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Letter from Lady Grace Campbell to John Campbell of Stonefield (no address) concerning family news and travel issues.

July 8th [1754]
Monday 12 at night

My Dearest Life I am quite disgruntled with your last, because when I have been feeding up my self all this time with the certainty (barring sickness) of seeing you the week after next, at [?] behold you talk of staying till sometime in August, which must be very uncertain too, for as my Br[other] Mac will No Doubt be very backward to leave Lady Betty, its a great chance how long he may continue at Wentworth Castle; but the very last you wrote me, you said he was expected at Edin[burgh] the twentieth of this month, & what has come in the way Now to make you look for him later; indeed I cant but say My Dearest it vexes me greatly, I thought it was no little resolution in me at our first parting (in a Manner) to have patience so long, but I shall lose all the merit that has gained me, if you prolong yr Stay in this disagreeable unlook’d for way; Indeed my dearest Jewel I must own to you my heart does not go along with that expedition of yours to Lord Ruthvens at all, in the first place Sir Robert and Lady Mary will think you might (if in Perthshire) stay a day or two longer in order to see them, & then what adds to its inexpediency, in my eyes, is the sea you have to cross, which ever way you go, And ’tis most probable you’ll chuse the longest, which to me ’tis a most painful disagreeable thought, & the more so, that I received just now a letter from My dr Lady Jane from Carnarvon, telling me they went by Sea from Chester to that Town for the convenience of it & ease to the Children, but that they had all very near have perish’d which she says has given her a thorough disgust to the sea, as Im sure I have, for ’tis like Death is in the thought of going, or having you My Darling Moitié upon it, so really My Dearest I should be vastly glad if you would put off yr going to Perthshire till we make out that [?] together; tomorrow we go to Rosedue [sic], I shall be longer of going to Halkhead than I thought of since you have alter’d yr time of coming west; I had a most disagreeable dream of poor Ld Strichan to’ther night I wish all may be well with him; not a word yet of Lady Banff which surprises us , Miss Betty is gone to day to Tamouth [sic], & the Old Captain set out for Edin[burgh]; our dr Little folks are well as can be wish’d; archie will quite forget Papa if you stay so long away; Miss Semple is of my opinion that a man & wife can not be very fond of one another if not uneasy in absence, & thinks one can never have enough of a Persons Company that they love, which is precisely my way of thinking too; God almighty bless you My dear sweet Life & grant us a speedy and happy meeting adieu My Dearest
PS When Mr Kerr is at Leisure
I expect more franks

If you go to Perthshire my Dr the Queens ferry road will detain you less time than ’tother, but if you go by Kingorn [sic] I beg you’ll remember to have the boat well man’d, for they say their hands have been much complain’d of, of late; another thing Ive to beg is that youll remember I had twice like to been lost with taking Goales for expedition, tis too broad a passage to venture with such small boats on such an uncertain Element; but I wish of all things you would delay going tis an immense way to go, 50 or 60 miles for one day.

Letter from Lady Grace Campbell to John Campbell of Stonefield, Cowgate, Edinburgh, concerning domestic news

To Mr John Campbell Advocate
at his House in the Cowgate

July 23d

I received yours my dearest last night and with infinite pleasure read your order for the Horses, which I have been long wishing for with impatience; My expedition to the Halkhead Ive so often talk’d of & Miss Semple has delay’d her going there so long on that accounting that I cant now my Dearest easily put it off, But all the care imaginable shall be taken to prevent the least accident; Finlay drives very well and I shant forget yr caution as to not fording the water; I am only sorry my Dear Jewel to think you are under any apprehensions about my moving, & if I had been free of this appointment with Miss Semple I should not have gone, not withstanding I promise my self a great deal of pleasure in the jaunt , & don’t know when I shall have another opportunity to be at Halkhead; I think my dear the best way for us is to leave this so soon as to be there by Dinner time, Miss Jenny goes along, and we shall take your Horse too, so that Finlay may go strait from Halkhead to Edin[burgh], & the other horses Matthew will carry back to Levenside, he is grown of late a traveling Governor, having made an expedition to Tay mouth with Miss Betty, & since then has been jaunting about with Miss Semple this week past, so when he has conducted us to Halkhead he’ll have made the round of the Family; Miss Jenny Carrick if she can procure a Horse goes with us; I did not tell yr Mother what you said about training Miss Jenny’s Horse for the Chaise, because yr Sister would not like to have it put to that use, & values the exchange she has made with the Captain particularly as she thinks will secure it to her self, its not being proper for any other business. I hope my Dear Life you have remembered to fill the cellar with coals; if there be a cat in Lady Charles’s I wish she would allow it to hunt in our House, for we shall be quite overrun with Mice especially in the Pantry, which is a vast inconvenience; I’m extremely glad to hear Lady Banf [sic] recovers so well, and hope they propose being here this autumn; My best compts [compliments] to her, and all Lady Dirltons Family. Pray my dr [dear] is Mrs John Carmick in the way of being a mother or not, for they say here she is; the little folks are both very well, Dr [dear] little Archie has not been bath’d yet, but the tub Doctor Gordon bespoke for that use is arrived & so soon [document damaged] you come he shall be put into it, for as [document damaged] you before My Dearest I had not courage in your absence to [?] it; he is certainly as understanding a little fellow as ever was of his age, & really a Child to a wish: the leaders are not for him, but Jenny, who you cant offend more than to take her by her leading strings, but in the fields , theres a necessity for it, for when she trips, to catch [?] hold of her arm would be apt to pull it out of joint, the Captains Horse is apt to scar [sic] going first, so I beg my Dearest youll take care of him; may God send us a happy meeting, which is all from my most amiable moitié yours for ever
[Postscript] I stay here tomorrow in hopes of another letter; I cant think how mine does not reach you regularly for they are always in the post office long before the post gets met.

Letter from Lady Grace Campbell to John Campbell of Stonefield, Cowgate, Edinburgh, concerning domestic news.

To Mr Campbell of Stonefield

My Dear Sweet Life upon no account I beg Discontinue your goodness in writing to me regularly for ’twould be robbing me of the greatest pleasure I can have in your absence, and as our seperations [sic], I hope will never be very long or frequent, you need not my Dearest Life be afraid of teaching me a bad custom; the Sheriff, your Mother says, was for the first twenty years of his marriage so regular in his correspondence that she never fail’d to hear from him every post; but few occasions may we have for this manner of conversation, that’s my sincere prayer; you don’t tell me my Dearest if you have been looking out for a House near Town, when you write next do let me know what you are to do about it, Lady Inveraw & Miss Jessie have just left us, they came yesterday evening & are in a hurry to get to Kilmun, so put off their stay here till they return; the Sheriff & Captain set out for Inverary [sic] yesterday by the way of Lough Goyle Miss Semple & Miss Betty were both very keen to have gone to Kilhamack, but in one nights time yr Sister tack’d about , & turn’d quick of another mind. She now again talks of going soon to Taymouth; if Lord & Lady Ross come soon to Halkhead, Miss Semple & I propose being there, & if you pleas’d my Dr I should be glad that you would meet me there, otherwise I’ll be back here before you return; next thursday is the last day at Dumbarton where we all propose god willing to be. Miss Semple yr two sisters & I were at Church there last Sunday (being the preparation day) and had the old Captain to escort us, which piece of Gallantry cost him more than He expected for Mathew gave him in such a swinging bill that he swore a number of oaths He might have been cheaper in London; I fancy Captain Cunningham & his Wife are a very happy couple, for whenever thats the case the world cries out theres a Hen pecked Husband and really ’tis odd enough to hear people talk in that way because a man gives the woman he married more of his Company than any body else, as if he had not married with that very purpose to have a constant friend & companion in her, however ones private happiness is much to be preferr’d to the idle ridicule of the world, which Im sure in this case is most unreasonably founded; I beg my Dr you’ll contrive some method for conveying the Basket here for there’s no such thing as laying-in genteely without it; as for our dear little Archie, Lady Inveraw who is a great friend to dipping says Doctor Clerk forbid it to a Child of her acquaintance who had such a breaking out upon his face as Archie, because he said it heal’d it up (by closing the pores of the Body) which would be of very Dangerous consequences, tis been quite whole all this time, but is now beginning to break out again; he is in fine health & Top Spirits, sweet little Jenny gave me a Buss just now which I told I was to post in this letter & send to Uncle; I hope my dr you won’t forget to lay in some coals before you leave Town, which I wish My Dear Jewel you’d take occasion to hint at now & then in yr letters as I like the subject[document damaged] perhaps youll think this all a phase so I wont insist upon it further, nor detain you any longer than to bid you my Dearest Aimable Moitié a fond affectionate adieu.
June 25th

Yr mother & all here are well
My kind respects to Lord & Lady Banff
& all at Lady Dirltons, how does
Missie agree with Edin[burgh] My dr adieu
My compts [compliments] to Mr Dalrymple.

Letter from Lady Grace Campbell to John Campbell of Stonefield, Cowgate, Edinburgh, concerning domestic news

To Mr John Campbell Advocate
at His House in the Cowgate

Sunday July 7th [1754]

As a burnt child dreads the fire, you may depend upon it my Dearest I shall be very cautious in any expedition I make in your absence, especially as I have the pleasure to know tis a matter of some concern to you My Darling Life; but as I have made those two appointments with Miss Semple to go to Rosedue [sic], & Halkhead, I should not care without you had [?] it, to break them; but we are both timerous [sic] enough so shant take any step that is rash; Finlay drives a great deal better than any of our Drivers, so if the blind Horse be left at Home there is no Danger; it was not indeed any bodys fault but our own its being imploy [sic] to ride by the chaise that day we got the fright, but Miss Betties, & Captains Horse being both so little, we did not chuse to have them; I believe the Captain had not exchanged his Horse for Miss Jennys when you left us, that Bargain was only concluded the night before he went to Inverary [sic]; from whence to our vast astonishment he returned on thursday; what the matter has been, we cant find out, but conclude he has quarred [sic] with the Sheriff, tho’ he pretends he came away about some Law affair of his Brothers, & is to leave this for Edin[burgh] tomorrow; he has a packet to you from yr Father; poor Mrs Deniston Cowgrane was taken ill of a fever lately, and died yesterday; I hope Lady Banff has recovered her cold, for they are bad things to last; your Mama begs My Dearest that you’ll bring her out a silver Snuff-mill, about a guinea value; if you buy it from Kerr, I think he should send a good many franks along with it; that’s a strong kind of accident My Br[other] Mac: has met with, I wish there may be nothing dangerous in it, we still continue to have a good deal of rain so the Hay is still out; a’s [alas?] My Dear My poor Bird is no more, in remembrance of you My Dr sweet Jewel I had a pleasure in letting it out of its cage, which I did always after Breakfast, & it enjoy’d its Liberty till Dinner came, when I used to put it up again, this had made it so tame it eat [sic] out of all our hands, & sat constantly upon my head or Sholder [sic] singing like a little Nightingale; but unfortunately ’tother day I went in a hurry to Dinner, left both Molly & Peggie in the room to put it in its Cage, who instead of that, stupidly trod with a heavy foot upon it, & sent its little soul (according to Pathagoras [sic]) to animate some other Body, tho’ to lessen their fault they told me ’twas Missie trod up on it, be that as it will, my poor Bird survived it but a few hours, & then breath’d its last.
Our Dear little folks are both very well, as every Body here is; who do you think my Dearest was here for a [?] yesterday but yr Clerk Mr Stewart I declare I could scarce keep from bursting out a laughing when I saw him, remembering the conversation we had about him, & the large appointments he has by this title of yr Clerk; Miss Semple returns her compts [compliments] and enquires always very kindly about you, she is really a sensible good Girl; I have no more to add but the subject of my daily prayer, that God may bless you with his almighty favour both here and hereafter, & continue you in the world till it shall please him to remove me out of it; adieu my most beloved & Dearest Moitié GC

Letter from Lady Grace Campbell to 'Mr Campbell' (no address) concerning domestic issues.

To Mr Campbell

April 18th

My Dearest Moitié

I wrote in such a hurry last post that I could not say a word but that we were well, Archie is just as he was I cant say I see any change, but I believe him thiner [sic] if there is any [?]. when did you return to Forfar. Im glad Lady Mary & Sir Robert intends coming. I fancy Lady Dalkeith will certainly be here. I have wrote a note to Mr Harriot & am just going to send it with yrs to Mr Stewart. how are you passing your time, we have here much cooler weather than there was in winter, Snow & Sleat by turns, & the hills all white. pray my Dr do you think of being at Forglen before I see you, Lady Banff is better but tis but tother day that she got free of the fever I don’t know if she continues to recover for I havn’t heard today. what did my Br say about me, as he had seen me since you I should have thought he could not learn much from you. The children are all vastly well Sandy is always going about the room holding by the chairs & wall, which is his great delight, Jamie is as broad as he is long, but has a little Round head which makes him appear little tho he has great arms and legs; he is vastly [?] & very observant always laughing & crowing; Jack is now quite himself a most diverting little Rouge [rogue] & says Papa calls him a fine little fellow. I am My Dearest Life always Yours

James s Child is weand tho’ but 6 months old the poor woman is vastly ill with Rhumatick pains & other complaints which obliged her to wean the child. it is well.

Campbell, Grace (1722-1783) née Stewart, Lady, wife of John Campbell, Lord Stonefield, daughter of James, 2nd Earl of Bute

Letter from Lady Grace Campbell to 'Mr Campbell' (no address) concerning family news.

To Mr Campbell

My Dearest Jewel
I received yrs to day & have nothing new to say about the children as I wrote last post. As to the monie Mr Stewart has got no order upon the Bank so thinks you have forgot it; as for what you mention all has happend as it should be the little folks are just as when I wrote last. I was yesterday at a play being for Mrs Salmons benifit [sic], I sent to several of my acquaintances when I saw it advertised in the news papers, & carried with me Miss Betty Rosse, Ld [?] Primrose, Mrs Benny, Mrs Campbell auchline & her sister Miss Maxwell tog [together] yr Sister Miss Macgill & some few Gentlemen who went on my [?]: the poor woman was in Prison & she is Childless so that I think twas a great act of charity indeed twas the only inducement I had to be there; I’ve suppd at Rosse House with Mrs Macdual [MacDowall] Castle Semple who I had calld for some days before. this is an account of my proceedings & for fear of missing the post I must conclude here being, My Dearest Life ever yrs intirely [sic].
Grace Campbell
April 11th

Campbell, Grace (1722-1783) née Stewart, Lady, wife of John Campbell, Lord Stonefield, daughter of James, 2nd Earl of Bute

Letter from Lady Grace Campbell, Halkhead, to John Campbell of Stonefield, Coutteratters, Newtile, Angus, concerning possible properties and family news.

To Mr John Campbell Advocate
To the care of Mr Menzies
of Coutteratters at Newtile [sic]
In Angus
By Perth

My Dearest Moitié when I wrote you last I was in such a hurry I scarce knew what I said besides the disappointment of finding you gone further off, when I was looking out ev’ry moment for you coming, disconcerted me so much that my spirits quite forsook me, and all last night I could not get a wink of sleep for the Dismal apprehensions that I should be brought to Bed before you got back to me; tis true indeed, I am some weeks yet from my reckoning, but as I’m now got into the ninth month, so very little thing (the very fear of it) may bring the Child now into the World that I’m quite miserable My Dearest Jewel at the thoughts of you being away, & especially at such a Distance from me: so that I hope my Dear Life you will not regulate your motions by my Brothers; Lord Rosse had a letter last post from London, & the Duke does not leave that place till some time this week, a Gentleman who comes along with him told his correspondent so, therefore I fancy my Br will be in no hurry to leave Perthshire, I must beg however my Dr when you come that you’ll make easy journeys, for hard ridding [sic] is a most likely thing to occasion a fever, & more so at present, as they were never known to be more frequent, so I beg my dearest you will for my sake take that precaution in your travelling; Fineston of the three Houses, I should rather chuse; Dalkieth [sic] is much too Near that little Town; & Caroline Park too far from a market; but upon the whole, I should chuse a worse house independent of any Body; three hundred a year may always keep us out of any friends reverence, many a good family has no more for themselves or their Children after them, that live very easy & comfortably upon it; & provided we regulate our expences [sic] accordingly, so may we; Lord Rosse’s House at Melvill [sic] we may have from year to year; as to the rent & conditions we shall talk over at meeting, & you’ll then judge of it; I wish it was possible for one in your way of business to do as Lord Rosse did, in regard of his; for he went every day to Town for seven years & return’d again to dinner to Melvill so that my Lady had so much of his company as if he had been staying close at Home, but this Im afraid would answer one in yr way, which Im sadly vex’d at, for I must own My Dearest Life yr absence from me robs me of the principal happiness I am able to enjoy in this Life; this may seem romantick to one that does not know what tis to be divided from another self, but to none else, I’m sure, otherwise their sensations are different from mine; the Horses come for us tomorrow, so that we shall be at Home by Dinner; Mrs Campbells arm I hear is better, & the Children very well; Miss Semple stays behind; Lord & Lady Napier are here just now; all this good Family regrets yr not coming & join in kindly remembring [sic] you; do my Dearest [document damaged] my affectionate Service to my Br, who I hope I [document damaged] see before he leaves this country; I even am [document damaged] most beloved Moitié intirely [sic] & forever yours GC
Aug: 1st 1751