Documents associated with: Bartlett, Harriet (Mrs Schofield)
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System Number: 06420
Date: 20 [September 1852]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler
Place: West Point
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W415
Document Type: ALS
My dearest Jemie
I begin to realize how short the time Willie can be with me & that we should lose no time in visiting you. I shall ask Miss Rittie to reply by return of mail & if we can be received for a night to go via Hudson river R R next friday from here. Cousin Kate Prince is spending this week with us & of course I had asked her to accompany us, how glad you will be to have a walk & talk with your earliest friend who is so constant to you. I need not say how earnestly I wish it were in my power to remain a week within your daily reach, but so much is to be wound up at the Cottage in case I embark for England on the 14th of Oct. I must be very steady in my progress as I have no longer energy & promptness, I feel the force of that scriptural expression of human weakness that "the grass hopper is a burthen" but my faith in God increases as I have proofs of a heavenly provider for all my need. Jemie dear it is in your power & Willie's to lessen the burthen of sin which alone can prostrate me, may I be cheered by a clean report of you since the return to study, the relaxation of encampment being over - [p. 2] think! if you do not at once begin to lessen your demerits you will forfeit the holiday next summer, dearest Cadet! for a widowed mothers sake decide to do your duty.
I wrote you of the new nephew in Sloane St., last steamer brought a fresh report of his well being from Grandma Haden & the promise from Cis to write me by the next. they each & all send love to Jemie & Willie, as do your kind Aunts. I must reserve all else till by the blessing of God we are tête à tête friday evening. We shall bring you what you want, if you think of anything else that I may hear of by thursday morning I may get it, but we propose taking the train three miles from here instead of going to the city.
As ever your devoted Mother
A M W
Envelope:[Address panel:] Cadet James Whistler
There are the remains of a black wax seal.
9. earliest friend
Kate Livermore first met JW when he was 2 years old, at Lowell, MA. See an untitled press-cutting, 2 October 1903, in The Livermore Papers, Massachusets Historical Society.
10. the grass hopper is a burthen
'Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets,' Eccles. 12.5. This phrase is used by JW in his later life; see JW to Helen Euphrosyne Whistler, #08164.
11. new nephew in Sloane St.
Arthur Charles Haden (1852-1910), musician, JW's nephew [more]. 62 Sloane Street, London, was the home address of Deborah ('Debo' or 'Sis') Delano Haden (1825-1908), née Whistler, JW's half-sister [more].
12. Grandma Haden & the promise from Cis
Emma Haden, née Harrison, mother of JW's brother-in-law, F. S. Haden, and her daughter-in-law Deborah Delano Haden.
13. kind Aunts
Alicia Margaret Caroline McNeill (1786-1863), and Eliza Isabella Winstanley (1788-1859), née McNeill, JW's aunts.