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“Mollie” [Mary Ann Tillinghast] to Mrs.
Charles Willing (Philadelphia)
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Letter, 10 December 1843, written from Columbia, South Carolina, by “Mollie” [Mary Ann Tillinghast] to her sister Rebecca, Mrs. Charles Willing, in Philadelphia describes her travels from Pennsylvania to Columbia via Portsmouth, Virginia, and Charleston, South Carolina. | Manuscripts Gifts 2007 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
She notes that her party had arrived in Charleston on Sunday, the fourth of December and that she had intended writing while in that city, but “every moment from the hour of our arrival there, till the morning we left, was continually occupied. There were so many friends to see, so many visits to be received and made, and we were out every night at small parties, besides dining out almost every day.” While preparing to depart Charleston, she found baskets left in her carriage by various friends containing oranges, lemons, cakes, candies, a bottle of cherry brandy, and a bottle of “Malmsy wine.”
Upon her arrival in Columbia, she was immediately invited to a party at “Col. Preston’s” where she “danced till midnight and enjoyed myself very much tho’ when I entered the room I was a stranger to almost everyone.” Her ultimate destination was Society Hill, but due to social engagements she was forced to remain in Columbia longer than expected. Fortunately she stayed long enough to form a favorable opinion of the city. She explains to her sister, “I like Columbia very much, both the people and place, even better than Charleston and have enjoyed my visit here more.” She closes her letter by noting that their brother was en route to Columbia in Mr. Williams’ carriage to pick her up for the trip to Society Hill.