Letter from Robert Emmet Gribbin to his sister Mary, January 16, 1903


Letter from Robert Emmet Gribbin to his sister Mary, January 16, 1903


Robert Emmet Gribbin, 1887-1976, graduated from The Citadel in 1906. His collection in The Citadel Archives includes letters written to his mother and two sisters in Blackville, South Carolina during his first two years as a cadet. A selection of these letters have been digitized and transcribed for this website. The full collection can be viewed at The Citadel Archives in Charleston, South Carolina.




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Robert Emmet Gribbin Cadet Letters










Charleston (S.C.)

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Charleston, S.C.

Jan. 16, 1903

Dear Mary,

I received your letter yesterday morning also those points and you may be sure I appreciate both. I think the points are fine and I will have the Senior Captain (Williard) on my side. He is one of the best speakers in school and with your points I am sure we will win. Our meeting for tomorrow night is postponed until the following Saturday night as our society is going to a lecture in the Chapel

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given by the Polytechnic Society. 

I hope Mamma will be able to make a suitable & profitable disposal of Bessie.

Let me know the result of the dime reading and if you recited also who were there. Just to think while I am writing this letter penned up in this hole probably you and many others are enjoying the evening.

I wonder how it is “Mrs Shakum” is taking milk again. Let me know if you are selling much milk and if trade is as good as usual.

Has Mamma got her interest money yet & will you get

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paid for those two weeks holiday? Who cuts wood now? You I guess. Eh!

Have you seen any of the girls or “Sweet” and have they sent any messages? Henry gets some sweet ones. What is the general opinion about the shooting of Gowsales.

Now I will tell you about my eyes which worries you all about as much as it does me. I have been treated by the assistant Surgeon under the supervision of Dr. F.S. Parker. They say that the granulations have about disappeared but my eyes still worry me and it seems worse than ever last night as today was the first day I have had to be excused recitations. Accordingly I am to go to Dr. Ed Parker (the finest eye doctor in the city) to let him see if anything is the matter with the vision. It may cost something and it may not but I guess it is best to go for I can hardly do anything the way it is. What did Dr. Gyles charge? I will let you know as soon as possible the result of the examination. The boy from Georgetown that made so low was shipped yesterday.  

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Do not read this aloud.  Please send a little change and stamps if can spare either.

With much love I will close with lots of love to all. Tell Mamma & Annie to write soon as convenient and you be sure and do the same.

Your loving brother,

  1. Emmet Gribbin


Gribbin, Robert Emmet, 1887-1976, “Letter from Robert Emmet Gribbin to his sister Mary, January 16, 1903,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed October 4, 2023, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/852.