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Catalog Number 172.49 8 , 198
Object Name Letter
Date 1840/09/26
Scope & Content [Postmark]
Lynchburg VA
Sep 28

Miss Virginia J. Kyle
Richmond Va.
Care of Mr. Geo Winston

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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]

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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]

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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.

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Collection Circuit Court