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Title:[Letter] 1840 Sept. 29, Columbia [to] Elizabeth Chester, Jackson, Tennessee / Mary Jane Chester : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Chester, Mary Jane

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Date: September 29, 1840
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter written by Mary Jane Chester to her mother, Elizabeth Chester, on September 29, 1840. In the letter, Mary Jane discusses her recent illness, her desire to return home, and her schooling at the Institute. She says that the Institute is very strict against girls and that there are 112 scholars enrolled in school there.
Collection:Chester Family Papers MS 25

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[added: 29th Sept [September] 1840 [added: 18]

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Mrs. Elizabeth Chester Jackson Tennessee

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Columbia Sept. [September] 29th 1840
My Dear Mother

I received your kind & affectionate on last Monday. I was shaking very hard with a Chill when I got it — I went up to the Institute on Monday & had a Chill that day about 12 oclock [o'clock]; Cousin Elen came over in the evening for me to go home with her but Mr Smith said that I had better not go untill [added: untill [until]] next morning. I had another Chill on Wednesday but have had none scince [since]. They gave me a great deal of Quinine & Toddy. I took Pills that night and Oil the next morning & Doct [Doctor] Hays Bled me. I think now that I am entirely well. I will start to School tomorrow if the weather Premits [Permits] Cousin Sam says that I must stay at his house for the first two or three nights. I am verry [very] sorry indeed to hear that Aunt Narcissa has been sick but I hope that she is well now. tell her that she must not get out of the notion of coming up Christmas. we will have only one week's vacation. Cousin Jane & Mary Eliza started to Nashville to day [today] on a trip of pleasure. I expect I shall be put in the second senior class but do not know exactly yet where I shall. I think Mr Smith is a very fine man. he is verry [very] polite Bows a great deal but he is at the same time very positive. I like Mrs Smith verry [very] much indeed. She came up in the Sick

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room two or three times to see me. I think one side of her face is very much like Aunt Frances .

We have to write either a letter or a composition every week. Mr Smith makes the Girls let him read their letters: but they may put as long a Post Script as you like afterwards. Tell Bet I would have written to her sooner but I have been sick. I intend writing to her this week or next week if I have time. Mama tell Brother John that he must write to me. & Sister too. Oh Mother you have no idea how much I want to see home & every person there. It seems to me if I could see you all I would give every thing that I have got in this world. Oh you have no idea how verry [very] strict they are at the Institute the will not allow the girls to speak one word in school. They have a very large bell that they ring every half hour and evry [every] one of the girls does not run down stairs & back they are censured they have luncheon at 12 oclock [o'clock] & dinner at three. I dont [do not] know all of the rules but the girls says that they are very strict. There are 112 scholars at the Institute. I became acquainte [acquaint] with a great many of them. Ophelia Bills & Mary Prior came in & set up with me nearly all that night that I staid [stayed] there. I think they are both very fine girls. Dear Mother give my love Aunt N Aunt P & all of the relations. tell them all to write to me. Cousin Elen & Cousin Sam sends their love to you Aunt Narcissa A P and all of the relations kiss all of the children for me

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tell Papa the he must be sure to come up in October.

I remain your affectionate Daughter
Mary Jane Chester
Mrs Elizabeth Chester

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