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Accession Number 1999.8.58
Catalog Number 1999.8.58
Object Name Letter
Date 1841/01/07
Scope & Content [Page 1]
Flint Town Jany 7th 1841
Friend Campbell
Your much esteemed favour of Nov. 25th came to hand after a long passage - the prompt and feeling manner in which you reply to my former communication still confirms me in the belief that I am not forgotten by you, and your word for it that I am not forgotten by some & you say many. Dear creatures the ladies - you say bless them - I say God bless them - I am not able to describe the pleasure that intelligence gave me - What shall I call this feeling - Vanity; No, Pride - selfishness - no.
Knowing your warm heart as I do I can better describe the feeling by requesting you to just imagine yourself on the Rocky Mountains in some lonely cavern unseen save by the eye of a bald eagle who drops you a letter direct from me informing you that the same ladies were daily making enquiries and praying for your prosperity & happiness & speedy return - (can you beat that? I recon not). Neither need you supposed me cracked from the intelligence you gave me of the probability of our fair friends speedily going from amongst us - I shall always rejoice at her [End page 1]
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happiness and sorrow if misfortunes should befall her. I have of late thought that I may have countenanced my fine particular friends speaking on this subject too freely and by so doing caused the Public to think their [sic] existed feelings and intentions that have not and do not exist - I do believe their [sic] has always been mutual feelings of kindness and respect - but can assure you no other expressions of feelings or sentiments ever passed between us - You next speak of politics - on the result of the late Presidential election we unfortunately cannot rejoice together. On that subject I believe we honestly differ in opinion.
But when you speak of Parties and lastly of your being "the same hopeless case" - I am perfectly astonished knowing as I do & having seen as I have seen, Madam D. beam her brightest beams & smiled her sweetest smiles (I'll say not anything about the busca [?] sent by me) upon you - And now let a stranger step in and carry her off - or is he a man that will turn in to sawing logs for her. Have I not told you never to let that Tennessean carry off Mrs. A to nurs [sic] his children. Did I not request & authorize you to say to her she should have choice of either of us rather than see her throw herself away - You speak of your pleasure in riding I should like to be with you - [End page 2]
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I have a blooded charger brought from Virginia - he may not be of the Tyler blood but he much resembles him in form and motion - I ride from my store to my boarding house distant about 1/2 a mile every morning and evening. This affords me agreeable exercise - What can I write in relation to this section of country or people to interest you - not anything - as regards to prospects & profits of this winters business it will not be much.
When I came here I did not intend to remain later than this day - I now hope and believe I shall leave in about five months for St. Louis where I shall be open to conviction to enter into some kind of business I know not what - but I hope it will be a permanent one.
Please return my compliments to Doctor Smith and thank him for his kind remembrances. My fine friends write but not as often as I wish. Friend Mary has been one of my best correspondents. Will you write on the receipt of this & not wait for a reply but write again - I am informed there is a certain place up street called the den of Bachelors. If you go there & see Asa say I am his and Yours -
Ziba

[Envelope]
[Postmark] Evansville, Ark - 9th January
Mr. Robert Campbell
St. Louis Mo.
Via Fayetteville
Collection Deibel