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Title:[Letter] 1841 Jan. 7, Columbia Female Institute, [Tennessee] [to] Elizabeth Chester / M[ary] J[ane] Chester : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Chester, Mary Jane

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Date: January 7, 1841
Extent: 4p
Summary:This document is a letter written by Mary Jane Chester to her mother, Elizabeth Chester, on January 7, 1841. In the letter, Mary discusses events taking place at the Female Institute in Columbia, Tennessee. She mentions classes she is taking and planning to take, making clothes for herself and her sister, and a story involving a mail carrier.
Collection:Chester Family Papers MS 25 (January 1841)

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Columbia Female InstituteJanuary 7th 1841
My dear dear Mama

I would have answered your very kind [added: letter] sooner but I thought that Papa would give you all the news. As I want to receive a letter very much indeed from home. I will [will] write so that you will have to answer it. You cannot imagine how much pleasure it gave me to see my Papa; he told me so much about you all. I made him tell me what how all the children were employed when he left home and all about Aunt N's [Narcissa's] sickness. O [Oh]! Mother I disliked for him to leave me so much. he promised me that he would visit me again in March. I do sincerely hop [hope] that he will remain with me longer. I sent by Miss Littlefield to Nashville for my Dress in Box but there was none there but w [added: h] at cost 20 or 30$ and certainly she did not purchase it. She got me a little trunk which will answer my purpose just as well. Mama Mr Smith has requested all of us girls to

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subscribe to the Organ. he says that 2, 3, 4, or 5 dollar will be sufficient for each one. He told us about it four or five weeks ago but I forgot to mention it to Papa until now, for my mind has been so much occupied with other things. Tell Papa as much as he is willing for me to subscribe please to send it in any next letter & I will give it to him.

Dear Mama this day two week is the examination. O [Oh]! I do try so hard to be prepared for it. This morning I was out of my bed two hours before day Break. [unclear: studying ]. I think that I could do very well if it was not for my Composition. There is one consolation no person will know who the compositions belongs to. I wish that Papa or some one of my relations would come up to it. If it was not for my French. I would have more time to study my other Studies. My Music Teacher has not concluded what peice [piece] I shall play at the Examination. I want to take under some other teacher next session for I do not think that Mrs Boardman does me justice, as I told Papa.

We are engaged all day Sundy [Sunday] (except when we are at Church) in reciting our Moral Philosophy and Some Prayers, out of the Prayer Book. I entend [intend] to study all next Saturday.

O [Oh]! that was such a pretty Book that Papa sent me; it gave me so much pleasure to receive it. Yesterday you know it rained [added: rained] very hard. When Uncle Jim came from the Post Office with the letters all the girls crowed [crowded] around him to see who had one. his hat being very wet. one of the girls out of mischief knocked off his hat. When he gave Mr Smith the letters he told Mr S [Smith] — that one of the girls had knocked his hat off. and he asked him why did

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not he return the compliment and knock them down. Now dont [do not] you think that was wrong in Mr Smith.

Please excuse my wretched writing for I am such a hurry. If Mr S [Smith] — knew that I was writing he would not like it.

Your affectionate Daughter
M. J. [Mary Jane] Chester
Mrs E [Elizabeth] Chester
[added: P. S. [Post Script] Write soon & often. I received a letter from Beth the other day. She is enjoying herself so much. She says that she has has not received one line from any of her relations since she left Jackson . She requests to ask them to write to her. Kiss little Sam and all the children for me & Papa. Give my love to all my relations. Tell Aunt Nancy and all the servants how'dye [howdy] for me. I can assure you that I wish that [added: Aunt] Nancy was here. to do up my clothes & help me Dress. but I do not have much of that to do. Mama can Samuel talk yet Papa told me that he could nearly Speak Mind the first word that he speaks must be Sister Janey. Tell sister Martha that I am Working her some Pants. of Saturday and will send them the first opportunity that I get. They are very small preasents [presents] but I want to do something for her. I wish that I could see her, and all of you; how is little Mary Ormand . does she remember me. and cousin Jane Rawlings children. I dont [do not] want any of them to forget me. Give my love to Aunt N. & P. Your Daughter M. J. [Mary Jane] Chester
Mrs. E. [Elizabeth] Chester]

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Mrs Elizabeth Chester
[added: 7th Jany [January] 1841][added: I have not time to write this letter over or I should certainly do it. Please excuse me. I do not expect that I can write next Week for I shall so busy]

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