Letter to Ann R. Frost from her mother, Mary Smith Grimke, April 28, 1826

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    April 28th 1826 My dear Ann I have been anxiously looking for the arrival of some vessel, to answer your letter, at length the Carolinian has made her appearance, and affords me the opportunity of dis- charging the debt so long due, for it is upwards of a month since I received your affectionate letter accompanied with a copy of verses, appropriate to the occasion, and congenial to my feelings; and for which accept of my sincere thanks, being a mark of your attention among many others, [which?] I hope I have duly appreciated. Our Beloved Ben, with Child were brought here on the day five months they met their death; their mortal pasts are deposited in St. Paul’s Church yard, [of Mary’s desire;] as she intends Her shipping at that place, where she promises herself, the mourn- ful satisfaction of beholding the place where his remains, with that of the Infant be: the expense the same as putting them in the Family vault, for as we have left St. Philips, we are no longer considered as leaving a claim with the Members of that Church; and your good Brother wished to gratify poor May in all that was reasonable, and therefore, as I had no objections, he willingly complied: if the spirit is with God, so as the Mortal part is put into sacred ground, it matters little where it may be, especial- ly to me who must shortly mingle with my Mother Earth.— You will be somewhat surprised when I tell you that Angelina has joined the Presbyterian Church, she is now a Member of Mr. McDowels small Church near Mr Frost; she has been sometime under serious impressions; indeed I may say, ever since our affection, and Mr. McDowells Preaching [illegible] some A[illegible] tight [on?] Religion, that she has devoted herself to the cause with zealous earnestness, and I have no doubt will be an ornament to the Christian calling: she is at Prayer Meeting twice every week by Sunrise, and attends three times on the Sabbath beside going to Sunday School before the service for the day commen- [End page 1] ces, she also attends worship with me on Thursday evening, and sometimes on another evening; in Wednesday Afternoon all the Girls attend a Bible class at Mr McDowells, and I have reason to be- lieve they are three of his best scholars: Angelina puts me in mind of Sally and is walking in her footsteps, she has relinquished all fashionable Company and is very plain in her dress, thinking that the Ornament of a Christian is a quiet and meek spirit: thus has the Lord opened the eyes of this precious Child, and has taught her in the [concise?] of a few months to love, and prefer her Savior before all things truly we may say, it is good to be affected, and I trust that more than me have experienced the sanctifying influences, of his Holy Spirit: Marys letters [illegible] the language of love, and Resignation for though she still feels her loss severely, she has never murmured at her sad fate, but believes all will work for good to her soul. I will now proceed to answer your graces as well as I am able; when Mr. Frost left town., her returning second to de- pend on Henry possessing the House; she told me that it would be offered for sale, and if not more than 4000 [dollars] were offered for it, that Henry intended to take it as a part of his portion of the Estate; I have never heard of his buying it, but as he is repairing it, the conclusion is that he owns it: He went for his Mother the beginning of the Month, and they are expected in Town in the course of the present week: Mrs. Hough Rutledge is also ex- pected, and proposes staying with Mrs. F should she be in the City on her arrival: Report says that Edward is addressing Miss [Hory?], and it is supposed that if he is not too long about the business, that she will accept of him: she has a handsome Fortune independent of her Father: you are so partial to Edward, that I know that you will rejoice in his probably good Fortune.—Smyths proper- ty is not yet sold, but will be shortly, when we shall re- ceieve the money arising from the Sale; you know that Law is slow in its operation, and that we must be pati- [End page 2] ent, and [illegible] that so much has been saved out of the [pie?] for Tom was very desponding about this debt, and at one time, I should have been glad if he had taken it for what we owed him; this is the Bond that your Father offered him some years ago, and which would have settled every thing between them, but which he refused; it is now improbably that he should ever get the whole of the Legacy with in- terest, so that he will be the loser: the debt due him for money advanced the Estate is paid except about 1800 [dollars] which he will receive as soon as Smyths debt to him is paid Mrs and Mr [illegible] bonds were divided between him and me, he had the greatest portion: the Estate still owes me 1400 [dollars] which will also be paid from this source: the Lot on Har- lestons Green and the Shares in the Santee Canal are still the property of the Estate, so that I hope all will be put on a footing, as soon as we can ascertain the amount of sales; I should like to see everything settled before my departure but if I am not permitted, I shall be satisfied, th[illegible] is right: the jar of pickled Walnuts was sealed [damaged] but little more than half full, the jar rather of a large size the number sent were what you mentioned—the sweet meats you sent me are all eat, and any others that it will suit you best to make, will be acceptable; but I must request you will not put yourself to an expense you may not easily afford, I know that your heart is willing and therefore I will take the will for the deed: I desired Angelina to let me pay for the handkerchiefs you wrote for, but though she took the precaution of getting Sophia to choose the [illegible] I am afraid it is not such as you will approve, for certain I am, that it is not India; which is seldom to be met with here: but you must wear them for my sake: Mrs. Frost has just sent me work of her arrival, but I shall not be able to see her until the next week, as the Carriage is now at the Coach makers for repair [End page 3] Our Friend Mrs. F has just left me, she came to acquaint me with Edwards good luck, which she seems very well pleased with. I found the house has not been sold and that it is the intention of the [Doc?] and Mrs. F. to hire it jointly. The little book you sent me, I am now read- ing, and approve of the sentiments much for they are truly Gospel I am much obliged to you, or Sally, whichever sent it for there is no mention made of it to me or the Girls. It is now time to notice my little Darling who must be quite well as there is nothing said of her: Kiss her for me and tell her I can never forget her, and I hope she will remember me; Tell Sally what I have written concerning Angelina for I know it will give her pleasure to find her wishes have been answered, and that she is now a Sister in Christ. Adieu and Believe me when I assure you of the affection of your Mother M Grimke [End page 4] [To:] Anna R. Frost, Orange, New Jersey 1831 postmarked [End page 5]
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    April 28th 1826 My dear Ann I have been anxiously looking for the arrival of some vessel, to answer your letter, at length the Carolinian has made her appearance, and affords me the opportunity of dis- charging the debt so long due, for it is upwards of a month since I received your affectionate letter accompanied with a copy of verses, appropriate to the occasion, and congenial to my feelings; and for which accept of my sincere thanks, being a mark of your attention among many others, [which?] I hope I have duly appreciated. Our Beloved Ben, with Child were brought here on the day five months they met their death; their mortal pasts are deposited in St. Paul’s Church yard, [of Mary’s desire;] as she intends Her shipping at that place, where she promises herself, the mourn- ful satisfaction of beholding the place where his remains, with that of the Infant be: the expense the same as putting them in the Family vault, for as we have left St. Philips, we are no longer considered as leaving a claim with the Members of that Church; and your good Brother wished to gratify poor May in all that was reasonable, and therefore, as I had no objections, he willingly complied: if the spirit is with God, so as the Mortal part is put into sacred ground, it matters little where it may be, especial- ly to me who must shortly mingle with my Mother Earth.— You will be somewhat surprised when I tell you that Angelina has joined the Presbyterian Church, she is now a Member of Mr. McDowels small Church near Mr Frost; she has been sometime under serious impressions; indeed I may say, ever since our affection, and Mr. McDowells Preaching [illegible] some A[illegible] tight [on?] Religion, that she has devoted herself to the cause with zealous earnestness, and I have no doubt will be an ornament to the Christian calling: she is at Prayer Meeting twice every week by Sunrise, and attends three times on the Sabbath beside going to Sunday School before the service for the day commen- [End page 1] ces, she also attends worship with me on Thursday evening, and sometimes on another evening; in Wednesday Afternoon all the Girls attend a Bible class at Mr McDowells, and I have reason to be- lieve they are three of his best scholars: Angelina puts me in mind of Sally and is walking in her footsteps, she has relinquished all fashionable Company and is very plain in her dress, thinking that the Ornament of a Christian is a quiet and meek spirit: thus has the Lord opened the eyes of this precious Child, and has taught her in the [concise?] of a few months to love, and prefer her Savior before all things truly we may say, it is good to be affected, and I trust that more than me have experienced the sanctifying influences, of his Holy Spirit: Marys letters [illegible] the language of love, and Resignation for though she still feels her loss severely, she has never murmured at her sad fate, but believes all will work for good to her soul. I will now proceed to answer your graces as well as I am able; when Mr. Frost left town., her returning second to de- pend on Henry possessing the House; she told me that it would be offered for sale, and if not more than 4000 [dollars] were offered for it, that Henry intended to take it as a part of his portion of the Estate; I have never heard of his buying it, but as he is repairing it, the conclusion is that he owns it: He went for his Mother the beginning of the Month, and they are expected in Town in the course of the present week: Mrs. Hough Rutledge is also ex- pected, and proposes staying with Mrs. F should she be in the City on her arrival: Report says that Edward is addressing Miss [Hory?], and it is supposed that if he is not too long about the business, that she will accept of him: she has a handsome Fortune independent of her Father: you are so partial to Edward, that I know that you will rejoice in his probably good Fortune.—Smyths proper- ty is not yet sold, but will be shortly, when we shall re- ceieve the money arising from the Sale; you know that Law is slow in its operation, and that we must be pati- [End page 2] ent, and [illegible] that so much has been saved out of the [pie?] for Tom was very desponding about this debt, and at one time, I should have been glad if he had taken it for what we owed him; this is the Bond that your Father offered him some years ago, and which would have settled every thing between them, but which he refused; it is now improbably that he should ever get the whole of the Legacy with in- terest, so that he will be the loser: the debt due him for money advanced the Estate is paid except about 1800 [dollars] which he will receive as soon as Smyths debt to him is paid Mrs and Mr [illegible] bonds were divided between him and me, he had the greatest portion: the Estate still owes me 1400 [dollars] which will also be paid from this source: the Lot on Har- lestons Green and the Shares in the Santee Canal are still the property of the Estate, so that I hope all will be put on a footing, as soon as we can ascertain the amount of sales; I should like to see everything settled before my departure but if I am not permitted, I shall be satisfied, th[illegible] is right: the jar of pickled Walnuts was sealed [damaged] but little more than half full, the jar rather of a large size the number sent were what you mentioned—the sweet meats you sent me are all eat, and any others that it will suit you best to make, will be acceptable; but I must request you will not put yourself to an expense you may not easily afford, I know that your heart is willing and therefore I will take the will for the deed: I desired Angelina to let me pay for the handkerchiefs you wrote for, but though she took the precaution of getting Sophia to choose the [illegible] I am afraid it is not such as you will approve, for certain I am, that it is not India; which is seldom to be met with here: but you must wear them for my sake: Mrs. Frost has just sent me work of her arrival, but I shall not be able to see her until the next week, as the Carriage is now at the Coach makers for repair [End page 3] Our Friend Mrs. F has just left me, she came to acquaint me with Edwards good luck, which she seems very well pleased with. I found the house has not been sold and that it is the intention of the [Doc?] and Mrs. F. to hire it jointly. The little book you sent me, I am now read- ing, and approve of the sentiments much for they are truly Gospel I am much obliged to you, or Sally, whichever sent it for there is no mention made of it to me or the Girls. It is now time to notice my little Darling who must be quite well as there is nothing said of her: Kiss her for me and tell her I can never forget her, and I hope she will remember me; Tell Sally what I have written concerning Angelina for I know it will give her pleasure to find her wishes have been answered, and that she is now a Sister in Christ. Adieu and Believe me when I assure you of the affection of your Mother M Grimke [End page 4] [To:] Anna R. Frost, Orange, New Jersey 1831 postmarked [End page 5]
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    April 28th 1826 My dear Ann I have been anxiously looking for the arrival of some vessel, to answer your letter, at length the Carolinian has made her appearance, and affords me the opportunity of dis- charging the debt so long due, for it is upwards of a month since I received your affectionate letter accompanied with a copy of verses, appropriate to the occasion, and congenial to my feelings; and for which accept of my sincere thanks, being a mark of your attention among many others, [which?] I hope I have duly appreciated. Our Beloved Ben, with Child were brought here on the day five months they met their death; their mortal pasts are deposited in St. Paul’s Church yard, [of Mary’s desire;] as she intends Her shipping at that place, where she promises herself, the mourn- ful satisfaction of beholding the place where his remains, with that of the Infant be: the expense the same as putting them in the Family vault, for as we have left St. Philips, we are no longer considered as leaving a claim with the Members of that Church; and your good Brother wished to gratify poor May in all that was reasonable, and therefore, as I had no objections, he willingly complied: if the spirit is with God, so as the Mortal part is put into sacred ground, it matters little where it may be, especial- ly to me who must shortly mingle with my Mother Earth.— You will be somewhat surprised when I tell you that Angelina has joined the Presbyterian Church, she is now a Member of Mr. McDowels small Church near Mr Frost; she has been sometime under serious impressions; indeed I may say, ever since our affection, and Mr. McDowells Preaching [illegible] some A[illegible] tight [on?] Religion, that she has devoted herself to the cause with zealous earnestness, and I have no doubt will be an ornament to the Christian calling: she is at Prayer Meeting twice every week by Sunrise, and attends three times on the Sabbath beside going to Sunday School before the service for the day commen- [End page 1] ces, she also attends worship with me on Thursday evening, and sometimes on another evening; in Wednesday Afternoon all the Girls attend a Bible class at Mr McDowells, and I have reason to be- lieve they are three of his best scholars: Angelina puts me in mind of Sally and is walking in her footsteps, she has relinquished all fashionable Company and is very plain in her dress, thinking that the Ornament of a Christian is a quiet and meek spirit: thus has the Lord opened the eyes of this precious Child, and has taught her in the [concise?] of a few months to love, and prefer her Savior before all things truly we may say, it is good to be affected, and I trust that more than me have experienced the sanctifying influences, of his Holy Spirit: Marys letters [illegible] the language of love, and Resignation for though she still feels her loss severely, she has never murmured at her sad fate, but believes all will work for good to her soul. I will now proceed to answer your graces as well as I am able; when Mr. Frost left town., her returning second to de- pend on Henry possessing the House; she told me that it would be offered for sale, and if not more than 4000 [dollars] were offered for it, that Henry intended to take it as a part of his portion of the Estate; I have never heard of his buying it, but as he is repairing it, the conclusion is that he owns it: He went for his Mother the beginning of the Month, and they are expected in Town in the course of the present week: Mrs. Hough Rutledge is also ex- pected, and proposes staying with Mrs. F should she be in the City on her arrival: Report says that Edward is addressing Miss [Hory?], and it is supposed that if he is not too long about the business, that she will accept of him: she has a handsome Fortune independent of her Father: you are so partial to Edward, that I know that you will rejoice in his probably good Fortune.—Smyths proper- ty is not yet sold, but will be shortly, when we shall re- ceieve the money arising from the Sale; you know that Law is slow in its operation, and that we must be pati- [End page 2] ent, and [illegible] that so much has been saved out of the [pie?] for Tom was very desponding about this debt, and at one time, I should have been glad if he had taken it for what we owed him; this is the Bond that your Father offered him some years ago, and which would have settled every thing between them, but which he refused; it is now improbably that he should ever get the whole of the Legacy with in- terest, so that he will be the loser: the debt due him for money advanced the Estate is paid except about 1800 [dollars] which he will receive as soon as Smyths debt to him is paid Mrs and Mr [illegible] bonds were divided between him and me, he had the greatest portion: the Estate still owes me 1400 [dollars] which will also be paid from this source: the Lot on Har- lestons Green and the Shares in the Santee Canal are still the property of the Estate, so that I hope all will be put on a footing, as soon as we can ascertain the amount of sales; I should like to see everything settled before my departure but if I am not permitted, I shall be satisfied, th[illegible] is right: the jar of pickled Walnuts was sealed [damaged] but little more than half full, the jar rather of a large size the number sent were what you mentioned—the sweet meats you sent me are all eat, and any others that it will suit you best to make, will be acceptable; but I must request you will not put yourself to an expense you may not easily afford, I know that your heart is willing and therefore I will take the will for the deed: I desired Angelina to let me pay for the handkerchiefs you wrote for, but though she took the precaution of getting Sophia to choose the [illegible] I am afraid it is not such as you will approve, for certain I am, that it is not India; which is seldom to be met with here: but you must wear them for my sake: Mrs. Frost has just sent me work of her arrival, but I shall not be able to see her until the next week, as the Carriage is now at the Coach makers for repair [End page 3] Our Friend Mrs. F has just left me, she came to acquaint me with Edwards good luck, which she seems very well pleased with. I found the house has not been sold and that it is the intention of the [Doc?] and Mrs. F. to hire it jointly. The little book you sent me, I am now read- ing, and approve of the sentiments much for they are truly Gospel I am much obliged to you, or Sally, whichever sent it for there is no mention made of it to me or the Girls. It is now time to notice my little Darling who must be quite well as there is nothing said of her: Kiss her for me and tell her I can never forget her, and I hope she will remember me; Tell Sally what I have written concerning Angelina for I know it will give her pleasure to find her wishes have been answered, and that she is now a Sister in Christ. Adieu and Believe me when I assure you of the affection of your Mother M Grimke [End page 4] [To:] Anna R. Frost, Orange, New Jersey 1831 postmarked [End page 5]
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    April 28th 1826 My dear Ann I have been anxiously looking for the arrival of some vessel, to answer your letter, at length the Carolinian has made her appearance, and affords me the opportunity of dis- charging the debt so long due, for it is upwards of a month since I received your affectionate letter accompanied with a copy of verses, appropriate to the occasion, and congenial to my feelings; and for which accept of my sincere thanks, being a mark of your attention among many others, [which?] I hope I have duly appreciated. Our Beloved Ben, with Child were brought here on the day five months they met their death; their mortal pasts are deposited in St. Paul’s Church yard, [of Mary’s desire;] as she intends Her shipping at that place, where she promises herself, the mourn- ful satisfaction of beholding the place where his remains, with that of the Infant be: the expense the same as putting them in the Family vault, for as we have left St. Philips, we are no longer considered as leaving a claim with the Members of that Church; and your good Brother wished to gratify poor May in all that was reasonable, and therefore, as I had no objections, he willingly complied: if the spirit is with God, so as the Mortal part is put into sacred ground, it matters little where it may be, especial- ly to me who must shortly mingle with my Mother Earth.— You will be somewhat surprised when I tell you that Angelina has joined the Presbyterian Church, she is now a Member of Mr. McDowels small Church near Mr Frost; she has been sometime under serious impressions; indeed I may say, ever since our affection, and Mr. McDowells Preaching [illegible] some A[illegible] tight [on?] Religion, that she has devoted herself to the cause with zealous earnestness, and I have no doubt will be an ornament to the Christian calling: she is at Prayer Meeting twice every week by Sunrise, and attends three times on the Sabbath beside going to Sunday School before the service for the day commen- [End page 1] ces, she also attends worship with me on Thursday evening, and sometimes on another evening; in Wednesday Afternoon all the Girls attend a Bible class at Mr McDowells, and I have reason to be- lieve they are three of his best scholars: Angelina puts me in mind of Sally and is walking in her footsteps, she has relinquished all fashionable Company and is very plain in her dress, thinking that the Ornament of a Christian is a quiet and meek spirit: thus has the Lord opened the eyes of this precious Child, and has taught her in the [concise?] of a few months to love, and prefer her Savior before all things truly we may say, it is good to be affected, and I trust that more than me have experienced the sanctifying influences, of his Holy Spirit: Marys letters [illegible] the language of love, and Resignation for though she still feels her loss severely, she has never murmured at her sad fate, but believes all will work for good to her soul. I will now proceed to answer your graces as well as I am able; when Mr. Frost left town., her returning second to de- pend on Henry possessing the House; she told me that it would be offered for sale, and if not more than 4000 [dollars] were offered for it, that Henry intended to take it as a part of his portion of the Estate; I have never heard of his buying it, but as he is repairing it, the conclusion is that he owns it: He went for his Mother the beginning of the Month, and they are expected in Town in the course of the present week: Mrs. Hough Rutledge is also ex- pected, and proposes staying with Mrs. F should she be in the City on her arrival: Report says that Edward is addressing Miss [Hory?], and it is supposed that if he is not too long about the business, that she will accept of him: she has a handsome Fortune independent of her Father: you are so partial to Edward, that I know that you will rejoice in his probably good Fortune.—Smyths proper- ty is not yet sold, but will be shortly, when we shall re- ceieve the money arising from the Sale; you know that Law is slow in its operation, and that we must be pati- [End page 2] ent, and [illegible] that so much has been saved out of the [pie?] for Tom was very desponding about this debt, and at one time, I should have been glad if he had taken it for what we owed him; this is the Bond that your Father offered him some years ago, and which would have settled every thing between them, but which he refused; it is now improbably that he should ever get the whole of the Legacy with in- terest, so that he will be the loser: the debt due him for money advanced the Estate is paid except about 1800 [dollars] which he will receive as soon as Smyths debt to him is paid Mrs and Mr [illegible] bonds were divided between him and me, he had the greatest portion: the Estate still owes me 1400 [dollars] which will also be paid from this source: the Lot on Har- lestons Green and the Shares in the Santee Canal are still the property of the Estate, so that I hope all will be put on a footing, as soon as we can ascertain the amount of sales; I should like to see everything settled before my departure but if I am not permitted, I shall be satisfied, th[illegible] is right: the jar of pickled Walnuts was sealed [damaged] but little more than half full, the jar rather of a large size the number sent were what you mentioned—the sweet meats you sent me are all eat, and any others that it will suit you best to make, will be acceptable; but I must request you will not put yourself to an expense you may not easily afford, I know that your heart is willing and therefore I will take the will for the deed: I desired Angelina to let me pay for the handkerchiefs you wrote for, but though she took the precaution of getting Sophia to choose the [illegible] I am afraid it is not such as you will approve, for certain I am, that it is not India; which is seldom to be met with here: but you must wear them for my sake: Mrs. Frost has just sent me work of her arrival, but I shall not be able to see her until the next week, as the Carriage is now at the Coach makers for repair [End page 3] Our Friend Mrs. F has just left me, she came to acquaint me with Edwards good luck, which she seems very well pleased with. I found the house has not been sold and that it is the intention of the [Doc?] and Mrs. F. to hire it jointly. The little book you sent me, I am now read- ing, and approve of the sentiments much for they are truly Gospel I am much obliged to you, or Sally, whichever sent it for there is no mention made of it to me or the Girls. It is now time to notice my little Darling who must be quite well as there is nothing said of her: Kiss her for me and tell her I can never forget her, and I hope she will remember me; Tell Sally what I have written concerning Angelina for I know it will give her pleasure to find her wishes have been answered, and that she is now a Sister in Christ. Adieu and Believe me when I assure you of the affection of your Mother M Grimke [End page 4] [To:] Anna R. Frost, Orange, New Jersey 1831 postmarked [End page 5]
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    April 28th 1826 My dear Ann I have been anxiously looking for the arrival of some vessel, to answer your letter, at length the Carolinian has made her appearance, and affords me the opportunity of dis- charging the debt so long due, for it is upwards of a month since I received your affectionate letter accompanied with a copy of verses, appropriate to the occasion, and congenial to my feelings; and for which accept of my sincere thanks, being a mark of your attention among many others, [which?] I hope I have duly appreciated. Our Beloved Ben, with Child were brought here on the day five months they met their death; their mortal pasts are deposited in St. Paul’s Church yard, [of Mary’s desire;] as she intends Her shipping at that place, where she promises herself, the mourn- ful satisfaction of beholding the place where his remains, with that of the Infant be: the expense the same as putting them in the Family vault, for as we have left St. Philips, we are no longer considered as leaving a claim with the Members of that Church; and your good Brother wished to gratify poor May in all that was reasonable, and therefore, as I had no objections, he willingly complied: if the spirit is with God, so as the Mortal part is put into sacred ground, it matters little where it may be, especial- ly to me who must shortly mingle with my Mother Earth.— You will be somewhat surprised when I tell you that Angelina has joined the Presbyterian Church, she is now a Member of Mr. McDowels small Church near Mr Frost; she has been sometime under serious impressions; indeed I may say, ever since our affection, and Mr. McDowells Preaching [illegible] some A[illegible] tight [on?] Religion, that she has devoted herself to the cause with zealous earnestness, and I have no doubt will be an ornament to the Christian calling: she is at Prayer Meeting twice every week by Sunrise, and attends three times on the Sabbath beside going to Sunday School before the service for the day commen- [End page 1] ces, she also attends worship with me on Thursday evening, and sometimes on another evening; in Wednesday Afternoon all the Girls attend a Bible class at Mr McDowells, and I have reason to be- lieve they are three of his best scholars: Angelina puts me in mind of Sally and is walking in her footsteps, she has relinquished all fashionable Company and is very plain in her dress, thinking that the Ornament of a Christian is a quiet and meek spirit: thus has the Lord opened the eyes of this precious Child, and has taught her in the [concise?] of a few months to love, and prefer her Savior before all things truly we may say, it is good to be affected, and I trust that more than me have experienced the sanctifying influences, of his Holy Spirit: Marys letters [illegible] the language of love, and Resignation for though she still feels her loss severely, she has never murmured at her sad fate, but believes all will work for good to her soul. I will now proceed to answer your graces as well as I am able; when Mr. Frost left town., her returning second to de- pend on Henry possessing the House; she told me that it would be offered for sale, and if not more than 4000 [dollars] were offered for it, that Henry intended to take it as a part of his portion of the Estate; I have never heard of his buying it, but as he is repairing it, the conclusion is that he owns it: He went for his Mother the beginning of the Month, and they are expected in Town in the course of the present week: Mrs. Hough Rutledge is also ex- pected, and proposes staying with Mrs. F should she be in the City on her arrival: Report says that Edward is addressing Miss [Hory?], and it is supposed that if he is not too long about the business, that she will accept of him: she has a handsome Fortune independent of her Father: you are so partial to Edward, that I know that you will rejoice in his probably good Fortune.—Smyths proper- ty is not yet sold, but will be shortly, when we shall re- ceieve the money arising from the Sale; you know that Law is slow in its operation, and that we must be pati- [End page 2] ent, and [illegible] that so much has been saved out of the [pie?] for Tom was very desponding about this debt, and at one time, I should have been glad if he had taken it for what we owed him; this is the Bond that your Father offered him some years ago, and which would have settled every thing between them, but which he refused; it is now improbably that he should ever get the whole of the Legacy with in- terest, so that he will be the loser: the debt due him for money advanced the Estate is paid except about 1800 [dollars] which he will receive as soon as Smyths debt to him is paid Mrs and Mr [illegible] bonds were divided between him and me, he had the greatest portion: the Estate still owes me 1400 [dollars] which will also be paid from this source: the Lot on Har- lestons Green and the Shares in the Santee Canal are still the property of the Estate, so that I hope all will be put on a footing, as soon as we can ascertain the amount of sales; I should like to see everything settled before my departure but if I am not permitted, I shall be satisfied, th[illegible] is right: the jar of pickled Walnuts was sealed [damaged] but little more than half full, the jar rather of a large size the number sent were what you mentioned—the sweet meats you sent me are all eat, and any others that it will suit you best to make, will be acceptable; but I must request you will not put yourself to an expense you may not easily afford, I know that your heart is willing and therefore I will take the will for the deed: I desired Angelina to let me pay for the handkerchiefs you wrote for, but though she took the precaution of getting Sophia to choose the [illegible] I am afraid it is not such as you will approve, for certain I am, that it is not India; which is seldom to be met with here: but you must wear them for my sake: Mrs. Frost has just sent me work of her arrival, but I shall not be able to see her until the next week, as the Carriage is now at the Coach makers for repair [End page 3] Our Friend Mrs. F has just left me, she came to acquaint me with Edwards good luck, which she seems very well pleased with. I found the house has not been sold and that it is the intention of the [Doc?] and Mrs. F. to hire it jointly. The little book you sent me, I am now read- ing, and approve of the sentiments much for they are truly Gospel I am much obliged to you, or Sally, whichever sent it for there is no mention made of it to me or the Girls. It is now time to notice my little Darling who must be quite well as there is nothing said of her: Kiss her for me and tell her I can never forget her, and I hope she will remember me; Tell Sally what I have written concerning Angelina for I know it will give her pleasure to find her wishes have been answered, and that she is now a Sister in Christ. Adieu and Believe me when I assure you of the affection of your Mother M Grimke [End page 4] [To:] Anna R. Frost, Orange, New Jersey 1831 postmarked [End page 5]
Title:
Letter to Ann R. Frost from her mother, Mary Smith Grimke, April 28, 1826
Creator:
Grimke, Mary Smith, 1764-1839
Date:
1826-04-28
Description:
Letters of Mary Smith Grimke, wife of John Faucheraud Grimke, to her daughter, Anna Rutledge Grimke Frost (1795-1882), in Philadelphia, regarding the drowning death of her son, Benjamin (1798-1825) and his child, her grieving daughter-in-law Mary Augusta Barron Grimke (1806-1843) and the return of the bodies to Charleston, to be buried in St. Paul's cemetery. With references to settling of her husband's (?) estate, a note to her granddaughter as well and references to "Sally" (Sarah) and Angelina Grimke, especially the latter's turning to religion, attending Presbyterian services, giving up fashionable company and dress and becoming more like her sister Sarah.
Collection:
Grimke family papers, 1678-1977
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Grimke, Marie Augusta Barron, 1806-1843, Grimke, Sarah Moore, 1792-1873, Grimke, Angelina Emily, 1805-1879.
Geographic Subject:
Charleston (S.C.)
Language:
English
Shelving Locator:
MSS 0176 Box 1 Folder 10
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
600 dpi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival masters are tiffs.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public Domain.
Access Information:
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