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Accession Number 1999.8.46
Catalog Number 1999.8.46
Object Name Letter
Date 1839/07/05
Scope & Content [Front Cover]
Miss Virginia J Kyle
Raleigh N Carolina

Philadelphia July 5th 1839
Virginia
This moment Mr. Martin handed me your letter of 1st instant - as he entered my room I had just sealed a letter I had written to you, saying that I would visit you in a day after that reached you, as it was my intention to leave here on 7th instant - fortunately the letter was not mailed when yours was handed me. I will not reproach you for the manner in which you have treated me - had I been less suspecting I might have known the truth, but I placed implicit confidence in your vows sincerely pledged to me, and so often reiterated. You ask to be released from your engagement to me - I do Virginia release you, the very moment you desire it, and with that release wish you all the happiness in your present attachment, that it was my fond hopes to have conferred on you, when I believed you mine with your whole heart. You cannot imagine my feelings whilst I thus write you - the last lingering ray of happiness has now vanished and you have doomed me to a life of wretchedness. The presents which you speak of returning to me I hope to never again behold; now that you are released from the bonds which they were given to commemorate, they can do no injury by retaining and I should greatly dislike to see anything that would remind me of the pleasurable feelings under which I gave them to you. You seem to fear that I will visit you in Raleigh after receipt of your letters but in this you are mistaken - I confess I loved you with the deepest devotion, because in you I thought I had found centered, all that would constitute happiness, and my whole thought and study was, how to make myself most deserving of your Love for me which you told was sincere - Virginia I loved you but for yourself. I believed you when you told me that Love was reciprocated. I now believe you when you tell me you never Loved me!!!! I hope I shall never mar your happiness - I do not know wish to meet you - your letter has doomed me to a life of wretchedness, but I hope yours may be one of unmitigated happiness and delight - so far as in my powers I will remove any unpleasant feelings or impressions from my Brother towards you - I would not that you lost a friend on my account. Your name shall ever be spoken with the same respect as in the days when I was happy in loving you. Your triumph Virginia is now complete. You have blighted the happiness through life of a Heart that Loved only you.
Farewell, Robert Campbell
P.S. I forgot to say that my Brother and Mary have been absent on a pleasure trip to Niagara some 3 weeks and are expected back tomorrow. I have not seen them
Collection Deibel