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Chester, Martha B.: [Letter] 1840 Sept. 29, Jackson, Tennessee [to] Mary Jane Chester, Columbia, Ten[nessee] / Martha B. Chester

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My Dear Daughter

Mr. Walkers letter, has given us great distress about you

I hope you will not go back to school untill [until] you are entirely restored to health & strength — indeed we have concluded that we will send for you & bring you home. If you are not right well, when we hear again from you and let you remain here untill [until] the [unclear: Comanst ] of the Winter Session. One Month now has passed of the present session and you are not yet able to go on — I write to day to Mr Walker & tell him our [unclear: delineation ]

We hope, my dear daughter, that you have had no more chills — but if they shoud [should] continue to afflict you we will bring you home — your Brother John & Aunt Narcissa will come for you —

The letter from your little sweet sister — made & written by herself will give you the news — but since her letter was written your cosin [cousin] Martha has presented her loving husband with a fine black headed boy he was born 30 [unclear] — about one oclock [o'clock] in the day time — We have been over to see him to day & find him a fine fellow

Your Mother says she is nearly dead

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to see you and if I would let her she would start in the morning to see you

I trust in our next letter we will receive the [unclear: charing ] news of your restoration to health —

Present us kindly & affectionatly [affectionately] to our kind friends & relatives with whom you are, to evry [every] one individually & collectivly [collectively] we owe them a debt of gratitude which we will ever acknowledge

May the great dispenser of all health restore you & preserve you

your afft [affectionate] Father & Mo [Mother]
Robt [Robert] J and Elizabeth Chester
Miss Mary Jane Chester

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