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Mrs. Virginia J. Campbell
Care of Sublette & Campbell
Raleigh May 8th 1841
My dear Virginia,
By the time you receive this you will no doubt be glad once more to receive a letter from old Raleigh, notwithstanding you have found so many "garden spots in your travels, first Warrenton, then "sweet Surry, and now St Louis. I have received two letters from you since you arrived. I have also heard that your sister has received two, and Mrs McPheeters one, my two and Mrs. Mc I assure you were received with great pleasure. You know I am never so happy as when I know you are happy. Tell Robert I am afraid he will ruin you with indulgence, that you have always been a spoiled child, and I was in hopes he would mold [spelled mould] you over new. I shall believe about your reformation in industry and neatness when I see it carried out this summer. At home Miss Peggy Eastward has been staying with me several weeks, that is she makes her home at my house and visits all around to see her friends, you know she is acquainted with every body and
[Pg. Break] is rather a droll being. And how, just such an old maid you would have made, she will be 80 her next birthday, she wants to know what kind of a man that Robert Campbell must be for Mrs Kyle to be so much pleased, and to let Via go all the way to St. Louis, she said this to Amelia. I am so delighted with housekeeping I regret more and more everyday I could not have had you with me this year, as I never expect again to be Mistress and Master of my own house. Little Judy still stays with me. Mrs Manly told me the other day that Ann Elisa Dudly was going to be married to little Daniel. The family are opposed to it but will permit her to do as she likes, it is also reported that Henry and Lizzy Baker are to be married soon. I had the pleasure of calling on Mrs Morehead and her two daughters yesterday, they have only been in town a few days, I was much pleased with them. I suppose you are completely changed in politics and does not boast just so much about sleeping on Tipacanoe beds and the like, or rather that Mr C has taught you that ladies have nothing to do with such things, very well if he says the moon is made out of green cheese, you know you must think so too. I am glad to hear you
[Pg. Break] do not attend the most fashionable church. You will have less to call your attention off of the object for which you ought to go to church. I hope Mr Campbell will make you a good Presbyterian. Old Mrs Deveraux requested me to say to you that she would be glad if you would make some inquiry about Old Mrs Douglas and her daughter so that you may tell her all about them when you come in. They formerly lived in Fayetteville, N.C. with her son who was minister of the Pr. Church in that place, and died there. She now lives with another son in St. Louis, they spent one winter with Mrs Deveraux, she is a very old lady. I was surprised to hear you speak as you did of the Mrs. Kine's. If you would look at home a little you would not have been surprised to find them as you did. Mrs Grice that was is one of the first families of N.C. in every respect, her brother in law Mr Grann is one of our senators. Mr Hugh Campbell & cousin Mary are well acquainted with him. I spent an evening with him at their house, his own brother is one of the first professors in a medical college or institution of some kind, in New York, and the family are all very wealthy. I mean her brothers & sisters, another of her sisters married brother to Brian of Raleigh, the other Mrs Kinose I do not know much about. Her mother is sister to Mrs White, she is in St Louis with her daughter, they formerly lived in Hingston and I expect was rather poor. Her sister married Turner Rivers, perhaps you do not remember him, he lived in your fathers store for some time, his wife died and left an infant. I heard from you through them in a letter to Emma White in a few days after I received your first letter. They were pleased with you if you were not with them. If you were mortified at their appearance, I don't know what you will be when you take Mr Campbell round to see all your poor kin for I am sure you have
[Pg. Break] no other kind to take him to see, at least on your mother's side. I am sorry you did not see brother George, he is a favorite [spelled favourite] brother to us all on account of his having met with misfortunes and he is so much like father. I hope you will see him when you return and Mary Winston too. Soon after you left I wrote Mr Manly a polite note, saying as I did not apply to him for any money for you before you were
[Section break, bottom of front cover] married, he would oblige me if he would let me have some then, to pay off your accounts and [?]______ asked that I should feel mortified to have them presented to Mr. Campbell. I paid all of your little accounts in Raleigh, but I wished to send on money to pay your uncle David for the money and other things you got of him. His reply was, he was sorry he could not comply with my request, that upon the marriage of Miss Via, her estate in his hands became vested in her husband
[Section break, side of front cover] and that no one had a right to appropriate one dollar of it. If I could have conveniently paid the bills I would not have troubled him with my note, so Mr. Campbell will have them to pay when he comes in possession of your immense Estate. I [?]___ only mention all this to let you know I have not paid them and why. I feel mortified about it but must submit.
[Pg. Break, side of first page] Mrs. McPheeters requested me to ask Mr. Campbell to give her his candid opinion whether he thought there was an opening in St. Louis, for Marcellous they all feel deep anxiety now as to his location they do not want him to go South or South west and there is no opening for a physician in Raleigh. He had some thought of settling in some of the northern cities, but then it takes so much to live on there until he could get in practice, and I expect they have expended all on him they can well spare. Give a great deal of love to my son Robert, and accept the same for my daughter Virginia.
Your ever devoted
[Pg. Break, side of 2nd page] It is strange you never observed my seals before. I have had them 16 years they were presented to me by your father, but I generally seal my letters with wafers.
[Pg. Break, side of 3rd page] Brother Simpson still suffers at times as much as ever, sister Amelia & children are well, Eleanor is very well, she often passes by her dear friend Mrs Stones. I suppose she writes to you. Emma Snow is gone to Wilmington to try to fetch a beaux with Mrs Wingate. Dr McPheeters gets no letter but I think is sinking. Hannah Stuart they say is to be married next week certain slowly.