System Number: 06490
Date: 4 November [1857]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler
Recipient: James H. Gamble
Place: [Staten Island, New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W485
Document Type: ALS
It is against my rules for self-restraint to write by night, but time is so limited & I know not what might interfere tomorrow. This morning directly after church I made ready for a long walk with Miss Margaret (who has just said to me give my love to friend Gamble) and mine share with your Mother & Sister inseparable with you my dear friend - On my return at noon I found Mrs Aspinwall & her son Dick at the cottage, they had arrived by mail train & were escorted to the Rectory by Mrs Popham who left them to Mr & Mrs Olssen, the impression is favorable for this school, but Mrs A is devoting this week to visiting several schools & then will decide. she finds this distance most [p. 2] convenient. May the Lord dispose her heart to a decision He may bless to her boy. here he would be sheltered & Mr Popham would feel his claim upon the attention of his family. dear Mrs Maxwell enjoys the retrospect of last week. you both came dear friends to bring sunshine to our cottage parlor. I shall be glad to hear you found all well on the Island.
And now I will venture to ask you if [it is] in your power to help me secure a firkin of good butter. 50 lbs, not more, of such orange co[lor] as you told me you could procure at 25 cts a pound. I fear to delay till I get to town & then must have taxed you to go with me to buy it. I promise to be in Sidney Place thursday 13th by the blessing of the Lord, that will be only a week [p. 3] before Thanksgiving & you know how commodities will rise in price by then.
Please let me hear if not in your power to attend to this Commission for me. you know I would not interfere with business. I was so disappointed at hearing from Pomfret my order there was after all that dairy had been engaged, & too late for other dairies! I wish so earnestly to set my house in order & supply it for the winter ere Miss Sarah comes to take her turn in its management. We have not heard from her, no doubt she is enjoying every hour among the charms of High Cliff. Miss M will join me in Brooklyn, but not go with me. she is to be guest at Mrs Cammanns. Goodnight dear friend. I am doing as I'd be done by, tho I always regret taxing the attention of gentlemen.
Ever your attached friend
A M Whistler
[p. 4] If good butter is even 26 or 7 cents - I'll send you a check immediately you can inform me the amount dear Mr Gamble. You have been a helper to me so often words cannot express my value of your friendship.
Your obliged & grateful
A M Whistler.
Dated with reference to the Perpetual Calendar Whitaker's Almanac.
Letter bears an embossed stamp: 'PARIS PAPER'.