New York Feb 24th 1862
I am almost afraid to write to you. I have waited so long, but it is better to write so late than never, and I know you will forgive me, if you only knew how busy I was in school last term. I will tell you all I had to do. I studied algebra, rhetoric, intellectual philosophy, French, and music. In French, we took every day a less and wrote the two exercises besides a translation lesson in another book. School came out at half past four and from then till six, I always walked, for mother didn't like me to study so much and not take any exercise. At six, we took tea, and from then till ten, I practiced and studied. In the morning, I studied till school time. So you see I really had hardly
Charlotte Thayer Hazard married John Cross, headmaster of the Golden Hill School in Kingston, NY.
Mary Isabella Forsyth was the daughter to James Forsyth and Mary Bruyn. She had three siblings: Petronella, John, and Katharine. James Forsyth was a judge in the Kingston area, but was involved with fraudulent dealings. Before it was discovered, he abandoned his family and was later found dead in England.
She founded the Wiltwyck Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as a leader in that organization. After a state review spotlighted how the condition of the poor houses was impacting children, she founded the Kingston Industrial Home for Children. The building took in poor children to provide safe housing and a proper education. That organization later became involved in the orphan trains.
A published poet and writer, she compiled many of her works into a book: The Beginnings of New York Old Kingston, The First State Capital.