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Miss Virginia J Kyle
Philadelphia February 19, 1841
Your most welcome letter of the 15th inst is just to hand, and although I wrote you last night, I cannot avoid again writing you, to express the delight I experienced in reading the kind and loving sentiment which flowed from your pure heart and so deeply entered into mine.
Although I believed you would leave Norfolk on Tuesday as you mentioned in your letter, I had no communication from you to day that you had really started and therefore I felt quite anxious to receive a letter either from your mother or yourself confirming our arrangement for the 25th, if not sooner. Your kindness in writing on your arrival, has set me at ease on that subject, and I need say that I leave here the day after this letter goes from here and in one day after you read these lines, I hope to tell you in person what I have now to commit to paper - by that since I first knew you I have loved you, that I now love you and that I ever will love you more than all the world and everyone that lives in it.
As I told you in my former letters, Mr. Martin will accompany me and stand by me on the occasion - we leave on Sunday morning and will be with you, either on Tuesday or Wednesday as it may require to perform the journey.
Doct McPheeters left here on Monday last and is no doubt with you before this time, which deprives me of the pleasure I would otherwise have felt in delivering your message. I sincerely hope the Rev Doct McPheeters may be well enough to perform the ceremony destined to make me so happy.
Whatever arrangements your good Mother thinks proper to make for a wedding, I neither wish to change nor would I now have time if I felt so disposed - Your Richmond and Raleigh friends are all strangers to me but I feel disposed to make my Virginias friends, my friends.
I think the arrangements to leave the day after our marriage is in better taste than to remain for some days. I am aware your good mother would waive the etiquette [spelled etiquete] that custom has established, so that she could have us remain with her but I hope she will come on with us - Hugh has been again speaking of it tonight and I am to bear with me a special invitation to her which I sincerely hope she will accept - in this way we will not be separated [spelled seperated] and I trust her love for you will induce her to make some sacrifice if sacrifice be necessary to prolong our stay together.
Doct McPheeters can tell you on what day to expect me "Barring accidents" and you may rest very confident in the belief that I will think the rail road cars too slow for that take me to my Bride - Prepare one of your sweetest kisses and have it on the very border of your sweet lips, to welcome me on my arrival to contrive our meetings so that I can with your sense of propriety, fold you in my embrace and revel in your charms without being interrupted [spelled interupted]. I must not indulge in this strain for it produces such excitement that my writing would scarce be legible.
My Virginia are you aware that in your letter you did not once allude to your sister? You may have had reasons for neither mentioning that, nor, what your mother said about coming to live with us - a few days will inform me on both subjects.
I feel great anxiety to again meet your good mother and I look forward to our meeting with pleasure as she has ever acted towards me ladylike and most friendly. I am very glad that such is the case as I shall have no prejudice to overcome at our first interview.
All your dresses are ready and tomorrow some Frenchman with a curious name is to prepare the veil to the style that it is to be worn and pack it up "ready for use".
Dear Virginia when you read this I will be fast approaching towards you - Good bye until we meet.
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John Kerr left last night for St. Louis and is to select our rooms at the new hotel. He stops in Kentucky a day or two with his fair affiance they will be married in about two months.
I shall rely on you my beloved to have all your arrangements made to leave Raleigh the morning after you become Mrs. Campbell - I do not wish to remain in Raleigh any longer than it will require to make your preparations for the journey and for your spring apparel.
I hope to have a letter from you tomorrow night. I feel happy in anticipation, but will not blame you if I be disappointed.
You apologize for mistakes in letters in which there are no mistakes and that and required no apology - I make no mention of or apology when they are wanted, my Virginia I know will make every allowance for all the faults of her own.