Documents associated with: King, Ralph
Record 7 of 41
System Number: 06494
Date: 4 February 1858
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler
Recipient: James H. Gamble
Place: [Staten Island]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Whistler W489
Document Type: ALS
South Bay Charleston
Feb 4th 1858
My dear friend
Your favor of the 1st reached me this morning. I am delighted at your report of the Potatoes, & now in return enclose an Order for the amount of expences [sic] upon the same. When you have recpt it oblige me by directing it to my Cottage friend Miss M G Hill who will by my advice deposit it in my desk there among other pd bills, as she has done whenever I have enclosed them to her. The Ladies there have promptly attended to my request to send a barrel of these fine potatoes by Express to 8 Sidney Place, my neice [sic] Ida King writes me how superior they are to any they can buy. Will you express to Mr Wann my sense of obligation to him & offer with my thanks my best wishes for prosperity in his affairs. I [p. 2] hope your finger may soon be well, while I lament the pain & inconvenience you must suffer in the meanwhile. I "hope on" about my state of health & that every new phase is to prove a benefit. Thanking the Lord for freeing me from endurance of chilling North Westers, & surrounding me by genial influences. I walk every fine day & avail of invitations to take airings with my friends & relatives. I shall reserve all remarks upon visits to Orphan Asylums &c til we are once more face to face. As to slavery at the south, I never saw servants so free to idle, the owners have the severest task & such a weight of responsibility in the care & training of such families! But it has long been my conviction [through] the Providence of our Lord that heathen Africa may be enlightened by their people of our Southern States. The galleries of all the churches are free to them & very attentive hearers they appear.
[p. 3] I listened with deep interest to one of our Missionaries from Africa, the Revd Mr Scott I think - Sunday before last & gladly contributed the Epiphany Off[ering] for my dear boys & self. I often wonder what is the weather in N York, so May-like is it here. The fig tree has put out leaves & figs. but some expect frost to nip the coming crop.
Gardens are being made, flower seeds, & spinach sowed. Mr King remarks how mercifully the low price of fuel & provisions meet the necessities of those in adverse circumstances. I trust as you do not particularly mention your dear Sisters health, it may be quite restored & that your revered mother is suffering less this mild winter. My love to them both & with affectionate greetings to our "darling" Mrs Maxwell, thanks for her welcome letter, til I can write her. I shall be anxious to hear of this reaching you safely. Believe me
as ever faithfully & affectionately
Anna M Whistler
The paper bears an embossed stamp: PARIS PAPER
5. Cottage friend Miss M G Hill
AMW lived intermittently at Scarsdale, NY, between ca September 1851 and November 1857, in a cottage owned by her friend Margaret Getfield Hill (1802-1881).
9. Revd Mr Scott
Rev. Scott, missionary in Africa; see Larry E. Tise, Proslavery: A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701-1840, Athens, Georgia, 1987, p. 366.