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Catalog Number 2016.02.0034
Object Name Letter
Date 1821
Title 1821 June 30 John Brown to Samuel Brown
Scope & Content Letter from John Brown (Frankfort, KY) to Samuel Brown (Lexington, KY) discussing James Percy Brown's health and studies. He discusses the encouragement Dr. Brown's letters were to Orlando. He discusses D. Humphrey's trip to Nashville, and Mary Humphrey's health issues. He discusses currency problems, and issues with the Bank of the Commonwealth. John inquires about Dr Caldwell's trip to Europe, and resolution among a conflict among the professors.

[Transcription]

Frankfort 30th Jan 1821

Dear Brother

As there is nothing interesting of a public nature in circulation here I would trouble you with a letter at this time were it not to assure you of the welfare of your friends in this quarter. James continues to enjoy fine health & a good flow of spirits. Indeed since you were last here I have heard no complaints from him except of indigestion for an hour or two after eating rather heartily after his return from School. He is now engaged in reviewing Select Vetere, & reading Ovid in which his daily lesson is about thirty lines & with a little assistance he accomplishes with great ease. He writes a little every day but I fear will not shortly excell in Penmanship as he does not discover any taste in that way I have repeatedly urged him to write you a letter, & he has several times attempted to do so, but succeeded so badly in his own opinion that he could not be prevailed a open to show me what he had written, or to forward it to you. The Blue Cloth you sent him has been made into a Coatee & Pantaloons in which he has made quite a genteel appearance in Church on Sunday ----
Mason and Orlando for sometime past have been very attentive to their studies. Your letters to O have had a good effect & I hope you will continue the Stimulus from time to time as you may have leisure. He will make great exertions to merit your good opinion & to pursue the course of study you may prescribe for him.
D. Humphrey went to Nashville for Betsey three weeks ago. They have been expected daily but had not arrived last evening. I fear his Speculation has turned out nothing. Mrs. H. has been only once in town since you were here - Much troubled with the tooth ach & still complains of her leg.
Times in this quarter growing worse daily. -The money left by the Legislature almost expended, & no prospect of more untill the Bk of the Commonwealth is put in blast. say June next. Tis strange to share goods & that too of the finest & most early kind were never purchased with the same avidity ---
At what time will Dr. Caldwell sail for Europe & when may his return be expected? Will he take his Lady with him? I am pleased to hear this business has been amiably adjusted among you - A quarrel among the Professors at this time would have had an unhappy influence upon the prospects of the Institution ----
I am in haste
Affy yours
J. Brown

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Doctor Saml Brown
Lexington K

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Frankfort
Feb 1

People John Brown
Samuel Brown
Mary Brown Humphreys
Mason Brown
Orlando Brown
David Carlisle Humphreys
Charles Caldwell
Search Terms Frankfort, KY
Lexington, KY
Transylvania Medical School
Nashville, TN