• Call Number: COTSEN1_c53
    Container: Box 1, Folder 8

To Eliza Durham

4.0 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: December 19, no year.

Located In: Box 1, Folder 8

Extent: 4.0 pages

Dimensions: 32.1 x 39.6 cm

Physical Description:

Large chunk of paper (approx. 6 x 16.3 cm) missing (does not affect text). One sheet folded in half.

Languages: English.

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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.

Preferred Citation

To Eliza Durham; December 19, no year; Mary Chrystie Papers, Box 1, Folder 8; , Princeton University Library.

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