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Mossy Creek August 1st 1829

Dear Friend

I have concluded on entering the same college in which you are if I am sufficiently qualified, and knowing you are the most propper person to apply to for information I shall take the liberty of doing so. In the first place I would wish to know what qualifications are necessary for entrance. If you please be very particular in enumerating the several different branches and what particular distance in each. The expenses at all colleges are considerable but I have understood that the expenses at Athens are much lower than elsewhere. I wish you would write me the different expenses such as tuition, boarding and other necessary expenses. I would like to be informed concerning the different classes and also the qualifications necessary for entrance in each and how long before a person can graduate supposing he entered the first class. Our old tutor was in this country some time since he preached several sermons and the people were generally very well pleased with him and from this country he went westward. I am going to school at this time to the Reverend John Hendren at Smokey Hall in the county of Augusta Virginia and a more strict teacher I never have gone to before. We have to study all the day from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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When I last heard from Louisburg the people were all enjoying good health and our relations among the balance but I presume you have heard from them since I have as it has been some time since I read a letter do not by any means neglect to write me an receipt of this as I shall be very anxious to here from you and to know all about the rules & directions of the college excuse bad writing I remain your sincere friend &c John W. McClung

NB A friend of mine has some idea of accompanying me if he can inter the college with out having studied greek he has studied the princibal part of the latin and some of the [XXXXXX] he would study the French in place of the greek if that would agree with the rules of the college. Yours &c JW McClung

I had like to have forgotten to tell you where to [XXXX] you are ever at Staunton Augusta County Virginia is most convenient. Please to [XXXX] no that place and you will much obliged Your friend JW McC

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Mr. Lewis Alderson



Received August 16, 1829

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