Diary of Mary Chrystie
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Collection Creator: Chrystie, Mary A., 1825-1842.
Located In: Volume 3
Extent: 294.0 pages
Dimensions: 16.5 x 20.8 cm
3/4 bound, marbled boards; 4 blank pages at front, with an
additional 4 blank pages at rear; 294 ruled pages.
This collection is open for research.
294 ruled pages, 221 of them with inscriptions, unpaged. Written on front
pastedown: numbers in a column, 2 small drawings of a house, a floorplan(?),
and the outline of Mary Chrystie's hand; pinned to the first page: four
printed stanzas beginning "And thou, my loving child..." from the poem "A
Mother's Thoughts Amidst her Children" by Mrs. Charles Tinsley. Above this
is written "Mary Chrystie / from / her / Father on / Christmas 1837". Drawn
on first recto of the first blank rear fol. is a detailed study of the upper
story and eaves of a house; on verso of second blank fol. at rear is an
outline of Mary's foot. Written on rear pastedown: column of dates (Monday
14 to Wednesday 14, followed by "How I will jump when I can say this day is
Wednesday 14 October 1840". Written next to S 27: "Here I am now"); a few
odd words; another floorplan and a few squiggles; verso of last ruled folio
bears what looks to be an expense ledger begun on 1 January 1839, with
entries for cash and candy. Mary wrote consistently in this journal up to
page 221 (fol. 111). Odd pages thereafter bear writing--after some blank
pages Mary writes "I wonder where I will be when I get here / I am now at
the Priory longing for home". Laid in the MS are 2 pieces of colored scrap
paper (greyish purple and dark pink); sewn into the pages in various
locations are feathers and fur belonging to Mary's pet birds, other birds,
and dogs. This is the journal Mary remarks upon in one of her letters as
having received from her father for Christmas in 1837. She wrote in it while
in school at Pelham Priory, 1837-1840.
Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.
Diary of Mary Chrystie; 1837-1840; Mary Chrystie Papers, Volume 3; , Princeton University Library.
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