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Title: [Letter] 1826, Sept. 2nd, Philadelphia [to] Miss Ann Jane Bell, Nashville, TN / [Dr.] John Bell : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Bell, John, Dr.

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Date: September 2, 1826
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter from Dr. John Bell to his sister Ann Jane Bell dated Sept. 2, 1826. John gives Ann advice about exercising and taking care of her health. He tells her that he thinks it is a good idea for her to work for a Mrs. Scott as an assistant. He is sending her some money and plans to send her more.
Collection:Bell Collection IV-H-1

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Philadelphia Septr [September] 2nd 1826
My Dear Ann Jane

The course on which you have now entered evinces your good judgment and meets my entire approbation: nor are the regrets which you felt at leaving home to be regarded as at all indicative of irresoluteness of character or of a wavering disposition, they are on the contrary creditable to your heart and feelings. I have little to advise respecting the mode in manner in which you are to perform your present duties:— you of course well know that the most assiduous attention to the correct wishes, & desire to please and soothe the mind of your youthful charge are by no means encompatible [incompatible] with the preservation of dignity & independance [independence] of conduct — What I am most solicitous about and attention to which I must rigidly exact from you in attention the regard to your health. Exercise

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on all fitting occasions must not by any means be omitted.— it is alike indespensable [indispensable] to bodily comfort and mental tranquillity — In your next you will please give me the detail of your occupations. They are in degree similar to my own though perhaps I have less actual confinement in teaching but then as compensation the drudgery of practising [practicing] medicine is greater than that of any other.— [unclear: I ] in all as is your salary — it is equal to my receipts for the first year of my residence here.— The inclosed $15 is less than I wish to send you but I prefer letting you have this at once to waiting for a larger sum.— By next month I hope to be able to repeat. Your orders on me for dress & [unclear: will still ] be duly honoured [honored] and of course you will not give up old habits in this respects I have really been remiss in not writing to Mrs. Guiart .— my own own cares & perplexities drive her completely out of my recollection: this is [unclear: mine ] than you will tell her —

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Excuse the somewhat sententious style of this letter — originating from haste in order to be in time for the day's mail. Give my respects to Mrs Scott with a tender on my part to make such inquiries or execute commissions as may be useful or necessary to her establishment. If she finds you as conscientious an assistant and affectionate a teacher as I have always found you to be a good and intelligent sister she may not only be satisfied but think herself fortunate. [unclear: Her run ] [gap] her your efforts my dear Ann Jane [gap] is [gap] wish of

your affectionate Brother
John Bell
Miss Ann J. [Jane] Bell Care Mrs. Scott Nashville Tennessee

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