• Call Number: COTSEN1_c137
    Container: Box 2, Folder 5

Notebook

58.0 pages

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This collection is stored at Firestone Library, RBSC South East, Cotsen.

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Collection Creator: Chrystie, Mary A., 1825-1842.

Dates: 1837.

Located In: Box 2, Folder 5

Extent: 58.0 pages

Dimensions: 16.6. x 20.2 cm

Physical Description:

Brown paper wrappers printed in black (pictured on front is an engraving of a man lost at sea holding on to a hot air balloon); white paper label with yellow markings and the word "Journal" written on it pasted beneath the engraving, and presumably covering printer/publisher information; multiplication table printed on outside of rear wrapper; 12 additional pages sewn in at the front of the notebook.

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Description

58 pages, all with inscriptions. Brown paper wrappers printed in black (pictured on front is an engraving of a man lost at sea holding on to a hot air balloon); white paper label with yellow markings and the word "Journal" written on it pasted beneath the engraving, and presumably covering printer/publisher information; multiplication table printed on outside of rear wrapper; 12 additional pages sewn in at the front of the notebook. On inside front wrapper is a small profile of a man's head, and written in pen in the hand of Mary Chrystie's mother, Frances Few Chrystie: "Mary Chrystie 12 years old"; inside of rear wrapper covered with small drawings and doodles and the words "William Few Chrystie has this book or in French dis livre" written in the hand of Mary's brother, William Few Chrystie. First 4 sewn in pages: letter from Mary Chrystie in Saratoga Springs to her brother, Willy, in New York City; final 8 sewn in pages: journal entries beginning July 12, 1837 (written while in Saratoga Springs) in which Mary describes family activities in Saratoga. Included in the sewn in pages is an entry from July 16, 1837 describing the death of a family of birds that nested outside their house, and including a 24-line poem written by Mary's mother, Frances Few Chrystie, to commemorate the birds. The notebook's main text block includes journal entries from July 23, 1837 to December 24, 1837. Journal entries include descriptions of daily activities, Bible texts, and other lessons. Mary's mother, Frances Few Chrystie, has corrected many of Mary's errors and commented on her mistakes, penmanship, and overall writing style. It is clear that Mary's journals were evaluated on a regular basis by her mother (see other letters and journal entries).

Preferred Citation

Notebook; 1837; Mary Chrystie Papers, Box 2, Folder 5; , Princeton University Library.


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