Documents associated with: King, Ralph
Record 9 of 41
System Number: 06500
Date: 11 November 
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler
Recipient: James H. Gamble
Recipient: [Staten Island]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Whistler W495
Document Type: ALS
1205 Arch St
My dear friend
You never defer a kindness, for as the follower of our Divine Master you delight in doing good. Thanks for your note & the excellent butter which came so promptly. I wished to have offered more directly than thro Mr King, but my dear Sister was just on the start & I had to answer a business letter to him so merely requested him to hand you the amount of $14.14 you had advanced for the butter. this I knew would satisfy you that it had come safely. We opened the fruit yesterday, its quality is first rate. I have not offered to share it with Mrs Hill as she no doubt has her regular supply & I doubt not its keeping well. [p. 2] The Mary I have was a farmers [sic] daughter in the north of Ireland & is very careful. You will be glad to have helped me to economize. I have for a fortnight been paying 40cts a lb for butter in market, some dairies get 50cts. Willie gets up at once when I ask him shall I or will he go to market. Indeed dear Mr Gamble your prayers are being answered. I am sure your dear Mother does not forget me & my boys when I always think of your home circle. Willie is my chaplain, how we miss his Aunt Kate! We three went to Communion at St Marks last Sunday morning, we sat in the pew of Mrs Reed the widow of Proff [sic] Wm R. who was among the victims in the steamer Arctic. My sister & herself became friends, during her Summer sojourn in Stonington, when her brother [p. 3] was pastor there. A letter from the Cottage gladdens [sic] me that Mr Olssens school is being increased. Dear Mrs Maxwell will be glad that Stephen Holbrook is to be placed there & the widow ladys son who was to have enquired of Mrs Aspinwall her opinion of the school last Novr. Will you at your next call 88 East 18th offer my love. I know how it must cheer our revered Mrs Maxwell to see you & hear you! oh how I should enjoy a visit there! & from you together here! I am feeling stronger these few days but find I must be very moderate in exercise, therefore I have not made a search for the St P Journal, it shall go to you dear friends for I know you'll not criticize what has not never been revised & corrected. Dont be sorry at putting me to trouble &c[.] I shall not hurry. The truth is I have put off unpacking several trunks & by degrees I ought to restore order. My eyes are decidedly better. Dr James Darrach has my utmost confidence & being under the [p. 4] same roof. I am daily under his care. It is a great advantage to Willie too. I can read my friends letters now. tho I do not waste eye sight in reading mine to them. Love to you all.
Unalterably & faithfully your friend
A M Whistler.
Dated from AMW's address, and with reference to the Perpetual Calendar Whitaker's Almanac. AMW lived at 1205 Arch Street, Philadelphia from ca June 1858 to about the spring of 1860.
Embossed stamp: PARIS
7. Mrs Hill
Probably Susan Hill (1806-1872), née Clarkson, wife of Robert Carmer Hill, or her sister Jane Hill (1802-1872), née Clarkson, wife of William Stewart Hill of Scarsdale.
11. Mrs Reed
Elizabeth White Reed, née Bronson, was the wife of Henry Hope Reed (1808-1854), lawyer, and Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. AMW made a mistake by referring to her as the wife of her brother-in-law William Bradford Reed (1806-1876), lawyer, diplomat and author [more], who edited the lectures of his brother (Henry Hope); see AMW to Deborah Delano Haden, 10 December 1855, #06470.
Rev. Bronson, brother of E. W. Reed.
16. Stephen Holbrook
Stephen Holbrook, unidentified.