The following is a letter from William Lux to his children in Mt. Washington, Bullet Co., Ky. from Indiana dated March 23, 1823. Copied exactly as written except the part where I eliminated one word which I didn't want to put on the internet.
(Note: mispelling and poor punctuation is shown as is on the original letter)
Dear children this is from your tender parents and addressed to you all without exceptions we are all well and hope this will find you in the same state. We live well and have plenty. Nothing gives us any uneasyness but being seperated from you all. Your mother is determined to come and see you all this summer therefor we should be happy if some of you could come and see us in the month of May or June. We receved William's letter of March 1st and was all well pleased to hear from you. I hope you will not fail to write every opportunity. Your sister Polly is well and growes fast and can write a tolerable good hand. As for our daughter Betsy we are not the least uneasy about her welfare as we hope she will always be governed by the good advice of her brothers and her sister in law.
Jacob Brown and family is all well and wish to be remembered to you and Peggy has another fine son about too months old and calls his name Robert. Now my too young sons I wish to give you both my advice, in the first place I wish you not to neglect your education. Strive to obtain all the instruction you possibly can tho you should suffer for other things of lifes value for I consider a young man without learning like the unpolished dimon in the mine. It sheweth none of it's luster in the reset place. Pay close attention to the business which your instructor shall teach you and pay due attention to his rules and precepts. I have gone through the like servitude with pleasure and credit I found myself my own master full soon for my discretion I wish you both can do as well for your own interest and reputation as I have don for mine when I was of your age, for I could not think it honest or creditable to do anything to wrong my master.
(One line here unable to read.) You will probably have considerable dealing in your business. Be particular in the choice of your friends. Also take great care to shun all bad company for the proverb is certainly true that the man is known by the company he keeps. And now I beg by love you would take care of your constitutions. Be aware of running foul of harlots they are like maremaids (sic) that set on the roks (sic) in the sands of the sea and showe (sic) fair faces for the destruction of seamen therefor steer your corse clear of all such brimstone b-----s. Shun going to law as you would shun the devil and look on all lawyers as devoring or ravinous beasts of pray. I have always flattered myself that my children did not want sense and know I have not bin deceived, therefore it will be my greatest pleasure to find that you will appreciate it to the best advantage.
No more- but we remain your affectionate parents till death
March 23, 1823 William and Elizabeth Lux
To you all- John Lux William Lux Ephriam Lux, Washington Wilson Elizabeth Lux Nancy Wilson Rachel Lux
(Note: John Lux was married to Rachel Osborne, whom William referred to as Betsy's"sister in law"; Nancy Lux was married to Washington Wilson; Elizabeth Lux was a daughter to William and Elizabeth)
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