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Miss Virginia J. Kyle
Care of Mr. David Kyle
Raleigh Jan 19th 1841
My dear Virginia
I received your letter yesterday containing a statement of Fincastle affairs, etc. and I confess I feel very little interest in it if you are not to receive any the benefit of it until you are 21, it is true you may need it then as much as you do now, but I can not look so far ahead, I can only say to you that I would get your uncle David's advice as to what you ought to do and go by it, I think there would be no risk in Mr. Anderson's paying over to you whatever he may have in his hands at the same time he pays it to your sister, I understand Otey is investigating all your fathers affairs, all the affairs of the estate as if it had been managed by a band of thieves, and says I expended too much on you, and got too many goods out of the state and the time I equipped you in full mourning and to go to the north he did not say these words, but said the store account was very large, and I dress the inference, and that
[Pg. Break] I had expended more than the interest of your estate which was not lawful etc. etc, in fact I am aggravated almost every day by hearing something or other he or Eleanor should say it is not to this one of that one she speaks but it is Eleanor's whole conversation to everyone who goes there, and of course I hear a great deal she says, I wrote to you about a week since I suppose you have received my letter, the only object of my writing now is to send you the $20 I suppose you feel bad when you are without money particularly if an opportunity should offer for you to come home or go to Richmond, if you wish to go to Richmond and spend a few weeks I am very willing, I want you to do just as you like. I would like very much to have you home with me, but whatever is your pleasure is mine. The weather continues very bad for repairing house or cleaning, it looks now like a snow storm was brewing, it will be sometime before I am fixed comfortably, I have not bought any furniture yet but was up at M. Thompsons the other day looking at his, he has one dozen mahogany chairs and I wish I was able to buy them just to gratify you, you think so much of mahogany chairs so me ladies came in to see me the other day and I had actually to run all about to look up chairs for them to sit on.
[Pg. break] However I shall endeavor to have the parlour fixed in a neat manner that you may not be mortified at your mothers poverty. I could spin out y letter longer, but have nothing in particular to communicate. We are all in good health, little Judy stays with me altogether. Kate Beckwith received your letter last week. Much love to all.
In your next be sure to tell me how[?] your cousin George is, and acknowledge the receipt of this the day after you get it and tell me if you intend going to Richmond.