14 March 1863: “Sallie and I are studing Caesar it is as hard as it can be …”

Item description: On 14 March 1863, Sue Hubard, daughter of Edmund Wilcox Hubard, wrote a long letter to a cousin describing school life, teachers, and pupils.

From folder #184, box 16, in the Hubard family papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library.

Item transcription:

March 14th 1863

My dearest cousin,
I hope you will excuse my long silence be assured it was not forgetfulness on my part; as I have been going to school ever since I received your sweet letter I have not had time to write.  Cousin Nick has been here this month and stayed a week or two here and at Mill Brook he was quite well and seemed in very fine spirits indeed.  Sister Eliza is staying with us and sends her best love to you all especialy uncle Frank.  We have a very large school here now there are those boys boarding here Alexander Rives Thomas Fairfax and Huge Lacy besides brothers and Eddy there are four day scholars also three girls are boarding here Ada and Mary Isbell and Miss Juliet Atkinson we have two teachers a lady and a gentleman Miss Nannie Pollock and Mr. King we love Miss Nannie very much she is just as sweet as can be and also exceedingly agreeable and amusing she was very much surprised today by a visit from her brother.  We have a very nice debating society Sal and Temp are going to school with me and we have a very merry time. Temp has been sick though for two or three weeks Sallie and I are studing Caesar it is as hard as it can be & we have gotten sometimes as much as eighteen lines. another very interesting class is our spelling all the whole school is in it we have head and foot and get very much excited sometimes.
Ma sends her best love to all
ever your devoted little Cousin
Sue Hubard


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