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