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Catalog Number 2015.02.0043
Object Name Letter
Date 1819
Title 1819 May 13 Orlando Brown to Samuel Brown
Scope & Content Letter from Orlando Brown (New York, NY) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Orlando writes a humorous letter to his Uncle Sam in order to borrow money, so that he may return to college at Princeton after being on vacation.


New York - May 13th. 1819

Dear Uncle

Your letter inviting me to spend my vacation in Philadelphia, was received in New Haven and, owing to the disturbed faculties of a student during "holidays," I did not intend answering it until my return. But as necessity frequently sobers the most dissipated she has compelled me to collect my thoughts in the form of a petition & inform my uncle that I am in this wide city with a pocket drained of all that can make his residence (in such a place) agreeable.

Here follows the petition with reasons annexed.
1st. O. B. requests 100 dollars to be forwarded to Princeton immediately - reason. It is the law of College that "no student shall attend recitations previous to paying the session bill."
2nd. O. B. requests 50 dollars to be forwarded to the same place - Reason - He was under the "necessity" of borrowing that sum from a fellow student, to defray the expences [sic] of a vacation.
3rd. O. B. requests $30 to be sent to Princeton - Reason. He is at present out of cash & stands on the borrowing list - also he owes 10 to 20 & the remaining ten will replace all that he will have to borrow in enabling him to get to Princeton, and your petitioner "requesteth not.- O. B.

Dear Uncle, although the stile [sic] of this letter is somewhat singular, yet when you reflect on the pleasant feelings of one asking for money, although he knows it will be replaced, you will over look it ------- I have seen a great many "strange sights" since I last saw you but as nature has not given me with a glib tongue nor education with a glib pen my letter must close without containing anything worthy of your attention altho there are some things in it which, if attended to would greatly promote my comfort--------

Remember me affectionately to Susan & James and believe that I have a sincere affection & esteem for Sam Brown.
Orlando Brown

Dr. S. Brown

Mason is sitting by me "gigling" [sic] at some funny story in Sir Joseph Andrews - He will shortly be in Phila. & give you an account of it.

P.S. This last sentence as well as the P.S. is meant to fill up the paper ----
A bad pen is a good excuse for bad writing.

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Dr. Samuel Brown

May 13

People Orlando Brown
Samuel Brown
James Percy Brown
Susan Brown Ingersoll
Mason Brown
Search Terms Princeton