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Letter from Lady Grace Campbell to John Campbell Esq., Sheriff Depute of Angus Shire at Forfar concerning family news

My Dearest Life

I would have wrote by last post but being a little scrimpd in Time I put it off; thinking you could support without it, the day after you left this was so bad, I was afraid youd have got yr death ridding [sic] in it; but am glad to hear you was in the close Chaise. all here are doing very well Archie continues in a good way. there is a letter to day from Miss Betty both My Lord & Lady have been ill & is not right yet, the first has been confined to his room I believe his Bed with a stick, & the other of a slow fever My Lord sat up one whole night with her & yr sister the other, I’m afraid of the worst for her; & their son is so weekly [sic] he does not rest on his feet so well as a Child of four months old, his teeth keeps him so very low I wonder they should propose ennoculating [sic] him, but yr sister says they dont think so ill of him as she does. Mrs Cunningham and yr Sister both came & missed me for the moment you was gone I went to Town & chose yr cloth & two or three other things I wanted, & in the afternoon of the same day went & saw Mrs Fullerton who seemed pleased at the visit: they went the next morning; as to the news papers, you cant have the postmaster to frank them Mr Stewart says unless you got them from him so that I must get some franks before I’ll send you them, for I fancy youll not chose to pay postage for them I shall apply to MacMillan for this favour.
I dare say your being so lonely at Forfar will be agreeable as you seem always to chuse retirement when at Home. yr sister Jenny regretted much she did not see you was Miss Cunninghams fault. I am vastly happy in her Company she is the best Companion that I ever now a days [sic] meet with, & a friendly good Girl I should like her vastly, tho’ we had no sort of connection; I hope [document damaged] must stay till the weather mends [document damaged] Now than was all winter, Archie wants a new fiddle from Forfar & has given the other to Jack, yr Sisters compts [compliments] attend you, & I remain my Dearest yours for ever, quoi que vous ne m’aime plus. adieu. G Campbell.
29th.
Miss Bettys acct: [account] must be paid to Mrs Seton so I beg My dr youll send me an order on the Bank forthwith.

Lady Grace Campbell

Letter from Lady Grace Campbell to John Campbell Esq., Sheriff Depute of Forfar, at Perth, concerning family news.

To John Campbell Esq
Sheriff Depute of Forfar
At Perth

April 28

As the boy is not returned from the post House, I cant my dearest answer yours if you have wrote, but I thought you might be anxious to hear of the Children, so I write without having almost any thing more to say but that they are all very well; archie is now blessd be God in a confirmed good way, & does not appear better & worse as he used to do, & such a Romp with such a flow of spirit I never saw. Ld [Lord] Strichen & Ld [?] were here tother day at tea but Jack and him were so noisy we were forced in an obliging manner to dismiss them to the Nursery. I have just now my Dearest received yrs & yr Sister one from Miss Betty she says Lady Banff recovers slowly & only sits up an hour in the day My D is quite well again but they have quite given over thoughts of the south she writes for this year poor young Mrs Campbell of Saddle [sic] is dead. I have been a great visitor since you saw you [sic] & to day am going to Lady Braedalbanes [sic] last Rout. Jamies Nurses Child is dead, she bears it very well considering she is a very affectionate Lady: Mr Colin has been in Town I saw him twice for a start but that was all tho I proposd him much to dine with us. Archie bids me to say he wants a better fiddle stick from Forfar; they are all vastly diverting at present being in great good health & I am my Dearest Moitié ever yrs
Grace Campbell
My Sister sends her best Compts [compliments] we have a vast fall of snow here I believe she longs much to be away but till the season changes greatly the children cannot move.

[Contains a note in very childish writing:]

Come home soon Papa & bring me another fiddle stick
Yr little son archie

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 John Campbell Esq., Sheriff Depute of Forfarshire at Forfar concerning family news

To John Campbell Esq
Sheriff Depute of Forfarshire
At Forfar

Free
M McMillan

My Dearest Moitié
As this Epistle is begun before I know if the post has brought me a letter from you. I shall proceed without the ordinary introduction of having heard from you etc; and in the first place My Dearest I cant be longer without telling you my uneasiness on account of several dreams I have had concerning you, most of which represented you always as greatly the worse of drink, which I can’t help interpreting literally as Im afraid the way of Life you are in just now will expose you sadly to that pernicious inconvenience; I know that in Perthshire a Stranger cannot escape it; and I’m afraid tis much the same where you are now, so beg my Dear Life you’ll write me if tis so or not for as for my advising you to [?] it that I need not do, as I know yr aversion to it – We have very pleasant weather just now, yesterday was like a day in June, so temptingly fine that it invited me to a walk in the Garden, where I never now think of going without some body comes & forces me into it, Mr Johnstone & I had a sober chat in it for an hour together last Sunday evening, how much lost my Dr would you reckon yr time if past in the same manner, however ’tis been other wise, & if miricles [sic] was not ceased might be again; I was on saturday paying several visits in Town, among others I calld upon Lady Leviston & the young Ladies because twas a place you wanted me to go to, however I had not the good fortune to find any of them at Home; nor indeed any one I calld for, tho’ I made seven visits, so that I should have gone back without coming once out of my Chair if I had not been a little suppersticious [sic] on so uncommon a circumstance & to break the omen went & paid a visit to Mr James Menzies & his Spouse, who I found sitting lovingly together, like the first happy pair; I thought to have congratulated Mrs Campbell augline [sic] that day too, but her being abroad prevented my doing my self that pleasure, he makes her a very fond Husband if it lasts as the saying is, I have over & over again askd Miss Mackeller to come here, but have never seen her yet. Betty Kintire was here to day & I charged her to come & bring her here to dine to morrow which she half promised; Worthly Stewart I’m told is still in Town, & that she has refused the Baron of Buclivie who it seems languish’d so much for her that he is gone to the country quite in low spirits upon her refusal; all the little people are I thank God very well, I call archie Papa’s little picture which is a Name he gives himself very often, & tother day hid himself behind the curtain and askd me where Papa’s little picture was now, he & I are great friends, Peggies being some days away made him take a particular liking to me. I happened to ask him tother day what he would do if I was to die, & he not chusing to answer in ye positive, said – me no laugh if you die Mamma, which I thought showd a very manly spirit in ye youth. Many are the notable sayings I could tell you of him if I had time to recount them all; Dr little Jack too gets the tongue very fast, But Sandy laughs at every Body & keeps his mind to himself. He is doing very well since he lost the breast. I had the favour of a visit last sunday from three of yr acquaintance Mr Johnston, Maxwell, & Dalrymple & Mr Andrew Stewart has been so good as to give the Duchess of Hamilton & Lady Coventry in property, which I think is a great present. I had 15£ offered me for the calf tother day but ev’ry body tells me tis so fine a one, & of so good a kind tis a sin to sell her, so I’m bringing it up, theres a young cow here in Mr Sinclairs park that was calfd at Martinmas & yet is doing vastly well; if I live to go to the country next year she’ll be very useful to me. & yet I’m not sure whether I had not better sell her for all that. this far was wrote before I received yrs Mr Dearest by this days post as you say nothing of yr motions after the 20th I am still doubtful tho I hope you’ll go North as it would not be worth coming over the water for so short a time & I should think my self more solitary afterwards than I do now I am used to it; I had a letter to day from Miss Betty she says they promise themselves a great deal of pleasure on yr arrival, She has some little commissions to go by you but I cant have them ready to send till next weeks Carriers so let me know if they’ll come soon enough to find you at Forfar, for I should not chuse to send them if I was not sure of you carrying them north: I had Miss Mackellar, Betty Kintire & the Eldest Glendaruel dining here to day. Lilly & the young Squire who is now in Town could neither of them come, but the last drank with me, Mr and Mrs Smollet [document damaged] were so good as to see me this afternoon, he is come to conduct her safe to Bonil [Bonhill] whether they go on thursday, the Sherif [sic] is to have the trying of Dick he tells me; all at Levenside were well when he came away & yr Father returnd home I have been amusing my self some times with Madame de Maintenons letters & have transcribed a piece from one of them for your perusal, let me know how you like it, I saw doctor Macfarling [sic] to day his youngest Boy is just gasping his last with [?] the doctor has been here in this neighbourhood twice to day seeing him & gives him quite over for lost. [Damage to document] came a letter to me from one Mr Stewart who wrote [document damage] that you had been applying to get him into the [document damage] you was away beg’d I would use my endeavour [document damage] a vacancy offer’d, to which I answered that I could do nothing as I did not know him, but that I would mention him to you when I wrote upon which he said he would write himself & I bid him send his letter to me which is here enclosed, by is I see you know nothing of his affair tho he pretended he had yr promise of using all your endeavours for him. I have no more to add but the old and true assurance that I am my dearest amiable Moitié yrs unalterably Grace Campbell
Tuesday

Lady Grace Campbell

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
Edin[burgh].

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
GC
[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
Cowgate
Edin

The arrival of yours on Friday My Dearest Moitié put an end to all my fears which were indeed not a little increas’d by some very disagreeable dreams that interrupted my rest the two nights before; however I now see with unfeign’d thankfulness that there has been nothing prophetick in them; now my dr [dear] sweet Life I can’t by any means agree with you in thinking all expressions of fondness even from a person that one likes are disagreeable, provided one trusts to their sincerity, which you must do if all their actions correspond with such professions; but you seem My Dear to think that even ones actions too should conceal their sentiments of fondness, in which case tis impossible they can ever be known at all, till the great day when the secrets of all hearts will be laid open; but I fancy My Dearest you only talk in this stile [sic] to a Wife, for was you to use the same in speaking to a Mistress, believe me you’d be long of coming to your point, as she’d be apt to think your affections as cool, as this manner of arguing is; I am very glad My Dear Life, that your Horses are not in Town, for, for as much as tire without you, & long to see you I should not wish it at the dear expence [sic] of yr risking your Life riding backwards & forwards, in so little time, and bad weathers, so I hope my dear you won’t think of it; poor Lady Grace Boin has soon ended her career, which I fancy will be some concern to the Husband she has left, as their Honny [sic] Moon could scarce be over; many are the young people I have lived to see [?] go to their long Home, Lord! Make such things remind us to prepare for our own;
all here are well, Dr little Archie points now, as well as crows to Papas picture, I wish Lady Banff a safe & easy time with all my heart, & beg my Dearest youll remember me affectionately to good Worthy Lord Strichen, I fancy youll hear from the Sheriff by this same post as you get this, for he talks of setting out tomorrow; I walk very little now, so that twill be a vast advantage to me how soon you return; you see my Dear Jewel ’twas true enough what I prophesied about yr early rising; I rejoice to hear you live regularly for a Different Life Im sure would not agree with you; May all imaginable good both here and here after attend you My most beloved Moitié; believe My Dearest you cant possibly meet with a more affectionate faithful wife or more sincerely attach’d friend than your GC
Sunday
June 23rd [1754]

PS God forgive me for my impatience for yr return makes Me as glad every night to reflect there is one day more past, as if I had no account to give of them at all, when this scene is over. Adieu [document damaged] remember my Dr a Waistcoat for the Nurses Husband; Dr Little Archie came to see me to day before I got up & whenever he enter’d the room said Papa & looked about the bed for you – which he was tenderly caress’d for
Do my dr burn all my letters the minute you read them.

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 John Campbell of Stonefield, Cowgate, Edinburgh, concerning domestic news

To Mr Campbell Advocate at his house in the Cowgate
Edin[burgh]

I write this my Dearest Life from Halkhead where we arrived in perfect safety about an hour ago; & as the Horses are to be some part of the way to night I shall detain them no longer than to tell you My Dearest Jewel that I received your last by yesterdays post as to my Brothers reserve at meeting ’tis nothing more than common, for 'tis the greatest fault almost he has, that of a great shiness [sic] at first but it goes off after a little; what should occasion it to you I can not find out for what ever fault they may find with me for not mailing their agreement that has no concern with you, & I should take it very ill I must own did that reserve continue; I left the dr [dear] little folks in quite good health, yr Mama complains again of her arm but I hope it will soon be well; I have given Finlay a crown to defray his travelling charges the above he will count for; I enclose a line of Miss Rosses to Mr Cozie the shoemaker which be so good my dearest to send by James, & let him bring the answer; O.’ I long more and more for yr arrival the nearer the time comes, take care my Dear Life of the Horse you ride it scars [sic] a good deal especially with hard ridding [sic]; all here remember you, & I remain a jamais yours. My Dear Life, adieu
GC
Jully [sic] 25th

Letter from Lady Grace Campbell to John Campbell, Advocate (no address)

To John Campbell Esq
Advocate at

My Dearest Life
I had the pleasure of yr most welcome Epistle by this days post but not a word yet of your moving which Im surprised at, as it draws so nigh the twentieth when you talkd of being here for some tryal, not that I can hear of any and I have been asking all the Lawyers I have seen about it. The Races or Diversions are going on evry day tho’ since Sunday I have not seen a Soul, for early on Monday morning Miss Mailly left this to go to Strathers [sic] the report of Miss Bettys coming made her write sooner than she proposed for her Horses, for She told me she intended to have waitted [sic] yr return, but that she thought yr Sister would have occasion to occupy her appartment [sic], & regretted much her going when she understood where Miss Betty was to put up, but the Horses were summoned, so there was no help for it. I saw yr Sister & Lady Dolly for a start & Sunday evening I forgot My Dearest to write you in my last that the poor old Captain is departed this Life; he died this day sevenight [sic], I heard say he recovered his senses, but I don’t know if it was so, only this I know that if he died as he lived, it fills me with the utmost horror to think of the lost [?] condition that his wretched Soul is now in for an endless eternity; tis really quite shocking to think of it, but the mercy of God thro Christ is infinite, & I hope poor Creature he has found Grace tho’ at the last, to ask it. I’m vastly pleased My Dr Life to hear you pass your time so agreeably, but dont forget among so many gay & agreeable Persons that you’r engaged elsewhere; I heard this day from yr Sister Jenny, all at Levenside are well, I design to enclose this to her, as she’ll know where you are. I proposed My scheme of Nursing to the Doctor he seems to have no objections but the risk one runs of catching cold which is an objection every Body tho’ ever so robust might have. I was interrupted here by the arrival of Appin & the young Bailly of Jura who has been drinking Tea with me. the last tells me the Commissioners promises are like to come to nothing, for he says now he cant serve him, the opposition he finds is so strong against him. I hope my Dr Life to see you this week notwithstanding you dont say any thing of it; in the mean time I remain my best Loved Moitié
Yr sincerest Friend as
well as Dutiful Wife
Grace Campbell.
Tuesday 18th

Letter from Lady Grace Campbell to John Campbell, Advocate, at Levenside, Dumbartonshire, concerning domestic issues.

To John Campbell Esq
Advocate at
Levenside
Dumbartonshire [sic]

My Dearest Moitié
I received yrs Dated from Stirling this Morning and hope by this time you are got safe to Levenside where you’ll have got I suppose My last Epistle; I was all last night perplex’d dreaming of your ridding [sic] the Nasty Horse that gives me so much uneasiness; the dreams I had lately of fire I think is in some degree explained by poor Miss Crawfords sudden Death, which happen’d this day at two in the morning; last night at Seven she had nothing but her usual complaints in her Stomach, but that long uneasiness she had there burn’d in the end to a mortification, & appear’d outwardly upon her Legs a few hours before her Death, She died quite sensible but without pain or any sort of emotion. I was at her House this morning & saw her stretch’d a coarpse [sic] who yesterday at the same time of day was sitting by her fire side,
God prepare us all for so suddain [sic] a fall, not indeed that hers was suddain [sic] for she has long felt much pain & sickness tho’ few believed it, but may we who are in health and Strength now remember that as sure as she is now Dead so sure shall we sooner or later be in the Self same condition. I long sadly my dr for those nasty circuits being over, but that they wont be this age, however it gives me pleasure in the meen [sic] time to think that you are where your Company is so well bestow’d, and where there is so much to amuse you, which I cant say is the case here for the Races being over there is neither business nor Diversion going on; I was to have dined today at Bruce Hill had not poor Miss Crawfords unlook’d for Death prevented me; if you think it safe, I wish My Dearest you enclose a twenty Shillings note in yr next for I have used & paid away all to a few Shillings that you gave me. I hope James is not to leave us but if he is Miss Crawfords servant is a sober faithful Creature, & if we are to lose the other, I dont know of any that would be so easy in the House; he has been with her these three year; but I think whoever you get, you’ll change for the worse; we had a perfect hurricane here all yesterday the bed Rock’d all night like a cradle; Remember me properly to all with you I had Miss Jennys letter to day she was so good to let me know the reason of yr not writting [sic] from Levenside, poor dr little Archie she tells me is getting more teeth, let me know my dearest if he is better, & how my sweet little laughing Jack does; tell Miss Jenny I am pleased to [Document damaged] he is her little favourite, for Archie I know [Document damaged] has interest enough with his Grand Papa & [Document damaged] to secure him very good friends. Jenny grows more diverting evr’y day, as if she wanted to make me some amends in her dr papas absence who She says is away to see his two Babas. I conclude My Dearest best loved Half yours
for ever
Grace Campbell.
Aug: Saturday 22d.

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 John Campbell, Advocate, at Levenside, Dumbartonshire,on domestic issues.

To Mr John Campbell
Advocate at
Levenside
Dumbartonshire [sic]

I received yrs My dearest of the 11th only by this days post; the two you wrote before came on the same day & did not arrive till last thursday, so that I was beginning to think you had forgot your little wifie; Im sorry my dr Life to observe you don't say a word about the time of your returning home, I assure you I am heartily tired of being so long alone and am every day counting how long you have been gone: yr sister Miss Betty came to Town on Wednesday, & stays with Mrs MacDonal, except two nights (while she was out of town) that She was my Bed fellow; Miss Peggie James’s [?] happen’d to come at the same time & we arrested her all night & were all very merry together; Cribage employ’d us both before & after Supper, and the grateness [sic] of my Luck inform’d me I had the mortification to be quite out of your thoughts; Miss Betty assures me that youll be at Levenside along with Lady Betty & My Br on Monday, so upon that facts I shall direct this Epistle to you there. Do My Dearest make all the Dispatch you can to get Home for really ’tis but dull for me ever used to a companion dearer than my self, to be without my beloved Moitié; I have no more to add but to assure you my Dearest Life that Im unalterably yours Grace Campbell
Aug: 15th
Miss Mailly leave us
for Struthers on Monday.
Remember me My Dr acceptably
to all with you; & mention their
Mama to my Dr little folks -

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 John Campbell, Sheriff Depute for Forfarshire, at Forfar, concerning family news

To John Campbell Esq
Sheriff Depute Forfarshire
At Forfar

My Dearest Life
Yrs of last saturday I had the pleasure to receive this day & was quite surprised to find you had alter’d your rout [sic], for I imagined you then at Forglen; I do think yr coming would be quite unnecessary [sic] as the 2d of September [letter clearly dated September 25th] is so very near at hand, but I long much to hear how you think of disposing of yr self after that time; I should think if you did not chuse it you might very easily, make out the rest of yr time any other time within the twelve month, at least so evry Body tells me. Its very little minded now when or how long the Sheriffs stay in their jurisdiction. Archie keep his Spirits still very well, but has lost a great deal of his flesh, & his looseness proves very obstinate, the Doctor ordered him vomit last Sunday, & has given him every [document damaged] that is most binding, boild [sic] bread and milk he has been taking morning and night but now [document damaged] sours upon his Stomack [sic] & the doctor has sent [document damaged] kind of mixture to give him morning and evening. I [document damaged] it may have a good effect; Sandy poor little man has never recoverd his looks and Spirit, but they say tis common for some Children to grow dull for some time after weaning; Lady Leviston and Miss were here to tea this afternoon; the Boy is as whole as I could make him for I had him throw the Talour & Coblers [through the tailor and cobbler’s] hands & have renew’d his stockings; the Court is pretty free of any Dirty thing, but I think the Gardiner quite neglects the weeding of it this season; I long for your next & remain My Dearest
Toujours la Meme
Grace Campbell
September 25th

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

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