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To Eliza Durham, 1828 November

1 folder

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Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

November 1828; from Frances Few Chrystie, Mary Chrystie's mother, to Eliza Durham, Mary Chrystie's aunt. Mention of Albert Chrystie, Mary Chrystie's father, visiting a prospective school for Willie and Mary (a school on Fulton St.); also mentions a Mr. Stewart who will be serving as chaplain on a "publick vessel" which will take him to the Sandwich Islands; Frances enquires as to how Eliza's school is coming along and whether or not she is making any money with it; a wedding was held at the Chrystie house (the wedding of George Chrystie and Frances Gallatin); Frances Chrystie also mentions that Willie has a "boy doll" that he plays with, and that he informed her that he was going to be a soldier, to which her response was: "I [told him] I thought it would be better to teach him how to be good than to teach him to fight"; little Mary Chrystie's response to Willie's declaration was "Oh Willie you may look at the soldiers but you must worship God"; also, when asked if she has a message for her aunt, Mary says "she has love for you but she won't send it she will give it to you when she goes to Newburgh."


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Collection History


No materials were separated during 2014 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Eric Johnson in 2002. Finding aid written by Ian Dooley and Miranda Marraccini in 2014.

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To Eliza Durham; Mary Chrystie Papers, COTSEN1, Cotsen Children's Library, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

For additional biographical and geneological information about the Chrystie/ Few families and Mary Chrystie, as well as classroom teaching materials related to the collection, see notes by Eric Johnson at Seeley Mudd Manuscript Library.

Mary Chrystie Collection; 1856-2003; Princeton University Library Records, Princeton University Archives, Special Collections, Princeton University Library.


Eric Johnson, Ohio State University, "Making Mary: Maternal Shaping and the Construction of Childhood in the Mary Christie Archive".