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W.A. Thomson Letter, 6 May 1849, to John K. Gaillard

Letter, 6 May 1849, from W.A. Thomson to his friend John K. Gaillard (1826-1849) discusses happenings at Erskine College. Both Thomson and Gaillard were from Anderson County families. Gaillard's father was Josias D. Gaillard, a former president of the Pendleton Farmers Society. Thomson's relatives had a mailing address at "Thomson's Store" in Anderson County.

"Our college resumed exercise the 4th monday in last month," wrote Thomson. "Students have all returned and seem as if they spent a happy vacation, we have six new students added to our number, and when we all assemble in masse, we number about 80, all good looking men, with some exceptions. We are pretty hard to beat in any thing we go at. I was glad to learn that the Spirit of learning was increasing in Anderson, which appears from the number of students that [J.L.] Kennedy has, but I would rather she would patronize this institution when her offspring is ready for college in preference to Columbia, but every one to their liking."

John K. Gaillard died on 14 November 1849-at the age of twenty-three years, one month, and twelve days-less than six months after he received this letter. The Pendleton Messenger printed his obituary notice and eulogy.

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