John Wayles Eppes to Francis Eppes

My dear Son

I met Mr Norvel on Friday last who told me that your cousin Wayles and yourself were well and had written but that he had forgotten your letters and left them on his table at home. I have not heard from your grand papa since you left us. Robert Bolling is still at home—His Father means to try and get him back to Prince EdwardLittle Mary & Willie are very well and talk a great deal of you—your Pony is in nice order and I shall take [ca]re and keep him so—

How do you come on at school—Tell me how you employ your time there—What books you are reading—Mind what Mr & Mrs Ward say to you—They are your Friends and they are mine—To hear that Mr Holcomb is pleased with you and that every body loves you will delight the heart of your Father—Do you know how to make every body love you—Be kind to them and they will be kind to you—Ask Mr Holcomb to send me a list of such books as you want and if I have them I can send them by Mr Evans—Such as I have not I can get from Richmond or Petersburg—I enclose a letter from you Mama—She forgot to mention your waistcoat—It is done and we will send it up by Mr Evans—Write to me by every post—If you want any thing let me know—nothing will give me [. . .] so much pleasure as to furnish all your wants—In return I ask nothing but that you will be attentive to your book good humoured and cheerful—

I have been very well since I returned from Lynchburg—Every body here is well. [. . .] my friendly wishes to Mr & Mrs Ward

your affectionate Father
Jno: W: Eppes
RC (DLC: Personal Papers, Misc.); torn at seal and address cover mutilated.
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February 9, 1813
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