Letter:FAWCETT, R to Isabella GAMBILL et all. - 1826-05-03
|To||FAWCETT, Virginia (1806 - 1882), GAMBLE, Isabella, McMAHON, Mary (), WELCH, Martha|
|Date:||03 May 1826|
|Collection||Minna Gauss Reeves collection|
To: Miss Isabella Gambill, Miss Mary McMahon,
Miss Martha Welch and Miss Virginia Fawcett
(To be opened when all are present)
Richmond May 3rd 1826
Its as why ye’d see, theres not one of you but Jinny has written me a line since I "bad luck to me" have been here. Now to come to a fair reconing of the matter, that, all parties may see which way the wind blows, I determined to write you this letter "and farther" to give you to understand that if ye want to keep on the fair side with me ye mon just set sail and traverse a we bit of paper. Why drab it, its but justis and rason. Here I set and "think myself seting down among ye, listening till ye, while ye "taw" to pieces some foure body like me wha might ha been fool enough to raise yer mettle, and dang the word said I "now" for all this and "mair" too, ye lazy lasses ye still keep as silent as if ye had na tongues which "to my sorrow be it said," I can bare good -- witness for many be the nights sleep they have robbed from me Oh! What deceitfull little "pretty" things they are, and Oh! What "pretty," good use you make of them.
Miss Bell we have a tune that is much played here, called The Campbells are coming. "Shiver my topsails" but I reckon you would like to here it
Miss Martha John "poor lad" tells me that the "Bells" are ringing about your ears at a wonderfull rate, such is the delusion of Jonny that he (sees) or hears them even here –
Miss Mary, the "Peach"eys, like me (I fear) are all Frost bitten
Miss Jinny Good luck and a Beau to you
I shall close this Epistle by subscribing myself: My servant till Death – afterwards "yours" – Ladies –
To Miss Isabella Gambill
Deputy Tape Student
No. 76 Mansion House
- ↑ We (Bill Fawcett & I) are unsure as to the identity of R. Fawcett.
Source:Handwritten original in the private collection of the Chambless family.Transcribed to softcopy by Susan D. Chambless, 1998.