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Mr. Robert Campbell
Philadelphia April 18th 1838
Would that it were my nature to be more communicative, you have discovered my greatest epistolary fault, all of my correspondents complain of the same, but really it is not intentional as there is nought that I wish to conceal from you; sometimes I think it would be better to copy all of Ma's letters for you benefit but no - that would be dishonorable.
I wish that I had spoken to uncle Simpson on the subject, Mother desired me to do so also, but I did not like to speak to him before others, and I was not alone with him at anytime, now I trust we have settled all disputes and I will gladly drop a subject so disagreeable that of confessing faults.
It gives us all much pleasure to hear your health is so much improved, for some days I was quite uneasy. You have enjoyed a proper quantity of medicine - delightful, was it not?
Cousin Mary received your letter and sent it around for me to read. I admired it much more than I do mine, and I am much obliged to you for
[Pg. Break] sending your love to all the young ladies except me, however I would like you to understand that your love is no very great addition to my happiness. Am I not too provoking? Sincerely I beg your pardon for all the remarks I have just made! I wish you were here now that I might see how gracefully you would proffer forgiveness.
Has cousin Mary informed you of the precarious state of my health. I am attracted to nothing but your absence, or rather my accustomed imprudence and healthfulness; but aside with all exaggeration. Netta and myself walked out the [?]_______ one damp afternoon, and next morn both arose with violent colds, I have retained unwell several days. To which indisposition you may be obliged for the receipts of this letter as I am excused from attending to my school duties today. If I remember rightly you absolved in your last letter, that you would complain of my style of writing, indeed I assure you I do not care a fraction whether you admire it or not, as I merely write for my own gratification.
I think it is much more consistent with propriety that you should follow my footsteps than that I should await you, I do not wish to remain in Philadelphia this summer as it is decided that I shall return another year to school remember I have seen none of my nearest relations for five year could it not be most unnatural in me not to desire to
[Pg. Break] see them. Where my mother is there it is my duty to be when convenient, when any name is changed by my Mother's full & free consent then will I be your must truly devoted wife and will follow you to the Holy land if you desire it. Why will you persist in living in that outlandish place St. Louis; in my opinion it is much too complacent to the R. Mets indeed I will love you a great deal more if you will consent to live in the East.
I will thank you not to remain in the country forever, with Mrs. Cook, as while you are under her kind and official guardianship I shall not think of receiving any letter from you. You would have been amused had you seen your ever giddy thoughtless girl, pick up a Moral Philosophy and read attentively a chapter on the duties incumbent on the conjugal relation. The directions given to one party I thought excellent, the others I must say I did not much relish.
I was comparing last week some of the letters on the same subject as ours tend as I have the vanity to say that at least ours are superior in that we observe the common rules of Orthography & Dictation.
Netta & Sister wish to be remembered I presume though they do not know that I am writing.
Write very soon a long and interesting letter and give me some account of Mr. Sublette's appearance and those around you etc. that I may imagine you strolling with civilized creatures and not with wild animals.
Your most affectionate though tantalizing,