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Mr. Robert Campbell
Indeed Mr. Campbell I am writing this note sincerely from compulsions because Margaret says you will be much offended with me if I do not. You cannot imagine how much I hope to come around on Saturday and how I was disappointed when it rained because I had not answered the note you wrote me in the morning you see I am as tenacious of expressing my real feelings as usual. You have no adequate idea of my unhappiness when I receive such long & affectionate notes from you every morning and yet I am not able to conquer my irrational timidity sufficiently to answer them.
[Pg. Break] I will endeavor to come around this afternoon as we are walking for exercise but I cannot stay but a moment and fear I shall not be able to come around for the next year to come again. You came past the house this morning, why did you not come in to see me? On Saturday a tragedy was read aloud of Mrs. Joanna Baillie's in her family legends in which the name "Campbell" was more than once introduced. I will leave you to guess where my thoughts wandered then.
Yours in haste,
Jan 29 1831
[Pg. Break, side of pg] Excuse this miserable scrawl as I was obliged to steal the time to write it while in the composition bail [?]. Margaret will never wait a moment after school.