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Catalog Number 2016.02.0006
Object Name Letter
Date 1819
Title 1819 Sept 19 Orlando Brown to Samuel Brown
Scope & Content Letter from Orlando Brown (Princeton, NJ) to Samuel Brown (Bordentown, NJ). Orlando discusses his financial situation, his upcoming commencement from Princeton, his brother Mason's plans, and Princeton's recent unjust dismissals of students.


Sept. 19th 1819

Dear Uncle
Yours of the 16th arrived this morning and as I now know where a letter will find you I have determined to answer this & the one received several days ago. In answer to your inquiry relative to the state of my purse I have the great pleasure to say that it does not contain a single cent and moreover that in the true spirit of banks, its paper is afloat without funds to redeem it-or in other words, I have been compelled to go in debt. This is certainly a very pleasing sensation when we consider the immense quantity of specie with which the Western country is loaded. Our examination commences on Monday & will probably be closed on the Saturday following. Your intended visit will be very acceptable. I will feel myself at home when enjoying the company of my uncle & aunt, also of Mrs. Tubman & Miss Thomas, who are now in New York & will be present at Commencement.
The present senior class is composed of young men who bid fair to be this country's pride and their families' ornament. The "first honor" was shared between Mr. Middleton of S. Carolina & Messrs. Groome and Schroeder of Maryland. LeRoy Pope is still confined to his bed with Rheumatic pains-he wishes to see you when you come to Princeton.
Mason has determined to pass the vacation in Farmington. Your request will perhaps interrupt his confab with some "blue or black" eyed Yankee lass. The college for the few last weeks has been very disorderly, several students have been sent off on suspicion & in two instances they suspected wrongly, the consequences of which is that Mr. McElvaine (of Burlington) whose son was unjustly dismissed, intends overhauling the Faculty in the presence of the Trustees. The conduct of the officers of this institution, this session, is such as will not bear the "scrutinizing eye."
Our class is so busily engaged in reviewing as to shorten my letter-believe me to be your affectionate nephew,
Orlando Brown

Love to Uncle & Aunt. Forgive all the errors as I have not time to correct them.

[Address Block]
Dr. Samuel Brown
Bodentown, New Jersey

Princeton, NJ
Sep 20
People Orlando Brown
Samuel Brown
Mason Brown
LeRoy Pope
Search Terms Princeton
Panic of 1819