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Miss Virginia J. Kyle
Care of Mr. Geo Winston
Lynchburg Sept 26 1840
My ever dearest Sister,
Your letter from Richmond finds me at Sandusky near Lynchburg, at Mr. Otey's mothers. I had been expecting to hear from you in Richmond; and I wonder if you have gone there with a view of spending the winter? If so, then I shall conclude you care very little for me. I have long been deprived of your company or society which I have always valued so highly; and the Hotel, has been the constant and crying sin; now just as that obstacle is obviated you have gone to another region; where you may be thrown in the society of others; whom you prize more highly than mine; I could readily conceive this would be gratifying to (and a projected plan) of some others, but! understand me I do not wish you to deprive yourself of any of the enjoyments or pleasures of this life for me. But I had supposed this would be the last winter I should spend in Raleigh, and how much delighted I would be to have you with me whenever I could. Miss Sarah Cook a niece of Mr. Otey's will accompany me to Raleigh to spend a portion of the winter. She is very pretty a fine figure and a pretty face just 16 - I have spent my time very pleasantly during my visit here - and I am becoming so much attached to this beautiful and fertile region. [End page 1]
The grandeur of the mountain scenery - the green clad hills turning with their rich flocks - that I can with impartiality say I am reluctant to leave such stores of pleasure and treasure behind me - It is truly a land of milk and honey - I wish you could marry some clever fellow and live near me in this fertile and salubrious claim; I suppose you did not get my last letter in R - (It has fallen into the hands of the Philistines) in which I advise you against marrying R. Campbell - I then stated to you what the Fergusons told me - Mr. McDowell says he is not worth anything - and if you were to marry him it would be for money alone. We leave this tomorrow the etc [?] for R - and will spend a week in Oxford with cousin Robert agreeable to promise Mr. O will go directly and have our house in readiness - You will not give yourself any uneasiness about Miss Briggs boarding with me. I am resolved she shall not. Indeed there was only a conditional understanding to that effect after all was said, and I could not think of denying myself any privileges for Au Bgt. I have seen Bishop Otey and am delighted with him, think him one of the best and most agreeable men I ever knew. His daughter Va is here with him. She is one of the most accomplished girls in the state; - Tell cousin George he must come to R. to see Miss Cook. I think he will be pleased with her as he is in search of beauty - She is much prettier than L. Moore his "old flame" and richer too if that be an inducement, - I am glad to hear cousin Ann is blessed with the prospect of getting such a clever fellow for a husband and wish her much happiness. (i.e.)! many squalling urchins if she pleases. [End page 2]
Mr. O says present his regards to Ann; and "say" to her to "remember what he told her" be sure she gets him who loves her most. The only guarantee to connubiad happiness; Sister Mr. Otey says he owes you an apology for not having written to his "best sister except 3" - and tenders his obligations for your polite response to his last communications - he says he does not consider it any compliment or praise to be called your best brother. There is none better than the best - none worse than the worst, "so he is both." "You would not say he was your unsophisticated brother;" he says he would like to have your expose of an unsophisticated man; "that he is not capable of such refined conception himself, and thinks such a creation would be as much a curiosity in this age as the "fallen Polyphemus," he thinks [page torn] applicable to a celestial order of kings only in its [history] and meaning - and its application to man and to the Deity, with all deference to your "good sense" not supposing you intended it as such; - But if you had said he was as of the Bon-Ton Fan-Ton order or of a heterogeneous [ ] creature of comical fantasticalities, he would have become able to comprehend you - The "unsophisticated" - "late personified" Mr. George has been playing the courtier in Lynchburg. I did not see him; tho he was at some of our connections a few days ago; please write me so soon as you can ascertain if there are any new style - fashionable Bonnets in Richmond, and if they are pretty - if so I want to get one for winter, and can I get as handsome a one in Richmond as in Phil. - Mr. Otey saw cousin Jenny Kyle in Lynchburg yesterday on his return from north, he said he was at Mr. Winston's and heard mother was in Richmond - Why did you not go on to see him? [End page 3]
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He heard you were there and thinks strange he did not see you - give my love to cousin Ann and George and all the family - remember me affably to all our connections. Mr. Otey joins me in love to you and Cousin Ann.
Hoping to see you soon and hear from you sooner. I remain affably your ever devoted sister Eleanor. This last not least - Kiss my dear Grand Mama and give my best love.
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Have you become acquainted with any of the Bosher Family? They were anxious to know when you would be in Richmond.