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Miss Virginia Kyle
care of Messrs H & A Campbell & Co.
Saint Louis May 1838
My Ever Dear Virginia
Your kind letter of 10th "instant" is just received and by removing my fears respecting your health has made me quite happy - You cannot believe nor imagine dearest Virginia what happiness you can impart to me by writing a few lines - to say you are well - to say I am remembered and loved by you. You were right my Virginia when you said you did not believe me in my assertions that I would write only in answer to your letters - I thought I could better avenge myself by writing you very frequently, and now that I have followed this course I feel better satisfied, and I presume you find yourself properly punished.
Will you permit me to say that I do not believe you when you say you never but once thought of my promised slippers since we parted. Recollect they must be completed before we meet for I hope whilst I am near your work will be laid aside - at least until you settle into the sober Matron.
You have not I fear my Virginia pursued the course best calculated to ensure our early happiness, since you say you have not written to your mother to shorten the day of our probation. Virginia you have my happiness under your control and can do with me as you please - I well know my love you do not think yourself too young - and when we meet you will say so. [End page 1]
The manner in which our engagement came to be understood here was from Mrs Larkin of Wilmington to Wm Glasgow, and from him to others - latterly I have not heard it spoken of - when I did hear anything of it the matter was spoken in a manner quite flattering to you - they said I was engaged to a Young Lady more Beautiful than any in St Louis or that ever was here! So much for their justice.
You say you will not believe that you have such influence over me as I assert until you have once exercised it. Now Virginia as I do not wish to have my word doubted I am willing to allow you the trial - at any moment I will make you mine by all the Laws Human and Divine, so try the truth of my professions and confine your faith in me.
You are mistaken my Virginia respecting my feelings towards Bessie, you cannot believe how much pride I feel in your good opinion of her, and if you can point out any mode I can evince the feeling you would wish me to exhibit to her, you will see how soon I shall adopt it.
You flatter me my own one by the estimate in which you hold the small mementos you made me happy by accepting - I may say in return that your Locket even in my sickness as in health has been suspended around my neck - never has it been from me an hour since we parted - a saint never more adored a relic than I do your kind token of Love - even the surplus hair that was not put in the Locket, I would not part from for any consideration.
You will readily perceive my Love that all the foregoing has been written with your precious Letter before me. I have Mary's letter by me too in which she speaks much and most affectionately of you for which she has bound me to her by still close ties - though I was under many more obligations to her before than I can ever repay. [End page 2]
Mary says your mother is expected in Phila before your vacation takes place - why my Virginia did you say nothing of this? It cannot be that you do not wish me to meet her at as early a date as possible. You well know My Virginia I have no idea that your Love is less for me. I have no doubts, but you do not enough study the means best calculated to promote our happiness.
It is my wish to leave at as early a day as possible to clasp my own Lovely Virginia to my heart. Mr Sublette being absent I cannot set any time but hope to leave here by 15th June. So soon as I can determine on the day I will immediately write you - in the meantime my Virginia I charge you as you Love me, to write me immediately on receipt of this - let not a day pass and tell me all you wish me to know - I would possess the confidence of my dear wife, and have to communicate everything that interests our prospects.
I am quite anxious to meet our sweet sister Ellen - she was so very kind to us, and so very considerate that even on that grounds alone she often remembered - very few know Ellen so well as to appreciate her real character but my candid opinion of her is that longer and more intimately she is known the better she will [be] appreciated and the more highly esteemed - Her spirit is too proud to make any exertions to gain admiration, but by those that she believes to be sincere she will be easily won - give her my love.
I know you have not written your Uncle Simpson - nor will I again advise it - My Virginia is a better judge of the conduct best to be pursued. I only wish my Virginia that I possessed your power over the hearts of others - if I did you would soon be mine - Dear Virginia plead our cause with your mother - you can, if you will obtain her consent, to make happy, your own husband,
Robert Campbell [End page 3]