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Accession Number 1999.8.39
Catalog Number 1999.8.39
Object Name Letter
Date 1838/03/02
Scope & Content [Front Cover]
Mr. Robert Campbell
St. Louis
Missouri


Philadelphia March 2, 1838

How ungrateful is your own Virginia! Two letters I have received from you and I have written you three letters and sent you not one. Today seemed to me a day in which my fate in life was to be cast. I have just received your affectionate letter as Mr. Dollarhide crossed our thresholds over which I hope he never will pass again. As I supposed he would do at some time, he made his proposals, though in the most distant, polite manners and I quite as politely replied negatively of course.
Forgive me when I tell you that though sitting in the most retired part of the house, I start as if guilty and close my portfolio at the sound of every approaching footstep. Tis far [?]______ my inclination to write this afternoon & I would not indulge you with a single

[Pg. Break] line did I not too well remember your extreme particularity in exacting the fulfillment of all promises, and very proportionate negligence in all such matters.
Believe me I almost fear to tell Sister anything about Mr. Dollarhide, for Ma of course will certainly say that I might as well be t home for my mind is more turned up on beaux, etc, than my studies, but it is not. I am in hourly anticipation of a private account from Miss Hawkes she bade me come to her at this hour but haply she is prevented from lecturing over me by indisposition. I am so much relieved.
I had come to the conclusion that the millennium would come before I received a letter though in fact it was only a few days. Had you written later than you did, I assure you your forlorn little fiancee here would not employ the [?]______ in the meanings that my thoughts at least do at present.
It had almost escaped my memory to tell you that I am highly offended with you for not coming up to Dr. Ging's church, the Sunday before you left. You need not puzzle your mental powers to frame

[Pg. Break]an excuse for your conduct as I consider it a high degree of inconsistency but whatever you do endears my dearest more to me than before.
What adverse emotions are at this moment contending in my bosom, filial duty and affection for you are the predicament. How different are my feelings to what they were before the 4th of Jan. no cares or sorrows clouded the happy hours which gilded away without a thought of the morrow. Do not forget to take the utmost care of your teeth for by your attention in that respect will I judge of the strength of your affections for me.
Netta sends many compliments and kind wishes for your speedy return. Sister & Margaret send much love to you. Send me the first flower of spring that you see in your next. A friend of mine sent me a hyacinth from Beaufort S.C.
The only reparation you can make for not coming up to Dr. Ging's church will be to write a very long and affectionate letter to your ever constant
Virginia J. Kyle
Collection Deibel