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Letter from John Campbell, Lord Stonefield, to His Grace the Duke of Argyll concerning the military service of his son Colin

My Lord
I have the honour of your Graces of the 27th Ult and blame myself exceedingly for expressing my meaning in terms that conveyed a sense greatly beyond what I intended. At Lady Graces Request I applied to your Grace for a Commission to my Son Colin in a Regiment at home, and was quite satisfied, as I always am with your Graces return; in my last I mentioned the impropriety of confining him to a Regiment at home, and wrote that I wished he had a Commission anywhere in opposition to it; not that I was impatient to have the Commission or that I intended to press your Grace to it: I have reason to be thankfull [sic] I have no occasion; your Grace Sometimes are so good as to anticipate my wishes and you are always more condescending to me than I have reason to expect: The young man is indeed very impatient to get into the Service, that is natural to young people, and not to be minded
I am extremely sorry that my letter should have conveyed any such Idea and I hope your Grace will have the Goodness to excuse this mistake. I have the Honour to be with the Greatest Respect and Highest Esteem

My Lord

Your Graces much oblidged [sic] and most Faithfull Humble Servant
Jo Campbell
Edinburgh 1 July

John Campbell, Lord Stonefield

Letter from John Campbell, Lord Stonefield, to His Grace the Duke of Argyll concerning the military service of his son Colin

My Lord

Fridays post brought your Graces of the 15th. I must have expressed myself very improperly in my former Letters, to have given your Grace so much trouble in writing about this Commission to my son Colin. Accept of my most thankfull [sic] acknowledgements for your Great Goodness to me in this matter. Nothing would have made me prefer a Regiment at home for him to one abroad but his mothers great aversion to his serving in America as this prejudice seems to be apparently so much to his hurt I have long ago got over it; and I hope Lady Grace will soon do so too.
With Greatest Respect and Highest Esteem I have the Honour to be
My Lord
Your Graces much oblidged [sic] and Most Faithfull Humble Servant
Jo Campbell
Edinburgh 22 July

John Campbell, Lord Stonefield

Letter from Lady Anne Ruthven, Struthers, Fife, to Lady Grace Campbell, Cowgate, Edinburgh, concerning Lady Grace's pregnancy and family news.

The Right Honble [sic]
The Lady Grace Campbell
At her House in the
Cowgate oppiset [sic] to the fish
Market Close
Edr [Ednburgh]

My Dearest Sister
tho’ nothing has occurred worth your perusal, since I wrote last, yet cou’d withstand, so good an opportunity sending you a few lines, fraught wt my best wishes to you & yours; I am glad you agree wt moving about, since I am persuaded ’twill do you good, & make you less unwieldy, as you increase in bulk; so Mrs Campbells arrived, & how fares it wt her, honest woman, does she patrolle [sic] about the streets, by way of wholesome exercise; tis certainly as good as the Dean’s runing [sic] up and down stairs, of a rainy day; well I long to hear what Milton says of the Duke’s motions, if he chuses to be communicative; my Lord, & Jack, left this Sunday, to look after his harvest, but preposed [sic] being back this week, & if Dumbarneys ready in some measure, to receive me, I shall go up again wt him; & where have I been to day, think you, at Leven, to gather shells, I’m not fee you see, but a most fruitless expedition ’twas, never did I see such barren sands; extensive but bare of any beautiful productions, Conscience Jenny &c: is now at London, wt her shining greasy Spouse so we cou’d not see her; but to make amends for this days disappointment, shall beat up the shelly beds at St: Andrews soon, where I hope to be more successful; do you know my Dr Lady Mary’s marriage wt young Greeme, is confidently talk’d here, & one of these days, he’s expected in his Country, so probably will soon come out if true; all you heard about her conversation wt Lady [?] was fact, who knows not, what to think; I believe I wrote you, miss weer, was here really a fine smart like Girl; did the little wife call at you, wt: the diaper, since I saw you, has Dr little Jenny said Mama again, My Love attends them but shall write Dr Jane for so soon as I have a spare moment, & am vastly indebted to her, kind anxiety about me; in consequence of her last letter, am to see his Grace, before his departure, in any event; now my Dearest, if you’d oblidge me, write a nice card, to the Ladies of Tweedale, who excell so much in breeding canary’s at least, & beg the favour of them to give me a she Canary, which I’ll take, as a singular favour, & will send a purpose for it, if they consent, now forget not this, as you love me, & I persuade my self, they will not refuse, when you show’d them off at plays, & all that:
must now wind up all, wt kind Complements [sic] to our friends, from me & mine, & all here; & best wishes to you, whos most Affect’d is AR [Lady Anne Ruthven]

tuesday night.

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 John Campbell Sheriff Depute Forfarshire at Forfar concerning family news and society gossip

To Mr John Campbell
Sheriff Depute
At Forfar

My Dearest Jewel this is wrote just after my coming from being a spectator of the Masons procession; ev’ry body in Town was at the windows of any fashion; & all the rest upon the street. I never saw such a Multitude; I walk’d in to yr Lodging, & from thence took a Chair to Mrs Campbell aughline who askd me to her House to see the ceremony, Mr & Mrs Campbell B[?] was there &c; they marchd in vast form, George Fraser had the whole direction of it. I had a salute from Lady [?] who was in a window fronting the cross; all with me thank God are very well, & all of them by turns speak [document damaged] Papa; Missie & archie often ask when Papa [document damaged] Forfa [sic] as they call it ; write me my dearest [document damaged] have been all this time & don’t be disingenuous [document damaged] are from my most beloved moitié yrs a [document damaged]
I was invited out to drink the Duke of Buchlues [sic] health at Caroline Park, but Sent my apology not having any Body that would leave Town to day to go in the Chaise, & I thought the folks without a Sharer was too much for me adieu My Dearest Life.

Lady Grace Campbell

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.
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 Forfarshire at Forfar concerning family news

To John Campbell Esq
Sheriff Depute of Forfarshire
At Forfar

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

Lady Grace Campbell

Letter from Lady Grace Campbell to John Campbell Esq., Sheriff of Forfarshire at Forfar concerning domestic news.

To John Campbell Esq
Sheriff of Forfar - shire
At Forfar

Mr McMillan

Friday night

My Dearest & most amiable Moitié
I was so pinced in time when I wrote the two last short epistles that I have begun this one to night that I may have time to converse a little longer with you my Dearest Life, tho’ perhaps you maynt thank me for intruding so much upon yr leisure; however I must let you know my beloved moitié that I am already counting the days you have been absent & so long the time appears that I can scarce persuade my self you only left me last monday; I am vastly glad my dr Life that you got yr journey made out so easy, if you had not met so soon with the Sheriff I should have grudged very much yr leaving this so suddenly after the Session set you at Liberty to have pass’d some time with me, who I reckon have not has the least enjoyment of yr Company since we left Levenside. Miss Betty cross’d the water on wednesday & by a letter I have had from her I find Lady Dirlton is not yet arrived nor her coming very soon expected, I was very sorry to let Miss Betty go without we had been quite positive that the Chaise was waiting her at Ld [Lord] Balgrays however she was so sure about that I could not prevail on [document damaged] stay & now she is so good as to write me that she requires her [document damaged] stay as she left me alone. Betty Kintire [sic] has leave for a month [document damaged] continuing here after her Cousins leave this, which wont be till [document damaged] & Mrs Young says without her Mama had given her these orders she cant let her stir suppose they were gone, therefore Bess has to write to her Mama for a particular order to come here, before she can have [?], which will take [?] so much time that I hope my Dearest Jewel you will be returnd before all that can happen so that I have no chance of any abiding Person to keep me Company till yr Dr self arrives, and I hope my dearest you contrive it so as to make a month at this time finish all you have to do & then please god we are all well I’ll make the next northern expedition [document damaged] this way of living; we are all very well, Sandy is wean’d & doing very well hitherto; I have been but one day visiting since you left this which was to see Mrs Smollet & on missing her drank tea with Mrs Donaldson. They say here the Duchess of Gordon is surely married to the Laird of Woodney & Lord Justice Clerk to his favourite widdow [sic] but I have not faith enough for either. I leave the following paper in hopes to have a letter to answer by tomorows post but I would first enquire where Miss Mackeller is to be found – I am disappointed of the pleasure I flatterd myself with last night & besides what was in such despair about you my best loved moitié that I hardly slept a wink while in Bed. Ld & Ly Balgony are both angry at you for neither calling on them or sending in as you pass’d. Yr Sister sends you [?] thence her affectionate compts & I remain My Dearest Life yours jusqu’a La Mort. Grace Campbell
I send some franks that I may have my letters free.

Lady Grace Campbell

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 (no address), concerning family news.

[No address]

My Dearest Life

I received yrs this morning & have enclosed the Sherifs [sic] letter in a frank & directed it for him; I would not indeed my Dearest have you break yr promise with Lord Banff since you could not stay here longer than the time you mention, so that I hope you’ll go there as you intended, and I dare say ’twill be a vast agreeable journey: the Children are all very well, the Nurse only went away yesterday, as Peggie was but then come home. Sandy has been very fretful these few days, one of the two teeth he has got lately is not thoroughly cut, which I fancy is the occasion of it; I saw Mr Dalrymple yesterday afternoon. & on Sunday Mr Hume Johnstone, & Mr Stewart were all so good as to call for me, but I happened to be gone to see Mrs Smollet who sets out next monday for Bonil [Bonhill]; the Sherif [sic] languishes so much for her that his time hangs heavy on him till her arrival. I believe I wrote you My Dearest in my last that Lady Dalkeith had given orders for a Buck [venison] for us, but I declined taking it till I heard from Levenside what was the best way of sending some there, as last yr Mrs Campbell I think said it might have got there fresh enough, when I was regreting [sic] she had not partook of some of it; however Miss Jenny writes me that it is not possible to transport it their length before it spoill [sic], so I had not send it; & as for the calf (which being a quay [heifer] one I thought would have been very acceptable there) she says it is not worth bringing up now so late in the year, so that my good intentions are all rejected with disdain, however, I shall certainly give the Calf to some Body who will value it for tis pity one of so good a kind should be sold; we have very windy weather here just now; I beg when you do cross, that you’ll be cautious in chusing yr time, a good road, & sober Hands, Lord Strichen tells me the Dundee ferry is very unsafe on account of the drunken boat Men. Lord Justice Clerk is one of the gayest & most pleased in his Choice that can be seen, My Lady they say would not consent to marry till he settled Miss Grisy in a fortune, he has settled 5000 £ on the Children of this marriage & a jounter of 140 £ to his widow; Mrs Macgill & Miss drank Tea here yesterday. I have now wrote you all my news. Archie is by & says Mama bid Papa from soon Home, He got a spoonful of Rhubarb for night night [sic] that I think has done him a great deal of good; his couler [sic] is better, and his spirits & appetite very good; Mr Makie takes greatly in this Parish; I have to send twice for the news papers every day before I can get them, I don’t know how they dispose of them, but I am often in danger of losing the post by it. May all thats good evermore attend you My Dearest Jewel. This is from yrs unalterably 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

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.

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