From William Stevenson to William Kemp   6 February 185[2]


6th. Feby. 185⁠⟨⁠2⁠⟩⁠

Mr. Wm. Kemp

My Dear Sir,

An unusually long time has elapsed without the interchange of letters between us   I hope that you and yours co⁠⟨⁠n⁠⟩⁠tinue all to enjoy your usual good health.

My last letter to you was written more than two months ago when I was just on the eve of m⁠⟨⁠y⁠⟩⁠ marriage.— Since then I have had more anxiety than I ever be⁠⟨⁠fore⁠⟩⁠ had in a corresponding length of time.— A few days before my marriage, my late employer Mr. Wm. Purves met with a dreadful accident at the Linton Station on returning from Edinburgh. ⁠⟨⁠[one line missing]⁠⟩⁠

⁠⟨⁠Si⁠⟩⁠nce I have been almost exclu⁠⟨⁠s⁠⟩⁠ively engaged in arranging his ⁠⟨⁠b⁠⟩⁠usiness matters which were of ⁠⟨⁠a⁠⟩⁠ very extensive & complicated ⁠⟨⁠c⁠⟩⁠haracter.— A considerable time ⁠⟨⁠m⁠⟩⁠ust still elapse before matters ⁠⟨⁠a⁠⟩⁠re arranged so as to flow on ⁠⟨⁠s⁠⟩⁠moothly in their proper chan⁠⟨⁠n⁠⟩⁠els.— I am yet uncertain how ⁠⟨⁠m⁠⟩⁠y own personal interests may be affected by the change, but ⁠⟨⁠I⁠⟩⁠ hope for the best.— The lose ⁠⟨⁠of⁠⟩⁠ an old friend at the present ⁠⟨⁠j⁠⟩⁠uncture is (or at least appears ⁠⟨⁠to⁠⟩⁠ be) peculiarly unfortunate.— ⁠⟨⁠Ho⁠⟩⁠w short-sighted we are after ⁠⟨⁠a⁠⟩⁠ll.— Here have I from prudential ⁠⟨⁠co⁠⟩⁠nsiderations remained single ⁠⟨⁠f⁠⟩⁠or years in spite of my earnest ⁠⟨⁠in⁠⟩⁠clinations, and after carefully ⁠⟨⁠c⁠⟩⁠alculating the best time for ⁠⟨⁠[one line excised]⁠⟩⁠ exactly upon the most unfavoura⁠⟨⁠able⁠⟩⁠   I am glad to say however that I have as yet had no reaso⁠⟨⁠n⁠⟩⁠ to regret the step I have taken, but certainly I shoul⁠⟨⁠d⁠⟩⁠ have enjoyed myself immense⁠⟨⁠ly⁠⟩⁠ more with less harrassment ⁠⟨⁠of⁠⟩⁠ mind than I have had to encounter.—

My Lecture has been ready for some time, but I am rea⁠⟨⁠lly⁠⟩⁠ doubtful as to whether I sha⁠⟨⁠ll⁠⟩⁠ be able to get away from he⁠⟨⁠re⁠⟩⁠ in order to deliver it.— I hav⁠⟨⁠e⁠⟩⁠ so many appointments to ke⁠⟨⁠ep⁠⟩⁠ just now and others are awaiting me connected with the various public trusts for which Mr. Purves acted.— Such meetings of course I must if possible attend as on this m⁠⟨⁠ay [one line excised] v⁠⟩⁠ery likely depend.— If I cannot ⁠⟨⁠g⁠⟩⁠et to Galashiels I shall of ⁠⟨⁠c⁠⟩⁠ourse send timeous intimation. ⁠⟨⁠I⁠⟩⁠n the meantime I shall be ⁠⟨⁠v⁠⟩⁠ery happy to hear how you ⁠⟨⁠ar⁠⟩⁠e getting on.—

With kindest regards to Miss Kemp and all the other ⁠⟨⁠m⁠⟩⁠embers of your Family | I Remain | My Dear Sir | Yours Ever Sincerely | Wm. Stevenson

P.S. Are your lectures well ⁠⟨⁠a⁠⟩⁠ttended this Season?— Mr. Matheson intimates his intention ⁠⟨⁠o⁠⟩⁠f being present when I deliver mine.—

Please cite as “KEMP97,” in Ɛpsilon: The William Kemp Collection accessed on 24 February 2024,