• Call Number: COTSEN1_c73
    Container: Box 1, Folder 11

To Anna Cambreling (sic)

4.0 pages

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

Dates: circa 1840 August 19.

Located In: Box 1, Folder 11

Extent: 4.0 pages

Dimensions: 25.3 x 39.8 cm

Physical Description:

One sheet folded in half.

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.


Dated August 19 (no year, but circa 1840), Pelham Priory; Postmarked August 22 at New Rochelle, New York; from Mary Chrystie. Labeled "(No 2)" in an unknown hand on top of first page. A very newsy and interesting letter in which Mary describes her life and surroundings at Pelham Priory; she is involved in "a little scoiety...to work for the poor in the neighborhood" (sewing for poor families) and it is while delivering some of the clothes they have prepared that Mary, in an attempt to skirt around a swampy area, falls off a fence into some bushes and brambles concealing "poison vines"--the cause of Mary's "poisoning" mentioned in a letter to her great aunt and to her mother (see Letters to Maria Montgomery 4 and Miscellaneous Letters 1 and 2). Mary describes numerous Revolutionary War sites in the area, including an immense rock in the forest used by Americans to grind corn, the "haunted oak" where "several men were hung...during the war," and small spring where two Americans were shot by the British while having a drink; she also describes an interesting Irishman ("quite an original character"), a workman at the Priory; and she describes a "post office" that she and her friends have established at which they deposit letters they write to each other under fictitious names (Mary is Lady Albertine Collona of Geneva, Switzerland, but she is considering changing her name to Biddy O'Brian of Cork, Ireland); Mary also transcribes a letter she has received from the "Duke of Wellington," written by Ada Bolton.

Preferred Citation

To Anna Cambreling (sic); circa 1840 August 19; Mary Chrystie Papers, Box 1, Folder 11; , Princeton University Library.

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