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Mrs Robert Campbell
Saint Louis, Missouri
Presented by Mr. Robert Patterson
Philadelphia May 14th 1841
My dear Virginia,
This letter will be handed, or sent you, by Mr Robert Patterson, the brother of Mrs John Campbell, & son of Dr Patterson to whom you were introduced at Mrs. Archie Campbell's. He leaves tomorrow for the far West on a tour of inspection as to a proper location for a growing lawyer. He, I am sure, will like St. Louis, & I am also very sure that you St. Louisans will like him - he is a very clever, amiable fellow. Archie or John Campbell, may, in my husband's absence, give him letters to Robert, but if not, my dear brother will consider this an introduction also to his particular regard & distinguished consideration. He, I know will be happy to introduce him in proper quarters & you will also take pleasure in cheering him occasionally by your agreeable society. Introduce him to some of the young ladies, particularly if they are musical - he is very fond of music - plays on the flute etc. & has a good voice in duets.
My husband left on Friday last for Richmond, on law business. I expect his return today or certainly tomorrow. The hard times, with the shortness of his visit, prevented him the pleasure of my company. We have felt very dreary & lost all week - although our friends have been very kind in favoring us with frequent visits & Mr Martin guards us at night. [End page 1]
Harriet Campbell was really married yesterday morning - & a very solemn ceremony it was - in St. Peters Church at 9 o'clock in the morning - only the families and a few intimate friends present. She was dressed for her journey & left the church immediately for the steamboat for Baltimore - they go as far south as Richmond - Mr Oakman was looking his very best - went off in fine spirits. Matilda & Mr Miller were bridesmaid & groomsman - & accompanied them to the boat - but they, the happy pair, journey alone. The morning was bright & beautiful, I trust an omen of good to them, for a bright a clear day is now a great rarity. It showered in the afternoon - this morning again rainy - but it is the solemn part day & more appropriate from being gloomy. We are all going to church - all business suspended - even my writing this letter ought to be of necessity.
Poor Lizzie Baker looked sadly enough yesterday - nor do I wonder - Mr Baker was not at the wedding - he is never seen but by accident by any of his friends now - never at home until a late hour at night - lives at Heard's - their furniture is to be sold next week. They are all going out to Germantown to Coalters, to spend the summer - Mr & Mrs Oakman, The Bakers & Matilda - unless Mr Baker changes his habits - I know not what will be the result.
Bessie had written you a long letter to send by Mr. Boone but he went off without it. I hope your dresses etc. reached you safely - & proved suitable & fitting. Miss Otey is still here, she leaves next week, is engaged to be married to a Mr Miner of Petersburg or near it - he is a lawyer & intends living in Richmond - a talented young man they say - but not at all handsome - he is too small for her. They all spent an evening last week with me - I like her very much indeed. [End page 2]
You are very sparing of your letters to us. I have received but one & Bessie one not long since - yet you say you write & read a great deal. How does the sewing come on - used up all the needles & cotton I dare say - & want a new supply.
Mr Kerr is married ere this. I long to hear what you think of his wife - do write me all about them & all the St Louis folks - you have scarcely mentioned any of them yet. How does Miss Dick take out there - I called to see her friends the other day but they were out.
I have not heard from my western friends for some time past. Ellen I think has no idea of visiting St. Louis at present. Harriet was spending some weeks with Jane when they wrote last - & the girls both intended returning with Hatty to Galena & staying some time. Harriet was delighted to hear of your marriage & would be greatly gratified by a visit from you & Robert - her babe is a lovely creature they say. Talks sweetly.
Margaret has had a bad cold - stiff neck etc - but went to the opera with Mrs. Tucker the night before last to hear Zampa - delightful music & very good acting - we have a fine operatic corps now.
No news yet of the President steamer - poor Power's fate will be sadly lamented if she is really lost. Your city furnishes us news now in the dearth of all here - another fire - I trust never such another tragedy. How does James come on & how are all our friends - remember me kindly to all - all send love to you. Your husband I infer has struck my name off his list of correspondents - never mind - give him my love and I remain as usual your hurried cousin,