A Hagiography of
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Collection Creator: Chrystie, Mary A., 1825-1842.
Located In: Box 1, Folder 14
Extent: 12.0 pages
Dimensions: Sheet 1, 25.4 x 42 cm, with a 6.2 x 21 cm piece of paper
sewn onto the bottom of the second leaf; sheet 2, 25.4 x 42 cm;
sheet 3, 25.2 x 39.6 cm.
3 sheets folded in half to create 12 pages; each sheet is
loose, although two sheets show signs of having been bound at
some point. Sheet 1 has 4 pages of writing; Sheet 2, 1 page of
writing; Sheet 3, 4 pages of writing.
This collection is open for research.
No date; at least partially written by Albert Chrystie, Mary
Chrystie's father, and perhaps by her mother Frances Few Chrystie. A
hagiography of Mary Chrystie. 9 written pages describing in some
detail Mary Chrystie's spiritual devotion, character, qualities, and
latent intelligence, as well as her loving relationship with her
family--especially her extremely close relationship with her mother,
who was described by Mary as being her "oldest sister. You never
command me, but you tell me what is best, and you deny me nothing,
without convincing me it is best I should do without it"; Mary is
descibed as having begun walking "at less than 10 months old"; at 19
months she was freely talking; at 3 years of age she "could repeat
in her own language the substance" of Watt's First Catechism for
Children; at age 4 she read very well; and "Religious truth made a
sensible impression," so much so that she prayed to be forgiven "for
every sin that she thought she had been committing"; she did not
associate much with friends or servants, choosing instead to invest
her time in her immediate family; she was a "conspicuous"
participant in her father's Sunday evening family Bible class (which
the domestics were also invited to attend); while traveling to Italy
Mary told her mother, "I was never so happy in religion as I am
now--I never loved to pray so much," a statement that her mother
interpreted as a fortelling of Mary's death; her loving character is
testified to: "The last night of her life while resting her head on
her Father's bosom she said Father you promised me a watch when we
got to Geneva. Give it to Mother--do not forget"; very
interestingly, it is mentioned that when Mary was aged 5 or 6 "a
daily journal was begun to be kept of her misdeeds which was read to
her at night. Nothing pained her more than this journal, she would
often entreat that it might not be read & sometimes refuse to
listen--but the effect was always salutary. The journal was not
always kept, but if any fault seemed to be gaining strength the
journal would be renewed for a week or month or longer. Some pages
of it have been found and will show her early character better than
any thing else (see above, item 9 of the "Prayers, Poems, and
Miscellaneous Notes" series for an example). Further anecdotes
detailing Mary's gentle and loving character can be found throughout
A Hagiography of
Mary Chrystie; Undated; Mary Chrystie Papers, Box 1, Folder 14; , Princeton University Library.