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Mr. Robert Campbell
Care of H & A Campbell
Clifton Aug 9 1838
Dear Mr. Campbell,
Here we are in the ague and fever country where many things are scarce particularly good pens & lines so do not flatter yourself that you will receive a very excellent letter. We have been here about a week and have partaken rather too copiously of melons which I have no doubt would have affected us seriously had they not been previously cooled in an ice house.
We are staying with a cousin of ours Mrs. Gomlin, and 'tis the most beautifully situated place I was ever at in all my life. The house is not the best but we have every comfort almost in the world & I wish I could always live in the country.
Mrs. Gomlin has the most charming child I ever saw - an infant. It is
[Pg. Break] tearing up my papers on the table beside me and by signs & tears imploring me to take it up.
I would have written as soon as we arrived here but the overseer only goes to Richmond once a week so I had no opportunity of sending it to the office.
A friend of cousin Mary, Dr. Burton (a relation of Mrs. Lee) called to see us with Mr. Baillie and spoke in the most exalted terms of her. I am told he still bitterly deplores his young beautiful wife's disease.
Curse the brevity of this epistle but Mr. Gally is waiting to take them and I have been interrupted ever since I commenced writing. I suppose we will return to Raleigh in about a week, though we have not presently decided whether I shall go to Philadelphia or not it is most probable I will. You intimate a change of route in returning west. I would be happy to see you in any other place, as all suspicions of our engagement are quelled. I fear I would
[Pg. Break] I would [sic] not be able to receive you as I would wish if you came through Virginia. Give many thanks to cousin Mary for her past kindness, and say I will write soon to her and then render them verbally, meanwhile do not neglect to write your truly affectionate,