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Title:[Letter] 1840 Dec. 19, Columbia, Tennessee [to] Martha Butler Chester / M[ary] J[ane] Chester : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Chester, Mary Jane

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Date: December 19, 1840
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter written by Mary Jane Chester to her sister, Martha Butler Chester, on December 19, 1840. In the letter, Mary Jane describes how she will spend Christmas in Columbia, Tennessee, and wishes her sister and family a Merry Christmas at home in Jackson, Tennessee.
Collection:Chester Family Papers MS 25 (December 1840)

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Columbia Tennessee Decr. [December] 19th 40
My dear Sister

This being Saturday, and as I have concluded that you do not intend writing to your poor Sister who is far away from you. I will write to you. I know that I would not have treated you as you have treated me. but I will forgive you if you will promise to be a better correspondent hereafter. If you know how much pleasure it gave me to receive your letter, I know that you would write to me again. Mother wrote me three or four weeks ago saying that [added: both] you and brother John intended writing that week to me, but I expect that you have forgotten me by this time. Sister please anser [answer] this letter as soon as you receive it, it would releive [relieve] my mind to see that you have not forgotten me. You cannot imagine [added: how] much disappointed I was to hear that Aunt Narcissa was not comming [coming] up to see me, but I was as much delighted to hear that Papa was coming up. I wondor [wonder] how I shall spend my Christmas the first one that I ever spent from home. You will all be so happy at home the very name of home makes me feel happy. I never knew how much I loved you all until I left home. There is no place like home according to my oppinion [opinion]. Sis [Sister] I am affraid [afraid] that you cannot read this printed letter for it is the first one that I ever trid [tried] to print. You must excuse me for not writing a longer letter for I have not time to write more.

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O [Oh]! it is so cold here. It is a great deal colder than in Jackson. I expect that I feel the cold more sensibly than if I was at home, for there are 40 odd girls, and only two fire places. You know that is not enough for us all to get by. I am so glad that you are not here this Winter on that account. I know that you would freeze. but I do want to so you so much. I know if was at home I would never speak an unkind word to you. Give my love to Mama & Papa & all the children. Aunt N. Aunt P. & all my Uncles & Aunts & Cousins.

I remain your most affectionate Sister
M. J. [Mary Jane] Chester
Miss Martha Butler Chester

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post mark for December 21
Miss Martha B. Chester Jackson Tennessee
[added: 20 Decr [December] 1840]

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