System Number: 06461
Date: [18 July 1855]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W456
Document Type: ALS
I had such a pleasant letter from Homelands yesterday, you surely will go with Glenn to spend one evening in exchanging adieus there. I wish you would call at Barretts & have your W Point painting  framed in the old Peter Gt frame, have it re-gilded & sent by Barrett per Propelle Line to N Y. Tell him to direct the bill to me, but if you dear Jemie approve I wish to present Doct Cammann with that peice [sic], as under God - his skill & attendance enabled you to profit by your last year at West Point. I am sure it would gratify him as a token of your grateful remembrance of his disinterestedness[.] he has been quite ill, indeed he looked to me likely next to go! but is travelling for his health. I went to Fordham one day with Aunt Kate & shall like to go with you & Willie to see them all. It will not be convenient for me to send Willie to meet you in N Y. he has to go tomorrow with me to buy linen for you both & to get a straw hat for himself, he has studies to attend to daily. Our love to Jacks & hope he may come with you. Willie & I expect to visit Aunt Kate about the middle of Augt. And Willie returns to College by the lst Sept. Omit nothing you ought to attend to in winding up in Balt dear James.
Ever your devoted widowed mother
Anna M Whistler.
AMW moved back to Scarsdale some time between May-June 1855. For AMW's thoughts on her return to the 'cottage' owned by her friends Margaret G. and Sarah Hill, see AMW to JW, 15 March 1855, #06454.
Barrett & De Beet, looking glass & frame makers, 72 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore; see Wood's Baltimore Directory for 1858-59, Baltimore, pp. 10 and 79.
7. W Point painting
Copy after Turner's 'Rockets and blue lights (close at hand) to warn steam-boats of shoal water' (M.176) was probably painted in New York (rather than West Point) from a chomolithograph by Robert Carrick (ca 1829 - d.1904), genre and landscape painter [more]. The print, dated 1852, was bought in 1854 by George William Whistler (1822-1869), engineer, JW's half-brother [more].
8. Peter Gt frame
Probably a picture frame from the time of Peter Romanov I (1672-1725), Tsar of Russia, called 'Peter the Great'. It was probably brought from St Petersburg, where AMW lived 1843-1849.
11. West Point
JW was discharged from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY June 1854; see Gordon H. Fleming, The Young Whistler 1834-66, London, 1978, pp. 104-108.
In March 1855, William M. Whistler resumed his studies at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, where he enrolled as a pre-medical student; see AMW to JW, AMW to JW, 13 February 1855, #06452, 15 March 1855, #06454; AMW to James H. Gamble, 4 February 1856, #06471.
'Ever ... Whistler' continues in the left margin.