
dren some good. They certain-
ly need every day they can
Aug. 28
Mr. Bigham received the nom-
ination for Treasurer in the
primary election last Mon-
day. I think he and Don-
aldson stand a chance

to be elected. But as for
Duke I think it uncertain
And so for Horton. We
elected Trustees to day, the
same ones who served last
year. Hicks says he is anx-
ious for the school to go on
but I cant help but watch
him with suspicion. I dont
believe he will "do to tie to."
For although I taught through
September last year, yet
he imposed his services
enough to break up the
school when I wanted to
teach two weeks longer.
Consequently I lost the time
and they lost the schooling.
"Most men ought to be watched."
September 4

I am more uneasy now about
whether I will get to teach
another month than any thing else.
Have taught already 4 days
without any sign of a con-
tract. We had our first
bread from new corn for sup-
per to night. People have gen-
erally been wonderfully blest with
good crops this year; a compen-
sation I suppose for the bad
crops last year.
September 17
I was in Pontotoc last Monday
staid all day and worked hard
with the Supervisors in trying
to get them to locate the
schools. The President said
positively in the morning that
there would be no schools
begun till the 1st of Dec.

Then in the afternoon he
made a speech in favor
of locating immediately. They
passed but one motion for
their evening's work, which
seemed to leave the loca-
ting of schools to the
Supervisors of each district and
the Superintendent. I have
been teaching now another
week without any contract.
I cant help but be uneasy
about it. How I do despise
such arrangements! I would
be very far from dobbling
with such uncertainties were
I not pressed so for time.
Mrs. Newell (blind Granny(
died Wednesday night; was
buried at Oak Forest Thursday.
Sickness is almost alarming

Now in the Flatwoods. It may be
That in my next report I will
have to record the death of
Mrs. Mooney, who is very low at
This time, and God only knows,
who else, perhaps, some who
now enjoying good health,
or this may be my last report.
I hope to be able to got to
Oxford a few days before
college reopens to renew my
claim for "bell ringer." If
I miss that I dont know
what I will do for money
next year. Mrs. Newell,
"blind granny" was buried
last Thursday evening at
Oak Forest.
September 18th
I feel quite discouraged this
evening about my school. It
has rained so much to

day and yesterday that the
children could not come to
school at all. Teaching on
Saturdays is inconvenient any
how. I do hope I will
never be so pressed again
for time as to be obliged
to teach Saturdays. To be
straining every point in
order to teach my month
out in time midst so much
sickness, rain, and general
indifference of my patrons;
together with the reluctance
of the superintendent in giv-
ing me merely a verbal contract,
and, after all, the worthlessness
of the warrants, all combine to
make this the most unpleasant
month's work I ever performed.
There is but little chance
On Mrs. Mooney; we cant tell

that she is any better or
worse than she was a week
ago. It is thought that
Mrs. Harriet Jernigan had a
Congestive chill to day. She is
very sick at any rate. If
the Lord spares me to get away
from this country I think
I will stay away.
Sept. 25
I am to night at Cousin
Bryant's. Have had quite
an unpleasant ride from
Pontotoc in the rain- Bell
talked very clever to day,
and promised to have my
warrant issued in Dec. If
he does, and I believe he will,
it seems to me really that
I ought to be grateful to
him and to others. No
other school was allowed

in the county. And the
same was the case last
year. Hicks has done very
well this year. Indeed I
suppose he thinks that he
gained a complete victory over
me last year. I am will-
ing for him to think so;
and furthermore I feel
somewhat under obligations
to him and all the patrons
for employing me to teach
for them three summers
in succession; but a the
same time I do believe
that I have done a good
part by them as a teacher.
I received a letter to day from
my old friend and bad
paymaster Lee Jarvis, say-
ing that he would send
me a Warrant for that

$20 he has been owing so
long, on the 5th of Oct. "So
mote it be," I was startled with
the news to night that Uncle Henry
Brooks had died in May.
Oct 2nd 1875
I am to night at Mr. John
Hall's near Oxford. "How I
long to there." Tomorrow I
expect to go to see Miss
Ellen Garrett and Miss Dink
"Oh! That will be joyful." Last
Monday I had a long weary
ride to Okolona after Matt;
who had gone there to see
a grand show. I'd rather
show keepers would stay at
home, as to my part for the
present. There is a great
deal of sickness every where
now. Tis almost alarming.
Uncle Jim has lent me

Me $50. Now when will
I be able to pay it back?
I do want to make out if
possible without borrowing
any more.
Oct 9 '75
I have again arrived safe
at old Oxford. But few
boys have as yet returned.
I hear that James Sexton
is married! I am not much
surprised, no more at least
than at Wiseman & Lester.
Who will be next of our College
boys? McInnis & Alezan-
der are sub-profs $600
salary. Cant I make that
much next year in Texas?
I have secured the place of
"bell ringer", which saves me
of borrowing $100. I intend
now if I can get $130 for

my warrants to make out
without borrowing any more, and
go on also to Texas in June.
I do hope that this is my
last year of such galling em-
barrasssment about money.
Oct 16th
One week of regular work has been
performed. Our text books are
scarce and high, in consequence partly
because of the changes made in the several
departments. I gave Bigger $1 00
for his Isocrates, and now I have
to give $1 50 for a Plato bacuse
Dr. Wheat prefers that for this term.
I hear that Mrs. Gailard is dead.
Oct 23
Old Mr. McMahan died yesterday
at 2 oclock, will be buried
tomorrow with Masonic ceremony.
Miss Lizzie Smither died this morn-
ing. How careful ought we to live!

I began to day to write for my
first on any Bimonthly. Great ex-
citement is now prevailing over the
state on the subject of politics. Al-
though I expect to cast my for-
tune with that of the lone Star
state, yet I would be glad to
see my own native state once
freed from the galling yoke of
Radicalism. I am making but
Little progress now in the way
of reading Physiology; but I hope
to do better soon. I am
now considering the propriety of trying
to sell books again.
Oct. 30th
Wednesday night we felt sen-
sibly the earthquake. I hope
we will soon hear from it through
the newspapers. One month
is now gone! Seven more
and then where will I be?

I long for the time to
come when I shall take board
for the lone star State. Thurs-
day we received the news
that Mr. Eggeston Wilbourn
was dead. Death seems
to be making rapid strides
over our country. Only last
Sunday was it that I
attended the burial of two of
our citizens.
Nov. 6
The excitement of the election is
now over and the Democrats
are highly rejoicing in their victori-
ous triumph. Mr. Percy
Howry was buried yesterday.
His death, I think, ought to be
a warning to the boys against
the useless practice of carrying
Nov 13

McInnis has returned from
his sister's wedding and has
been boring us badly on the
subject of [illegible]. Dr.
Lyon started to New Orleans
to his church Synod last
Tuesday night. We expect
him back next Tuesday. I
went out last Sunday evening
to tell Miss Ellen Garrett good-
bye. I wish I could get a
chance to go to see Miss Dink,
but I dont think I can afford
to give a dollar for a horse
out of the livery stable.
Nov. 20th
We are all looking forward
with anxious expectation to
next Thursday when we expect
holiday, and also the big London
show that is expected here on that
day. Although it is a

"Thanks Giving Day" I think most
of the boys will go for on any
other day we could not get excused
from our lessons. I think I
shall go for my first time in
Oxford, and no doubt it will
be my last time. Our bash-
ful little Magazine keeps making
some progress. I do hope it will
appear in time for us to take a
copy home with us Christmas
Nov. 27th
Both the big shows have come
and gone. I did wrong, no doubt,
in attending last Thursday when
I had been having fever with my
cold for three nights previous. As my
fever continued to rise at night I went
this morning to see Dr. Chandler; and had
to pay $1.75 for medicine. He says
my cold is right severe and that I
must keep close lest it develop itself

into Pneumonia. This makes me a little
uneasy, but it shall be very careful
from now on and try to get well.
Dec. 4
I was obliged to miss recitations
last Monday and Tuesday on account
of my cold and fever. My cough
is right severe yet; but I am in
hopes that I will get well without
an attack of pneumonia. I dont
think I ever saw more gloomy weather
in my life; every thing seems to be
melancholy--Lee Jarvis has
promised to be in Oxford next
Monday and pay me; but the in-
clemency of the weather together
with the fact that he has so often
deceived me heretofore makes
me have but little hope of
getting the much needed money.
My money affairs are very
embarrassing every way; Uncle

Jim tells me that warrants in
Pontotoc are worth but 50 cts in
the dollar! I cant hear any
think from Mr. Hicks whether
he has had my last month's
$35 warrant issued or not;
As every thing was so tangled and
confused, I am a little afraid
that I will lose that month's work.
It seems that many things are
working together to defeat my
purposes in trying to go to
Texas in June: but I have not en-
tirely lost hope yet. I want
my services in FS hall to pay
for my washing. Perhaps I
may make a few dollars by
selling my book again; though
I cant expect more than half,
if that, such success as I had
last year. I feel grateful
to Dr. Chandler for giving me

that prescription gratis. I expected
to pay at least a dollar for it.
Uncle Jim says that he will
bring or send some conveyance for
me to come out to his wedding
on the 29th inst. and that Miss
Ellen Steele and I are to be two of the
waiters. I anticipate a nice time,
notwithstanding Miss Ella Neilson says
that those who "wait on" will never
get married themselves. If Miss
Ellen looks as sweet as she did last summer
when I saw her no doubt I will say many
things to her, some wise, some otherwise.
I was not able to deliver my bi-
monthly to the FS's this morning. I
do hope I will be well by next Saturday.
Christmas will soon be here; and
no doubt, it would be better for
my pocketbook if I were to spend
it as I did last Christmas selling
books; but under the circumstances

I suppose I must forego the op-
portunity of trying to make a few
dimes, lay aside all wordly care
and try for once to enjoy myself.
This is my last Christmas in College;
and as I have always heretofore had
a certain task for the holidays,
it seems that I might afford to
devote the incoming ones, under the
auspicious circumstances to innocent
enjoyment, and harmless gratification
Dec. 11
Perhaps I was never more agreeably sur-
prised than I was on last Monday, when
I ascertained that my old friend, slow
in paying debets, Mr. Lee Jarvis, had
left that long desired twenty dollars
in town for me. I have suffered
no little uneasiness about that since
last March. I think I will
never act so hastily again as I
did in sending that counterfeit

bill back to him. I think if I
had kept it and simply informed
Jarvis that it was counterfeit, and
that unless it was redeemed in
ten days, I would put it into the
hands of an officer, I would have
got it all right without half so
much trouble uneasiness and expense.
My cold is still bothering me. I
had to disappoint the FS's again this
morning about my bi-monthly. I do
hope I will be well by next Saturday.
I know, however, that the constitution
of FS says that bi-monthly shall
not conflict with the inaugural
of the President; so it seems that
I could not have spoken, had I
been well. I am a little ex-
cited about my little piece of
poetry that I wrote for our Magazine
Ed Dial seems to think that the
editors will have it published.

My sickness and bi-monthly both
seem to work against my selling
of books. Martin has already
started around with his book
and has three subscribers. Time
about is fair play; I succeeded
last year, and therefore I should
not grumble if I fail this year.
Besides I have the bell ringing
and services in the FS hall to at-
tend to, both of which pay men,
and so I should not be too greedy
for getting other things than my
books to demand my attention.
Indeed 4th class in optics last
month looks like I have
by far too many worldly cares
already. I should I know for
marks sake, have told Bobby
that I was not prepared when
he called on me just after I
had been sick and had not

looked a the text for a week.
So work only for marks is a poor
business in college.
Dec. 18
Well my old "bimonthly" speech is deliver
ed at last. I fear I hardly did
justice to the occasion for I was
not interested in it from the start
as I should have been. I t was
so cold, and our fires being rather
bad we were uncomfortably
situated and as a matter of course
I had an ungrateful audience.
As to my cold I hope that it is
about well. Hereafter I will, I think,
be more careful at the beginning and
try to break it up before it
gets so permanent and stubborn
a hold on me. For the past week
I believe I have been more interested
in my little piece of poetry
than my bimonthly. Have not yet

heard from the editors. Where
will I be next Saturday night?
I am perplexed about my ar-
rangements. Uncle Jim wrote
to me that he would come after
me but did not say what
day he would come. I would
be very glad to go by, and
see Miss Dink, but am afraid
I might stay, should I wait
till he comes for me; till
I would wear out my welcome.
If I stay here I will be in great
suspense should I go out to
John Smith's as Uncle Jim request
ed me, I might get bored un-
mercifully. I rather think
I shall go by Miss Dink's house
any way. Without any dis-
simulation, I am quite conscious
that my affections for Miss Dink
are rapidly increasingly by our

correspondence, which for the past
six months, has been of the most
pleasant and endearing character'
for indeed she is a sweet letter
writer. I hope (?) that this
increase of affection is nothing more
thank an increase of friendship. I
know that if I ever intend to make
an M.D. I should not try to win
any young lady's affections with
the intent of consummating them
in wedlock for several years
yet. I cant say that I regret
that I asked her to correspond with
me; for indeed the correspondence
has been not only a source of real
and I hope innocent pleasure and
harmless gratification, but also
it has been a source of improve-
ment and information; for certainly
she makes fewer mistakes than any
correspondence I ever had. My

intercourse with her has caused
a feeling of doubt to arise with
reference to two questions: viz.
Would I be willing for her to mar-
ry any one else without my making
her an offer of myself? Would my
being engaged to her render me less
happy, or interfere with my plans
for making a doctor & c? I believe
my cool unprejudiced judgment
advises that "I wait for a more
convenient season." I sold three
of Lee's books this evening. I fear
I shall not be able to sell many
Times are hard and people want
something new. I am anxious
to try Seward's travels, I think
it might sell very well.
Dec. 25
I left Oxford last Wednesday
morning in Mr. Jim Trott's wag-
on as I had the chance to

thus save my Uncle from the
trip by getting there before
he would start. I regretted
very much, however, to miss the
opportunity of seeing miss Dink.
Thursday I had a very rainy
and muddy walk of 12 miles
from Bigham's mill to Grandpa's.
About 2 o'clock in the after-
noon I found Uncle Jim, Un-
cle John & Henry very busy
repairing Grandpa's house, as
Miss Lizzie will have to live
with them till Uncle Jim can
build his house. Friday
I had a muddy ride going with
Matt over to Mr. Gilmer's. I
wanted to cross the creek very
badly to see Miss Ellen Garrett
but could not on account of the
high water. Saturday after-
noon I arrived at Mr. Garrett's

but was too late to see
Miss Ellen for she had gone
with Mr. John Abernathy to Red
land. I am somewhat unea-
sy about my $35 claim in Pon
totoc county. They say that it
is probably that Bell will be
turned out of office; then the
new board of supervisors might
refuse to issue my warrant
which is very likely if schools
are suspended for a year- so
then I would be compelled
to lose my labor
January 1st 1876
Christmas has come and gone.
The 4th and very likely the
last one that I will spend
as a student in the University

To say the least I have en
joyed this Christmas very
well. Perhaps I enjoyed the
the success of my business
as much as any other one
thing. I was gratified
when Uncle Jim told me
that he had disposed of my
warrants at 70 & 75 cts, when
I was expecting to take about
50 or 60cts. Then I was
happily surprised last Monday
when Bell issued my pay
certificate without consult
ing the suprviro's and
much more so when Carr
cashed the warrant for me.
I spent Monday night pleasantly
at Mr. Bigham's. Miss Mary Ann
however, was not at home. This

made the third time that I
was disappointed in seeing my
lady friends. Tuesday morn
ing it began to rain again,
so that I remained till after
dinner, when I was obliged
to ride all the afternoon in the
rain, and cross frightful
looking creeks, and at last be
disappointed the second time in
seeing Miss Ellen. Although
Miss Sallie said that she would make
her come home Tuesday night, no
doubt, they both, like myself were
water bound. Wednesday we had
a middle ride out to Mr. Steele's;
where we found but little preparation
for the wedding. Although there
were but few to witness the wedding
no doubt I enjoyed it as well

if not better than I would had
all their rooms been crowded with
spectators. I did see Miss Ellen Steele
enjoyed her sweet expressions both
from her eyes and mouth, nor was
I convinced that Miss Addie was
better looking, though several had
told me that she was both smarter
and better looking. Thursday
morning I felt constrained to bid
them all farewell and start again
back toward Oxford. I think I
must have walked some 12 or 15
miles before I reached Mr. Har
well's where I stayed all night.
The family treated me kindly, charged
me nothing for my lodging, and
next morning Mr. Ab Harwell went
with me to Mr. Bullard's and
assisted me in hiring young

Mr. B to bring me to Mr.
Bigger's Mill. This riding cost
me a little more than ten cents
a mile--$2.00 for the trip. Af-
ter leaving my satchel in care
of Mr. Bigger and getting some
directions to Mr. Newell's house
I set out, on foot, but in fine
spirits to see Miss Dink, whose
presence I had so long wished to
enjoy. Though I wrote to her
that I hoped to be there on Sat-
urday, yet she seemed pleased to
see me on Friday as it was. And
now that I have seen her, and enjoyed
her company which was indeed
gratifying to me, yet I am no
nearer decided than before as to
whether I wish to cultivate toward
her a feeling of any thing more
than friendship. If I know
my heart I dont wish to deceive the

harmless little virgin, in any
way. I know I began our inter
course and have taken the lead all
the time. I am glad to believe,
however, that she has more sense
than to take on about me or any
one else without good reasons for it.
I am a little afraid of her temper.
I think now that I shall wait on
till I see Texas and a little
more of the world generally; in the
mean time, however, try to find
her out as far as possible; and perhaps
make her a nice present of a gold
pen. I think I will never regret
the sacrifice it would cost to see
her once a month from now till
June when we will be so far
separated. I was very favorably
impressed by her mother. She treat
ed me in every way as kindly as I
had any right to expect. I ar-

rived in Oxford just before 5 oclock,
took tea with Willie Jenkins and
then made a new year's call on Misses
Ella & Lou. We had cakes, candy,
and wine in plenteous abundance;
and all ate drank and were merry.
Now it is time to lay aside all
thoughts of Christmas and turn
my attention wholly to my
studies. I have much hard
work to do between now and
June. I ought to try to make
a respectable "rise" at least.
My Christmas has come and
gone and I have sold no books.
Martin has made, he says,
about $30 dollars. Now if he
ever gets it, he has done well.
My heart rather fails me in try-
ing to bore the people again
with my books. It seems
that I could try with good

grace at any place better
than Oxford or Holly Springs
where I have already sold books.
I think I never noticed
such warm weather for Christ
mas. It rained nearly every
January 8
We have had a week of most
pleasant weather. It seems almost
like spring, grass is growing up
and flowers are opening; but
I fear only to be soon killed
again. Miss Dink sent me
a letter to day with very
scorching reproofs for asking
her if she was tired of our corres-
pondence. I cant get mad
at her though. When I love
a friend as dearly as I do her
I cant get mad, even should
they err considerably. Her

rebuke was right in one sense
viz., that I intended to intimate
that I was tired writing.
I intended no such thing at
all. General Sears oldest
son Willie accidentally shot him-
self through the arm to day
while hunting with some other
boys. As it is only a flesh
wound we hope that it will prove
to be nothing serious. It
seems a hard matter to get
right down to hard work
now since Christmas.
Jan 15th
We have done some better this
week in our studies. We are
just now through with the ex
cises in French, will have
common reading from now on.
I like this much better than
the exercises- I began Prac

tical Chemistry last Thurs-
day afternoon expect to
devote 4 hours a wekk from
now on to that department.
I think this may be of some
service to me in trying to
make a doctor- Examinations
are again drawing near. I
lose no time from now on
in trying to become thorough
in the texts. But I do
feel now that I am but poorly
prepared on many of them.
We had a little fine excite
ment last Tuesday. It seemed,
that the soot caught in the
chimney and heated the brick
through so that the Mantle-
shelf in the library, caught
fire. As no serious damage
was the result, perhaps it
will beneficial in learning

Record of Deaths from Oct. 75 to Jan '76

Oct. 22 Old Mr. McMahan
"" 23 Miss Lissie Smither
Nov. 3 Mr. Percy Howry
Jan '76 13 (?) Old Mr. Smithers

all to be more careful in
the future. I gave my
second piece for the Mag
azine to Mr. Dial this morn
ing. Perhaps I will have
read the proof sheet of my
first piece before next Saturday
night. It does seem that
I ought to write one piece
at least for each number;
but it seems also that I
will be too busy in
February to prepare one for March.
I sent my little order

Record of Marriages
Nov. 9 Mr. French Cannon to ----
"" Mr. Alsworth to Miss Mary McInnis
Nov. 25 Lewis Green "" Jennie Jones
Dec. 29 James L. Johnston "" Lizzie Steele

to Mr. Colby, Jno W. (20 St. Charles
Street New Orleans) for more books.
I have sold only six of Lee's two
of Seward's and subscribed my-
self for Jackson's. I think
probably he will make me
a present of a copy of Sew-
ward's. He has intimated sever
al times that he intended
to give me a copy. I
am now thinking that prob-
ably I might sell a few
books in Memphis or Little
Rock, as I go on to
Texas, but am afraid to
Invest heavily I might loose.

Saturday Night
From January 23 1876 to
July 22 1876

January 22 1876
Examinations are drawing near
and it seems that I cant re
alize its certainty and importance
I feel so little prepared! From
this on I think I will lose
no time. I received quite
a sweet letter from Miss Dink
this morning, and am highly
gratified to know that she is
reconciled and does not think
now that I want to drop the
correspondence. I think my
purpose is the same yet that
it was in the beginning: viz to
cultivate a high degree of acquaint
ance and friendship between
us; but nothing more at present.
My books have not yet come;
but I received a letter from

Mr. Colby stating that he
had started the books by
freight and that he had
sent me "Seward's Travels" bound
in [sheep]. I am that much
the more obliged to him. I
shall send soon for a map which
I expect to sell by subscrip
tion--perhaps for some pictures
and charts also. It would
be quite consoling to me in-
deed if I could yet make
money enough to pay back
to Uncle Jim that $50 and
leave here out of debt.
Jan 29th
My books came safely to
hand last Monday, but now
I have not time to read them.
Examinations are pressing too hard.
I am at Miss Dink's house in
the full enjoyment of her bliss

ful presence. Will I ever for-
get here to write her name
in the Monogram? (JK)
The second issue of our Maga
Zine reached us this evening.
Sure enough my piece was in
it. It seems to me now that
it is not much after all, although
several of the boys have compli
mented it. I hear that a
Mr. Stowers was shot, but not
killed last Monday. Enock Enocks
went home on the train this after-
noon. His brother left several days
Feb. 5th
Examinations are now in prog
ress so that I have no time
to write "Saturday Nights," love
letters nor any thing else. We
stood our examination in Latin
yesterday. I fear that I did

not make 90 this time. Mon
day comes Optics, I think I
am tolerably well prepared
for it.
Feb. 12th
We have not heard from a
single examination yet. The
Professors are, I think, quite
independent and indolent
about making out their reports;
however as to myself I
do not expect encouraging
reports for I have been
quite unable to study
for the past few days as
I would like to during
examinations. My cold
before affected my lungs
giving me a cough for
several weeks; this time
it affects my head and
face, so that I fear I

have something like Neu-
ralgia. But I hope to
get well without having
to consult a doctor or pay
out any money for medicine
I hear that Mr. Stewers is
dead, and that they have
the fellows in custody, whom
they accuse of having shot
him some time since.
Ma is ancious for me to
try to get a school in her
neighborhood during the sum-
mer. I hardly know how to
proceed about it.
Feb. 19th
Examinations are now closed, and
we are once again forced so to speak
To night I am with Mr. Smith
at Mr. Daniel Gardner's. He
tells me so many encouraging
talks about St. Louis

Semiannual Examination- Senior Class- February 1876. U.M.
English Greek Latin Optics Minerology French Zoology Ethics
S. E.A. S.E.A. S.,E.A. S.E.A. S.E.A. S.E.A. S.E.A. S.E.A.
Bingham 87 94.84.87 93 84.76.78 90.73.78
Cooper 94.90.91 99 90.86.87
Dial 55.80.72 87.83.84 40 80.59.66 72.61.65
Foster 91.95.94 94.90.91 91 87.77.81 86.83.84
Greenwood 96.96.96 95.95.95 100 97.95.96 97.98.97
Isom 95.82.86 93.89.90 94 84.74.77 89.90.89
Johnson 93.83.86 94.85.88 98 91.72.78 88.90.89
Kilpatrick 97.93.94 93.94.94 95 95.95.95 96.97.97
Love 97.89.91 94.88.90 80 95.71.79 94.65.74
Rives 97.93.94 93.96.95 97 93 97.97.97
Smith 95.84.88 95 95.80.85
Tunstall 71.76.74 85.91.90 55 99.63.72 86.59.68
Williamson 45.62.56 75.75.75 80 60.50.53 77.61.66
Witherspoon 99.96.97 95.95.95 98 96.83.87 96.98.97
Ledbetter 96.93.94 94.91.92 92 91.78.82 94.85.88
[Porterfield] 50 86.60.69

that I am strongly in
the notion to go by there
on my way to Texas.
Monday is the day for
me to try my luck at
selling maps. I shall
go at it rather reluc-
tantly, for I dont
have much hope of suc-
cess. I almost widh
I had my money back
which I paid for the
Feb 26
The Hermaeans failed on
Their anniversary, but
I succeeded with my
Maps splendidly- sold
25 Tuesday, 10 Wednesday
and two to day. I

am in great hopes now of mak
ing a success of the business
and can consequently go more
easily by St. Louis on my way
to Texas--The Senior Class,
Centennial Class, as we style
ourselves, met this evening
at 5 o'clock at Prof. Johnson's
residence to name his infant
daughter. We gave her the
name Rosylind which I
hope will ever serve as a
token of remembrance of
our class. Mr. Witherspoon
short address on the occasion
was, I think, most admira
bly appropriate. I am to
night again blessed with the
blissful presence of Miss Dink.
I have been so busy for the
past few weeks that I scarcely
had time to think of her.

I have given her the gold
pen which I have been con
sidering so long. If our re
lations are never stronger than
simply true friendship I hope
I will never regret buying
it for her.
March 4
I ordered my maps last
Wednesday, am anxious
now for them to come im
mediately. I am earnest
ly considering the propriety
of my going to Holly Springs
to sell maps. I think I
could make a handsome lit
tle profit for myself and
do some good also for the
Magazine: but I would
lose some time from College
and perhaps divert my [illegible]
from my books more than

my profits would be worth.
I am to night at Cousin
Joe Johston's: and Cousin
Wafe and family are here
March 11
Mr. Bigham arrived last
Wednesday with some books
and pictures; which he has
been selling here and in Holly
Springs. The like rather
discourages me. It looks like
such a little business, though
I dont think it would look so
bad in a young man selling
in order to travel. If I
thought the business would
draw me off, and cause me
to have a raving disposition
and a disregard for any per
manent business I would
[illegible] it forthwith. My

maps have not yet come. I
am getting quite anxious to
to deliver them and see how
the pay will be. Mr. Bigham
lent me his horse, so that I
am to night at Miss Dink's
house again. Others may
deny there being any reality in
friendship only between the sex-
es, but I shall have a con
trary opinion. Prof Jones has
gone up to meet his family
at the Grand junction. I hope
we will find his wife possessed
of the same genial disposition
as her husband.
Mch. 8th
Mrs. Jones arrived safely last
Sabbath morning. I think she
is the prettiest woman of any
of the profs. wives. And I
admire too her discipline with

her children. But fear that
Prof. Jones and his wife will sub
ject them to many temptations
by associating them with the
bad influences about the
University. I am getting
uneasy some about my
maps, especially about the
ones I have been expecting to
get from Mr. Bigham. I fear
I will miss my opportunity
for going to Holly Springs.
There seems to always be some
risk and inconvenience in
trying to make money. But
I have been embarrassed so
long here that I think when
I get free I shall risk some-
thing in trying to make a lit
tle at least. I must men
tion the sudden changes of the
weather. Last Saturday we

needed no fire, but Sunday
seemed like we ought to see
ice, and to day is really an
unpleasant day on account
mostly perhaps of the brisk
March 25.
Last Sunday night we had
by far the heaviest snow
that has fallen this winter.
It was 6 ½ or 7 inches deep
and lasted four days and
would no doubt have lasted
much longer had it not
been for the rain. My
maps and books all arrived
safely yesterday, and, in the
highest degree, satisfactory.
If I collect all as I think
I will, I will have made
$34.50 clear money. We
Seniors, held our meeting

last Tuesday to discuss
the propriety of trying to
get rid of McInnis as our
teacher. We concluded to
send a committee to Prof. Jones
to ask him to take the class.
Prof. Jones agreed to do so.
This is the first thing any
ways like a rebelling in
which our class has ever
engaged. I believe now
that we will make a complete
success at it. No doubt
my influence, as spokesman
of the committee, and also in
the confidential interview with
Gen. Stewart on the subject,
contributed much to its thus
far success. I dont know
what can be the matter with
reference to Dr. Juny. Dr.
Wheat's asking me confiden

tially if he ever acted in
such a way as to make us
think that he had been drink-
ing too much- has raised
my curiosity- no little. And
by the way, I dont like to
be made the confident of so
many no how! I fear they
will think I am a regular
tattler, which, of all things
I abominate most.
April 1st
What a change! I am to
night writing in my room
alone not having been in it
at night before since Mon
day. Mr. Smith was taken
fearfully ill with Pneumo
nia Monday, Tuesday we
moved him to Prof. Fulton's
where he has been ever since,
and to night I have return

to my room for the first
time and take a good
nights rest. I never
can forget the kindness of
Mrs. Fulton, she is certainly
a most excellent wife.
As I have failed to get my
expected school in Texas I
am still more inclined to
try for an agency for my sum
mer's work, but am still un-
decided as to what I shall
try to do. I am carefully
considering the propriety of my
applying for a tutorship here
next year. I cant easily get
any consent to work for $600
I really believe I could make
more in some good locality
in the country. But the work
would be much more laborious.
And really I believe I could

make more with an agency
for books or maps, and the
traveling might be worth
much more to me than my
study of medicine for one
year during my spare moments
or even the A.M. degree.
But I dont like the idea
of getting cut off from the
educational world. I am
a little afraid I will be
somewhat avaricious when
I get out from here any how.
April 8th
To night I am again at
Miss Dink's house, and feel
Like I had made an unfear
donable blunder in coming out
so late. Our exercises at
the planting of the Senior Tree
were very pleasant this after-
noon, but were very long.

I think Mr. Dials poetry was
really sublime. And I must
say that I think we will
see or hear of his writing
something some day which
will be really worth read-
ing. Mr. Rives, I think,
too did better than he usually
does in the society--Mr.
E.E. Bigger arrived yesterday from
the seminary looking well
and hearty. --I expected to
go next Monday to Holly
Springs. I feel some reluc-
tance in doing so as I have
waited so long on Mr. Bigham's
maps and they still have
not come, and then I fear
some other agent has already
been there. I must say
that Mr. Bigham somewhat
surprises me. He seems

nearly altogether wanting
in business capacity. I
dont believe he ever will
ever make any money.
April 15th
Last Monday I went up to
Holly Springs intending to sell
maps, but found there, not
much to my surprise a
Yankee from Boston Mass--
a Mr. J.S. [Shunteliff]. So my
trip was necessarily a failure.
If I were through college now
I would proceed immediately
on a traveling agency, but I
dont know how it will be in
seven weeks from now. At
any rate I think I shall try
my luck on a dozen or two
any way. No risk-no gain.
Had I only gave one week
sooner I could have made

$40. I think I have learned
one lesson from this; viz, not
to wait on some other one's bad
management or convenience
instead of tending at once to
my own business. I had
been waiting nearly a month
on Mr. Bigham's maps. But
my business is not at present
to make money, so I shall
be content to try to study
till the 1st of June, when
I will be free to try the
unknown realities of life.
Mr. Witherspoon made us an
admirable speech last Friday
on the Hermaean Anniversary
occasion though I hardly
think it was duely appre
ciated by the audience.
April 15
The Hermaean society

celebrated their anniversary
yesterday in stead of on
the 22nd of Feb. their regular day.
April the 22
Time passes off swiftly so
that the day will soon arrive
at which I must leave
and I hardly know what
I can do to make any
money during the sum-
mer, but I shall I think
try a map agency. If
I can succeed half as well
as Mr. [Shunliff] tells me
he has been doing, I can
make enough to go on
to the medical college
next year. But this is
I think expecting too much
I look for some great ex-
cuse to break out among

the people so that I will
not be able to succeed very
well, but I must try
something and this is I think
my best prospects at present.
April 29
I am again at Cousin
Joe Johnston's; perhaps
too for the last time,
for I am quite ancious
to get started on my busin
ness and give it a fair
trial. It seems that
I cant realize that exam
inations are so near on
us again.
May 6
Miss Maggie Plant was
married Tuesday night
to a Dr. Lanford. Miss

Lizzie Berry was there but
I did not get an oppor
tunity of speaking to her.
The faculty is boring
me unmercifully in
trying to persuade me
to withdraw my petition
and stay till commece
ment. I may re
pent of it some day but
considering my indebtedness
the long time since I
saw my precious Mother,
the chances similar to
that of Holly Springs of
making money- which I
may by waiting miss
and my general pver
ty, I shall most certainly
insist on them to excuse
me; notwithstanding I know
it is the duty of every

Senior to make considerable
sacrifice, rather than
miss being here at com-
mencement. But I
am a man, and must tend
to my own business as
in my judgment I see
proper although my friends
advise to the contrary.
May 13
The faculty positively
refused to grant my
petition and now say
that if I leave I must
sacrifice my diploma.
I dont really believe that
They will make me alone
Sacrifice it, but still
I dislike to show them
a want of respect by
leaving against their
wishes. Eight of us

went out last Sunday
to Hopewell to hear Dr.
Waddel preach, heard a
very good sermon, and
had a splendid time
generally except the
rain. Though we did
not get wet much
as we had shawls and
umbrellas plenty--I
saw Miss Dink- of course
as four of us took din-
ner at her house but that
was about all. I think
she is a little mad at
me at present but I
hope she will soon get
over it. Tis said that,
"Lovers will quarrel," I believe
the same is nearly true
of good intimate friends also.

May 20
I saw Miss Dink again
to day but had but
little chance to talk to
her as she was standing
an examination before
the County Supt.--It
seems that it was the
intention of Gen. Stewart
and several other mem
bers of the faculty to
recommend me to a
position as teacher in
Coffeeville to a salary of
one thousand dollars.
But Prof. McInnis told
Mr. Kilpatrick who has
applied to General Stewart
without being sent for,
for the position and

The General not willing,
I suppose, to show any
Preference to me which
He had expressed to Dr.
Wheat and Prof. Jones,
allowed him to write
to the parties in Coffee
ville thus "cutting me
out." But Prof
Johnson has gone
down there this after
noon- as he has to preach
there- and will I think
work some in my behalf.
So I await his return
with greatest suspense
and anxiety--Mr.
R.O.B. Morrow and Miss
Rosa M. Howell were married
in the Pres. Church last
Thursday night by Dr.
Lyon. Miss [illegible]

Gardner was married last
Tuesday night to a
Mr. Leverett from Water
Valley. Sam Stewart
left here Monday morning
having made the rise
into the Sophomore
class, and secured the
position of bell ringer for
next year.
May 27
Prof Johnson gives me
great encouragement about
the school at Coffeeville.
I dont know what arrange
ments Mr. Kilpatrick has
made; I believe now that
my chances are better
than his. But exam-
inations are crowding my
mind so much that I
cant write or think of any

thing but my books.
June 3rd
I have been somewhat
alarmed by hearing that
J. C. Foster and Chalmers
Williamson had applied
also for the Coffeeville
school. But this af-
ternoon Maj. Jones in-
timates to me that I
may possibly get the
offer of Tutor under
Prof. Fitzhugh. This
excites me still more
than any other thing that
has come up yet. This position
might give me
an opportunity to re-
ceive a higher call some-
where. I have so many
objections to being a doctor. I may
abandon the idea altogether.

June 2 Ticket to Water V $.85
"" "" Coffeeville .55
"" 7 Tavern bill to Mrs. L.S. Thomas 1.50
"" Express 3.75
"" Barber .35
"" tooth brush .40
"" ticket to Grenada .80
"" Dinner, supper, & lunch 1.00
8 Tavern bill .50
"" blank book .25
"" dinner .15
9 comb .25
" lunch .30
10 Dinner & lunch .90
"" Collars .30
11 shoes blacked .10
"" [Bluid] .10
"" Dinner .50
12 Tavern bill 2.00
"" ticket & c 1.25
13 Envelopes .85
"" Tavern bill 1.50
"" Ticket 1.05
"" Lunch .20
"" 14 Ticket to Sardis .50
"" 16 Lunch .50
17 Lodging .50

June 10th
Last Tuesday I started on
my long & anxiously thought of
trip to Coffeeville and to
sell my maps. At
about 11 o'clock I found
Coffeeville not noted for its
beauty but whose citizens
I think are ancious for
a school. I might have
made them close the bargain
by which I would be sure
one thousand dollars but I
doubt it. It suited me
however exactly for them to
hesitate as I wanted some
time to try to get the
position in Oxford. But
with the 30 subscribed scho-
ars and the probability of
getting more, I think it
more than likely that I

can make the school
worth even more than
one thousand dollars.
But I leave that matter
and look anxiously fo-
ward for further word
concerning my prospects
at Oxford. I left
Cofeeville Wednesday eve-
ning, arrived safely at
Grenada at 9 o'clock.
Thursday I worked very hard
trying to sell my maps but
affected but four sales all
day. Capt. John McKie
died on the 30 of May
(The above was written last
Thursday) It is now Sat-
urday night- have sold
but six maps in all in
Grenada! What shall I
do? I was never more

surprised in life, and
am very much disheartened
at present. I expect to
leave in the direction of
Memphis next Monday. I
much fear that my expenses
will be more than my
profits. I feel consider
ably depressed every way
some of my examinations
I know must be very bad,
worse I fear than they
have ever been before. But
I had so much to think of--
the Coffeeville school and
the probability of getting a
position under Prof. Fitzhugh
Going to Texas & c & c--
that I had but little
more than half sense.

June 17
Monday morning I left
Grenada glad to get off
from the place, and arrived
about 10 o'clock at Oakland,
engaged 6 maps, lodged
at the hotel, Tuesday
morning two of my sub
scribers failed to bring
up the money so that I
had to keep the maps.
I arrived at Batesville about
11 o'clock Tuesday worked
hard the remainder of the
day, sold but one map
and that at $1.50! Tues-
day night I went up to
Sardis on the freight-
Wednesday I engaged about
12 maps, but pay for

but 10 on Thursday.
Friday morning I left
Sardis on foot with four
maps in my hands.
During the day I
disposed of two of them,
lodged with Mr. Archi-
bald, and Saturday I
disposed of the other two
and arrived at 12 o'clock
in safety at Mrs. Petersons
where I got a good dinner
with my college mates Mar-
tin, Snell, Graves &c.
The map business is rather
discouraging. I have made
nothing clear of expenses
on this trip. This togeth
er with the probability
that I shall return from
Texas to teach in this state
Induces me to abandon the

idea which I once so
much cherished of sell
ing maps on my way
to Texas, but think I
shall order Tenney to
send me a map to Tex-
as and I will try to
see if I can sell them
there. But I am most-
ly interested at present
in trying to secure my
position in the University.
Prof. Fitzhugh gave me
considerable encouragement
to night. But there is
no knowing yet what the
trustees will do. My hopes
are based upon precarious
circumstances, which puts
me on great suspense. I
do hope my business life will
not prove to be always as

full of anxiety and care
as it has been for the
past few weeks--
Mr. McKee our
Chancery clerk died last

General Average for
Four years Centennial Class
University of Miss.
June 1876

Bingham 80.35--7. Cooper 84.68 [illegible]
Dial 70.42--9 Foster 84.85--5
Greenwood 95.89-1 Isom 76.25-8
Johnson 86.69--4 Kilpatrick
Ledbetter 83.03--6 Love
Rives 90.87--3 Smith 84.66--2 B.L.
Tunstall 65.23--10 Williamson 57.84--11
Witherspoon 92.88.2 [Porterfield]
The last figure shows the order of
the standing in the class.

June 24
I am now in great suspense
waiting the action of the Board
of Trustees with reference to
my getting a position
here. We have eight
applicants for the three
positions as Tutors, Alexander,
McInnis, Williamson, Green
wood, Witherspoon, Rives, Kil
Patrick, and myself.
I feel sorry for Dr. Juny.
He has been thrown out of
employment now, so unex-
pectedly to him, no doubt.
But I cant say that he
Has performed all his dut
ies-Hermean Freshmen
Declaimed last night FS's
to night. I will be

truly glad when commence
ment is over. I cant
take much interest in
my speech, if I fail to
get the position here I
shall always regret , I think,
that I did not go
on immediately to Texas from
July 1st
My case is still undecided
the matter has been referred
to the Executive Committee who
say that they will report
next week. I never
needed the advice of friends
more in life. If I get
this, it not be worth more
than $700. Whether this
would suit me better than
the Coffeeville school is
what I cant decide. I

satisfied that I can make
$800 easily at Coffeeville.
But I think reputation
from this place would be
better than form any
other place in the state, then
I would be right on the way
of collegiate promotion. I
know that I have several
very serious objections to
being a doctor, and so
have I to being a school
July 8th
Last Wednesday morning
the Executive committee relieved
me from my awful suspense
by electing me tutor. T.D.
Greenwood was elected in the
Chemical department, S.A.
Witherspoon in the Latin.
I cant help but feel sorry

for McInnis and do
believe that in throwing him
out of his Tutorship they
have punished him more
really than his offenses de-
serve. He and Alexan
der were accused of having
the "Big Head," May
the Lord deliver me from
such a charge! I know
how they both missed
their opportunity for re
election. It was sim
ply in not pleasing the
professors under whom
they served. I shall
endeavor to do my whole
duty, and specially to car
ry out the wishes of Prof.
Fitzhugh, my principal.
Tuesday I had only a
tolerably nice time at

the "Pic nic" dinner. In
fact I have been in too
great suspense for the past
three weeks to enjoy any
thing. I met my dear
Miss Dink at the dinner
and had a long social talk
but I believe she thinks
I was not pleased with her
continual chatting during
the speaking. I really
dont care any thing about it,
perhaps I am too much
on the opposite extreme with
my dignity so to speak; but
should I give it a serious
consideration she might not
be mistaken. Wednes
day afternoon I left Ox
ford on my long trip for
Texas, lay over Thursday
in Coffeeville with Mr.

Smith and used my
influence in trying to
get the Coffeeville school
for him; but, as Mr.
Chalmers Williamson came
down with us bringing
recommendations from Prof.
Guthrie, and having really
Some advantages over Mr.
Smith as to qualifications and
experience; the people seemed
to give preference to him, so
that Mr. Smith withdrew
and came on with me
Thursday afternoon as far
As Grenada. I arrived in
Memphis one o'clock Friday
left at 4 o'clock, arrived
at Little Rock 2 o'clock Sat
urday morning. Few towns
from Memphis to Little Rock
Forrest City De Vall's Bluff

[several lines are obscured here due to the
pasting of a newspaper article "Texas Letter"]
I lef L. Rockl 7 o'clock Sat
urday as the train was
behind time from St. Lou
is so that I could not
leave immediately on arriving
at night. When I asked
the Conductor on the Mem
phis & Little Rock R.R. whether the
ticket which Prof. Guthrie
gave me was good, he
replied that it was good
for "Mr. Brown the man to
whom it was given compli
mentary but for no one else
and that it was a fraud
ulent imposition on the
R.R. to try to sell it and
so he kept it. I am
much perplexed about it
dont know what Prof. Guth

rie will think of me for
letting it go. I tried to
sell it in Memphis but
all said that a compliment
ary ticket was not trans
ferrable. I dont believe
really that it would
ever have done any per
son any good except
Brown, but still I think
It probable that that con-
doctor will claim that
Brown has passed over
the road and so pocket
$15. But few stations from
Little Rock to Malvern 43
Miles. [illegible] has about 3 or
4 hundred inhabitants--the
station at which travelers
to Hot Springs get off the
train. The country for about
50 miles from Memphis

is all swamp no towns or
scarcely any stations. After
we passed Forest City I saw
one beautiful prairie soon
afterward I went to sleep and
am therefore not accountable
for any thing till I reached Lit
tle Rock; thence to Malvern
the country certainly has a poor
soil, flat marshy land, plenty
short leaved pines consequently
some saw mills. Ditches
along the R.R. full of stagnant
water with surface bugs on
top and tadpoles in the
bottom. But little change
on to Arkadelphia a town
of about 2000 inhabitants
A man on the platform told
me that a blind man was
here some time since sell
ing Atlases at $16.00, but

had no wall maps. Pass
ing Arkadelphia there is
considerable change in the growth
of the country I see several kinds
of oak, gum, a few hickories,
seldom any pine. The soil
seems a little better suited
to agriculture but from the
scarcity of farms I would pre-
sume that the inhabitants have
other occupations than farming
Prescott has 7 or 8 hundred in
habitants- no agent- but one at
Washington ten miles in country
Hope 15 or 20 hundred-no agent
Country from Arkadelphia
to hope is much better I
see good looking crops; amongst
the trees I notice postoak some
pine, red oaks and hickory.
One pretty prairie near Prescott
Fulton has perhaps 6 hundred

inhabitants. Finest crops
I have seen were just
after getting out of Red river
bottom. Texarkanna has
one says 1200 another 2000 inha
itants, extensive RR apparatus
there. I left there 3 ½ o'clock
P.M. narrow [guage] road for
Dallas. Texas presents rather
discouraging prospects for a
rich country in Bowie country
Plenty of pines in Cass county
few [plantations], soil thin, sev-
eral fine saw mills. Longest
trussel across sulphur river
[illegible] I ever saw. Atlanta
[illegible] perhaps 500 inhabitants.
July 15
Between Dallas & Richardson
finest country I have seen
extensive prairies- good crops
to Plano still prairies and fine crops

Irish potato hire 6 weighing
7 ½ lbs. Sweet [illegible] lbs
J.C. Forman beet would
not go in 100 lb [illegible word]
Red [illegible word] 117 bushels [illegible]
year per acre [illegible] Stone
last year raised turnips
weighing [illegible] lbs. [illegible]
much mud low flat land
but rich nearly all prairie
from Dallas--I arrived
home in safety last Thursday
after having been water-bound
at Aunt Beck's since Monday.
Texas presents quite a muddy
appearance now. But I [illegible]
satisfied that the soil is [illegible]
better than in Miss. If I
had money to spare I would
not be afraid to invest it
in lands here: I think
it would do better than

July 22
Sunday I went to preaching at
Lake Creek church heard
Rev. Cummins preach. Sun
day night I went to At
las [illegible] Monday morning
to Tom [illegible] too dinner
at Mr. William Beard's Mon
day night I was at home, Tues
day I went to Wes Lambert's
Tuesday night to MR. Williams
Attended church at Pleasant
Grove till Thursday, when I
went to Aunt Beck's; Friday
I went to Paris where I found
a town very much like the
Mississippi towns. Friday
Night I returned to Aunt
Beck's and Saturday home
Again. I am bothered

now about money to go
back to the University. I
might make a little money
by selling my maps; but
I think times are hard
here, and money scarce, as
it is in Miss.; so that I
feel but little like trying
If I could only make enough
to clear my expenses in
traveling over the country
I would be satisfied. I
I know that in after life
it would be a great
satisfaction to me to
have some personal knowl
edge of Texas. But my
chance is bad for trav
elling. [Sankey] & Jimmy
seem but little concerned
about going to school. If
they would go on with

mistake two leaves back
to lend money at interest.
Crops look exceedingly well
but I fear that it will
be too wet for cotton.

a determination to do some
good I do think I would
be willing to divide my
money with them, if I
am so fortunate as to
get any. But if they show
no disposition to try I
think it would be useless
for me to spend much
money with them. I
must mention how sweet
little sister Susie is. She
is now sitting on my knee
with her arms round my
neck prattling to me
all the time. I am
sorry to find Pa & Ma in

Married 1876
In the Baptist Church, May
2 by Rev. Lanford, Dr.
Lanford and Miss Maggie
In the Presbyterian Church
By Rev. Dr. Lyon, on the 18
of May, Rev. R.O.B. Morrow
and Miss Rosa M. Howell.

no better circumstances than
they are. The soil of Texas
is surely better than that of
Mississippi, but they have
been somewhat unfortunate in
trading with lands here, so that they
are not so well fixed as they
were. But I dont think they
should go back. However
we ought always to be satisfied
in whatever state we may
be placed.

Saturday night
From July 22, 1876 to
April 21 1877

July 29th 1876
It has been raining
so much this week that
I could not carry out
my plans with reference
to going to Paris and
trying to engage maps.
However, I was there
yesterday but made only
four engagements rather
discouraging. Frank and
Ella came home with me
this morning where I met
Mr. C.C. Sanders and Mr.
Dunnigan. I was reading
the History of the U.S. War the
first part of this week, much
interested with it consid
ering that it was written
by a Yankee--Keittell I
think is the name.
Aug. 5th
Sunday afternoon I called on

Misses Stattie Street and Sarah
Horton went home with the
latter. It is very pleasant
to visit with old acquaintances
talk of old times, and
future hopes and prospects.
Monday I went to Cooper
saw some fine prairie lands,
a small but flourishing
young town, engaged
six maps, lost Pa's saddle
skirt &c. Tuesday morning
I visited Wesley Lambert
and in the afternoon went
to Mr. Williams thence in
the evening to preaching
at the arbor, where they
raised a "mighty shout."
I told [Sankey] that I
would try to let him have
$100 if he would go
to school next year. I
do hope he will go regularly

Wednesday I went again
to Paris from Dr. Moody's
store, made about four
more engagements for
maps. Thursday I returned
to Paris from Aunt Beck's
stayed till Friday after
noon. Saturday to Roxton
where I sold more maps
and pictures. I have
now 35 engagements
more successful than I
once thought. I would not
take less than $50 cash
for the agency. I may
not realize that much but
I will stand a chance to
realize even more.--I
am to night again at
"Uncle" Billy Brachine's went
to preaching at the arbor
with Prof. Whitter & wife,
formed the acquaintance

of Misses Molly, Holly and
James- [Sank] tells me
that he has contracted
his land to a young
man who will begin
to improve it shortly
Aug 12
More rain again this week
I could not go to Paris to
order my maps till Satur
day, when it rained on me
again. I have ordered 42
maps and 60 pictures. I have
only 37 engaged, but I hope
to finish the engagements
before the maps come.
Prof. Ayers told me this morn
ing that [Sankey] was displeased
with him for treating him
with indifference at the
[writing] school.. I fear
[Sankey] nor Jimmy either will

continue to go to school the
whole year. I am sat
isfied that they would both
do better if they were going
to a man whom they esteemed
Aug. 19
Sunday I went to Mr.
Williams, thence to Dr.
James, and accompanied
Miss Mollie Holly to church
at night. Monday, instead
of going to Paris as I ex-
pected, I went home; but
as the meeting was not in
progress as had been the
appointment, I went Wednes
day to Paris, finished en
gaging my maps, stayed
all night at the City Hotel
Thursday morning at
about 10 I arrived at
Sylvan where my hopes

were gratified by meeting
my friends and highly
esteemed instructors Rev.
and Mrs. A.W. Whitten. In
the afternoon he and I vis
ited Mr. Campbell's family
which I found to be quite
an interesting one, especially
Miss Willie. Friday morning
all three of us visited Mr.
Hardison's family by whom
we were not only treated
to a most delicious din
ner but had also the great
est abundance of melons
and fresh apple cider, which
together with the cheerful
voice of Miss Mattic McKinzey
ornamenting the games of
Croquet made the day
a most pleasant and agree
able one. We took tea
at Mr. Hancock's after which

I was most pleasantly en
tertained by the music and
friendly discussion of "Woman's
Accopmlishments" by Misses
Stokesie & Annie Pettus. This
morning Prof. Whitten and
I went to the camp meet
ing at Shady Grove, heard
two sermons which
[could] but [feebly] appreciated
got a splendid diner at
[another] Mr. Hancoks.
Perhaps I am indebted
for the pleasure of this
visit, to none more than
to Prof W-s hostess, Mrs.
[Dinwiddie], and her af-
fectionate little girls
Lucie & Sallie to say
nothing of the friendly and
loquacious dispositions of
her little boys, Charlie
& Eddie. Andrew & "Cousin

Ballad" [Dinwiddie] somewhat
heightened my anxiety and
faint hope of going to
the Centennial on my return
to Mississippi.
Aug 26
Sunday we went again
to the camp meeting. I
was no little chagrined
when they put up to preach at
11 o'clck old uncle McKin
zey. He may be a good
pious Christian, and I
believe he is- but he has
peculiarities of censuring
high grades of society
and using slang phrases
which I can, by no means,
admire. He is said to
have done a good deal of
good years ago in found
ing Methodism in Texas
and in teaching school

for which I suppose he
is due the reverence and
forbearance of all Method-
ists--Wednesday I took
leave of my friends with
slight intimation that
I might in the future
apply at Blossom Prairie
for a position as teacher
and passing through Paris
I arrived at Aunt Beck
ies about 1 ½ oclock. Tues-
day Laura & Frank came
home with me--I am
interested now with Ma
cauley's History of England
which I hope to finish
before I leave.
Sept. 2nd
I have been doing but
little this week. Yester
day I went to Paris and
began delivering my

maps but did not collect
enough to pay for the
other box.--Jimmy and
Eddie are both sick.
The farmer sent for Dr.
[Pennebocha] this afternoon.
Sept. 9th
Monday and Tuesday I
worked hard trying to
deliver my maps. It
seems that money is as
scarce in Texas as in
Miss. Wednesday I went
to Roxton failed to collect
from two. Thursday
I went to Cooper, got pay
for 3, brought two
back, but escaped
without being bothered
with Mr. [Gorral], the
tax assessor. To day
I [illegible] my little bus
iness at Paris to a [focus]

four say that they
will pay me Thursday
when I leave for Batesville,
Sept. 16
Wednesday I bade farewell
to Delta Co., and came
to Aunt Beckie's to stay
all night with Ma
and Pa, in fact the whole
family came with me
Thursday morning was of
course a sad one as I had
to bid my kindred farewell
Frank & Tom brought me
to Paris. I got my
money from all but one.
Tom said he would co
lect that and send it
to me. Thursday night
I took the train at Paris
arrived next morning about
7 o'clock at Texarkana.

There I bought a ticket for
Newport, Ark--&11.65--where
I arrived about sundown.
I shall never foget the boy
who had the figs to sell on
the train by lottery. I
think I shall never invest
in any thing of the kind again.
This morning I left Newport
for Batesville in a so-called
stage, properly a hack. About
3 o'clock I took a chill
which shook me for near
an hour, and I arrived
at Aunt Margret's with
a high fever.
Sept. 23
I have now been at Aunt
Margret's just a week, but
have not been able to enjoy
myself well on account
of fear that I will be ta
ken bad sick and perhaps

not be able to return in
time to Oxford and so
lose my position there &c &c
Another thing which has
added to my discontent
is the probability which is
almost a certainty that I
will not be able to get
my suit of clothes when
I get to Memphis. Com
ing by here has cost me more
than double what I expected
Well it will always be a con
solation to me to know that
I managed so as not to
have to borrow money to
come back on, and that
I was able to give Laura
and Ella a calico dress
apiece and Ma a worsted
one. As I am just now
making a start in the world
perhaps I will never regret

having come by, as I have
thus been able to form some
idea of the country for my-
self. This is what I have
been wanting to do all the
while, with regard both
to Texas and Ark. But
now I have come to the con-
clusion that the kind of a
country is not what inter-
ests me. But rather the kind
of people. It makes but little
difference with a school-
teacher whether the soil
is fertile or not. So far
I am, by no means favorably
impressed with Ark. It
seems to me that it is a
sickly, wet, cold kind of
a country too much sub-
ject to overflows to be
pleasant. Aunt Margret
looks quite natural is as

industrious and frugal
as ever. Ida, the baby
is a pretty child, but I
fear that she, like [Annis]
will be [humored] too
much. [Annis] is grown
and very pretty; but I hard-
ly think she is so much
so as she was when she
was small. I think she
will marry this winter, from
the "W.T. to A.E.B." which I
saw in her ring. Mr. Will
Taylor seems to be a steady
young man of good habits;
and I suppose he is popu
lar among his neighbors as
he has recently been elected
Tax Assessor. Aunt M- moved
to Batesville on purpose to
send [Annis] to school but
she just wont go. So
much, I think, from

allowing her to do as she
pleased when she was young.
I think, if ever I am so
fortunate as to have any chil-
dren I will make them mind
if I believe them to be part an-
gels! I imagine I will
leave to see the day when
she will be sorry that she
neglected the splendid oppor-
tunity of going to school.
Watt seems to be making
money as deputy sheriff.
Brady, I fear, has not bee
doing much good for him-
self as he has been hir-
ing, which I consider
a poor business for a
white man.
Sept. 30
After going to Dr. Lau-
rance last Sunday for
a prescription for my sick-

ness, I began to consider
the time and the way
which would be the best for
me to leave. Mr. [Min
nigan] having proffered to
bring me to New Port gra-
tis Monday morning, I
accepted his kind and
and arrived there about
3 o'clock in the afternoon
feeling very badly. But
taking a nap in the
hotel till 11 o'clock, I
felt somewhat revived
and better fitted for
my ride to Little
Rock, where we arrived
about 2 o'clock. I
spent the forenoon of
Tuesday in looking at the
city. But I felt so fee-
ble and worried, and
mortified at my scarce

ty of money that I did
not enjoy it heartily. I
arrived to go from Newport
to Devall's Bluff on the
boat; but no boat was
due for several days, so
that I was afraid to wait.
Tuesday, about 4, we took
The train for Memphis
Every thing passed on
smoothly enough, and
we arrived safely about
11 o'clock. As there was
a train ready to go on
to the Junction, and as
I had no money to spend
I went on immediately
and arrived at the Junc-
tion about 3 o'clock, where
I got a bed and took
a good nap. Next morn-
ing we were bored badly
waiting for the freight

Finally it moved off about
11 o'clock and I got to
Oxford about 5 o'clock.
Since that time I have
Been trying to recruit
[up] my health, secure a
room, some clothes &c &c
Well my great anx-
iously-longed-for trip
to Texas has been made
Now what do I think of
the country? I think
there is no doubt but that
the soil is fertile. I think
they are subject to more
irregularities as to weath-
er than we are in Miss.
Society is at a lower
standard generally, so
that I can not see that
it offers any great in-
ducements to me individ-
ually. However I think

it probable that I will
live there some day for I
believe I would rather
risk my health there than
Oct. 7th
School opened last Wednes-
day, pursuant to adjourn-
ment. Our numbers
thus far have been small,
I think about 80 would
cover the whole number,
I think I will be very well
pleased with my position.
Mr. Leavell was kind enough
to credit me for a suit
of clothes and such other
furniture as I need for
my room. I appreciate
the favor but fear that he
made me pay rather high
for my clothes. However
it is nothing but right for

one to pay more who
buys on credit. The
great joint discussion
between Manning and
Walton passed off to
day quietly. I must
express my satisfaction
with regard to the change
of the boarding house. "Variety
is the spice of life."
Oct. 14
Our exercises have been
more regular and satis
factory this week, but
we have not yet [reign-
ed] the Preps up to what
I call good order. The
torch light procession
last Thursday night was
a grand and magnify-
icent affair, but I cant
help but fear that the
Republican candidates

Hayes & Wheeler will be
yet elected over our much-
praised Tilden & Hendricks.
I entered this afternoon
upon my first service
as Librarian, I mean
assistant. I shall al-
ways feel indebted to
Dr. Quinche for giving
me this appointment
by which $50 more
will be added to my
Oct. 27
Our Prep Department is
doing tolerably well; though
I feel sure that there is more
confusion there than there
is any need for. I
will be truly glad if they
ever give me a room to
myself. My chills keep
bothering me. I fear
I shall have them all win-

Oct. 28
To night I am with
Mr. Hue Wilson's brother.
Hue says that he is go-
ing to Texas shortly. If
he takes the chills as I
did I fear he will not
be satisfied. Mr. Wilson
intimates that they would
like for me to teach school
for them in the summer.
The time is so far off
that I cannot, of course,
tell what I will do:
but I think, considering
that the pay will be tolera-
bly sure, and that I
will be near Miss Dink
that if I teach at
all I will be glad to
accept that school
Nov. 4

Every thing is in such
excitement and anxiety
about the election that one
can hear nothing else scarce-
ly, but politics. Politics
around the family circle,
politics in the streets, in
the S.S., in the church, in
the stone every where we
hear the names of the candi-
dates. I will be truly glad
when one more week is passed
when the matter will be settled.
Nov. 11
No definite news as yet
has come from the election;
though all Democrats seem to
feel assured that Tilden is elected.
I doubt it. I am now
with Cousin Joe Johnston
who, also, is going to Texas
this fall. Yesterday
I heard the sad news that

my dear Aunt Jodie is
dead. She departed this
life the 30th of Oct., was
brought to Pleasant Grove
and buried the 31st.
I hear, also, of much sickness
in Texas. I fear that
the truth is that Texas is
a sickly place. I had
another chill last Wednesday
Nov. 18
Election is still unheard
From. The government doubts
the truthfulness of the re-
ports with reference to
S.C. , Florida, and La., and
Is now testing the matter.
The Democracy claims all
of these states, which is
just gives Tilden a major
ity of 3.7 electoral votes.
I believe [illegible] has

been perpetuated by the
Democratic party; and
shall not be surprised
if some of it is detected
by this examination.
The two political parties
are so near equal and
excitement and prejudice
is so rife that I fear
there is trouble ahead.
My greatest desire concerning
the matter is that the
Republicans will be forced
to see and know that Tilden
is the choice of the people and
that peace and harmony
will again prevail over
our land.
Nov. 25
I do trust that a room will
be prepared for me, to hear
my class separate from
the others. I am well

pleased with my position
every way with the excep
tion of the confusion caused
by us both hearing lessons
at once in the same hall.
Next Thursday will be
Thanksgiving day, but I
expect to employ the day
in trying to finish arranging
the Library.
Dec. 2
I am bothered to think
that I will not be able to
take the A.M. course. I
believe my first duty is to
keep prepared to hear my class
properly, and to give instruc-
tion in the other class who
may call upon me. Per-
haps if I go my whole duty
I will get the reappointment
next year.
Dec. 9

It has been decided, I believe
to have a Christmas Tree in
in the Methodist Church.
I have no objection, nor
do I feel that I have any
money to spare in making
Dec. 16th
The boys are all trying very
hard to induce the Trustees
to grant Holiday as usual
Christmas. While I never
wanted it worse, yet I
think it better for the insti
tution that regular work
should go on.--Cousin
Joe Johnston started to Texas
last Tuesday.
Dec. 25
Now that we will have
Christmas, gives me a
fine opportunity to write
in my annual letters

to the [Centennials]. I
hardly know how to spend it
to the best advantage. I
think I shall read some
on my A.M.
Dec. 30
Christmas has about gone
and I have done but lit-
tle studying. 'Tis true, I
have finished one book, but
I am by no means prepared
to stand an examination
on it. I found my task
of writing annual reports
to the [Centennials] a big
one; but have nearly finished
it. Next year I think
I shall not go so much
into detail concerning
local news. I am to
night at Miss Dink's house
[illegible] as it is. But as

I have not been here before
since June I suppose I
ought not to regret it. 'Tis
quite pleasant to have one
(at least) [illegible] friend.
I do wish she lived in Oxford.
--Last Tuesday morning
Henry Buie shot dead one
Joe Brooks (Col) and left
immediately. I think
this is about the worst thing
that has been done by any
of the students. I think
he ought to be brought
back and made to stand
a fair trial.
Jan 6--1877
School reopened Tuesday
morning with the disad-
vantages of the big snow,
which was on average
about 15 inches according
to Prof. Fulton, 18 acc'd to Dr. Wheat

Thursday night I had an-
other chill. It seems
that I can never get
rid of them.--Monday
was our pay day but there
was no money in the trea-
ury My debts are still wait-
ing. If I ever get out
I think I will try to
stay out, unless I am
investing in something from
which I may hope to get
my money back.
Jan. 13 '77
This week has passed very
quickly. It does seem
like a hard task for me
to do any good at study-
ing the A.M.--Old
Mr. [Gambrel] died last
Sunday, was carried
to Cherry Creek to be bu-

Jan 20
The snows have gone
at last and Dr. Philips
has finished my room.
I hope that form now on
I will be able to keep
better order than I have
heretofore--It seems
that we are having our
patience tried in regard
to getting pay. It will
come, no doubt, but I re-
gret that my creditors
have to wait so long--
Uncle Jim write me
that he has named his
boy for me.
Jan. 27
Our money came up from
Jackson last Wednesday
was paid to us Thursday
I do feel much relieved,
since I have been able to

Cash Book
1876 Dt. Cr.
Oct 9 To Cash for W.A. West 75.00
"" By Cash to J.L. Johnston [illegible] 57.80
Dec. 25 Sundries as pr. D.B. 8.15
"" "" "" 9.05
75.0 75.00

Jan. 25 To Cash for W.A. West 97.40
"" By "" to Leavell & Cop as per bill 45.75
"" "" Archibald & Moseby 42.50
[illegible word] Mrs. Bettis
"" 26 By Cash to Prof. Johnson [illegible] 6.00
"" "" Gen C.W. Sears for 18.40
Note [illegible[ of Mrs. M.A. Wilbourn
"" To Cash for services as Librarian 25.00
"" By "" to Chandler & Thompson 4.25
"" 31 To Oxford Bank 50.00
By Cash for Board & c 32.00
"""" ""[illegible] 1.50
"" By Balance on Hand 22.00
172.40 172.40

Feb.1 To Bal for 31 Jan. 22.00
"" 1 By Pants 5.00
""" ""2 shirts @ 1.50 3.00
"" "" Boiler .75
""" 3 ""Cash to Mrs. Moore for Washing 3.50
""" 7 Entertainment .75
""" 12 " Picture Frame .75
"" 16 To Cash for W.A. West 35.00
"""" By Cash sent to Bro. Jimmy 25.00
""" By P.O. Order .15
""" """Cash to Mrs. Bettie's for Board 12.00