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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 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 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

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 (no address) concerning family illness and news

To Mr Campbell

As I thought My Dearest you might be anxious to hear further about the Children I write again by this post to let you know Jack is quite recovered; archie got his Physick yesterday & is very merry and hearty tho indeed his couler [sic] & thiness [sic] makes me uneasy the heat in his hands & foulness of the Tongue is the same as yet; I don’t know what effects the mercury and Rhubarb may have after this; I do nothing hardly but gad about, yesterday I was in Town both Morning & afternoon, the first part of the day seeing my Br, & in the afternoon was at Mrs Campbell Finabs etc: so much more I can do with a companion than without one, for Miss Jenny and I visit together if we miss one place we meet in the next visit I was in hopes to have had My Br here to day to dinner but he has so much bisness he could not come but said he’d come some time to day, or let me know that I might come & see him, he has askd about you often when you are to be here, & how you do, & where you go as all [?] occurrd at different times: he was vastly good and sweet as could be. I hope you are well & am my dearest yrs
Grace Campbell

I believe my dr you need
not look out for a nursery
maid as I think of getting one
I know here.

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 (no address) concerning family news

My Dearest Life
I has the pleasure of yr last wrote just as you was going to set out for Kilhamack, indeed My Dearest I can’t but say I grudged the Ladies yr company to Ardkinlas [sic], as it kept you so much longer from your expedition to Kintire [sic], and I’m afraid when you are there you’ll find things to keep you longer than you intend, so that my Dearest Life I dont expect to see you for long enough, the children I bless God are all very well; Miss Nanny Hamilton is here just now, & longs much for your return; I doubt my Dear your frequent absence’s [sic] from me will make it quite easy & familiar to you to be away, for tho you write me otherwise, you know letters don’t signify as some people often say things in that way they don’t mean; I fancy we shall have Sir James & Lady Hellen here tomorrow, for they are now at Mr Smollets; we have had two very bad days here, yesterday & to day, so Im afraid the weather is broke; My dr Lady Jane & Mr Courtenay was to go for Doublin [sic] about this time, and Im vastly afraid these high winds may overtake them in their passage, & confirm a fear I have long had that I shall never see her more; I have wrote to Miss Kerr about settling my little Jenny in the Country, for I will never risk her in Town again; Archie Im really afraid is born without any natural affection, as he is the only Child I ever saw that seem’d to carry a dislike to their Mother, I assure you it both vexes and angers me that one come of one should have a disposition so opposite to my own. but when I take him home I hope to see better things of him - all here are well, & I am Dearest ever yours unalterably GC
Oct 25th

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 (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.

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, Edinburgh
Thursday July 4th [1754]

Last night I took my usual post day walk to the foot of the avenue, & was so fortunate there My Dear Sweet Life as to receive yrs of tuesday, which gave me the higher pleasure as I had entertain’d some secret apprehensions about your expedition to Cranston from what reason I don’t know, unless it was from the fear of your engaging with a rash driver or a viscious [sic] Horse, which two things were neither of them impossible, and to a timorous mind very probable; tho’ I know my Dearest Jewel you won’t thank me for taking such a Burden upon me; Im heartily glad to hear of Mrs Campbell Finab’s happy Dilivery [sic]; poor Black Betty has ended her days; while Whitestone was at London, she miscarried 3 or four months gone with Child, & in that condition catch’d cold, which immediately fell upon her Lungs, & has hurried her out of the world in a Gallopping [sic] consumption; the poor man is in great concern; her being with Child gave him vast pleasure, so blindly do short sighted mortals often wish for things that prove in the end their greatest misfortunes; from the experience of which, we should all of us learn to submit our own wills intirely [sic] to that of our unerring Maker, because we May generally observe (as Mr Young says) our very Wishes, give us not our Wish; so much my beloved Moitié for serious considerations; none I am sure has fewer wishes left them, than my self, such infinite reason have I with the utmost thankfulness to acknowledge the peculiar kindness of indulgent Heaven, in the favourable disposition of my Lot - Sir James & Lady Ellan were here last night after having replaced Master at School, Miss Semple, yr Sister Jenny, & I go to Rosedu the beginning of next week, & the week after (if it please God) to Halkhead where I hope My Dearest Life to meet you, the very first of the last week in Jully [sic]; you promised me at parting to return the third week of this month, which I have most impatiently long’d for, and kept an exact account of ev’ry day; if you please My Dearest to enclose to me one or two more of those bits of paper you gave me at parting, in case any unlook’d for expences [sic] may cast up when I’m upon My expeditions from Home. I had a long letter yesterday from my Sister Ruthven, who in the kindest manner bids me remember her to you; Rossie was often with my Br Mackenzie while at London & was to see my Br Bute, who he thinks not at all well, & his Spirits sadly Sunk; youll order Nanny Macgrigor here My Dr the minute you leave Town, for the Nurse wants of all things to be Home, indeed I cant blame her, as the Queen should not keep me so long from My Husband, & she seems to have a great tenderness for hers than is at all common among the country people; we all of us long to hear good [? Document damaged] of Lady Banff; Lady Balgony I fancy is near her reckoning [? Document damaged]. My compts & good wishes attend them both; our little folks are both in quite good health, Archie says papa very often & always looks in the mean time to me with a conscious little laugh, expecting approbation; when he is angry he thrashes all about him, & scolds like anything; The Bailie of Kintires Wife and Daughter are here just now, we have had a good deal of rain here, the Hay in the Avenue is mostly cut down but none in yet; in the clover Park hs been all in above a week, except a little that the rain keeps out yet; Miss Betty begs youll send her Stockings directly by the Carrier to Glasgow. She sets out next week for [?] I forwarded yr letter to the Sheriff the same day I receiv’d it; he leaves Inverary [sic] for Kilhamack tomorrow. Remember me my dr to Ld [?], Ld Banff and good Lady Charles’s Family. & believe My dearest most beloved Moitié you have in me a sincerely fond and faithful little Wify. GC.
Do my dear get me some franks from Mr Kerr.

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

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