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

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Date: September 17, 1840
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter written by Elizabeth Chester to her daughter, Mary Jane Chester, on September 17, 1840. In the letter, Elizabeth wishes good health to her daughter, and expresses her and her family's desire to see Mary Jane soon. Elizabith writes of missing her daughter, the sickness of a dear relative, and information concerning the relocation of some of Mary Jane's friends.
Collection:Chester Family Papers MS 25

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[added: Jackson Ten [Tennessee]
18 Sept 40 [September 1840] } Paid 18 3/4]

Miss Mary Jane Chester Columbia Ten [Tennessee]
My Dear Mother18 Sep [September] 1840

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Jackson Sept [September] 17th 1840
My Beloved Daughter

By Mr Brinkley , we received your very welcome letter. it has in past relieved us from great anxiety about you, I hope my dear Child, you have entirely recovered and you must not think of commencing school untill [until] you have regained your streng [added: t] h [strength] you must get Flannile [Flannel] and have a couple of skirts made immediately it was very thoughtless in me not to have made thim [them] before you left home, there is a Thousand things I have thought off since you left that you ought to have, I have made you some Canton Flannile [Flannel] draw's intending to have sent them by Mr Brinkly [Brinkley] he went before I knew it, — You regret my dear, that your Aunt Narcissa did not go up with you, but [added: it] us a providential thing that she did not, she too has had a sivere [severe] attack of Fever, She was taken on Saturday last with a Chill and had a high fever, She missed her chill yesterday and today is sitting up She talks a great deal about you, indeed we all think of sparsly [sparsely] anything else — The [added: I have only [only] a moment to Say, her anxiety we have been [unclear: strech you ] I to add my prayers to [unclear: have give ]] . Will soon Yr afft [Your affectionate] Father Robt [Robert] J. Chester

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I hope by this time you are reconciled to your situation I have no doubt when you become acquainted with the girles [girls] at the Institute you will be much pleased, I regret that you cannot sleep in the second story I shall suffer so much on account of Fire I have some news to write that will interest your Friend Betty Hale was here this morning said that her Father has determined to take her and Josaphene to New Orleans in October Mrs Hale is a going to move down at the same time; Bet will write to you next week all, Our relations are well except Aunt Narcissa —

To Doct [Doctor] Hays and all the Walker Family tender our sincere thanks and gratitude for there kindness and attention to you, I knew they would be kind to you, Mary Jane my heart overflows with love and gratitude to god [God] that you are spared to us, I hope my daughter you will "(remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth that thy days may be long") Papa got home on Saturday last told me how much you were pleased with the rocks and creeks I think when we return

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You and I will take a good comfortable waiding [wading] in some of those beautiful creeks, in you next letter you must give me an account of your situation what class you are in and every thing write my dear Daughter to your Mother and Father as if you were talking to us let us know all your thoughts feelings wishes your Father will be to see you in October about six weeks from this time be has business in Nashville I will Send you up some Articles by him if there is any thing in perticular [particular] that you want write me word — your Uncle Robert and Cousin Jane leaves on Monday next for Florida all the children unite with Papa and myself with love and Blessings to you may the Great and good god [God] watch over and guide you is the Prayer of your —

Affectionate Mother
Elizabeth Chester
[added: PS [Post Script] the servents [servants] all send there love to you Aunt Nancy says She wishes she had been with you to nurse you when you were sick]

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