To Frances Few Chrystie
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Collection Creator: Chrystie, Mary A., 1825-1842.
Dates: 1842 April 23-24.
Located In: Box 1, Folder 13
Extent: 2.0 pages
Dimensions: In the shape of a diamond (labeled 10a), 19.3 x 29.6 cm
at widest and longest points. Substantial remains of a black wax
One page cut in the shape of a diamond (labeled 10a) used
as an envelope for item 10b.
This collection is open for research.
Part 1 of 2; this part of the letter (10a) was folded into an
envelope that enclosed the next item (10b).April 23-24, 1842;
postmarked May 19, 1842 at Le Havre, France; from Mary Few, Mary
Chrystie's aunt, to Frances Few Chrystie, Mary Chrystie's mother. A
very densely packed letter--writing covers every available
surface--in which Mary Few comforts her sister over the death of
Mary Chrystie; in spite of her mind being "obtuse to all that is
spiritual," Mary writes to her sister to tell her of various
religious sentiments--and pre-sentiments--that she has had; she
refers to "how tenderly little Albert Gallatin and she [Mary
Chrystie] loved each other in their childhood" and mentions that
Albert Gallatin was affected "most keenly" by the news of her death
and "was in great danger of falling into his Catholic supersitions"
but Mary's "sweet example" might "lure him into the path of truth
and holiness"; she refers to a request made by Mary: "Love and
remember me, but do not weep for me"; and she comforts Frances
Chrystie, reminding her that Mary "chose a better portion even in
the full enjoyment of all that this world could bestow--You
dedicated her to God--you brought her up for him--He has claimed the
free-will offering sooner than you anticipated--He has moved the
tender flower--transported it to a more genial clime..."; Mary Few
also adds the condolences expressed by many other friends and family
To Frances Few Chrystie; 1842 April 23-24; Mary Chrystie Papers, Box 1, Folder 13; , Princeton University Library.
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