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This week in history: May 9‑May 15

With tomor­row’s 1 year anniver­sary of the blog, we had to post a let­ter from that date!

On May 15, 1841, Thomas B. Win­ston wrote a quick note to their niece Vir­ginia Kyle Camp­bell.  Vir­ginia had mar­ried Robert Camp­bell 3 months ear­li­er on Feb­ru­ary 25, 1841.  It seems that she likes St. Louis very much, and Thomas admits his own love of the city, say­ing “it is my next choice to N.O. [New Orleans] and if I ever leave this it shall be my next res­i­dence.”  They also talk about the activ­i­ties com­mem­o­rat­ing the late Pres­i­dent — William Hen­ry Har­ri­son had died on April 4, 1841, suc­ceed­ed by John Tyler.  Enjoy this quick note from Vir­gini­a’s uncle!

[Front Cov­er]
Mrs Robert Campbell
St. Louis
“Mis­souri”                 Mo.

Pr Mis­souri                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    New Orleans May 15 1841
Dr Virginia
Your wel­comed note by this con­veyance received with plea­sure and I hope to have one by each return of this SBoat  [Steam­boat] until you make your own appearance.

I am glad you are so well pleased with St. Louis, it is my next choice to N.O. and if I ever leave this it shall be my next residence.

My respects to Mr. Camp­bell & I now invite you both in the name of Mrs Win­ston & myself to vis­it us & we will give you good cheer & wel­come.  Today has been a great day in N.O. in com­mem­o­ra­tion of our late President.

I think you would be pleased with a vis­it to N. Orleans, as you can come & go so quick.

Yours ______[?]
Thomas B. Winston