Nicholas P. Trist to Elizabeth Trist

My Dear Grandmother

The [. . .] miscarriages of the post I suppose has been the cause of my receiving no news from you for it is three months since I have received any I have had a fever but am now & totally recovered. I hope that you are well in good health as well as all my Dear cousins. The fourth of July was celebrated here with unusual pomp for this country there was a company of militia a church (for there are several) the governor delivered a speech in English his aide de camp recited in french then there was a great deal of music. It is said that Mr Martin has gone to the Attakapas to establish an academy I hope that he will succeed we go to bed now at nine oclock as eight oclock is too early an hour we are forty seven boarders and the greatest part of them are great devils insolent to the masters as they have no other punishment than confining them in a cell or bread and water but they do not whip. Every wednesday we take a walk in the country at 4 oclock in the morning. there are a great number of orange trees and beautiful oranges but the boys don not suffer them to grow ripe and are every day diminishing their number and they get worms Embrace all my cousins adieu dear Grandmother

your affectionate child
N. P. Trist
RC (NcU: NPT).