The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06433
Date: 16 December 1853
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: West Point[2]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W428
Document Type: ALS

[embossed monogram:] A M W

220 Fourteenth St.

Decr 16th 1853 Friday afternoon

My own dear Cadet[3]

I was too hurried in attending to my Scarsdale friend Miss Magt Hill[4] until today to think of your list, some bright weather will come again & I'll not neglect the Daguereotype[5] for you - Cannot you ask Capt Coppé[6] or some other commanding officer who may come to town after your Examination to call upon your mother for what I have omitted sending now by George[7], I have not the [Menr?] book in town but shall perhaps go to Scarsdale during the holidays for it, of the watch chain I am doubtful - Say - will it not get you in trouble? write me dear Jemie & tell me how you like the chocolates Willie[8] & I went so far down B way [i.e. Broadway] to get you last evening - they are a bon bouche[9] for you on guard. Aunt K-s[10] cake will keep till Xmas - Mind that you write to thank her. Mary[11] waits, Willie joins me in love to you write often as you can especially after Exam to your fond & anxious mother, Pray for me every night as I do night & day for you.


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

2.  West Point
United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, opened in 1802; see AMW to JW, 10 June 1851, #06396.

3.  own dear Cadet
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), artist [more].

4.  Miss Magt Hill
Margaret Getfield Hill (1802-1881), a friend of AMW, of Scarsdale, NY [more].

5.  Daguereotype
Daguerreotype, untraced; see AMW to Joseph Harrison, 11 June 1849, #07627.

6.  Capt Coppé
Probably Henry Coppée (1821-1895), army officer and educator [more].

7.  George
George William Whistler (1822-1869), engineer, JW's half-brother [more].

8.  Willie
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

9.  bon bouche
Fr.: bonne-bouche, a luscious morsel; a touthsome tit-bit.

10.  Aunt K-s
Catherine ('Kate') Jane Palmer (ca 1812 - d.1877), née McNeill, AMW's sister [more]; see AMW to JW, 1 December 1853, #06432.

11.  Mary
Mary Brennan (b. 1825), AMW's servant [more].