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Title:[Letter] 1840 Oct. 10, Columbia Institute [to] Col[onel] Rob[er]t J. Chester, Jackson, Tennessee / Mary Jane Chester : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Chester, Mary Jane

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Date: October 10, 1840
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter dated October 10, 1840, from Mary Jane Chester to her parents, Elizabeth and Robert Chester of Jackson, Tennessee. Mary Jane relates her time spent at the Columbia Institute and how much she misses everyone back home.
Collection:Chester Family Papers, MS25

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Col. Robt. [Colonel Robert] J Chester Jackson Tennessee
per mail] [added: 10 Oct. [October] 1840]

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Columbia Institute
Saturday Oct. [October] 10th 1840Dear Papa & Mama.

You wrote to me that you had received only one letter from me since I arrived here; but this will be the fourth that I have written. I wrote an answer to my sister's on last Wednesday. O! I was so much pleased to receive a letter from her, and it was written so well I wish that I could receive one from brother John . O! I was so very happy to hear that Aunt Narcissa is coming up. I hope that she will not get out of the notion; for if she does I shall be so much disappointed. I shall look for her on Thursday; I wish that you both would come up with her. I had commenced school before I received your last letter. I have been enjoying very health ever since I commenced school.

I remain your affectionate daughter
M. J. [Mary Jane]Chester
Col. Robt. [Colonel Robert] J. & Elizabeth Chester

P.S. I staid [stayed] all nigh [night] at cousin Sam Walker's night and cousin Elen sent for cousin Sally and Kate Wormely and had a Candy Stew; we had a great deal of pleasure. Mr Brinkley arrived here yesterday but I have not seen him yet. I want to see him because he came from


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Jackson ; and I want to hear from home. The letter's have just this minuet [minute] got here and not one line for me. O! me I am so much disappointed; I did expect one to day — but how can I expect to get one every mail & I know I ought not to but I cannot help it. Dear Mama I have got my flanens [flannels] made up. Give my love to all my relations, kiss all of the children for me. give my love to all of my schoolmates; and except [accept] the love of your affectionate Daughter

Mary Jane Chester
Col. R. [Colonel Robert]J. & E. [Elizabeth] Chester
[added: P.S. Give my love to all of the Servants. I would have written Aunt N. [Narcissa] but she will not be at home.]

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