"Washington, Feby 27, 1843
I have transfered [sic] Master Alexander Hanna to your Institute at Alexandria. The object of his Father is, that he shall learn, English thoroughly, French, well, and some Spanish.
As this Youth is alone here, & very distant from his only parant [sic], (residing at N. Orleans) I am very anxious he should be taken not only into your house; but under your especial care.
His moral habits, character, and disposition, are of the most unobjectionable character, as you will very soon ascertain. Nor do I wish him associated with room mates at all, if it can be avoided: and if he is, it is anxiously desired they should be of the same character with himself. I cannot come down before the Supreme Court adjourns - say 15th March; when I will do so. In the mean time I rely on your good self.
To Friend [.] Hallowell, Alexandria
With esteem, Yr. obt Servt.
"Kinzer's Dec. 25th 1843
We arrived safe at this place on Saturday evening. and as one more was unexpectedly added to our number we think it would be well to inform you of the circumstance. We arrived in Washington after the cars had departed and consequently remained there over night and left on the following morning. Willie Dortch concluded to accompany us provided Mr. Johnson gave him permission which was obtained; and fearing that you would be uneasy concerning him we concluded to inform you that he is safe in Pennsylvania. Willie feels very much afraid that you will be displeased at his leaving without your permission but he thinks you will excuse him when you are made better acquainted with the circumstances which attended his coming with us. We will return next week for certain and perhaps sooner- We are respectfully your Students
Willie B. Dortch
To Caleb S. Hallowell & Brother"
[Editor's note: In the mid-19th century, "cars" was the word used for railroad passenger cars.]
"Philadelphia Sept 23/44
My dear Sir,
I this morning received your favor of yesterdays date and am indeed grieved to learn that my son has so misbehaved as to merit and receive your disapprobation, - I cannot blame you, indeed it is your duty to sustain the Rules of your School and I owe you many thanks for your forbearance and & efforts to wean my son from his evil and pernicious propensities. - However painful it is to me, I have been compelled to write to him this morning offering him the choice of two alternatives, - to atone to you by apology for his past conduct, so that you may not expell him, or to be cast off, & abandoned by me forever. This is my fixed & unalterable determination, & as such he distinctly understands it., My letter to him is enclosed to my relative Mr. Saml Linsday, Hoping that my son will amply atone for is misconduct & he [.] retained in the School.
I am dear Sir, Your f.d & servant
Geo. L. Lindsay
C.S. Hallowell, Esq.
[Editor's note: Until 1846, Alexandria was a part of the District of Columbia.]