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Title:[Letter] 1840 Oct. 17, Jackson, Tennessee [to] Mary Jane Chester, Columbia, Ten[nessee] / John Chester : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Chester, John

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Date: October 17, 1840
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter written to Mary Jane Chester on October 17, 1840, and contains two letters. The first letter is from her brother John, and discusses family events, mainly one involving a dinner where Andrew Jackson, Governor Polk, and Judge Grundy were in attendance. The second letter is from her mother, Elizabeth, and expresses feelings of love for her daughter.
Collection:Chester Family Papers MS 25

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post mark seal
John Chester
Paid 18 3/4]
Miss Mary Jane Chester Care of Saml. [Samuel] P. Walker Esq. [Esquire] Columbia Ten [Tennessee]
[added: My Dear Mother
and Sister
17 Octr [October] 1840]

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Jackson Tennessee 17th October 1840
My Dear Sister

Papa Recieved [Received] your kind and affectionat [affectionate] letter on yesterday and it gave us great Pleasure to here [hear] that you have entirely recovered from your sickness and had commenced school. He also recieved [received] a letter from Mr Smith spekeing [speaking] in very [added: flattering] terms of your Progress. Aunt Narsissa has been very sick again but she is better now and She has give out the notion of coming up untill [until] [added: Christmas] Cousin Jane is very sick. Cousin Martha [unclear: Hine ] has a fine boy named William Edward .

We had a great dinner here on the 8.

Uncle Jackson , Govener [Governor] Polk , Judge Grundy , and a great many others distinguished strangers were here.

The Procession was formed in front of the court House dooer [door], and they marched up to uncle Wills When Uncle Jackson was recived [received] and conducted under a large escort to the spring.

He was recieved [received] in the stand by Mr McClanahan and welcomed in [added: a] very handsom [handsome] speech to which Uncle Jackson replied, You will see th [the] Procedings [Proceedings] in

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th [the] union. Papa says that you must ask cousin Sam for the union and Read it yourself.

We had great feastings you may depend; Their [There] was 65 Beeves [Beefs] 70 or 80 Muttons and 160 sho[added: a]tes [shoats] all barbacude [barbecued] very nice and they had an ash poon baked in one of the Barbacue [Barbecue] pits 4 feet Long 9 foot wide it had 2 1/2 Bushels of Meal in it and the name of Jackson Written on it the Poon was Placed at th [the] head of one of the Tables and on it was Placed 1 Turkey 9 Pigs & uncle Jackson, Governer [Governor] Polk, Judge Grundy, dined on it. Their [There] were 6 tables in all 3/4 of a Mile long. Miss Catherin [Catherine] Fuftin was married to Dr. [Doctor] Jones last Thursday night. I remember of no other news that would interest you.

We had a great Deal of Rain by which it is feared that it will injure th [the] crops.

Mama, Papa, and all of the children, Aunt N [Narsissa] Aunt P & uncle Will sends their love to you and all of the servants desin [design] to be Remembered to [too]

I remain your affection Brother
John Chester
Mary Jane Chester

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My Dear Daughter

I Greet you with Love and affection and feel thankful to the giver of all good for your recovery, I shall write you next week

Affectionately your Mother
Elizabeth Chester

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