To Catherine Few
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Collection Creator: Chrystie, Mary A., 1825-1842.
Dates: 1842 June 15.
Located In: Box 1, Folder 13
Extent: 4.0 pages
Dimensions: 27.5 x 43 cm
One sheet folded in half.
This collection is open for research.
June 15, 1842, Geneva (date and place taken from note from Frances
Chrystie; year taken from postmark); postmarked July 1, 1842 (no
place); 2 letters to Catherine Few (Mary Chrystie's grandmother),
one from William Few Chrystie (Mary's brother) and one from Frances
Few Chrystie (Mary's mother). William consciously avoids writing
about the death of his sister Mary and the illness of his father and
instead describes his travels for his grandmother in order to
"afford...some passing amusement"; Willie has thoroughly enjoyed
Italy, preferring Rome should he stay to study, but liking Florence
better "for amusement and excitement of every kind"; Venice,
"although very striking at first sight soon becomes too monotonous,
and the motion of the gondolas although by way of variety still soon
becomes exceedingly tiresome"; also described in brief are Milan, a
sailing trip around Lake Como, a day spent rowing on Lake Maggiore,
an ascent of Simplon Mountain, a visit to Chillon castle and its
dungeons (made famous by Lord Byron's "The Prisoner of
Chillon"--while there the Chrysties were disappointed in their
attempt to introduce themselves to the Countess of Sellon; Frances
Chrystie adds a note stating that Albert has recovered from the
illness he suffered in Milan, thereby saving her from being "doubly
bereaved"; she refers to Mary's death: "...all is not taken from me
tho' that which gave me enjoyment in all (sic) is"; she also
mentions that they will be returning home via London, and
cryptically adds that they may be detained there: "We cannot
entirely control our own movements. As soon as we get to L I will
let you know why, at present I am bound to secrecy"; she closes by
telling her mother that she had a dream in which her Aunt Lizzy(?)
appeared to her and told her "All was well," (see also below, item 3
of the "Post-mortem items" series). Frances Chrystie concludes with
the following words: "...& so it is dear Mother if Jesus died
for us all is well--well for time and well for eternity."
To Catherine Few; 1842 June 15; Mary Chrystie Papers, Box 1, Folder 13; , Princeton University Library.