A letter from Robert Stephenson, Bogota, dated 7th August 1825 addressed to this stepmother. He apologises for the gaps between his letters as he has just completed a 1100 mile trip, which took two months and during which he never spoke English. He also states that he misses England and the fireside.
Bogota August 7th 1825
My Dear Mother
I am just moving off to Mariquita and will be with Empson in 3 days - I have just received a letter from him, he is extremely busy in a short time he will be quite a miner he has his hands full and [as] well as me - I have three days ago returned from another long journey which has prevented me from writing so often as I otherwise would have done. I know the most of my friends think me very neglectful but I cannot help it, I am as much perplexed with my engagements as my dear father with whom I long to be to take one half of his burthen. The last journey I made has been upwards of 1100 miles and continued for two months all of which time I never spoke English (excepting once) I have a black servant who jogs on a mule with me all day long and day after day - you may easily conceive how often I think of an English fireside and all the joys that spring around it-
The numerous objects that attracts one's attention drives away malancholy [sic] which it would be impossible to keep from without such a variety as the country presents both in beautiful scenery & minerals- Ed. Storey will think me very ungrateful for not writing to him, but will do so next post. I hope you received my letter containing the description of our house at Mariquita. I have one more journey to perform and then I have prospects of advancing near home but hope to be better able in a month or two to inform you more particularly on this subject- I have no time at present to write more: the mules are saddled and ready and I must go - Good health attends me.
& Believe me dear Mother your Affectionate Son