Clinton May 21st 1841
Dear father, I take the opportunity to inform you that I am at Clinton. And the reason I landed at Whitesboroug on Wednesday evening I proceeded to the institute immediately and saw one of the teachers. And he informed me that it was a [thoroug?] abolition school. And he said that the whites and blacks all are at one table. And he told me at the same time that he did not think it was as good a school to learn at as at Clinton. The school is prety much broke down. They do not have more than 25 scholars. They are obliged to work three hours in each day which I thought was to much.
I staid one night in Whitesboroug and made my mind up by morning that I would not stay. From there I immediately proceeded to Clinton.
My board and bed costs me 14 shillings a week, it is a good place to board at, all the teachers board at the same place I have now informed you of all the particulars I wish you wood write soon and inform me how all the family are. And also wether you have disposed of the pine wood or not.
A. S. Stanford (Asa Leland Stanford)
NB my health is good
Clinton January 7th 1843
Agreeable to your request I improve the opportunity which offers of sending you a few lines informing you of the safe arrival her of myself & Dewitt. And also of a few other things which probably you will wish to know. We pay for our board 12 shillings, and for our bed two more. The studies which Dewitt persues are Grammar Arithmetic and Chemistry. Those which I persue are Grammar Arithmetick Geometry and Algebra. Dewitt likes his place and seems satisfied. I wish that you would cause to be sent 6 or 7 News Papers. I went them to keep the dust from our clothes. Give my respects to enquiring friends yours with respect,
NB. Dewitt presents his best respects also.
Clinton Jan 29th 1843
having a little time on my hands I am constrained as it happens but seldom to employ it by writing you a few lines indicative of such news as I think you may wish to hear. I have learned a little concerning your former female acquaintance of this place which perhaps may prove interesting to you to hear. I will being with the Misses Hallad Miss Harriet who married Mr Dean lives in Danville at her ease and her sister lives with her husband at the old holmsted on the flat. [?] is not married yet & lives in a Manchester. Chub is as chuby & as good natured as every. Saky Bronson I think by appearances is not much altered, though a little older.
[Rodny?] & Volny Sweeting are both here yet [stading saw?]. Dr Clows has left the school and gone to Philadelphia his place here is supplied by a Cr. Cle from Tiog who is well qualified to fill the station.
We have to write two Compositions a week besides the regular weekly exercises, the weekly exercises we have to read aloud before the whole school in the lecture room. Our school is rather small this Term it numbers about thirty five students in all. I am elected president of the [Philtermin?]
and am a member of another Society in which I debat regularly and in the [Philotemias?] as often as duty will permit. I received from Walton letter a few days ago informing us that Josiah is sick. I wish that you will write soon and state particulars and also any general information which you may think will prove interesting. I directed a letter to Philip some time ago requesting that he would answer it soon and also that we would continue to send papers as he had done previously. I account for it by supposing he has not had any time! Tell Walton that Dewitt will answer his letter as soon as he gets time. Please excuse scribling and all mistakes as I have no time to transcribe it. Dewitt sends his best respects to all, give mine also to all friends.
NB we board at Hutchins