ALS : Autograph Letter Signed[[19th c. Women Education]] Autograph Letter Signed from Student at Augusta Female Seminary in Staunton, VA, 1853. Letter from a female student to her father. 2 pages, 8 x 6.5 in. Dated “Mar 2nd 1852”. Comes with original mailing envelope. Envelope has blue seal from “Augusta Female Seminary” on rear flap. She writes on health updates and asks for her Mother to sew her some items. “Dr. Laud came up to see me yesterday and examined my foot. He said he would send me some bismuth and he wanted me to have my foot rubbed every night.” The Augusta Female Seminary was founded in 1842; in 1923, it became Mary Baldwin College. The school maintained its original mission to serve women, and in 2017, the institution welcomed its first residential men to campus (joining day students and graduate students, which had been co-educational since the mid-1970s). Today, Mary Baldwin University is the oldest institution of higher education for women in the nation affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, and it is home to the only all-female corps of cadets in the world. Writing on envelope and page 2 is very faded. In good condition. A unique and personal piece of early Female Education history.