System Number: 06491
Date: 9 November [1857]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler
Recipient: James H. Gamble
Place: [Staten Island, New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W486
Document Type: ALS
Monday eve Nov 9th
Dear Mr Gamble
The tub of butter was put in our cellar this morning & then came your kind note. I cannot help feeling very much obliged by your attending to it so pleasantly. And now enclose a Check of Bank of New York for the amount of bill you so kindly settled for me. $12.42 cts.
How grateful is my heart to your dear Sister too for her offer to aid me in the making of my Willies shirts. thank her for me & say I shall not resist her offer. I heard from my Sister today that she would meet me at 8 Sidney Place by the blessing of the Lord thursday 13th. she does not say to spend her few days with me, but you will run over perhaps, or we shall hear [p. 2] from each other & if my Sister must leave me next week, I shall wish not to delay going to make my too short visit to yours. Willie & I yearn to be together & my relatives in Charleston write me that my room is ready & they urge me to hasten on.
Mrs Tho Winans writes me she is to be at the Metropolitan on thursday, to spend a week & expects to see me often there. she invites me to visit Baltimore [as] soon as I can. Our friends all remember you very affectionately & unite with me in love to you. Miss Sarah has returned from her visit this evening, has been for a fortnight in a paradise on the Hudson! I have been hard at work all the morning arranging all for my succession in housekeeping &c[.] this afternoon I walked to bid adieu to poor [p. 3] Anise, who is suffering & feeble. I read to her & she talked with me of our meeting in a heavenly home. I must now step in to sit an hour with my pastor & Mrs O. tho I am so tired bodily! and am to be too busy to rest the two next days. Adieu with love to your dear Mother & Sister
You know I am unalterably
Your sincere friend
Anna M Whistler.
Oh how refreshing it will be to look on upon the sewing machine working while I rest. thank your Sister! And I thank God for disposing hearts to help me in my need as He ever does. You are always & are one of my true friends. heaven bless & reward you.
Dated with reference to AMW's trip to Charleston in December of the same year, Sarah Hill's stay in a leisure resort, and the Perpetual Calendar Whitaker's Almanac; see AMW to James H. Gamble, 4 November 1857, #06490.
Letter bears an embossed stamp: 'PARIS PAPER'.
9. 8 Sidney Place
8 Sidney Place, New York was the home address of Ida Bayard Whistler, née King (d. 1863), JW's sister-in-law [more]. Her mother, Isabella King, had recently died; see AMW to JW, 17 September 1857, #06488.
Probably the Metropolitan Hotel, 580 Broadway, New York; see Pictorial and Business Directory, New York, 1853, p. 181.
13. Miss Sarah
Sarah Stewart Hill (1800-1864), sister of M. G. Hill [more]. She had been in Palisades Ridge, a flat-topped, 150-foot high cliff and siderock formation on the west shore of Piermont Marsh, Hudson River, NY; see AMW to James H. Gamble, 4 November 1857, #06490.
Probably Anna Wood, of Scarsdale, NY.