Christopher C. Peace (1819-1892) wrote this letter to his brother, Dr. Pleasant Poindexter Peace (1813-1886). They were the sons of Pleasant Peace (1775-1858) and Margaret “Peggy” Jordan Reed (1781-1850) of Granville County, North Carolina. Perhaps Judge Nash talked young Christopher Peace out of becoming a lawyer; the 1880 Census shows him to be a physician like his older brother. Christopher is indeed listed among the graduates in medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1849.
Addressed to Dr. P. P. Peace, Staunton, Granville County, North Carolina
Hillsboro [Hillsborough, North Carolina]
May the 6th 1846
In compliance with your request, I now write, but my letter will be uninteresting to you, as I have nothing of importance to communicate.
As it respects the smallpox, there has been as much as four or five cases, but all confined to Mr. T_____’s lot; the most of the cases were light from the fact of the preparation that was made by vaccination. The alarm was very great when it first made its appearance in this place, the most of the students left, the people of the country have been very distant so much so that the merchants are fearful that they will lose the sales of their goods as no one will come in to buy.
I have applied myself very closely since I have been up here and have made, I trust, considerable advancement in the way of law, However, Judge [Frederick] Nash ¹ had the courtesy to say to me a few days since that he had rather I had not apply for license until the fall. This gave an instantaneous ebb to the hopes which I had cherished, and thrower me, as it were, in the background for several days. The Judge said that he did not doubt but what I would get licensed were I to apply, but he said I should not be in a hurry — that a man could not know too much, and be too well prepared. And as such, he said it won’t do me no harm to read a few months longer but to the contrary it might do me much good. I should not comply with the judge’s request notwithstanding all the reason which he brought to bear on the subject were it not for the fact that he is one of the judges of the Supreme Court, and as such, I could not apply without treating him with a degree of contempt, which would not do. I would not care so much about it were it not for the disappointment, however it is a small matter any way.
I shall go from this place to the commencement and from three I expect to make my way home. I don’t expect to go by Raleigh, that is, if can get home any other way, for I have no parti____ to gratify by going in that direction.
I would like to remain up here all the summer as I know I could learn much more than I could at home, but the expenses are too great. Board is thirteen dollars in this place.
You may tell ____ that if he will have his Tobacco in order by the last of June, I would be glad to take it down for him as I have never done the like.
I have nothing more to write. I would be glad if you would answer this.
Your brother, — C. C. Peace
¹ Frederick Nash, jurist, was born in New Berne, N.C., Feb. 8, 1781; son of Gov. Abner and ______ (Jones) Nash, and a nephew of Gen. Francis Nash (q.v.). He attended school at Williamsboro and New Berne, and was graduated from the College of New Jersey, A.B., 1799, A.M., 1802. He practiced law in New Berne: was representative in the state legislature, 1804-05, 1814-15 and 1827-28; judge of the superior court, 1819-44, and was transferred to the supreme court in 1844, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge Gaston. He succeeded Judge Ruffin, resigned, as chief justice of the supreme court, 1852-58, and on his death in 1858 was succeeded by Judge Ruffin, reappointed. The University of North Carolina, of which he was a trustee, 1807-57, conferred on him the honorary degree of LL.D. in 1853. He was married in 1803 to Mary Kollock of Elizabethtown, N. J., and their son, Henry Kollock Nash (University of North Caroline A.B., 1836, was a lawyer and member of the general assembly. Judge Frederick Nash died at Hillsborough, N.C., Dec. 4, 1858. (Source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary Of Notable Americans. Vol 3, Publ. 1904.)