521 Robinson Building,
Elmira, N. Y.,
April 21, 1924
I wish to apologize for my failure to have answered your previous letters, requesting report [sic] for the Cousins' Book. My work has taken so much of my time1 during the past few months that I have been compelled to neglect any personal matters. My neglect, however, does not indicate any lack of interest in the good work that is being done.
I had intended to work up some information in reference to our great-grandfather Campbell, which I believe would be of interest to all.
When we broke up grandmother's home, I discovered some old copy-books and a diary which were dated around 1810-1820. Evidently some pages are missing from the diary, and part of the writing is illegible, so that it would take quite a little time to translate and compile the information contained therein2. The first pages of the diary show the sale of certain property in Londonderry, Ireland, which evidently was done just prior to the time that the Campbells came to this country3. There is some description of the voyage over to America. They landed in Perth Amboy and then came up the Susquehanna River to Williamsport and from Williamsport they finally came to Nelson4. There is quite a vivid description of the character of the country, the crops that could be grown and the abundance of game, such as bears, deer and the like5.
I am going to make every effort to see if I cannot write up an interesting resume of the papers which I have. I first contemplated having photostatic copies made, but I do not believe that this would be practical as the writing is faded and the pages discolored to such an extent that I am sure we could not get clear copies.
In reading over these old papers, I am impressed more and more with the fact that in our day and age our life is pretty easy, - that we do not and cannot understand the great debt which we owe our forefathers for their labor and efforts in opening up what was then a wilderness.
I trust that all will accept my humble apologies for my apparent lack of interest and neglect in submitting my report.
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