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Letter, 1 Aug. 1837, R. Hackett to Patrick Calhoun
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Letter, 1 August 1837, of R. Hackett, Pendleton, S.C., to Patrick Calhoun, West Point, N.Y., expresses happiness that Calhoun had arrived safely and had been “initiated into the mysteries of the Great Military School at West Point—that far famed place where men could be turned into gods at once. I was sorry to hear Pat that you have to rise so early in the morning—the more especially because you have to rise to such a breakfast as you say that [you] always have.”

“Our admirable Institution the Pendleton Academy,” Hackett wrote, “has dwindled to 13 students [and] is ebbing at the rate of two miles a minute. Old Tom [principal Thomas Wayland] holds up his head yet—speaks loud and plain to use a phrase of the old spelling-book—never thinks of nothing but eating and drinking stroking and thinking—and everlasting prattling about fine reputation as a teacher and how many students he will have in few weeks.”

Hackett suggests that he might join Patrick at West Point in the spring and asks that he write with details of life at school and “how you like the Yankee boys.”

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