Letter. Maria [Nicholson] Montgomery, New York, New York, to James W. Nicholson Esqre P.M., New Geneva, Pennsylvania
Maria writes at length of her disillusion with the world (including her feelings of being neglected, since her husband's death, by many in the family), but affirms that such worldly trials are a small price for the blessings of eternal life. "In this wilderness world weeds grow and choke the heavenly seed but ere long my heavenly Father will take me to that celestial Paradise where we need not the light of the Sun nor of the Moon . . . ." Continued illness of James Chrystie; his peculiar (and somewhat profligate) lifestyle. Comments on Albert Gallatin: "Mr Gallatin is much occupied with those Poles whom persecution has cast upon our shores — dear old Mr Gallatin how interesting he is endeavoring to do all the good he can. Old age cannot quite check the vigour of his Intellect or the ardour of his virtuous emotions Oh what a bright and glowing testimony would his be for Jesus . . . ." The evangelical tenor of this letter is not typical of Maria's earlier writings to her brother.