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System Number: 06482
Date: 26 [March 1857][1]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[2]
Place: New Brighton
Recipient: James H. Gamble[3]
Place: [Staten Island, New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W477
Document Type: ALS

New Brighton[4]

Thursday 26th

Dear Mr Gamble

I think of you always inseparably with your revered Mother & Sister[5][.] it is a severe disappointment to me that I cannot visit them & your sweet home. I wonder if the drive[6] will be exceeding your leisure after dinner Monday that we meet at Mr Rodewaldes[7] here! to talk of Henderson Home[8] & Scarsdale.

I reached my dear nieces home today, & shall get Mr King[9] to hand you this tomorrow as I have business to transact at his office. Saturday I must devote to my South Bay relatives at Port Richmond[10], the invalid has recently had another attack & I have not seen them yet. Sunday Willie & Jackson[11] are to spend with us. Tuesday I expect to start with Willie for Phila by 2 ocl Amboy Line. Let me hear how you all are, thro the office of Adolfe Rodewalde Esq, 40 Exchange Place[12]. In haste, but truly & affectionately

Your friend

Anna M Whistler.

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1.  [March 1857]
Dated with reference to the Perpetual Calendar Whitaker's Almanac, and AMW's visit to New York on 30 March 1857; see AMW to JW, 27 April 1857, #06483.

2.  Anna Matilda Whistler
Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more].

3.  James H. Gamble
James H. Gamble (b. 1820), clerk [more].

4.  New Brighton
AMW's niece Julia Catherine Rodewald (1825-1897), née McNeill, lived at New Brighton, Staten Island, NY. New Brighton was established in 1834, as one of the earliest planned suburban developments in New York City.

5.  Mother & Sister
Jane Gamble (1790-1864), mother of J. H. Gamble [more], and her daughter Jane Wann (1822-1875), née Gamble.

6.  the drive
New Brighton is located along Staten Island's North Shore. James H. Gamble probably lived in the South Shore of the island.

7.  Mr Rodewalde's
Adolphe Rodewald, Sr (1818-1869), husband of J. C. McNeill [more]; see AMW to JW, 29 and 30 May 1854, #06439.

8.  Henderson Home
'Henderson Home' known also as Gelston Castle, and Crugar Mansion, situated at the Mohawk Valley, Herkimer County, New York. Its name 'Henderson' was taken from Dr James Henderson, a London surgeon who was granted many acres in the Mohawk Valley by the English monarch. His great granddaughter Harriet Douglas (1790-1872) built the limestone property, between 1834-36, after her marriage to Henry Cruger.

9.  Mr King
Ralph King (1801-1878), broker, father-in-law of W. McN. Whistler [more].

10.  South Bay relatives at Port Richmond
Mary Corbett (b. 1804), cousin of AMW [more], and Anna Johnstone (1788-1870), AMW's maternal cousin; see AMW to James H. Gamble, 13 January 1857, #06379. Port Richmond is in New York City.

11.  Willie & Jackson
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more], and Patrick T. Jackson ('Jacks') McNeill (1835-1898), accountant, JW's cousin [more].

12.  Adolfe Rodewalde Esq 40 Exchange Place
According to The City Register, Corporation of the City, 1860, New York, p. 729, 88 Exchange Place was the business address of Adolphe Rodewald. It is possible that either A. Rodewald moved offices, or AMW made a mistake.