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Catalog Number 2016.02.0004
Object Name Letter
Date 1819
Title 1819 May 18 Orlando Brown to Samuel Brown
Scope & Content Letter from Orlando Brown (Princeton, NJ) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Orlando is attending Princeton and writes to his Uncle Sam telling him he needs less money than he thought. He also discusses seeing Nott, a Presbyterian minister, give a sermon, and how impressed he was with Nott. Orlando mentions that Nott has previously spoken about Alexander Hamilton. [Nott used Hamilton's death to draw attention to the evils of dueling]. Orlando also writes that Christopher Greenup is attending Princeton. [this was probably the son of Governor Greenup who died in 1818]


[Transcription]

Princeton, N.J., May 18th, 1819

Dear Uncle,
Yours arrived this morning and I hasten to inform you that having received $180 from Father, you need not put yourself to any trouble to obtain more than fifty dollars as that will be sufficient for present purposes.

As the General Assembly of the Presbetry is soon to meet in Philadelphia -search among them for some of my clerical acquaintances. If you find any, present my best respects and desire them, through me, to give my love to Father and mother for intelligence coming directly from myself cannot fail in filling them with those pleasing emotions arising from the conviction that they still live in the affections of their son. On Sunday, my ears ever feasted with a sermon from Dr. Nott, his prayer was impressive-the hymn was read with similar effect-but when he attempted to work on those five passions (Love and Fear) whose influence on our hearts is the more deeply felt, then it was that every eye seemed to kindle with the warm beam that illuminated his-then every ear dwell with admiration on the masterly eloquence which flowed from the great man's lips until by a masterly stroke he concluded and left us lost in wonder and delight. You probably have heard him-if not you have heard of his eulogies on Hamilton. I may be mistaken in my estimate of his talents-if so-do you my dear Uncle for I know that you are a proper judge, acquaint me with your sentiments on the subject.
Christopher Greenup (from KY) has joined this institution, his talents will be a great acquisition to those of his native state, is assisting them in establishing her pretensions to men of strong natural talents.

Tomorrow I shall have the pleasure of seeing Mason in this place and shall give him the home street in which you reside-

My love to Susan and James and believe me to be your affectionate nephew.

Orlando Brown

Dr. Samuel Brown

[Address Block]
Dr. Samuel Brown 10
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania

People Orlando Brown
Samuel Brown
Eliphalet Nott
Mason Brown
Alexander Hamilton
Search Terms Presbyterian Church
Princeton, NJ
Princeton
Philadelphia, PA