Received your letter of April 28; handwriting has improved. Ask your
brother to assign you and Nancy a piece of the garden; be mindful and weed. "Make it a
rule to do everything in the best manner, and take pains to learn what ...
She and her sister have planted their gardens. Sister Sally has been
inoculated for small pox. Reading a booked entitled The Tales of the Castle by Madam de
Genlis. Will tell John Jay more about it when she sees him.
Much gratified by their letter to her. Mr. Benson told her how well Ann
looked. William coughs a great deal and misses Maria. Aunt (Catherine Livingston) Ridley
did not bring Mathilda with her for a visit. Sends clothes and woo...
Discourses on proper letter-writing. Hopes that Maria has been able to
realize her desire to attend the Bethlehem school. Advice on self-discipline and health:
"I do not mean by this Remark to urge you to unceasing application....
All family misses him. Await news of his and Peter's safe arrival in
England. Hopes that Peter will keep them posted on affairs in England as they know John
Jay will be too busy to write often. William and Sally delight their m...
Has just arrived at her new school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and has been
welcomed warmly. Mrs. and Miss Symms send their best to Sarah Livingston Jay Nancy. Has
found Caroline Broom, sister to Mrs. Fay, there; they had been a...
Forwards a letter for Maria from her brother. Inquires about the school.
Younger children miss her. Mrs. Jay looks forward to a reunion of all her family,
husband and eldest son and daughter, soon.