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Mr. Robert Campbell.
Care of Gill Campbell & Co
Raleigh February 3rd 1838
Perhaps an answer to your last letter which was received a few days since may be superfluous, but I think it my duty to let you know my mind so I will come to the point at once. If at the age of eighteen you are still the choice of my daughter Virginia, and it is her wish to unite her destiny with yours, I will then give my most cordial consent. But think not I shall even then give her up without a sigh for great will be the sacrifice I shall have to make. Mr. Campbell I am sorry to find that my deportment towards you manifested that which I did not intend. It is time I accepted your polite attentions to myself, children, and friends, but under similar circumstances. How could I act otherwise and to a brother too of those who has ever shown me and mine so much kindness and attention, to confess the truth I did not suppose you ever would have been Virginia's
[Pg. Break] choice, though I knew she admired you as a fried. Nor do I remembered to have attached any "blame to anything you have done", it would be arrogance in me to do so, you wish to obtain an object and it's natural to suppose you would use very honorable means to that end. But Virginia stands towards me in a very different light, and though both you and she may think you are infallible on this point, I do blame her and feel deeply hurt too that she did not advise with me concerning an event in which is involved both her happiness and mine before she decided for herself.
Mr. Campbell I do most certainly agree with you in your supposition "where could a fond mother be so happy as with her children". Yes tis this that touches the center cord and reaches the inmost recess of my heart. That we are to be separated, for surely Virginia would not presume to think that her mother and sister would leave all and follow her fortune either good or bad almost to the end of the world. You and V. are very kind to make me the most conspicuous object in your plans. I fear there is a very long if in the way, and although there may not
[Pg. Break] be any error committed in all your plans I can best feel the consequences.
You say Virginia has give you her heart that is unattainable and unchangeable if this is the case it is to be hoped that her image is so indelibly engraven on yours as to supersede the necessity of a miniature to bring her to your view. I am not willing for her to set at present, but intend that she shall have it taken at some future period.
And now Mr. Campbell in conclusion remember on the 25th January 1840 Virginia shall have free liberty to act as she wishes on this all important subject, I must here express my gratification with both her and you for so cheerfully acquiescing in my wishes.
Lucy Ann Kyle
Perhaps this may not find you in Philadelphia as you expected to leave on the 2nd instant.