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Title:[Letter] 1840 Oct. 7 [to] Mary Jane Chester, Columbia Tennessee / Robert Chester : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Chester, Robert

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Date: October 7, 1840
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter dated October 7, 1840 from Robert Chester to his daughter Mary Jane, who attended a female academy in Columbia Tennessee. Chester discusses family affairs and tells her that Andrew Jackson was at their house for dinner when her last letter arrived.
Collection:Chester Family Papers, MS25

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Jackson Ten [Tennessee]
7 Oct. 1840[added: Paid 18 3/4]
Miss Mary Jane Chester Care of Sam P. Walker
Columbia Ten [Tennessee]
7 Oct [October]1840

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Jackson Ten [Tennessee]
7 Octr [October]40My Dear Child

The recpt [receipt] of your most anxiously looked for letter [gap] came yesterday and released us from a load such as we never before felt—. It came while Genl [General] Jackson and all the family were at our house to dine— you know what a crowd— & my child you can only imagine the joy it gave us.

You must not be astonished that your Aunt Narcissa, has now declined coming up to see you, for the present— since you are so well you must go to school and her coming would only divert your attention from your studys—. I will be up myself in a few weeks. If you are perfectly restored to health you must go to school, but not until you are strong & healthy— Our object in being separated from you is that you may get yr [your] Education & that must be the great business of yr [your] absence—. The carriage has been [unclear: arranged ] and all things ready for a [unclear: start ], waiting the coming of your letter— that letter gave us such relief— now we are happy— I write in haste

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yr [your] ma says you must give her love to Miss Bills & Miss Prior because they sit with you the night you were sick at the academy or Institute—. all of there relatives write me in serv [service] to you— Mother, Sister, Brothers, Aunts, Unkles & Cuzins [Uncles Cousins] Send there love, and also to Cusin [Cousin] Sam, Elen , June, Mrs Walker & all the family— write us again soon

your affectionate Father
Robt [Robert] Chester
[added: When Unkle [Uncle] Jackson is in Columbia you must see him— kiss him & be with him]

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