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Accession Number 1999.8.76
Catalog Number 1999.8.76
Object Name Letter
Date 1841/05/14
Scope & Content [Envelope]
Burwell Bay
May 18th

Mrs. Robert Campbell
Care of Mr. Robert Campbell
Merchant
St. Louis
Missouri

Burleigh, May 13th 1841
My dear dear Cousin Virginia
Why is it that you have not written to your friend cousin since your marriage. I will not believe that you do not think of her sometimes and I have the vanity to think you do with pleasure. I had a long dream of you last night and almost every occurrence in it seemed so natural that I determined another day should not pass without writing + begging you to let me hear from you occasionally at least. Since you have moved so far off from us + the probability of seeing you ever again is so slight you have become if possible doubly dear to me. I can never think of the pleasant hours we have passed together that the fear of our never meeting again does not cause me to shed tears. I have never heard a sentence from our Raleigh relations since you left. I expect however you hear oftener. I suppose it will not be long before you come on to pay them a visit. How glad I would be if I could see you when you come to Virginia again. But I expect you are tired of this strain + will not think me for writing you such a gloomy letter. I suppose the first news I am to tell you is Lou's having a beautiful boy, and such a fuss never was made over a child hardly before. It is perfectly irrational how the child behaves she is always saying "Ma he must be sick." If it cries it is sick if it don't it is so sick it can't cry the same way about sleeping and everything else, it had a cold when it was about a fortnight old. Cousin John was very fearful it would settle on its lungs. Quite amusing I think

[Pg. Break] As I visit very little and consequently hear no news I shall forthwith proceed to tell you what a good country wife I am you would be surprised to see how countrified I have become. Racing first to Turkey house then to the Chicken house + from there to the Goose pen 5 or 6 times everyday I have 80 little chickens, 20 Turkeys, + 6 Goslings Dr. Wilson has all the trouble of them. I take all the credit. I wrote father the other day. I expected to be a large speculator in Bacon next year. I have 6 little pigs but Dr. Wilson begs so hard for one to Roast i am afraid before long my numbers will be reduced to 6. I expect you are very much interested in all this but country folks will be country + all that can be done for them will not change them. I have been persuading Dr. Wilson to carry me to Preaching as one of the neighbors this afternoon but I am afraid his business will not permit him to do so. I hear from Richmond very often. I believe all of our friends are very well. I hear that Virginia Laub has discarded Tom Butler. Some think Brother is courting Miss Thompson but I do now know how true it is he spoke in very high terms of her when he wrote last. I expect Mother will come down to see me about the first of June. If there is any prospect of your being in Richmond next summer if you write let me know I will try to me [sic] you + Cousin Robert there. I tell you what Cousin Robert sounds quite natural more so than Cousin Walter. I don't think by the by I ought to charm him wit your Robert and you would not with mine. You see we were destined to have our fourtunes similar in one respect at least, if we could not live in the same County, our husbands have the same name.

[Pg. Break] Will my Cousin Robert allow me to make a Single request of him, which is to simply ask my dear Cousin Virginia to get a sheet of foolscap and write me a long letter and let it be about yourselves. I know she will not refuse the most simple request he can make, whereas I might beg a month and it might not be granted. With Much love you both [sic]. I am most affectionately your
Sincere friend + Cousin
Ann T. Wilson.
Direct to Burwell Bay
Isle of Wright
Collection Deibel