Letter:FAWCETT, Lyle Branson to Joseph Fawcett - 1835-03-23

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From FAWCETT, Lyle Branson (1804 - 1838)
To FAWCETT, Joseph (1771 - 1844)
Date: 23 Mar 1835
Family(s) Fawcett
Collection William B. Fawcett collections
Needs annotation: Yes


Letter: Lyle Branson Fawcett, Philadelphia PA to Jos.Fawcett, Franklin MO 3/23/1835

Philadelphia 23rd March 1835

Dear Father

I have had the happiness to hear from you through your neighbor Mr Harley who brought a letter for Curtis. Mr. Harley got here 3 or 4 days ago but I have been so busy that I have been unable to show him any attentions as yet but will call on him today.

I am here buying goods for my firm and find it no idle matter I assure you as the jobbing business here had become nearly synonomous with shaving. What renders is [it?] more laborious is that I am also buying for some friends of mine who are doing business in Courtland thus giving me twice the labor usually attending a trip here. I have done my best, and shall by unremitting application be able to keep them from putting me to the wall.

I am much pleased with Willis’ friend Ellison, altho I think him too litle acquainted with human nature to suceed well in business at first, yet from his sterling worth and the aid to John McM of myself may be able to render him I hope he will yet come out. His partner is better acquainted with business but is not so smart.

Curtis is a fine boy who attends closely to his businss and as far as I can discover perfectly manageable and steady. There is however a certain shyness or reserve about him that I would rather not see; and for which I cannot account in any other way than that it arises from his being thereon, perhaps too much, amongst strangers. Ellison has spoken to him of it and appears concerned about it, fearing perhaps that he is not satisfied at times. I shall talk to Curtis before I leave for home and suggest such things to him as I think bes for his interest. I however always act on the principle that it is best to inculcate in the mind of a boy, the principles of honesty, morality and self reliance and self accountability.

In my under taking so far I have used my soundest judgement and shall add to that my most untireing attention. The balance must rest in the hands of Providence whether for my good or bad success I can only hope. In relation to your affair, I can only say that if you can weather the storm until I can place my foot on some firm ground that my hand shall not be with held nor aid spared until you are all confortable. I am compelled to stop as I start in the morning for N[ew] York and have many little matters to attend to. Remember me to mother & the family and say that if I am a far off they must still think of me as kindly as they used to do. Curt is well but is out at this time.

Your affectionate son, Lyle B Fawcett

Mr. B.W. Husting being here is the reason why I did not write sooner.


Fawcett, William B., Jr, A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America, 1998-2008. For questions or comments about this document, Contact:Bill Fawcett

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