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Mrs. Robert Campbell
Care of Sublette & Campbell
Raleigh April 12th 1841
My very dear Virginia
I can wait no longer to hear of your in St. Louis. I have been most anxiously looking for a letter for the last week, after allowing ten days from Pittsburg to St. Louis and twelve or fourteen from St. Louis to Raleigh but no letter yet, consequently I have been dreaming about marriages coffins etc. etc., but I feel confident that you have written, and I must only wait patiently a little longer. I gave Mr. Campbell the credit for the one I received from Pittsburg, I said to someone that I expect he bought you pen ink and paper and then you could not refuse tow rite, however be this as it may it is most pleasant, delightful and affords me the greatest pleasure to receive such letters. May your happiness long and ever continue. Mr. Lacy wants to know if you are as happy as ever alluding to what you said to me in your letter from Pha, he has just returned from Virginia called to see me this morning on his way to Dr. McPheeters who is much worse at this time
[Pg. Break] you know he has his changes, but I believe it is generally thought that he will never get well of his disease. Mrs. Mc very seldom leaves home, has been to see me only once since you left, but I go down to see her just to talk about you and some talk all matters old and new over and I showed her those two famous letters written three years ago she says you certainly had an old head on a young shoulders and that Mr. C's letters was the most beautifully expressed letter that she had ever seen she read it over three or four times, everybody thinks I am a strange sort of being to be so willing for you to go so far from me, my reply is, while my children are happy I see no reason why I should make myself miserable. I could fill out this letter about Eleanor alone but I forbear, May God watch over and bless her and bring her to feel that it is no trifling matter to wish the breaking of a mothers heart. I have taken little Ginny altogether now (you know I love her for her names sake) for my companion, Lucinda is too noisy. I have been engaged lately in the gardening line, sewing seed, setting out flowers, etc. You would be surprised to see how much interested I am in it thought I know I am only making improvements for other
[Pg. Break] people to enjoy. I often regret for many reasons that you could not be with me this year, you would have had an opportunity of learning something about housekeeping which you have not had since you were a child and what is still more important you would have taken many lessons in economy which you know nothing about, in short ever prospect every motive every reason I had for again taking upon me the responsibilities of housekeeping, by your sudden marriage is blasted. Do you recollect what you wrote me in one of your letters from Norfolk about your home at Brother Simpsons, and now Virginia the only happiness I have in anticipation is to have you with me this summer for at least one or two months. I know Mr. Campbell could not remain all that time but he can return to the north, transact his business and return for you, you know I have hardly had an hour of your company since the first of last September, the few days you were at home was taken up with company and the engagements, so if you wish to have any of my company the present year you will have to comply with my arrangement. I have not the most distant idea of leaving Raleigh to go anywhere during the present year, and when I shall see St. Louis or you after
[Pg. Break, top of front cover] this summer is beyond my knowledge, since I have been writing this letter I have more than ever realized the fact that you are gone gone and have stopped to take a good cry as I have often done before whilst writing to you. If you should live to the age of 40 you will then know why it is that mother should be so foolish as to be crying about me, now you can not comprehend my feelings.
[Section break, bottom front cover] Brother Simpsons family are all well except himself he still suffers the most excruciating pain. I suppose you had not time to call on any of your poor kin on your way to St. Louis, if you would make sister Mary, (my favorite sister and one with whom I hope to spend many happy days) a visit you would learn a lesson of humility and see that there can be as much happiness enjoyed in a humble lot of life as regards riches of this world, in a log house as though it were a palace.
[Section Break, side of front cover] Though like your mother they are poor in purse they are high-minded. What a contrast between your marriage and Missouri and your past life and hers, and yet no doubt her happiness is equally as great as yours.
[Pg. Break, side of first page] I understand you and Mr. C. got to nodding at Eleanor's party. Don't get angry I hope you have verified Robert's word and that you are now the most industrious lady in St. Louis. When you have made him up a piece of linen write me word, I made all your father wore until a year or so before he died. I expected you have often wished for my old calico wrapper [spelled rapper] and old shoes, your friends wish to be remembered to you. I can not take time to mention names, you never mention any of our servants in your letter. I think you should send them some kind message. C. Beck will have to write you the news of the town. I go out very seldom. I wish you would write to Mrs. McP she would be so glad to get a letter.
[Pg. Break, side of 2nd page] I wrote to you to St. Louis soon after you left I hope you have received it. I did not direct it to the care of the firm, I expect this is the reason why your letters were mislaid in the office hire instead of being put in brother Simpson's box.
[Pg. Break, side of 3rd page] Present my love in the prettiest manner you are capable of to my Son Robert.