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The Kyle Family in St. Louis

Vir­ginia Kyle Camp­bell, cir­ca 1882.

Put your think­ing caps on for this one. Short ver­sion: The Camp­bells and Kyles knew each oth­er back in Coun­ty Tyrone, Ire­land, and Vir­ginia is relat­ed to many of the names we see on a dai­ly basis in St. Louis: James McCaus­land, Ralph Clay­ton and James Col­lier Mar­shall. Here’s the long (and fas­ci­nat­ing) version:

Vis­i­tors to Camp­bell House all know Vir­ginia Camp­bell was born Vir­ginia Kyle, the daugh­ter of Hazlett and Lucy Ann Kyle. What you may not know is the scope of the inter­re­la­tion­ships between the Camp­bell and Kyle fam­i­lies, their ori­gins in Coun­ty Tyrone, Ire­land, the extent of the fam­i­ly tree in Amer­i­ca, and the sur­pris­ing links to oth­er St. Louis his­toric sites. Don’t get lost as we trace some of the Camp­bell and Kyle links in St. Louis.

There are so many Kyle descen­dents that it is vir­tu­al­ly impos­si­ble to accu­rate­ly deter­mine spe­cif­ic fam­i­lies back past the end of the 18th Cen­tu­ry. The orig­i­nal Kyle fam­i­ly belongs to the Clan Camp­bell of Argyle, the sur­name orig­i­nat­ing from the Kyle dis­trict in Ayr­shire, Scot­land. As with the Camp­bells, the Kyles left Scot­land for Norther Ire­land and the two fam­i­lies undoubt­ed­ly knew each oth­er. Even­tu­al­ly some immi­grat­ed to the Unit­ed States.

In Sep­tem­ber 1818, Hugh Camp­bell came to the U.S. and was hired as a clerk in Mil­ton, NC by David Kyle of Coun­ty Tyrone. Hugh’s friend, James Reed, was already in the employ of David Kyle’s Cousins, Robert and Hazlett Kyle, the father of the yet-to-be-born Vir­ginia Camp­bell. Robert and Hazlett Kyle were also broth­ers to William and David Kyle, Jr. who, in 1824, would offer Hugh a part­ner­ship in their Rich­mond, VA busi­ness. Hugh wrote to Robert about this offer and, curi­ous­ly, men­tioned the unlike­li­hood of mar­ry­ing any­time soon. He did wait five years, and in March 1829 mar­ried David Kyle’s daugh­ter, Mary.

In Octo­ber 1831, David Kyle moved to St. Louis with his fam­i­ly (except Mary Camp­bell) and start­ed a busi­ness with Edward Edgar. Robert Camp­bell (in St. Louis) wrote to Hugh (in Rich­mond) reveal­ing he was watch­ing, if not active­ly involved, with the move: Mr. Kyle’s dwelling House is fin­ished — the rent [is about] $400…the Store House will not be com­plet­ed until 1st Novem­ber the work­man told me but I pre­sume Mr. Kyle will have lit­tle dif­fi­cul­ty in rent­ing a House.

Stephen­son House

In April 1832 Hugh Camp­bell end­ed his part­ner­ship with David Kyle Jr. and moved to Philadel­phia to start his own busi­ness. In June 1832 William Kyle died; Robert Kyle died three weeks lat­er. Per Hugh: Hazlett Kyle died at his house in Raleigh N.C. of a few days ill­ness, brought on by intem­per­ance & bad con­duct. His broth­er Robert of Fin­cas­tle went to pay a vis­it to con­do­lence to his wid­ow and to assist in reg­u­lat­ing the estate…[He] became sick on 30th & died on 31st in the same room where his broth­er breathed his last breath about 3 weeks pre­vi­ous­ly. I need scarce tell you that the cause was near­ly sim­i­lar. Thus have three broth­ers been called to their account in the course of about one year…Hazlett’s wife & chil­dren will have about the sum of $40,000 amongst them. Thus we see that Robert had some knowl­edge of the Hazlett Kyle fam­i­ly long before his first meet­ing with Vir­ginia in 1835.

In Feb­ru­ary 1835, David Kyle, father-in-law to Hugh Camp­bell, died in St. Louis, leav­ing a wid­ow and nine chil­dren (David Kyle, wife Lydia, and two daugh­ters — Mar­garet and Har­ri­et — are buried in Hugh’s fam­i­ly plot in Belle­fontaine Ceme­tery). After David’s death, Hugh spent sev­er­al months reset­tling the fam­i­ly in Fayette, MO. Besides Mary, the only child who had mar­ried by this time was Eleanor Kyle. In Decem­ber 1834 she mar­ried James Stephen­son at Christ Church in St. Louis. James was the son of Ben­jamin Stephen­son, the first sher­iff of Ran­dolph Coun­ty, Illi­nois and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Illi­nois Ter­ri­to­ry in Con­gress. His home is now a state his­toric site in Edwardsville, Illinois.

So, David Kyle came to St. Louis in 1831, his niece Vir­ginia arrived in 1841, new­ly mar­ried to Robert Camp­bell. His daugh­ter Mary came in 1859 with hus­band Hugh Camp­bell. These Kyles, how­ev­er, were not the first ones in the area. In 1825, anoth­er branch of the Kyles lived here and estab­lished their own mer­can­tile trade. Eliz­a­beth Kyle (a dis­tant cousin to Vir­ginia and Mary) mar­ried her first cousin, Alexan­der McCausland.

Fair­fax House

Of their eleven chil­dren, John opened the mer­can­tile firm Kyle & McCaus­land. Anoth­er son, James, opened a tract of land on the west­ern edge of St. Louis. McCaus­land Avenue is named after him. John and James’ sis­ter Rosan­nah mar­ried Ralph Clay­ton, the man for whom the city of Clay­ton is named. Anoth­er sib­ling, Eliz­a­beth, mar­ried James Col­lier Mar­shall in 1840 in Rock Hill. The Mar­shall fam­i­ly home — the Fair­fax House — is an his­toric site.

The con­nec­tions go on and on. We encour­age you to vis­it all these loca­tions and reflect on “small town” St. Louis the next time you take a dri­ve down McCaus­land or Mar­shall Avenues.

The Journal of Hugh Campbell: Intro

Hugh Camp­bell, cir­ca 1870

This week we’re going to try some­thing new and we hope you like it.  We are for­tu­nate enough to have a copy of Hugh Camp­bel­l’s jour­nal that he wrote dur­ing his voy­age from his small vil­lage of Plumbridge, Coun­ty Tyrone to the Unit­ed States back in 1818.  (Just to clar­i­fy, this Hugh is Robert Camp­bel­l’s old­er broth­er, not his son.)  This doc­u­ment is unique in that Hugh kept metic­u­lous notes through­out his trip, even down to list­ing his coor­di­nates for each entry so you can essen­tial­ly plot his path across the Atlantic.

With his dry wit and gift for sto­ry­telling, Hugh record­ed the pre­vail­ing feel­ings of fear and lone­li­ness on board (“I believe there is no peri­od that emi­grants feel more sor­row than com­menc­ing a wide sea voy­age.”); embar­rass­ing mishaps (naive­ly being tricked out of his pas­sage on one ship); dai­ly life in the con­fines of a ship; his won­der at the sights of the new coun­try; the birth of life­long friend­ships that emerged from shared drudgery; and the hum­bling expe­ri­ence of liv­ing as a stranger in a coun­try that was often hos­tile to the Irish.  No doubt, Hugh elo­quent­ly cap­tured what the vast major­i­ty of Irish were feel­ing as they left their fam­i­ly homes for new lives in the Unit­ed States.

To share this amaz­ing sto­ry — one, we might add, that often reads stranger than fic­tion — we are going to seri­al­ize it, pub­lish­ing an entry or two every Fri­day.  We will also include nec­es­sary foot­notes, pho­tos and images to make the sto­ry as acces­si­ble to mod­ern eyes as possible.

To bring you up to speed before Fri­day, today we are shar­ing a biog­ra­phy of Hugh so you can put this jour­nal in the con­text of his life nar­ra­tive.  Tomor­row’s blog entry will fea­ture the mem­o­ran­dum Hugh includ­ed with the jour­nal when he sent it back to Ire­land for his fam­i­ly to read.  The jour­nal entries and appro­pri­ate notes and images will begin on Friday.

We hope you enjoy fol­low­ing along and read­ing this as much as we enjoy shar­ing this with you.  This doc­u­ment is just one of the many trea­sures we have in our muse­um, and we hope to share more great finds like this.  As always, if you have any ques­tions about Hugh’s jour­nal or the Camp­bells in gen­er­al, please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact us through our main web­site at http://stlouis.missouri.org/501c/chm/contact.htm

And with­out fur­ther ado, Hugh Camp­bel­l’s story.….….…..

Hugh Camp­bell has been con­signed to rel­a­tive obscu­ri­ty in local his­to­ry books, usu­al­ly over­shad­owed by the wild adven­tures and wealth of his younger broth­er Robert.  Though shar­ing Robert’s busi­ness acu­men, integri­ty and work eth­ic, Hugh has been cast as the bor­ing, upright and sanc­ti­mo­nious elder broth­er.  This char­ac­ter­i­za­tion is an unfor­tu­nate over­sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of a thought­ful and com­plex man who was the true patri­arch of a sprawl­ing fam­i­ly sep­a­rat­ed by the Atlantic.

Born in 1797 in Coun­ty Tyrone, Ire­land, Hugh was the third child and sec­ond son in his fam­i­ly.  Three more chil­dren fol­lowed, and Robert was the youngest.  After Hugh’s father died in 1810, his will divid­ed the three fam­i­ly farms among four sons.  Though Hugh was giv­en the prized Augh­a­lane estate, he had to share it with younger broth­er James, and he was also charged with sup­port­ing the fam­i­ly and pay­ing off his father’s debts.  Hugh was thir­teen years old.  Hugh tried med­ical school in Edin­burgh but dropped out after a year due in part to his ten­den­cy to faint in the dis­sec­tion room.  With few oth­er options, he left Ire­land in 1818 for Amer­i­ca.  Robert fol­lowed him four years later.

Hugh Camp­bell, cir­ca 1840

After arriv­ing in the Unit­ed States, Hugh lived most of his life on the east coast, liv­ing in North Car­oli­na, Vir­ginia, and ulti­mate­ly set­tling in Philadel­phia.  Even­tu­al­ly becom­ing a pros­per­ous mer­chant in his own right, Hugh mar­ried Mary Kyle, the daugh­ter of his busi­ness part­ner, David Kyle.  (Mary was a cousin to Vir­ginia Kyle, who would lat­er mar­ry Robert Camp­bell in 1841.)  In 1859, Hugh and Mary left Philadel­phia amd moved to St. Louis into a house on the cor­ner of Wash­ing­ton Avenue and 16th Street, just steps away from Robert’s home.  Hugh and Mary had no chil­dren of their own, but they enjoyed a close rela­tion­ship with their nieces and nephews.  (This ear­li­er blog entry speaks vol­umes about Hugh and Mary’s love for Robert and Vir­gini­a’s chil­dren.)  In fact the chil­dren called Hugh and Mary’s home “the oth­er house.”  In St. Louis, the broth­ers con­tin­ued their busi­ness pur­suits togeth­er in the bur­geon­ing dry goods busi­ness in the back­drop of the Civ­il War.

Hugh was active in the elite social and polit­i­cal land­scape of the city, and he was appoint­ed by Pres­i­dent Lin­coln to adjust claims against the mil­i­tary in the West.  Through­out his life, he remit­ted mon­ey to his fam­i­ly in Ire­land to ensure their com­fort.  Hugh took care of the ten­ants on his fam­i­ly’s prop­er­ty by send­ing them cloth­ing, cash, flax seed and seed pota­toes.  When the pota­to crops failed dur­ing the Great Famine, he sent food.  Hugh was equal­ly gen­er­ous with Irish who emi­grat­ed to the Unit­ed States.  Because of his char­i­ty and assis­tance to fel­low coun­try­men, it is no sur­prise he was greet­ed with a hero’s wel­come when he returned to Ire­land on four sep­a­rate occa­sions to visit.

Hugh died just six weeks after Robert, on Decem­ber 4, 1879.  His amaz­ing trip across the Atlantic pro­vid­ed the expe­ri­ences he recounts in the pro­ceed­ing pages.  The doc­u­men­t’s val­ue is twofold.  First, it pro­vides a detailed, first-per­son account of the Irish immi­gra­tion expe­ri­ence in the ear­ly nine­teenth cen­tu­ry.  Sec­ond, this diary proves that Hugh was not only an elo­quent and intro­spec­tive young man, but he was indeed just as dar­ing and brave as Robert.  And if it were not for Hugh tak­ing these expe­ri­ences with unflap­pable tenac­i­ty and good humor, we might nev­er have heard the name Robert Campbell.

This Week in History: October 4

This week’s let­ter was writ­ten by Mary Camp­bell (Robert’s broth­er Hugh’s wife) to Vir­ginia. Mary had an endear­ing sense of humor and she was well-loved by Robert, Vir­ginia and their chil­dren. Her style was chat­ty and self-depre­ci­at­ing, and all of her let­ters con­tain a good bit of gos­sip. We’re par­tic­u­lar­ly fond of the final para­graph, which is exem­plary of her per­son­al­i­ty.  The adorable James (some­times Jamie) Mary refers to is Robert and Vir­gini­a’s first child who was born in May of 1842. See the notes at the end of the post for lots of inter­est­ing infor­ma­tion. Thank you to vol­un­teer and lead reseach­er Tom for his hard work tran­scrib­ing this let­ter and cre­at­ing the notes.
Oct 2

Mrs. Robert Campbell
Saint Louis Missouri

[Page 1]
Philadel­phia Oct. 2nd / [18]43
My dear Virginia,
This morn­ing our vis­i­tors have all depart­ed, even Pon­son­by leaves at 10 o’clock – we break­fast­ed at 6 – & the first act of my lib­er­ty is to write you, who must feel a wee bit neglect­ed by us all – Mag you know nev­er can write in a hur­ry, & indeed she has had full occu­pa­tion; for my whole time has been passed in the streets, & all the house­keep­ing has devot­ed on her as well as enter­tain­ing the friends that remained at home –
Miss McKim­mon was with us near­ly 3 weeks, a Miss Oak­ley was here before her, & a Miss Atkin­son came the very day Miss O left – & of course many oth­ers have been spend­ing days & evenings with us – I have had in addi­tion numer­ous orders; all which are now closed except yours & I shall wait for fur­ther orders from you in regard to your bon­net as I know you can­not wear ours for some weeks.
About the last of this month the win­ter fash­ions will be opened, & then I can get you what you like – the mousse linen you marked, were not new in style & they were in 12 yd lengths – so I did not take them – I have since cho­sen a cash­mere for you, but that has only 13 yds – it is impos­si­ble to get of any thing very new or styl­ish, a larg­er quan­ti­ty – but if I can I will exchange yours or keep it myself – Mrs. McKim­mon had 18 yds put in a dress – but it was too much of a good thing – Miss Rodgers won’t use 20 yds if you gain it here.  [End page 1]

[Page 2]
I have been look­ing for a hat & coat for dear lit­tle Jamie, the weath­er has how­ev­er con­tin­ued so warm, that noth­ing has yet been made up – I hope the few cold days of last week will bring out some­thing – this morn­ing how­ev­er gives promise of a “summer’s day” & I nev­er suf­fered with the heat as much as dur­ing the last month – this very day work was almost insuf­fer­able – how have you born it –
I can­not tell you how relieved I was at the receipt of your let­ter from home – I had seen Mrs. Phillips the day before & had heard from her sis­ter at Cincin­nati, & you were all suf­fer­ing from the heat & uncom­fort­able bouts & you worn out with nurs­ing James – I feared you would not get safe­ly to St. Louis but you can bear a great deal, not one of the del­i­cate kind at all – I wish I knew how you were at this moment – I was dream­ing about you all Sat­ur­day night – I thought the lit­tle boy had made his  appear­ance & all were doing well – I awoke call­ing to Mr. C. that Jamie had a lit­tle broth­er – you will be pleased if it is so but I would pre­fer a girl –
In accor­dance with Robert’s desire, I select­ed a present for Mrs. McKim­mon – I tried to find out if they want­ed any thing about the house or table, such as a cake bas­ket, etc. but they have every­thing – Mrs. McK had no jew­el­ry but a sim­ple mosa­ic breast­pin – so I ordered a very pret­ty amethyst bracelet & pin put in a very nice case – all cost­ing $22.25 – which I gave Mr. McK for his wife a few days before they left – they all seemed delight­ed, but Mr. McK thought the oblig­a­tions were all on his side & that he should be mak­ing you the present – he said he would with Robert very soon – he is a most estimable man – his wife a mer­ry heart­ed thought­less crea­ture – she kept us all alive while here.  Mag & she car­ried on in great style – you would have been amused. [End page 2]

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I heard with great regret of Mr. John Kerr’s ill health – I thought he had attained an age when dis­eases of the lungs were not to be at all dread­ed – his wife’s care engaged all our sym­pa­thies; how lit­tle could we fore­see, that our fears would be so soon called forth for him – I trust he will yet be well again – present my kind­est regards to both – how is your friend Mrs. Lee – get­ting well I hope – [torn] McCaus­land an [torn] died – the poor lit­tle orphans what will become of them.
I received a let­ter from Mrs Ash­ley a few was ago – full of affec­tion & sen­ti­ment, the mean­ing of which was to hang on a box of arti­cles from Miss Brinton’s (the nan­ti­na­mak­er [?]) for Mary’s wed­ding – which event she announces to us in great con­fi­dence.  I was amused at such excel­lence of dis­tin­guished con­sid­er­a­tion – it was a [ ] the news was so stale – the match is all she could desire except on account of Mary’s extreme youth – The box was sent a week ago & will be there before you receive this –
Mrs. Bak­er con­tin­ues con­fined to bed – & has become extreme­ly ner­vous; imag­ines she has all sorts of dis­eases – but I think the ner­vous­ness is by far the worst – as more as she goes out & is amused she will be well enough – Matil­da com­plains too great­ly  – Mrs. Archie quite nears you in size now – she expects another
Camp­bell in 6 weeks or even so – so all com­plaints last sum­mer will end as I expect­ed – Mag & me have our new bon­nets, we got them at Mary Wharton’s open­ing – Mag’s is even firm enough to please you – it is yel­low how­ev­er, that is not your taste but very becom­ing to me with a beau­ti­ful feath­er – mine is blue again – not dark – a  French bon­net every thing match­ing beau­ti­ful­ly – very gen­teel – I intend­ed to get white, could not find one ready made, & all thought this so becom­ing.  I advised Mag to exchange the silk you gave her for one of longer length & less like the silk she has – she did so with great reluctance

[Enve­lope – top of page]
but as you want­ed her to be so fine when she comes to St. Louis it was the only chance she had of get­ting a trimmed silk dress – I have got­ten noth­ing for myself yet – I send out a box to my sis­ter Bet­sy today con­tain­ing some things for her, my moth­er & Mrs. Reynolds – I hope they will go expe­di­tious­ly.  There is noth­ing new among our friends – I have been too busy to vis­it any­one.  I have not called at Mrs. Jen­nings since you left but I must go there some time today to ask when Mrs. Phillips goes to St. Louis – Give my best love to Mrs. Kerr – I hope her teeth are all now right & comfortable

[Enve­lope – bot­tom of page]
I have not received a let­ter from your moth­er yet – Mrs. McK saw her the night before she left Raleigh – she was very well as all your friends were – she hears Ellen is very hap­py – Mr. Otey very kind – West­on Gales has been on here & sev­er­al Raleigh peo­ple – Mr. G. has court­ed Mrs. Nel­son twice – she objects to the chil­dren but I think she will yet mar­ry him – Bob John­ston is engaged to Miss Nor­ris of our city  – pret­ty but poor – how comes on Mar­cel­lous & Miss G.F.?  Miss Tevis is to be mar­ried next month – I expect your uncle David & wife soon to make us a vis­it – I hope they will not come until I get the car­pets all down & the house a lit­tle in order & some­thing to put on my back –

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Dear lit­tle Jamie we talk of him every day – Mr. C quite longs to see him, does he begin to talk yet – kiss him a thou­sand times for us – he is remem­bered by all & your friends make the kind­est inquiries for you – Pon­son­by goes to school to Hartwick near Coop­er­stown in the state of New York  – a school rec­om­mend­ed by Miss Craft – he dis­likes going again among strangers – & I pre­sume this will be the last trial –

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Robert I sup­pose is as busy as a bee – the busi­ness is all over here – Mar­ket it looks qui­et & order­ly again too much so to please the mer­chants – Mr. Moore has sent for me to look at a sec­re­tary he has fin­ished that he thinks will suit Robert – I will call in a day or so – I am pleased you have not tak­en that house of Larkins – I would rather have a worse habi­ta­tion & a bet­ter house – get a new one if possible.

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Farewell dear Vir­ginia – we await with anx­i­ety news from you – I trust we will soon hear that all is true & well with you – Mag sends a thou­sand loves & kiss­es to James – she is writ­ing her sis­ter Ellen to whom she has not any of writ­ten for a long time  – we had a delight­ful let­ter from her recent­ly – she is very hap­py – James & all well – James cau­tioned trav­el­ing with ague & fever – Do you hear from Har­ri­et – I expect­ed vis­it­ing her soon after you left but have not done so – My best love to your [ ] of a hus­band – May God bless you all – I am still grow­ing fat­ter – don’t you pity me – I threat­en to sleep only 3 or 4 hours & to eat very lit­tle & walk all the time – but I dare say I will pur­sue the even ten­der of my way – although it will shock you to see your fat cousin next spring – Good­bye again
Mary Campbell
Moth­er & friends send love – I can­not read this over now will you be able to make it out I fear

[End let­ter]

Note:  Pon­son­by Kyle was the son of William Kyle, broth­er to Hazlett Kyle (the father of Vir­ginia Campbell).

Note:  The Campbell’s first child, James Alexan­der Camp­bell, was born 14 May 1842 and there­fore would have been 1 year and 5 months of age at the time of this letter.

Note:  The Campbell’s sec­ond child, and the first to be named Hugh, was born on 9 Octo­ber 1843, one week after this let­ter was writ­ten.  Sad­ly he died of pneu­mo­nia four months lat­er, on 15 Feb­ru­ary 1844.

Note:  Miss E. Brin­ton ran a dress­mak­ing estab­lish­ment at No. 122 Chest­nut Street in Philadel­phia.  Curi­ous­ly enough, “Nan­ti­na” is a con­tem­po­rary mak­er of wed­ding dress­es in Athens, Greece.  I have not been able to deter­mine if this was a term used in Vic­to­ri­an times.

Note: Hartwick Sem­i­nary was found­ed in 1797 through the will of John Christo­pher Hartwick, a Luther­an min­is­ter from Ger­many, who led sev­er­al mis­sion con­gre­ga­tions of ear­ly set­tlers along the Hud­son Riv­er and the Mohawk Riv­er in what is now upstate New York.  Short­ly after his death, his dream of estab­lish­ing an insti­tu­tion of high­er learn­ing became a real­i­ty with the found­ing of Hartwick Sem­i­nary in 1797. The New York State Leg­is­la­ture in 1816 incor­po­rat­ed the new school – the first Luther­an sem­i­nary in Amer­i­ca – as a clas­si­cal acad­e­my and the­o­log­i­cal sem­i­nary, in the Town of Hartwick, just south­west of the vil­lage of Coop­er­stown.  The school moved to its present loca­tion in 1928 with land donat­ed by the City of Oneon­ta, when it was incor­po­rat­ed as a four-year col­lege.  Assum­ing that this let­ter has been cor­rect­ly tran­scribed, it is unclear why Pon­son­by Kyle would attend a Luther­an sem­i­nary, when pre­sum­ably his fam­i­ly was either Pres­by­ter­ian or Epis­co­palian.  How­ev­er, the will of William Kyle, Ponsonby’s father, stip­u­lat­ed: “I bequeath to Pon­son­by Kyle the son of Sophia C Lon­gins and now resid­ing in the City of New York the like sum of thir­teen thou­sand dol­lars to be paid him by my Execu­tors when he arrives at the age of twen­ty one years on the fol­low­ing con­di­tions and reser­va­tions: He shall be placed by my Execu­tors at some respectable sem­i­nary of learn­ing where he shall have the means of acquir­ing a good edu­ca­tion until of age if he man­i­fests a dis­po­si­tion and capac­i­ty for study.  But if my Execu­tors think oth­er­wise then it is my will and inten­tion that they bind him as an appren­tice to some respectable mechan­ic or trades­man until he arrives at age, and that they with­hold the above sum of thir­teen thou­sand dol­lars fur­nish­ing him only with the year­ly pro­ceeds there­of until they are of opin­ion that his con­duct and dis­po­si­tion is such as becomes the char­ac­ter of a peace­ful & wor­thy cit­i­zen to be then paid him by my Execu­tors & not sooner.”

Note:  For what it is worth, Har­ri­et Kyle McCaus­land was the daugh­ter of William Kyle, a Vir­gin­ian of Irish birth, who mar­ried Sarah A. Stephens, by whom he had a large fam­i­ly of chil­dren.  This William Kyle could pos­si­bly be the broth­er of Hazlett Kyle, though only two chil­dren are men­tioned in his will, William Sheri­dan Kyle and Pon­son­by Kyle.  Anoth­er William Kyle was list­ed as a broth­er of David Kyle, the father of Mary Camp­bell, in his brother’s Robert’s pro­bate records.  But that record con­tains no spousal infor­ma­tion and indi­cates no issue from William Kyle.  In any event, William Kyle was a farmer by occu­pa­tion and paid par­tic­u­lar atten­tion to the breed­ing of fine hors­es.  His res­i­dence was near Fair­cas­tle, VA.  Har­ri­et Kyle was born on Cataw­ba creek, in Bote­tourt coun­ty VA.  Her hus­band, John McCaus­land was a native of Coun­ty Tyrone, Ire­land.  He left Ire­land around the age of 21, land­ed at Bal­ti­more, and even­tu­al­ly set­tled in Lynch­burg VA, where he found tem­po­rary employ­ment with David Kyle.  From there he went to Huntsville AL, where he estab­lished a branch mer­can­tile house, mak­ing a spe­cial­ty of Irish linen.  Branch hous­es were also start­ed in Nashville and St. Louis, where John McCaus­land estab­lished his per­ma­nent res­i­dence.  In St. Louis, Gov. Polk appoint­ed him com­mis­sion­er to arrange the basis for tax­a­tion for St. Louis.  John McCaus­land mar­ried Har­ri­et Kyle while she was vis­it­ing friends in St. Louis.  They had three chil­dren: the eldest, Lau­ra, died in infan­cy; Robert K. became a physi­cian, and John A. (b. 13 Sept 1837) entered the mil­i­tary and was a famous Con­fed­er­ate Civ­il War general.

Note:  West­on Raleigh Gales (20 April 1802 – 23 July1848) was the son of Joseph Gales (1761–1841), a print­er in Sheffield, Eng­land, who found­ed the Sheffield Reg­is­ter and got in trou­ble with the author­i­ties for sup­port­ing the French Rev­o­lu­tion.  In 1794, he fled to the free city of Ham­burg, and immi­grat­ed with his fam­i­ly to Philadel­phia in 1795, where he was employed by the Amer­i­can Dai­ly Adver­tis­er, where he cov­ered speech­es in the U.S. Sen­ate.  He found­ed the Inde­pen­dent Gazetteer and did print­ing work for a num­ber of con­gress­men.  In 1798, mem­bers of the North Car­oli­na del­e­ga­tion offered him the state-print­ing con­tract, and he sold the paper to Samuel Har­ri­son Smith in 1799, moved to Raleigh and estab­lished the Raleigh Reg­is­ter.  “It was the lead­ing polit­i­cal voice in North Car­oli­na, first for the Repub­li­cans and, after 1824, for the Nation­al Repub­li­cans of Adams and Clay.”  He took William Win­ston Seaton as a part­ner in 1806, who mar­ried one of his daugh­ters.  An appren­tice, Fran­cis Lums­den, was the cofounder of the New Orleans Picayune.  Joseph Gales was edi­tor until his retire­ment in 1833, at which time his son West­on Gales took over.  Joseph Gales’ wife was Winifred Mar­shall, a writer and also cousin to Lord Mel­bourne.  The office and the Gales’ home were in the 300 block of Fayet­teville Street, direct­ly south of the Wake Coun­ty Cour­t­house.  Their first son was Joseph Gales Jr. (1786–1860), who had been expelled from the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na, became a part­ner of his father’s old asso­ciate from Philadel­phia, Samuel Har­ri­son Smith, in the Nation­al Intel­li­gencer in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.  His sec­ond son, West­on Gales (1802–1848)(who was expelled from Yale) joined the Raleigh Reg­is­ter in 1821.  He mar­ried Love Swain Free­man (23 July 1806 – 24 Jan 1842) at Sand­wich, Barn­sta­ble, MA on 22 April 1825.  They had four chil­dren: Annie Free­man (b.1826‑d.1894); Seaton (b.1828‑d.1891); Altona Forster (b.1831‑d.1860); and West­on Jr. (b.1833‑d.1835).  Fol­low­ing the sud­den death of the first Mrs. Gales (at age 35) in 1842, West­on nev­er mar­ried “Mrs. Nel­son.”  Instead, on 8 Jan­u­ary 1844 he mar­ried Mary Spies, the eldest daugh­ter of John J. Spies, in New York City.  West­on had become edi­tor of the Raleigh Reg­is­ter fol­low­ing his father’s retire­ment in 1833 and con­tin­ued until his own death in 1848.  Weston’s son Seaton (1828–1878) then became edi­tor until the paper was sold in 1856 to John Symes of Vir­ginia.  The Gales had been Uni­tar­i­ans since their days in Sheffield, where they knew Joseph Priest­ley, who also became a refugee in Philadel­phia.   Joseph Gales Sr. and West­on Gales are buried in Old City Ceme­tery in Raleigh NC (same as Hazlett Kyle).

Note: “Mrs. Nel­son” is Mar­garet Poumairat Nel­son, the old­er sis­ter of Amelia Poumairat McKim­mon, the wife of James McKim­mon.  Margaret’s first hus­band was Dr. Arthur Nel­son (b. c1791 – d. 5 Oct 1841).  Mar­garet Poumairat (old­est daugh­ter of John Poumairat) m. Arthur Nel­son 28 March 1835 in Bal­ti­more MD (accord­ing to Bal­ti­more mar­riage records.  How­ev­er, the Nation­al Genealog­i­cal Soci­ety Quar­ter­ly states they were mar­ried 30 March 1835).  Dr. Arthur Nel­son had pre­vi­ous­ly been a doc­tor in St. Louis.  A pro­fes­sion­al card was first pub­lished in Mis­souri on April 24, 1818 — “Dr. Arthur Nel­son ten­ders his pro­fes­sion­al ser­vices to the cit­i­zens of St. Louis and its vicin­i­ty.”  On 25 May 1819 Arthur Nel­son mar­ried Miss Eleano­ra Gantt, the daugh­ter of Dr. Edward S. Gantt.  Until 1820 he oper­at­ed a drug­store with his med­ical prac­tice, how­ev­er he appears to have left St. Louis by 1821 and died 5 Oct 1841 in Raleigh NC.  He is buried in the City Ceme­tery (close to the McKim­mon graves).  Note too that Dr. Nel­son was the bonds­man at the McKim­mon wed­ding, he pos­si­bly hav­ing intro­duced James McKim­mon to his wife’s sis­ter when the sis­ter was vis­it­ing Raleigh from Bal­ti­more.  After Arthur’s death, Mar­garet Nel­son lived with the McKim­mon fam­i­ly until she mar­ried Judge Robert Strange (b. 20 Sept 1796 in Vir­ginia – d. 19 Feb 1854 in Fayet­teville NC) on 11 Oct 1853 at Christ Church in Raleigh NC.  Strange was a for­mer U.S. Sen­a­tor from North Car­oli­na and then a lawyer in Fayet­teville NC.  Fol­low­ing his death in 1854, Mar­garet moved back into the McKim­mon home.  With­in the course of five years, numer­ous tragedies impact­ed the McKim­mon fam­i­ly:  the fam­i­ly busi­ness­es slid into bank­rupt­cy as there was noth­ing to sell and no one to buy; Amelia McKim­mon died in 1861; Mar­garet Nel­son Strange died in 1863 of scar­let fever; James McKim­mon had to sell his inter­est in his hotel busi­ness and lat­er sell his house; James died in 1866.  As a result the five chil­dren, three of whom had fought in the Civ­il War, had noth­ing but debts when the war end­ed.  One teenage daugh­ter received a let­ter from her broth­er who had returned from the war that there was no place for her to live and that she would have to stay at school.  A younger daugh­ter evi­dent­ly had to be put up for adoption.

Note: Eleanor (Ellen) Kyle (b. c1815 in Coun­ty Tyrone, Ire­land – d.  March 1844) – mar­ried James W. Stephen­son on 12 Decem­ber 1834 in St. Louis, MO.  James W. Stephen­son was born in1806 in Brooke Coun­ty VA (now West Vir­ginia).  His fam­i­ly moved to the Illi­nois Ter­ri­to­ry (in present day Edwardsville, IL) in 1808, where Gov­er­nor Edwards appoint­ed his father, Ben­jamin Stephen­son, the first sher­iff of Ran­dolph Coun­ty under the ter­ri­to­r­i­al gov­ern­ment.  Ben­jamin Stephen­son also served as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Illi­nois Ter­ri­to­ry in Con­gress and reg­is­ter of Lands at Edwardsville.  James Stephen­son went to Gale­na in Jo Daviess Coun­ty in 1828 at age 22.  In 1832 at age 26 he orga­nized a band of mount­ed rangers in the Black Hawk War and was named cap­tain.  In July 1832 he was named lieu­tenant colonel of Dodge’s forces.  Fol­low­ing the Black Hawk War he became clerk of the coun­ty court, clerk of the cir­cuit court, coun­ty recorder, and looked for polit­i­cal oppor­tu­ni­ties.  He also sought appoint­ment as a gov­ern­ment sur­vey­or.  He was elect­ed to the Illi­nois Sen­ate in August 1834.  Col. James Stephen­son mar­ried Ellen Kyle on 11 Dec1834 at Christ Church in St. Louis, MO.  In Feb­ru­ary 1835, he was appoint­ed Reg­is­ter of Lands at Gale­na and Chica­go.  In that same month, David Kyle, father of Ellen, died in St. Louis.  Hugh Camp­bell, in a few let­ters to his broth­er, report­ed how he solicit­ed “Major Stephenson’s” assis­tance to set­tle the David Kyle estate.  There­fore, it was not until 22 April 1835, in a let­ter from William Sub­lette to Robert Camp­bell was it report­ed “Mr. & Mrs. Stephen­son leaves to day for Gale­na.”  By 1838, James Stephen­son was a can­di­date for IL gov­er­nor, but with­drew because of health and per­son­al cir­cum­stances.  They had two chil­dren: a son DeKyle (aka Kyle) (b. c1836- d. c1864) and a daugh­ter Lucy (1837–1838).  James Stephen­son died in Gale­na on 12 August 1838 of tuber­cu­lo­sis.  The daugh­ter Lucy died with­in the same year.  Ellen Stephen­son moved to Freeport IL with her son Kyle, to live with her sis­ter Jane, the wife of John A. Clark.  On 4 May 1843, Ellen mar­ried Col. James Mitchell (b. 14 June 1810 – d. 12 August 1874), one of the most promi­nent bankers in Freeport.  [This let­ter, dat­ed 2 Oct 1843, thus refers to Ellen’s sec­ond hus­band James Mitchell.]  Ellen died of tuber­cu­lo­sis in March 1844 at age 29, nine months after she remar­ried. A few months after Ellen’s death, James Mitchell mar­ried John A. Clark’s sis­ter, Cather­ine.  John A. and Jane Clark (Ellen’s sis­ter) raised her son Kyle.  Lat­er, Kyle had his father’s remains moved from Gale­na and interred in Freeport City Ceme­tery along with his moth­er and lit­tle sis­ter.  Kyle Stephen­son died of tuber­cu­lo­sis in Arkansas in 1864.

This week in history: April 11-April 17

What do you do with the niece who is quick­ly becom­ing the black sheep of your fam­i­ly??  That’s the ques­tion Hugh Camp­bell asks his broth­er Robert 168 years ago this week!  Hugh writes Robert from Philadel­phia about their niece Bessie Camp­bell.  Bessie is the daugh­ter of Hugh and Robert’s broth­er Andrew; Andrew sent her to Amer­i­ca to “be edu­cat­ed”, or find an Amer­i­can hus­band.  But Bessie turned out to be such a hell-rais­er that Hugh and Mary decid­ed they could­n’t take her any­more.  On April 14, 1842, Hugh is obvi­ous­ly at the end of his rope with Bessie, because he writes “while there is noth­ing too much in her nat­ur­al dis­po­si­tion, to admit of peace or hap­pi­ness in my dwelling.  It can­not remain so.  She must go — where I have not deter­mined, but she and I must part.”  Hugh says he does­n’t want to send her to St. Louis,  because he would­n’t send Vir­ginia a com­pan­ion that did­n’t suit Mary, aka he would­n’t inflict Bessie on his worst ene­my, much less Robert and Vir­ginia.  He also says that Andrew does­n’t want her sent back to Ire­land.  Read all about the Camp­bell trou­ble-mak­er, Bessie, in this fas­ci­nat­ing letter!

Philadel­phia April 14th 1842
Dear Robert
This morn­ing I received and opened the enclosed let­ter addressed to you by Ann.  It is writ­ten in her usu­al pleas­ing style and con­tains noth­ing that requires com­ment.  She is a good sis­ter — a sis­ter that both of us should be proud of.

There is anoth­er sub­ject, to which I wish to ask not only your close atten­tion but your delib­er­ate advice and opin­ion.  Bessie is a source of great unhap­pi­ness to me because in the first place her con­duct in the fam­i­ly reminds me strong­ly of that of our sis­ter Margery and in the sec­ond, because dis­cord has arisen in my lit­tle fam­i­ly cir­cle, in con­se­quence of her tat­tling.  It is use­less to give you details.  Enough for both you and me to know that while there is noth­ing too much in her nat­ur­al dis­po­si­tion, to admit of peace or hap­pi­ness in my dwelling.  It can­not remain so.  She must go — where I have not deter­mined, but she and I must part.

Andrew’s let­ter beg­ging me not to send her home has pre­vent­ed me from arrang­ing the mat­ter long ago.  My only inten­tion was to afford her a good edu­ca­tion with the view of send­ing him back to dis­sem­i­nate it, amongst her sis­ters.  This I told her father and moth­er before they sent her and have reit­er­at­ed the same in every let­ter since her arrival.  [End of pg. 1]

[Pg. 2] What course am I now to pur­sue?  Andrew says that send­ing her home will be inju­ri­ous to her stand.  I can­not afford the expense of going there in these times — but if you think it right and if I should have to live on bread and water I will pay my last dol­lar to send her with the first safe company.

In a mat­ter of this kind, I can­not ask you to take charge of her, nor to give a com­pan­ion to Vir­ginia who is not suit­ed to Mary.  All I want is to know what you con­sid­er the best course in my present unfor­tu­nate dilem­ma.  I can­not express the mor­ti­fi­ca­tion felt at this moment — the deep and painful source of regret and dis­ap­point­ment.  Her edu­ca­tion and sup­port for the last six years has cost me over $10,000.  This would not be worth a thought and could be more than repaid by grat­i­tude, truth, ami­ca­bil­i­ty or in fact any thing to cause me to feel pride in her con­duct or attach­ment to her char­ac­ter.  I am only sor­ry that the expen­di­ture was made on her, instead of her fathers fam­i­ly — all of whom it would have edu­cat­ed well and usefully.

I find I have giv­en you rather a long lec­ture on this unhap­py sub­ject — my heart is full of it at present and I can­not say less.  You must have been part­ly pre­pared for it from what I said when you were last in the city.  Your reply will guide me in my course of con­duct towards Bessie.  Take a day or two to think of it and then write me ful­ly in reply.  God grant I may do right n the mat­ter.  It is some­what more seri­ous (or like­ly to be) in its con­se­quences than most of the affairs I have ever been con­cerned in [End of pg. 2]

[Pg. 3] I hwrote your firm yes­ter­day and have nei­ther desire nor spir­its to talk on busi­ness at present.  In remit­tances I am sure you will have done your best.  We will try to sus­tain you.
For some dayspast I have been engaged as an apprais­er of the assets of the Girard Bk.  My col­leages (appoint­ed by the court of Com­mon Pleas) were Wm. Pat­ton Jr. and a broth­er of Judge jones.  The duty has been labo­ri­ous and unpleas­ant.  Per­haps it may add to the lessons you already have had on cor­po­ra­tion delin­quen­cies, to know the result of our labours report­ed and filed this day.

The bill dis­count­ed of four class­es amount to about $1,600,000 we val­ued at about $352,000.  The oth­er assets con­sist of stocks, loans, steam­boats, mort­gages, etc. and cost the bank per­haps near­ly $3,000,000.  We val­ued these at a lit­tle over $400,000.  The entire assets of a bank of $5,000,000 cap­i­tal are appraised by us at $756,000 while their lia­bil­i­ties (as I was informed) are near­ly $700,000 leav­ing but a small mar­gin for the stock­hold­ers of only say $56,000!!!!!!
Our val­u­ca­tions is cer­tain­ly a low one — and by ener­getic acton on the part of the assignees, in the depre­ci­at­ed state of the cir­cu­la­tion they may set­tle the mat­ter so as to divide some­thing hand­some on the stock.
My kind­est regards to Vir­ginia.  Tell her that we often talk of her and that she is kind­ly and affec­tion­ate­ly remembered.
Very tru­ly yours,
Hugh Campbell
P.S. The mail of this evening has brought a let­ter from your firm with $100 [?]____ note and $50 Bk of Metrop­o­lis.  Please say to J and A Kerr that the remain­ing $100 (being G Collins chick) is also safe to hand.  We will take up the remain­ing accep­tance tomorrow.

Mr. Robert Campbell
Saint Louis


Hugh Camp­bell -

Bessie even­tu­al­ly WOULD go back to Ire­land and be a com­pan­ion for her aunt Ann Camp­bell.  Lat­er, she mar­ried John Robin­son; the two nev­er had children.

Oth­er Bessie letters:




This week in history: February 21–28

Feb­ru­ary is the anniver­sary of 2 occa­sions in the his­to­ry of the Camp­bell fam­i­ly — one hap­py and one sad.  After a VERY long and some­what bumpy courtship, com­plete with parental refusals, dec­la­ra­tions of love, a bro­ken engage­ment, and final­ly approval from the fam­i­ly, Robert Camp­bell mar­ried Vir­ginia Jane Kyle.  The two were mar­ried at her moth­er’s house in Raleigh on Feb­ru­ary 25, 1841 — 139 years ago TODAY!  Hap­py anniver­sary Robert and Virginia!!

The sec­ond occa­sion is much more somber.  On Feb­ru­ary 15, 1844, just 10 days short of their 3rd anniver­sary, Robert and Vir­gini­a’s 4 month old son Hugh died of pneu­mo­nia.  His death would be the first of many, as the Camp­bells would lose 10 chil­dren before the age of 8.  Very few let­ters exist recall­ing the par­ents grief, and almost all are from Robert.   The muse­um cur­rent­ly has no let­ters from Vir­ginia talk­ing about the chil­dren’s death.  But this week we get some insight into how oth­ers tried to con­sole her.  Today, on the anniver­sary of one of the hap­pi­est days in the Camp­bel­l’s lives, we post a let­ter from Mary Camp­bell, Vir­gini­a’s cousin and sis­ter-in-law, offer­ing her con­do­lences on the loss of Vir­gini­a’s “angel babe” Hugh.  The two occa­sions tru­ly rep­re­sent the Camp­bel­l’s lives — Robert and Vir­ginia faced tragedy with an immense amount of strength and con­tin­u­al­ly found joy and love in their friends, fam­i­ly, and one another.

We hope that both this let­ter and the occa­sion of Robert and Vir­gini­a’s 139th anniver­sary encour­ages you to keep the ones you love close.


[Front Cov­er]
Mrs. Robert Campbell
Saint Louis

Mr. Wm. Campbell

Philadel­phia  Feb­ru­ary 26th / 44
My dear Virginia
Roberts let­ter telling us of the loss the Almighty — has  so unex­pect­ed­ly called on you both to bear, reached us last night — I need not saw how sur­prised + griev­ed we were — but I must  say dear Vir­ginia, that although this is a tri­al + a severe one  to a par­ents heart yet it is the bright­est form in which such an  afflic­tion could come with you — your angel babe could sure­ly be  giv­en back again with less reluc­tance than if dear lit­tle Jamie  had been called in his place — + then if the first had gone forth to take away your hus­band instead, what grief what sor­row  would have been yours + ours — It is not that I wish to make  light of your bereave­ment [?] that I thus write but that I wish  you to view this your first sor­row in its prop­er light — although bowed down with anguish yet strive to rain your [?]_____ in  thank­ful­ness to God that your sor­row is not greater than you can  bear — you have a child in Heav­en already an angel in the  pres­ence of its God this is a blessed thought + one that I trust  you soon will be able to dwell on with sat­is­fac­tion — Think of all the suf­fer­ings & sor­rows your child has been spared, even if his had been the hap­pi­est life + sure­ly you will not mourn that he  has been tak­en from the trou­bles to come — I trust the Lord will  bless this afflic­tion to you both + enable you to say “not my  will but thine O Lord be done -

[Pg. Break] The scar­let fever has been rag­ing with great vio­lence in our city this win­ter — many par­ents here are not like you  mourn­ing the loss of one but of all their chil­dren — again +  again [?]_____ my knowl­edge but not [?]______ our friends — have  whole fam­i­lies been swept away with­in a few days — + the dis­ease  is so ter­ri­ble, so much suf­fer­ing + not the com­fort of  sym­pa­thiz­ing friends near them — all fear­ing the dis­ease as the  plague

How much do we wish that we were only with you now to  endeav­or to cheer & com­fort you — I hope we will soon be able to  leave I have appoint­ed the 1st of April but noth­ing is decid­ed on yet — Mr. Camp­bell will not talk about it — I think he intends  going out with us — busi­ness need not pre­vent him so Archie & Mr.  Mar­tin say — Vir­ginia dear I hope you will not think of going to  house­keep­ing before we get there — I think it would be much  bet­ter if you now delayed it for some time — if you have no house to tie you down you could go around with me to vis­it my moth­er + sis­ters, the trav­el­ing would do you a great deal of good, for I  have been often told that you have not been at all well since the birth of your dear child — + then Vir­ginia you could return with us in sum­mer + make us a nice lit­tle vis­it while Robert is  stay­ing guard — think of all these things + do not [?]________  your­selves with a house unless cousin Lucy should go out with us  — I have writ­ten her urg­ing her to do so, but have not yet  received a reply — I know she will now feel very anx­ious to be  with you + we will be delight­ed to have her company.

I received a let­ter from Har­ri­et a week or so ago the first  for years — she writes cheer­ful­ly — tells me a great deal about  her chil­dren + hus­band — all per­fect in her eyes

[Pg. Break] I was quite dis­tressed to learn from her let­ter +  since from a let­ter of my broth­er Roberts to Mar­garet; that our  sis­ter Ellen’s health is very bad — nei­ther she or James have  writ­ten me for a long time — I try to hope she is not seri­ous­ly  ill but still I am very anx­ious about her & will be until I hear  some­thing more — Her dis­ease is a [?]_____ affec­tion of the  bow­els + they say she is reduced to a mere skele­ton — I sure­ly  think if her dis­ease was at all of a dan­ger­ous char­ac­ter that  James would have writ­ten — the poor thing has also been ill again + poor James is still shak­ing with [?]____ (anger? agua?)

William Camp­bell leaves in a few days for St. Louis — he  is thought very high­ly of by our friends here — We have seen but  lit­tle of him at the house — he was sick when we first came + has since ben buys — + per­haps he did not feel very easy vis­it­ing us on Moth­er’s account — he has vis­it­ed all his rela­tions + they  are quite charmed with him -

I am glad to hear Mr. John Ker­r’s health is improv­ing — + as for Mrs. Augus­tus, her prompt con­duct has excit­ed the admi­ra­tion + respect of all — Give her my best love — Is Judge East­er still liv­ing?  I am told he can­not live long — I am tru­ly sor­ry for his poor wife.

Give my love to dear Robert — I know he is griev­ing his loss  like a man & a Chris­t­ian, for a true Chris­t­ian he is at heart —  & let me hope dear Vir­ginia that you are also striv­ing for a  spir­it of hum­ble sub­mis­sion — yours is the more severe tri­al I  well know — the child you suf­fered for can­not eas­i­ly be giv­en up — but the hand that mite will sus­tain + com­fort if you only trust  in Him — May He bless + com­fort + be your ever present help in  time of need — is the earnest prayer of your sin­cere­ly  [?]__________ cousin
Mary Campbell

[Pg. Break — top of front cov­er] I intend­ed send­ing this by mail  but Mr. James Camp­bell has called to tell me William leaves in  the morn­ing, so I’ll send it by him as I have now noth­ing else to send — I had a beau­ti­ful cap + frock all ready for dear lit­tle  Hugh but he is now clothed in more shin­ing gar­ments than the  world affords _ his uncle’s gift is need­less — I will return them to Levy’s — for I can­not bear to see any oth­er child wear them -

William will be up to see me this after­noon or evening — he  returned from a short vis­it to New York yes­ter­day — I trust he  will reach home with­out any oth­er acci­dent — accord­ing to him — I am sure he is sin­cere­ly griev­ed at your loss for he feels deeply all your kind­ness to him — _ is warm­ly attached to every thing

[Sec­tion break — bot­tom front cov­er] relat­ed to Robert — Mrs.  Tuck­er was here this morn­ing — she wish her love [?]_______  express her regret at your sor­row — Mrs. McCauley left this  morn­ing for Brook­lyn she came on to spend our week & here she has been since — both Jos. + her­self have had the most ter­ri­ble  attacks of [?]_______ — they are now per­fect­ly restored but Mr.  McCauley is quite unwell — suf­fer­ing from an affec­tion of the  heart — that I fear will prove seri­ous — he looks very bad­ly —  Mrs. M expects to be com­fort­ed in April — I trust the lit­tle  crea­ture will be spared to her for she has been severe­ly tried —  three tak­en away — the oth­er Tagerts are all well + I am sure  would send kind mes­sages had I seen them — May God help you +  your dear hus­band — as ever Mary Campbell.

[Pg. Break — side 1st page] The Mrs. Jen­nings have just called to see me — they had not heard from St. Louis recent­ly _ of course  knew not of your loss until I told them — they both expressed  great regret — their fam­i­lies were all well — the fam­i­ly speaks  of Mr. Kerr with qui­et [?]____ _+ plea­sure + she has real­ly cause to be pro­vid­ed of such a child — I sin­cere­ly hope she will  pros­per in all her undertakings

[Pg. Break — side 2nd page] Mrs. Tevis returned to St. Louis some time ago — I saw but lit­tle of her while here for nei­ther of us  fared each oth­er at home when we called — + the weath­er was bad + are always too much engaged to make many vis­its — I do not  sup­pose to be giv­ing any par­ties while she was here — + I did not feel called on the make a [?]______ own for her — she [?]______  to be a very nice woman -