The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06475
Date: 21 August [1856][1]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[2]
Place: Stonington
Recipient: James H. Gamble[3]
Place: [Staten Island, New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W470
Document Type: ALS


Thursday eve. Aug 21st

My dear Mr Gamble

Since our pleasant stage drive you no doubt have been enjoying every hour with your "two Muz[4]" & to listen to you report of Henderson Home[5] will be to Willie[6] & his mother interesting & amusing. I shall expect to hear from you of the welcome home on Staten Island & whether it will be quite convenient that we pay our brief visit next week. We are expected at Orange & Paterson, but Willie thinks he must be back in Phila by the close of next week, he will have some arrangements to make in N Y, therefore we propose going by next tuesday nights steamer the Vanderbilt[7] to N R [i.e. North River] Pier 2. & shall be advised by you, which invitation we shall accept, as his stay will admit of only one visit. I depend upon your preventing your Sister crowding her home circle to receive us. as you know I can go later, tho Willie cannot. You know my desire to share your dear Mother's room & bed. because I love her & she is not averse to my so doing.

I have not been selfish enough to write any of my Richfield friends, since nieces & nephews have encircled me, if you write Mrs Maxwell[8], report me well & my wish to hear [p. 2] that she found all well in both her N R homes.

The rain on monday & a complimentary ticket for the R R[9] decided my journeying on tuesday by the 9 o'clock train. My visit thus prolonged in Albany was really refreshing. Willie met me on board the Stonington boat, indeed my way was smoothed & hands stretched out to help me as usual thro the tender care of our Lord. I found all well here & am realizing the benefit I derive at the Springs. I went to report Mrs Cliff[10] to her mother yesterday, her dear little boys clung to me when they heard I had been with their precious mama! & seemed to love me for it. But unless I close this the mail will not convey it to you tonight. So with Willies & my love to you, remember me to Mr[11] & Mrs Wann & embrace your Muz for her &

your sincerely attached friend.

Anna M. Whistler.

Direct to care of Doctor G E Palmer[12]. Stonington Conn.

[embossed stamp:] P & S

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1.  21 August [1856]
Dated with reference to the Perpetual Calendar Whitaker's Almanac.

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

3.  James H. Gamble
James H. Gamble (b. 1820), clerk [more]; he lived at Staten Island, NY.

4.  two Muz
Jane Gamble (1790-1864), mother of J. H. Gamble [more], and her daughter Jane Wann (1822-1875), née Gamble, wife of S. Wann [more].

5.  Henderson Home
The home of Harriet Cruger (1790-1872), née Douglas; see AMW to James H. Gamble, 26 March 1857, #06482.

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

7.  Vanderbilt
Steamer Cornelius Vanderbilt (1847-1896), Stonington Line (1,041 tons.); see AMW to Joseph Harrison, 13 August 1849, #07637.

8.  Mrs Maxwell
Probably Ann Maxwell (1784-1867), née Young, wife of Robert Maxwell [more].

9.  r r
i.e. railroad.

10.  Mrs Cliff
Mrs Cliff; unidentified.

11.  Mr
Samuel Wann (b. 1820), merchant, brother-in-law of J. H. Gamble [more].

12.  Doctor G E Palmer
Dr George E. Palmer (1803-1868), physician, AMW's brother-in-law [more].