Jefferson Academy Sep 18 [?] [185-]
Some time has elapsed since the reception of your most highly appreciated epistle but
hope that you will excuse me this time for delaying so long. I wrote you a Postal on the
14th inst. Are there many pretty girls in your village? Have you pulled your heart away
from Monticello yet? And lent it to some of Kentucky's "belles"? I have not talked
much to Lill since my arrival, but will ere I send off this letter. All of the girls seem
better looking this session than last, "especially your Duck." Please, get a photograph of
the prettiest girl in town and send it to me to look at! and also one of yourself. Let me
know by return mail in a Postal whether you will send them or not! I went with your
sweetheart last Friday night, aftd to an entertainment at Uncle Dick Turnbull's and I
investigated the question of your interest and if she said what was true, she does not care
a fig for Charlie Marvin. You must be certain and send those photographs if possible!
Please answer all of my questions previously stated. Annetta says that she will reply to
your letter soon ("but she is so much in love with Kenan that she knows not what she is
doing.") All of the scholars have not started to school, especially the larger girls (Spring
Chickens). Old Scerny [?] is as tall and slim as she was last session. A new scholar has
started to school and she is a regular "stunner." She is a Jewess, but nevertheless she is
very stunning. We played our first game of Shinny this morning and of course I was the
first one to get shinnied (on my little finger). Well I must close as I have to study my
lessons. Annetta unites with me in regard to all.
P.S. Bill Girardeau is to be married to Miss Collins Thursday next. And will board at
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.