I came across this thread while trying to do some research of my own on an antique book that I purchased last year. I'm not from Chantilly or anywhere in the state of Virginia, and the book came from a store that is located in my state. However, I have a reasonable hunch that this book may be connected to Turley Hall. The book is a copy of "The Columbian Orator," a very old book of speeches. Its title page is unfortunately missing, but it couldn't have been published before 1797 (that was its earliest printing). Its only connections to this thread are the handwritten notes that are preserved inside!
On the inside of the front cover, a person repeatedly wrote their name (possibly a child), and it appears to either be "Maddie," "Mattie," or "Mallie" Hutchison. I'm wondering if this could possibly be the Martha Hutchison that several have already mentioned. She must at least be related to her, because the name "Lycurgus Hutchison" was also written in the same handwriting. "Fairfax" is written two times on these pages. Someone also wrote the year "1797," but this could have just been the bookseller making a note on the possible printing year. M. Hutchison also wrote what appears to be "My friend" repeatedly.
On the next blank page, there is a very large signature that appears to be "C.(or S) L. Bryant Esq." (Esquire?) I haven't found anything on this one yet. A few pages later, on the introductory page, another signature in dark ink, "Charles W. Turley" appears, followed by what is either "'Jallion,' 'Jillion,' or 'Jollion' School" (if anyone knows anything about this, I'd be glad to hear it) and the date July 18, 1828.
This thread was the first real breakthrough for me in finding information on my book, and I feel blessed to have come across the book as well as these posts. I'd love to learn more about Turley Hall and the families who lived in it, as well as I who C/S. L. Bryant might be, or the identity of the school to which Charles Turley apparently had a connection. I'm attaching some pictures of the book so you all can see how old it really is and what I'm talking about in the above paragraphs. I hope this gave someone some answers, and maybe brought up some new questions.
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