Pre-civil War Letter, Pep Talk From Father To Daughter
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Pre-civil War Letter, Pep Talk From Father To Daughter:
For sale is a antebellum letter from father to daughter giving some fatherly advise on life in general and how to handle problems. It's the same pep talk given today. Letter reads as follows (misspelled words are as the father wrote them.): Chesterfield Co., Aug 25 1856 Dear Ann I received your favor today. I was pleased to hear you was so well, pleased with your trip & so very happy. Now I consider your entering into a married life & will compare it to a ship just shed from her stocks on the face of the great ocean. She may enter on her voyage on a smooth & level sea but she cannot always expect to excape storms, so her future safety depends on the skill & good management of her captain. Now you enter life just in like manner. You commence on a smooth sea, but do not forget that storms may rise, the best people on earth err. Now it will be your duty to try and avoid all storms & I am satisfied you will & I think likewise of Mr. Booken. But it is a hard matter to avoid difficultys. If any should happen to arise be carefull to be smooth & say nor do anything to ruffle the smooth ocean you commence on. Do not forget that all are happy a few weeks, some a few months & some a few years & tho the remains of their voyage are very rough & bosteros you no not today what troubles await you tomorrow and it is impossible to get through life without difficulties. It is now my bedtime. If I have time I would file this out in advance but no more now.Write to me.Come & see us when convenient. My health has improved. John os well & all the family. Everything was gloomy to myself & your mother for several days. I shed many tears since you left your home likewise. But its not my wish for my children to stay with me when they can do for themselves. Some of us wil be at your grandmama this or next week. I have more to say to you but have not the time to write now. John wil go to market and put this in tomorrow. I remain your father, Wm. Britcose (?)End of letterLetter is 2 3/4 pages, in ink, quite readable, approx 5" x 8", no cover.Tiny pin holes at intersection of creases with approx 1" crease tears on last page, moderate foxing.TERMS: Payment by PayPal preferred. Item will be shipped as soon as payment is deposited. I ALWAYS leave response. International shipment will require additional postage. Please inquire before offerding. Questions are encouraged and I'll try to answer promptly.