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I have forgotten to mention Little negro Boy who was so around for me when I was sick. He was a good little boy and seems to be so glad to get to do something for me.
One of the gentlemen boarders brought in his "sixteen year old bride" while we were there. She was a delicate little modest thing. More like a ten year old child than a married lady. As they were boarding, she had nothing at all to do except read "yellow-backed novels."
The Legislature was going on while I was there and we attended two sessions. Rufus and I went on top of Statehouse one day. From there we could see all over the city. The first Saturday night I was there we all went to the theater. I will have to learn to enjoy such things but I hardly expect to go to another one, except if is one Shakespeare favorites. One day we visited the W. Carter male College. It was a fine old brick building and well furnished. Rufus wanted me to go there to school, but I did not want to because I did not want to spend so much money. There are The Presbyterian College for girls, and also S.C. College. Both of which are good schools. I called on Mrs Tompkins several times. She was so nice to me. She wanted me to come to Edgefield. Rufus and I spent one evening at their home.
The Eighth of February we left Columbia and came to Edgefield. It rained so hard that day, but I was glad to have a change of occupation. We reached Edgefield at five o'clock Tuesday evening and was directed to Mrs. Hills to get boarding. Her home is an "old fashion" affair.
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a large ^[[insertion]] double [[/insertion]] porch above the front side, supported by large pillars. On each side of the steps sat a large iron dog. The yard is full of evergreens. Mrs. Hills met me at the door and I was ushered into the dining room, to the fire, as it was cold and damp. There I sat until she could fix my room. At last it was ready, and I was showed to it. It too was a large room, but not quite so large as the former one I had so recently occupied. This apartment had five windows. It had an old fashion fireplace like that of my grand father's, high mantle and irons for burning wood. A brussels carpet, rather worn, covered the floor. In the center of room was a stand for the lamp. The bed was in one corner, the dresser in another, the washstand in another. In the other corner was a wash basin for to be supplied by water works but being dry, I soon became aware it was a convenience of the past. A long round box sat beside the chimney. The fire was burning briskly, and every thing put on a cheerful aspect.
We had a very nice supper. After which I wrote about two or three letters and then retired.
In the morning we walked out, and we saw a little of Edgefield. The wind was very high and cool. Rufus seemed to be determined to put me somewhere I would be satisfied. We visited the South Carolina Educational Institute. It is a large frame building, divided into two parts. A small hall divides it. A large porch extends around on three sides. The building presents a very nice appearance. When we went to the door, there being no bell, we knocked and knocked, but all in vain. At last we went

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@siobhanleachman - put spaces btw [[preprinted]] & no. in order to help readibility and searchability. Also TC prefers [[insertion]] text [[/insertion]] for insertions (transcribe ^ also, if written) as ^[[text]] is used by TC to indicate handwritten text in typed projects. Brussels carpet were manufactured in England starting in late 1740's

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