• Call Number: COTSEN1_c101
    Container: Box 1, Folder 13

To Catherine Few

4.0 pages

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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

Physical Description:

One sheet folded in half.

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

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."

Preferred Citation

To Catherine Few; 1842 June 15; Mary Chrystie Papers, Box 1, Folder 13; , Princeton University Library.

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