Letter From Murray to Campbell, 8 Dec 1785

Author(s): Campbell, J


St Andrews
Friday 9th Dec

Dear Campbell

I hope yr goodneſs will form some
excuse for my long silence. I can form none for myself
My situation indeed might furnish me with one to
any with whom I was not so much acquainted, but
Mom petit Cabinet was to nearly situated to yr Room
to endeavour to paſs upon you that it was study which
prevented my writing to you sooner. This sentence
I perceive is not very clear but you must do yr
best to find out its meaning as I have not time
to begin my letter again. I condole with you
on yr accident in the Main Coach. I was more lucky
I came to Leeds in one of them without meeting with
any sort of accident. It will have convinced you
I make no doubt of the Truth of the Old Proverb

the more haste the Worse speed. But of convincing
yourself of the truth of this saying be all that you
have gained I think you had better have left it
Yr insinuations with regard to
Maffei are too flattering to be true, I must confeſs
that however anxious I am I find it impoſsible
to persuade myself that I am the Cause of the pains
in her stomach for except it was the melancholy prospect of
yr leaving Kensington that caused her illneſs I can
conceive nothing else that occasioned her confinement
I give you credit for denying it, it is shamefull to
Kiſs and tell. I had leter the other day from [¿]
& another from Chauvet in neither of which her
sweet name is mentioned, I am sorry for it as
an account of her must have made my letter
more acceptable

I dont find myself in a jumor to give you advice
concerning yr conduct thi Winter. there is only
one topic on which I shall at present vouch &
that is beware of _ You know what I suffer
in Kensington, tyo you do not know what I suffered
after I left that place, however you know [¿]
to take care on what ground you go, besides the
sin of the thing as My Mother tells me. I beleive
I may as well give over my morality.
I beg you will give an account of [¿]
is going on with you it is always pleasent
to know that a friend is happy.
I hope you wil excuse this horrid scrawl as
I just upon the Wing for a Ball next letter
If I can shall be more worth reading
Believe me Ever yr affect. Friend
J Murray


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Letter From Murray to Campbell, 8 Dec 1785

Document Information

Document ID 330
Title Letter From Murray to Campbell, 8 Dec 1785
Year group 1750-1800
Genre Personal writing
Year of publication 1785
Place of publication St Andrews, Scotland
Wordcount 435

Author information: Campbell, J

Author ID 361
Forenames J
Surname Campbell