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Thomas Ashley wrote this letter in 1912, during the early part of his freshman year at Amherst College. Ashley laments about his poor grades (he has failed two exams) and his lack of spending money (he has, at the moment, eight cents!). He makes a plea to his father, Charles Hart Ashley, of Deerfield, for ten dollars to cover expenses. College students have been writing similar letters from the time Harvard College was founded in 1636 to the present.