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Title:[Letter] 1840 Dec. 20, Columbia Female Institute, [Tennessee] [to] Col[onel] Rob[er]t J & Elizabeth Chester / Mary Jane Chester : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Chester, Mary Jane

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Date: December 20, 1840
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter written by Mary Jane Chester to her parents, Robert and Elizabeth Chester, on December 20, 1840. In the letter, Mary Jane wishes her family a Merry Christmas and expresses her wishes to be with them on the holiday.
Collection:Chester Family Papers MS 25 (December 1840)

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Columbia Female InstituteDecember 20th 1840
My dear Mama & Papa.

As it is Sunday and as the weather is too disagreeable for us to go to church. I think that I could not find a more pleasant than writing to my dear Mama & Papa. I know that you will think that it is not right for me to write on Sunday, but I want my letter to arrive there on Christmas day. You have no idea how much pleasure it would give me to receive one on that day. This letter I know will not find Papa at home. but I have not written to him for so long a time. that I am afraid that he will not like it. I have commenced looking for Papa up to see me. I wish that he would make haste and come. I am so very impatient to see him. Mama how do you intend spending your Christmas? I know that you will all be so happy. I do wish that I was at home. If I was I should be the happiest creature living. By [added: the] next Christmas I expect I shall be at our happy home. I always beleived [believed] that I got all no loved you, but I never knew that I loved you so well and my sister & brothers. O [Oh] how

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much I do want to see them. I wrote a letter to Sister Yesterday Do tell her to answer it soon. If you know how happy it make me to receive letter I know that you would write often You must forgive me for being so extravagant in my wishes for letters, for I do love to receive them so much. I commenced this letter with the determination that I would not ask for any letters but I had wrote for some before I thought of myself. Excuse my short letter. Give my love to all my relations. Kiss the children.

I remain your ever affectionate Daughter
Mary Jane Chester
Col. Robt. [Colonel Robert] J. & Elizabeth Chester
[added: P.S. [Post Script] O [Oh]! I forgot to say Christmas Gift.]

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post mark seal for December 21
Col. [Colonel] Robert J. Chester Jackson Tennessee
[added: 26 Decr [December] 1840]

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