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November 18, 1891

Mary Leslie Newton recounts her birthday gifts, including a cloak and a subscription to Harper's; she notes but rejects her aunt's suggestion that, at 17, she is old enough to begin putting her hair up. She recounts some humorous mishaps, including…


November 17, 1891

Mary Leslie Newton notes her upcoming birthday, the recovery of her family members, a recent funeral, and the possibility of a visit to her father in Ooltewah. A humorous aside written down the page describes a new member of the community.


October 7, 1891

Mary Leslie Newton included newspaper clippings for a Lal Bagh event, describes her music teaching and various social calls, along with church. The typewritten letter includes a handwritten postscript celebrating the announcement of upcoming literary…


September 9, 1891

Mary Leslie Newton wrote a lengthy letter to her father about a fall she took, the repair of her watch, her sister Halley's studies, a croquet game, and a social call. She concludes with a humorous postscript about her height.


September 6, 1891

Mary Leslie Newton provides a thorough account of her day of examinations in both handwritten and typewritten form. She humorously mentions a fall down the cellar stairs, and goes on to describe her exams in arithmetic, grammar, geography, theory and…


October 23, Undated

In this undated letter, Mary Leslie Newton describes visiting the school building and sitting in on a variety of lessons, as well as receiving a photograph from a previous teacher. She mentions a social call and her music student. The letter shifts…


October 14, Undated

This undated letter is likely from 1891 or later, 1891 being the year the Newton family got a typewriter. Mary Leslie Newton describes hunting for nuts with her siblings, includes a humorous introduction regarding the drawing at the top of the first…


July 15, 1891

Mary Leslie Newton discusses her recent examinations in grammar, history, and geography, humorously describing the kinds of questions she had to answer. She describes her drawing lessons and mentions some social calls. She requests, in a postscript,…


August 11, 1891

An unusual letter compared to the others: Mary Leslie Newton was attending a Teacher's Institute. In addition to her normal meta-commentary, observations about weather, church, and school, she also combined multiple handwritten sections amid the…


July 29, 1891

Mary Leslie Newton describes the lack of news, mentions issues with the typewriter, humorously describes her wishes for more news, discusses prayer-meeting, a new baby, and her role as a music teacher. A handwritten postscript asks her father to…