To Eliza Durham
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Collection Creator: Chrystie, Mary A., 1825-1842.
Dates: December 19, no year.
Located In: Box 1, Folder 8
Extent: 4.0 pages
Dimensions: 32.1 x 39.6 cm
Large chunk of paper (approx. 6 x 16.3 cm) missing (does
not affect text). One sheet folded in half.
This collection is open for research.
December 19 (no year), Fishkill Landing. 2 letters (1 from Mary and
one from Mary's mother Frances). Although the letter is dated
December 19, Mary states that it is Christmas Day. She goes on to
enumerate the presents that she has recieved: "battledoor &
shuttlecock - a sugar dog - a cornucopia full of sugar plums - a
beautiful book full of pictures - and wooden cart made by her
brother Willie". Frances expresses a great deal of unhappiness and
weariness due largely, it seems, to the death of her grandmother:
"dear Grandmama - everyday I feel her loss - I cannot express to you
how interesting and how dear to me she was. Oh shall we ever meet
& know & love again?". Adding to her melancholy feelings are
the sickness of a good friend, Mrs. Schink, and Mary's continuing
respiratory ailments. Frances closes by warning Eliza to regulate
her affections for her pet (child?), Robert.
To Eliza Durham; December 19, no year; Mary Chrystie Papers, Box 1, Folder 8; , Princeton University Library.
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