Documents associated with: Times, The (London)
Record 11 of 84
System Number: 06556
Date: 12 June 
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Whistler W549
Document Type: ALS
Monday June 12th
The only way I can devise to get some articles from my own trunk, by obtaining the key (you have in your private locked drawer - is to enclose a stamped & directed envelope, to save you time, & try to impress how uncomfortable I am for want of change of raiment[,] I have asked your Sister to get & send to me. I suppose this will be read before your going down for the day! at least I hope so or it may escape your attention I even slip in a piece of letter paper to fold round the key, & beg you to fasten the adhesive securely.
Your Sister is so amiable as to make no remark at her failing in the second attempt to speak to you but I naturally regret it knowing how unequal she yet is to fatiguing distances, & that she really wished & expected to see you, if only for a few minutes with pallet & brushes filling your hands! I have once a week a pencilled note from her, telling me how much more in the visiting way has to be done than she is yet up to, she cannot refuse the request of a friend to contribute to a Musical Soirée, the Lady D gives to night, to the blind King of Hanover, Sis is to play the Kruger Sonata of Beethoven - accompanied by a great violin "swell" professional - M Wienovski - How I should like to listen incog[nito]! for I delight in such tones as her fairy fingers & feeling never fail to produce. Have you heard of an operatic composition of Miss Florence Oliffe, in which Annie Haden was a star last week? Blue Beard the piece. At a mutual visiting acquaintance house, in or near Sloane St (I think) a select audience, I hope the Potters were among them,
[p. 2] I so seldom get a glimpse, or desire to, of the London Season, it seems a dissolving view. My enjoyment of the loveliness of nature surrounding me is so concentrating. I am very grateful for the soft summer air from the sea coming in at the bow window thro venetian shade[s]. I shall now go out for my afternoon go softly walk! as I did before my 2 ocl repast. At No 50 in this terrace roses in full bloom perfume the air, & white carnations mingle their sweetness. I am so fond of roses, & never forget those Miss Caird supplied my sick room with. I think of dear Fanny Leyland too. My love to them all. I wish they could come to my sweet home, You promise to do so dearest Jamie for a few days when you can! Maybe the next new moon! I hope so. Tell Willie I feel better for the serenity of nature. I breathe the soft air with ease & am freed by it from pain in my side. Thanks be to our Merciful Lord, who shews by sweet lovely flowers & radient [sic] skies, He delights to make all who love Him happy! the deep blue sea beyond the green slopes [is] so refreshing, I never weary of such sameness, or feel lonely,
Share my love with dear Willie - God bless you both prays
Mrs Seymour Haden
38 Hertford St
Enclosed is the key of Mothers trunk. at your convenience to use. A M W
5. Lady D
Lady Denbigh. The Times reported the social event as follows: "...the King & Princess Federica dined with Lord and Lady Denbigh, at 2, Cromwell houses, South Kensington ... Lady Denbigh afterwards had an evening party." See 'King George of Hanover,' The Times, London, 13 June 1876, p. 8.
6. King of Hanover
George V of Hanover (1819-1878), succeeded 1851; he was blind after 1833.
7. Kruger Sonata
Probably a reference to Beethoven's violin sonata in A major, Op. 47, known as the 'Kreutzer Sonata.' It was dedicated to Rodolphe Kreutzer (1766-1831), violinist.
11. Blue Beard
'Blue Beard' (Barbe Bleue) an operetta written in 1866, by Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), composer. AMW made a mistake thinking that the sonata was composed by Florence Oliffe; see The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, London, 2001, vol. 18, p. 351.
13. No 50
AMW was living at Talbot House, 43 St Mary's Terrace, Hastings.
17. Another love ... to Sis
Written at right angles to main text in right-hand margin of p. 1.
19. Remember me ... Alexander
Written at right angles in left-hand margin of p.1.
20. Mad[a]me Venturi
Emilie Venturi (d. 1893), née Ashurst, wife (1) of Sydney Hawkes, and (2) Carlo Venturi [more]. She was a neighbour of AMW at Lindsey Row; see AMW to James H. Gamble, 10 - 20 April 1872, #06549.
'Enclosed ... AMW' written on inside flap of envelope.