System Number: 06454
Date: 15 March 1855
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W449
Document Type: ALS
[embossed monogram:] A M W
176 Preston St. Baltimore.
Thursday night March 15th. 55
My own dear Jemie.
Two letters a week may seem extravagant to you, but Mr Winans told me you were interested about Willie's standing at Trinity & I was so cheered by the report which reached me today thro Mrs Hubball [that] I gladly send it to you, her husband saw Willie on his way thro Hartford, he had passed a first rate examination & was well. The Easter Holiday is deferred until the middle of April because of one of the Proff's [sic] plans for a voyage[.] It would be very nice if (as I must move next month), Willie could join me somewhere at the north, but no step is taken yet towards Scarsdale or Stonington. George & Julia came to see us yesterday twilight, the former talked with Donald I believe in the parlor about our breaking up, & said to me at taking leave he desired to give me his views about the two J.s. [i.e. Juniors], so I agreed the carriage should be sent for me [p. 2] & went to dine with him & Julia, but Mr T Winans begged however we would meet at his table instead, dinner was so immediately announced, then a telegraphic message to meet Mr R Winans in Phil[adelphia] tonight - then the startling tidings of the Emperors death at St P. became engrossing. My table must be next time, then you shall hear. Whether George wishes to refer to your future or recommend Scarsdale I cannot surmise. certainly considering our bankruptcy, the Cottage rent free offered by those to be depended on, seems providential, but I make no plans. the uncertainties of temporal affairs I have too often realized. I do hope you will exert your talent & work on your debt. Mr T Winans thought you looking better, tho you had tooth ache. Cannot you see Doct Maynard about them? it is such a pity they should be neglected. Tho I hate debt, if ever it is excusable it is in this case of your teeth; so, frankly explain to him that you have not the cash yet, but hope to earn it by industry, tell him I advise you to have your teeth put in complete order by him. I hope to be able to pay him for you. 'next summer' [p. 3] Oh Jemie dear! if you & I could have a home together it would be a mutual advantage. Donald is really suffering still. Cousin Ginie complains much more than he does, but I am most anxious about him. I fear he will be laid up ere he gets better. the doctor warns him each time he comes to see him, to keep his room, but he ventures to the parlor tho of course not over the threshold of the St door this weather. Jemie when are we to receive the valise of soiled clothes? send it Saturday if you can. do not stay in Washington idle, & avoid the room-mate! And now I am too sleepy to write more, than that I hope you may not suffer more from tooth ache, you ought to have some artificial at the side to help you chew as well as to have decay checked. Offer my affectionate & grateful regards to the Dennys. I did venture to build a castle today as I cogitated on my lonely drive of what George might advise - about Scarsdale - to recommend the Jaffrays to rent Mr Carmers Castle & thus be our summer neighbours! then your pretty Cousins might visit them, which would cheer Willie & you. Jacks asked me why you did not engage in architectural drawings in New York city. he talked sensibly of many things.
Write soon to your anxious Mother
A M W.
The Emperors death probably will [warm up?] Tho Winans means. next Summer.
Written on sheet with narrow mourning border.
Catherine ('Kate') Jane Palmer (ca 1812 - d.1877), née McNeill, AMW's sister [more], lived in Stonington, CT (see AMW to JW, 12-15 October 1855, #06468), and Margaret Getfield Hill (1802-1881), a friend of AMW lived in Scarsdale, NY, where AMW stayed intermittently between 1850 and 1857.
1855 was a particularly financially difficult year for AMW, as she received no dividends from the collapse of her railway shares; see AMW to JW, 19 June 1849, #07629, 8 January 1855, #06449, and 13 February 1855, #06452.
JW's Washington room-mate has not been identified although it is known the family disapproved of his connections with, for instance, the sons of Johnston Hellen (see Connoisseurs in a studio (M.186)).
22. architectural drawings
JW was probably planning to visit his uncle's family, the Cammans, in Brooklyn, NY. JW's only recorded work there is a copy after Turner, which he had completed by July 1855 and gave to Dr George Philip Cammann (1804-1863), physician [more] (M.176).
'Write ... AMW' continues in the left margin of p. 1; 'The ... means' added in the right margin of p. 1; 'next Summer' continues in the right margin of p. 2.