Charleston 21st July 1823
Altho [Mr.?] John Ball has written to you, recommending my three sons. Alwyn, Swinton, & Elias, yet permit an anxious Mother (however unacquainted with you, personally) to solicit in behalf of them also, your kind attention and fatherly care. Be assured the separation is to her a severe trial, and nothing would have induced her to consent to it, but the earnest desire of seeing them well instructed in every useful branch of Education, and fitted to fill up their stations in the Church, and World, to the greatest advantage. She would also beg leave to take the liberty of soliciting in their behalf a little indulgence, as they have not been accustomed to much strict discipline at home, or at School, and she flatters herself, that they will apply themselves to their studies with much diligence, so as to bring considerable honour, and credit, to the Institution at which they have been trained, gain the applause of their instructors and rejoice the heart of their Mother.
Yours with respect