Pittsburgh August 28th---41
My Dear Brother,
I suppose that you are surprised and probably displeased at me for not being more punctual in writing to you every fortnight, as you wished to have me do. I will therefore proceed to make my best excuses.
When I wrote to you from Canonsburg I did not tell you whether I liked the place or not (if I remember aright) but now I will take the liberty of telling you that I became more disgusted with the place as long as I stayed in it. It is not a good time to begin college in the middle of the Session as I could not get into any class for three or four days after I went there, and when I did get started into a recitation it was in irregular hours.
If I had went as a regular student I might have been examined and got along very easily, but going as I did just to stay a session or two, I suppose they did not care much whether I was attended to or not. Besides, when I had been there but five days I took sick (from a disiness in my head occasioned by an overflow of the blood) and was confined to bed for two days.* [In a footnote:] *Whenever I would go to raise up out of bed I would become so dizy that I could scarcely see.
In the night of the second day of my Sickness, my nose took to bleeding which made me feel better the next morning.
It so happened that one of the students was coming in to town that day (Samuel Montgomery of Pittsburg) and I concluded I would come in with him, as he asked me to.
When I left Canonsburg your letter had not arrived. So that I wrote to Mr. Mercur (brother to the Mercur’s in Towanda) to forward it on as soon as it arrived, but nevertheless I did not receive it untill about two weeks after won wrote it. Although you told me not to wate for your letters when I wrote, still I expected it every day so that I was put of beyond the regular time.
When I did get it we were just preparing to move over here, which kept me buisy for two or three days, and as soon as we got partly moved I commenced going to School to Mr. Moody—So that I never got a fair chance to write untill to-day.
I hope that you will pardon me for writing to you so extensively on the money subject. But at the same time I will let you know that a boy comes out mighty thin in Canonsburg without some of it in his pocket.
Pa had not told me that he would furnish me with as much money as I needed, or I would not have troubled you on that subject.
As we were all talking over different subjects the other evening among others the subject of the Navy was talked of. Now a midshipman is just what I fancy.
Pa is away in Washington county at a temperance meeting and will return this evening I think.
With these few lines I will bring to a close by stating that we are all well and in good spirits. Hopeing that you will ever be blessed with the same qualities I remain your ever affectionate and justly dutiful brother
I will try hereafter to come up to the mark in the letter writing line.