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Title:[Letter] 1841 Feb. 1, Columbia, Tennessee [to] Col[onel] Robert J. Chester / M[ary] J[ane] Chester : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Chester, Mary Jane

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Date: February 1, 1841
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter written by Mary Jane Chester to her father, Colonel Robert J. Chester, on February 1, 1841. In the letter, Mary thanks her father for sending her money, expresses delight that her examination is over, and agrees to comply with his wishes that she not write so many letters home.
Collection:Chester Family Papers MS 25 (February 1841)

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Columbia Tennessee Feby [February] 1st 1841
My dear Papa

Your kind letter of the 24th Ult. [Ultimo] arrived here yesterday. It was very kind in your sending me that money. I gave it to Mr. Smith , he seemed very much pleased and said that it was a very liberal subscription. I told him that $1 1/2 was for the Paper.

The examination is just over. It continued three days there there were not many people the first day [added: on account of the weather] but the [added: third] day the house was crowded. I missed but one question the whole time, and I do not think that I should have missed that one had I not been so much frightened. Mr Walkers family came every day. Cousin Sam said that he intended to write to you immediately after it was over. So I expect that you will receive his letter before you do mine. The Rev [Reverend] Mr Wheat of Nashville was here: and read out the Composition.

Father you requested me in your last letter not to write so many letters. I will discontinue all my letters to every person with the exception of our family. I was very much distressed when I read that part of your letter. I did not think that I had ever written any thing that I would not be willing for any person

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to read. I am very glad that you have told not to write. I will do any thing that I think would please you and Mama I know the reason that you did not speak of it when you were here. You did not like to speak of any thing that you thought would give me pain.

I do not think that I can graduate this Summer. I wish that you would write to Mr. Smith about it. O [Oh]! I should like to graduate so much. I study as hard as it is possible for any one to study. Next session I will try and get the Premium in dilligence [diligence], but I should like for that to remain a secret. I have not time to write a longer letter.

Give my love to Aunt P. [Patsey] & Aunt N [Narcissa] , and all my relations kiss my Sister and brothers and Mama.

I remain your ever affectionate Daughter
M. J. [Mary Jane] Chester
Col Robt [Colonel Robert] J Chester
[added: P. S. [Post Script] I forgot to tell you that I wrote to Grand Mother the other. do you see any impropriety it [it].]

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mathematical figures
3rd Feby [February] 1841
post mark for February 3
Col [Colonel] Robert J Chester Jackson Tennessee

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