John William Anthony to Callie Anthony, January 7, 1860, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: John William Anthony is my younger brother, but I call him Johnny. He wrote to me in January from Randolph-Macon College, in Boyton. He couldn't come home for Christmas, and we missed him dreadfully. I told him all about our festivities, though. I wish his teachers would give him more than just one day off for the holiday.
Johnny told me of a near-fight he had with another student, but he asked me not to tell Ma and Pa. I suppose I'll wait and let him tell his own story, but I hope he will stay out of trouble after this. Still, I'm happy he stood up for his honor; that other boy had no right to tell him he was being disorderly.