[Letter] 1842 Nov. 13, Columbia, Tennessee [to] Col[onel] R[obert] J Chester, Jackson, Tennessee / M[ary] J[ane] Chester : a machine readable transcription of an image
Chester, Mary Jane
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November 13, 1842
This document is a letter written by Mary Jane Chester to her father, Robert J. Chester, on November 13, 1842. In the letter Mary Jane tells Robert of events going on in Columbia, Tennessee, where she is attending school at the Female Institute, and inquires about events happening at home in Jackson. She tells him how upset she is that he did not visit her when he promised, and she also speaks of their cousin's new baby, visiting with Governor Polk, and the death of her mother. Mary Jane concludes the letter by asking him to bring her a black muslin when he comes to visit her.
Chester Family Papers MS 25 (January-December 1842)
Columbia Tennessee 13th Nov. [November] 1842My dear Father,
I received yours of the 5th Ult. [Ultimo] with very great pleasure, and hasten to answer it, as some time has elapsed since I last wrote, knowing that you would have an opportunity of hearing from me of Gov. [Governor] Polk , I thought it not necessary to write before. I saw him a day or two [before before] he left, he said that he would call to see me, and carry a letter, but I suppose that he either was in too great a hurry or forgot it.
You cannot imagine how much disappointment I felt when Cousin Sam received your letter saying that you could not make it convenient to visit me at the time you intended. I had promised myself the happiness that saturday, (for you remember it is the day that you told me to look for you) of seeing you and hearing from your own mouth how all at home were. I begin to feel impatient to see you. so do, as soon as you return from Memphis , come up to see me.
I am happy to hear that my Brothers are so well supplied with their winter clothing; indeed I have experienced eneough [enough] of my dear Aunts kindness myself to know that they will supply as much as is in their power the dreadful loss of our Beloved Mother. I feell [feel] very grateful to them, and always shall for the great interest that they have taken in us. I have the pleasure of informing [added: you of the] arrival of another little stranger in Cousin Elens family. he about three weeks old, they have named him Sam, he is a very sweet little baby.
Cousin Jane started to Arkansas last week. We all miss her company very much. she will not return until next summer. Tell Sister that I shall answer her kind letter very soon, and that I hope she will continue to write me often, as you and her are the [added: only] ones of my relations that write to me at all. I think that you ought to write me very often. Indeed I have become weary of asking Brother John .
Give my best love to all my relations, and kiss little Willie B — and Sam .
Your ever affectionate Daughter
M. J. [Mary Jane] Chester
[added: P. S. [Post Script] I have sent to Nashville by Cousin Knox for a Shawl. Cousin Jane purchased a very pretty one for 8$. Mine will be of the same kind. I tell you that, for fear that you would bring one. I should be pleased if you could bring me a nice Black Muslin de Lane, when you come, get it in Nashville that is I believe the only article that I shall need this winter. I have concluded to weare [wear] my old Bonnit [Bonnet], & get a new one next