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  The Bogart Letters 

   Tories, traitors 
and back-stabbing neighbors

Small Pox 
Battle of Saratoga 
Living conditions 
 Religious Study  


Few of the Bogart letters miss the opportunity to express the friendship that exist between the correspondents. Some seem to predominantly provide the recipient with the knowledge that they are in the others thoughts. The eloquence that is displayed by the style of literature in some, speak to the writer's ability with words. One particular correspondent, Simeon DeWitt, seems to consciously try to make the letters into prose.  

Reminiscences of times spent in school with each other and banter about studies is also predominant in the Bogart letters. David Annon relates his memories of smoking a pipe with his friends.  Other letters mention the Polemical Society and the Athenian Society to which they belonged as students.

Some unusual terms are used in the Bogart Letters. One term, "shin-curtains", which that had not previously been known to be used elsewhere, occurs in Letter XXIX.

One letter was left incompletely transcribed by the writer of "The Bogart Letters" as "the larger part of this letter is omitted in the printing, its language being very frank concerning social offences especially characteristic of the time and place in the view of the writer."

The rest of the above letter is now transcribed.



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