System Number: 06359
Date: 9 September 1848
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W355
Document Type: ALS
Sept 9th 1848
My precious Jemie
You are in Mothers thoughts & ever will be. Time only admits of a few words to you now to promise something more interesting next week, as I have a reprieve & instead of bidding adieu to Sloane St next tuesday, am not to go from it until thursday. You will have time & I hope inclination dear boy to write Willie  & Mother more than one letter between now & then to comfort us on our long weary voyage. I found a letter from dear [p. 2] father here on my arrival yesterday, it was indeed seasonable for my heart & dear Willie needed cheering. I will give an extract or two from it in my next as it relates much to you dear boy & his anxiety about your improvement in mind & body, but I have sent it by todays mail to Preston knowing Aunt & Uncle W feel interested in all father writes especially about your education & health. Will you thank Mr Phillott with my best respects for his prompt attention to my request about the french & german[.] Seymour has written him today & I will answer his note by Mondays [p. 3] mail. I arose earlier even than usual this morning & having had my Jemie in my night visions & having often awakened offering prayers for him to our watchful Guardian of the night, I thought as soon as toilette & devotions were over to write you some of the thoughts of love with which my heart overflows to you. but cares & business prevented, & now this is only to bless you & beg you to remember to keep the Lords day holy & to entreat you to write me all you wish & all your impressions speedily, for time flies & thursday will surprise us. I cannot express the love Willie bears you, [p. 4] he will write you monday, now he sends you a trifle by way of proving his thoughts with you. offer my regards to Mr P. Aunt A sends love & will write you when your mother is not here to do it. I trust you are well my own Jemie & that you are obedient good boy & a polite member of the family circle. Remember us to your Chums, Morrow & Woolley. Kiss the little girls for your Mother who envies her scrawl.
[p. 4] No 1.
Eldon Villa, JW's boarding school, was located at Portishead.
'my ... when' continues in the left margin of p. 1; 'your ... own' continues in the right margin of p. 1; 'Jemie ... of' continues in the left margin of p. 2; 'the ... Morrow' continues in the right margin of p. 2; 'Kiss ... scrawl' continues in the right and upper margins of p. 3.
Jim Morrah, JW's fellow pupil at Portishead, later a lawyer.
Woolley, JW's boyhood friend at Portishead.