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Virginia J. Kyle
Care of James Winston
Raleigh Sep. 27, 1840
My dear Virginia,
I have received both of your letters they are very satisfactory. To know that you are well, enjoying yourself, & happy, will be a source of pleasure to me. But on how different are my feelings, hopes, and prospects now, to what they once were in regard to my children. Virginia this is the first time I have addressed you by letter since you quit school, or rather since you last left Richmond and the two years that has intervened has convinced me that it is useless, that it would be time thrown away now to write you a letter of advice & counsel. You think you know everything, that there is no necessity
for the warning of a mother to guard you against the temptations,
fascinations, and allurements and quicksands, which constantly
surround us. I will not pretend to advise you in regard to your thoughts, words, or actions, you have had precept upon precept, but let me tell you that my heart yearns over you continually, and that one of
[Pg. Break] your weakest points is the love of praise and flattery, and you do not stand alone in this respect, but I think a time criteria [?] by which to judge a friend is this, for one to be willing to run the risk of displeasing, by candidly telling us of our faults, if you must with any such, rest assured they are a friend indeed.
I enclose you $30 I was fortunate in procuring a Virginia
note. I am glad to hear you are so delighted with Dr. Wilson. I should suppose there could be no objection to him from the character I have always heard of him. I am not personally acquainted with him & we all think Ann will make him a first rate wife. Mrs. McPheeters says you must tell Dr. Wilson so from her. Mrs. Mc returned a few days since, left Margaret mending very slowly brought Susan home. The Dr. is in Pha. Mr. Brown is expected tomorrow, Lavenia says to tell Via she heard how lively and all he was going on, where he ought to have been crying to see her etc. etc. There is to be the greatest doings here next week ever heard of before, we do not partake of it in anyway whatever, we are all in too low spirits in the first place, and in the next have nothing to entertain company on Brother Simpson is in such low spirits
[Pg. Break] about his business, and in such a continual rack of pain I don't know what will become of him. He thinks something of taking our old store and of moving his family and store both there to lessen his rent. Several of the New York merchants have sued him and got judgment if he cannot raise the money I don't know how it will end, and if they should go to the store to live I don't know where we should go to board as that will not accommodate us all. If mother should ask you again why do I not go to housekeeping tell her because I am not able if I was I should have gone long ago. I am willing for you to go home with Ann and stay several weeks then to go to Norfolk and stay a month of so if they give you a pressing invitation and feel like doing so. I think you had better write to your uncle David sometime before and tell him you intend making them a visit etc. etc. I have told your friends that I did not expect you back until after Christmas. Sister Amelia's situation alone would prevent you from enjoying yourself I mean as it regards visiting etc. She will be confined about the time the Legislature meets and I greatly fear will have a hard time of it she has always been confined to her room a great while & most of the time very sick. Mr. Williams has not received the boxes brother James sent him yet, he says he is very sorry you are not at home, and that Mrs. Thall saved his life in New Orleans by her kindness to him. Does cousin George still intend moving to Cincinnati, tell him I wish he would get married out there and let me come and board with him. I am not able to keep house but would like much to bard in Cincinnati. I am not bound to secrecy in regard to the message brother James sent, but as you
[Pg. Break, top of front cover] seem to think he does not wish it told, then it would not be honorable [spelled honourable] in me to tell you. I will say this much it was nothing against you nor was it anything about beaux or the like. Give my love to them & Uncle James & Aunt Ann and say to them I hope they will keep you straight while you are with them, and I hope you will be governed by them in all things.
[Section break, bottom of front cover] Remember me most affectionately to Ann and say I wish her all the happiness this world can afford. Also remember me to Mrs. Henkens, and all the family. I am glad to hear of Mother's recovery. From your first letter I thought she was very ill, remember me to her and say to her I want her to keep a watchful eye over you, her advice about W.G. was very good.
Mother L.A. Kyle
[Pg. Break, side of first page] I don't see any use in making a great fuss about W.G. when all the young men are no better than he is, say to sister Virginia I think of her every day, go to see her often. Sister A is very unwell most of her time.
[Section break, top side of first page] My respects to W.G. It is too late now to be drinking the health of one far west & I hope you may never repent your treatment to him.
I was to see Mrs. Meradith a few days since and what a different take did she tell me to what I had heard, she told me that Mr. M wrote Laura as soon as she came to town, disclaiming her forever, and that he could never again take her under his roof & that they never intend to see her again.
[Pg. Break, side of 2nd page] My dear friend Mrs. Freeman left Raleigh for good. I never was so sorry in my life at parting with anyone not related to me. Mr. F will leave in a few days sold and give away every thing.
[Section break, 2nd page] Mr.F has a call to Columbus where Thomas lives and I think will accept it. Thomas is now on his way home from the Via Springs did not return to Brunswick, Andrew & Mrs. F left a farewell for you & Love.