Sep. 25th 1873
Mrs. Etta Adair Anderson
No. 19 Circuit Court Building
My Dear Aunt,
I write you this short note in the greatest haste, I have since my letter to you of the
14th of August received orders to go on a reconnoisance mission in upper Egypt. I will be
entirely outside of civilization for the next four or five months so that you must not be
surprised at my not answering your letters. You will confer a favor by explaining to my
friends if they should consider themselves neglected.
Kenneh, the town from which I write this note, is situated about four hundred
miles above Cairo, on the river Nile. On the 27th of this month I propose to mount a
dromadary [dromedary] and ride across the desert to Berinice [Berenice]. I will move at
the rate of about ten miles per day and make a thorough survey of the route with a view
ascertaining whether it is practicable to build a railroad from Kenneh to the Red Sea. I
expect to be gone about five or perhaps six or seven months.
Give my love to sister, when you write to her and also to all of my cousins in
Memphis & Uncle Butler & Grandma.
Remember me to Captain Gift & Dr. Freeman and to any friends who may kindly
inquire for me.
Wm. P.A. Campbell
P.S. Do you ever hear from Willie Downing? Give my love to him.
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.