Tyler, John (1790-1862)
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Tyler, John (1790-1862), Autograph Letter Signed, April 4th, 1856, two pages, to his son, discussing at length his son's health and recommendations therein as well as the upcoming election and support of Buchanan, (good).Text in full: Sherwood Forest April 4, 1856 / My son; Your letter of the 28 March reached my yesterday, and I write chiefly to express my concern for your health - and to say that no matter what the form in which sickness may afflict you, whether in the form of a cough or otherwise it is all traceable to bilious .... and that Calomel is the great curative. I have watched you from infancy and every attach you have ever had has been resolvable into this. Take Calomel and get well, is my full prescription for you. Yesterday, mail brought us tidings of your Uncle Walt's being quite sick. He had been ill but was doing better. John C. goes up to-day. We have all labored under bad colds. Justine (?) was taken some weeks before his confinement with a most .... attack and the cough was for weeks so very bad that I began to apprehend a disease of the lungs - but she is now getting over it. and since the birth of her child (a boy) is much improved. For myself I have neither been sick (except some months ago) nor well - but is a ... the form of the remark. Your own course should be if in the convention to sustain Buchanan in the first place with your might. He failing....?....and he also failing any other that you play please. Hunter has a strong support in his region of the sate, the Rappahannco, but it is not strong elsewhere. South Carolina I suppose would support him, and yet I saw several leading men from that state at the Va. Springs who declared for Wire as their first choice. Unless things settle down into a more concentrated preference than now exists there will be great difficulties at Cincinnati - Douglas has many friends in the State. ...rec'd Priscilla's letters and recipe but has been too unwell since to acknowledge it. Tell John that his address on presenting the sword was neat, trim, and appropriate./ With love to all/ Yr. Father J. Tyler / Do not let sickness run upon you. clear it out with medicine - I shall, if well, deliver a lecture at Petersburg about the 24. April upon a repeated solicitation. I select for my subject "the dead of my cabinet," what thinks you? I shall spend briefly of each and excite no nasty feeling".