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Mrs. Virginia J. Campbell
Care of Mr. Robert Campbell
Wheeling June 3, 1841
My dear cousin
Our correspondence has so long lain dormant I am almost ashamed to make an attempt towards renewing it, especially as I have been so negligent as never to have written you since your marriage. However I hope my [?]_____ (laziness? intentions) in writing has not caused you to think for a moment that I am regardless of any circumstance that may increase your happiness, and I know you will believe me when I say I truly congratulate you on the consummation of an event that has caused so much pleasure, to you, and your dear Mother. I am told Mr. Campbell is one fully calculated to render the voyage of this life smoother, and I have no doubt he will constitute your happiness in every situation in which you are placed.
We had not heard until a few weeks past of your arrival in St. Louis, and Richard and I were much disappointed when we found you had passed us by without coming to see us. Aunt Lucy wrote Mother word you would go on to Raleigh the last of this month. We shall then certainly expect you, and shall feel our selves very much slighted if you do not visit us at that time. When you get to Wheeling you will be
[Pg. Break] only ten or twelve miles from us, and you surely will not let that short distance prevent your visiting your relations, whom you have not seen for so many years.
We my dear cousin would hardly recognize each other. I remember your appearance well when I last saw you in Wilmington, but that has been so long ago. I guess we have both changed much, but you more than I have, I judge, from what I heard form those who have seen you within the last year or so.
It must be a very great trial to you to be separated from your mother by such a long and tedious distance, and I don't see how aunt Lucy can be reconciled to it, at all, being left so very lonely. I often laugh and tell Mother she has less fortitude than any of her sisters, if I don't go to see her every two or three days she thinks it is very bad.
Aunt Mary too has to be parted from her only child, but she seems to bear it very well. Cousin Deborah visits us all very seldom, she has not be down since last fall, and will not come again before September. Mother paid her a visit of a few weeks this spring. I did somewhat expect to take a little trip to see her myself but got disappointed.
You will no doubt be surprised to see my letter dated from Wheeling. I am on a short visit to my brother and sister-in-law (Dr. and Mrs. Bates)
[Pg. Break] the latter you recollect having seen in Philadelphia. They have lately moved here and this is the first time I have been to see them. For my short acquaintance I am much pleased with Wheeling, but no place can equal the West, and quiet country.
Aunt L. tells us you are delighted with your new home. I have always had an idea that St. Louis would be an agreeable place to those that liked a City life and I suppose it bids fair to out rival all the cities of the west.
If I had anything new to communicate I would lengthen out my letter a little longer, but I reckon by this time you are wearied out with my [?]_______ (prosing? pressing?) style of writing.
My sister in law desires her love should be sent to you. Please present my respects to Mr. Campbell and tell him he must not fail to bring you to see us. Write to me shortly.
Your attached cousin,