System Number: 06510
Date: 7 May 1860
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler
Place: New York
Recipient: James H. Gamble
Place: [Staten Island]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Whistler W505
Document Type: ALS
148 Joralemon St Brooklyn
May 7th 1860
Dear Mr Gamble
It is a great disappointment that a very severe cold has obliged me to keep my bed instead of availing of this fine weather to cross over to Homeland. Tomorrow being my last day for packing, I shall not be able then to make calls of adieu. Having many to write this afternoon, obliged to keep my bed til noon, I must close this with love to your dear Mother & Sister, regretting more than my pen can express not to see them, may I hope to be remembered in your mothers prayers. perhaps you will be on board the Africa as several other friends promise to see us off.
My dear Willie is resident Physician in the Howard Hospital Phila & quite well. I have heard twice from London since their expecting me, Jemie all impatience to exhibit to me his work. Mary Brennan visited me to aid me in moving. I felt her to be indispensible. The other Mary [is] now in the nursery of the Revd Mr Wadsworth whom you know doubtless as the star in your branch of the church in Phil. in Arch St.
[p. 2] Donald McNeill is under the roof of (my Scarsdale neighbor) Mrs Hill in North 16th in Phila he could not be more advantageously placed, continuing at school he was confirmed the Sunday before last & loves his Pastor & Sunday school. I have so many tokens of the favor of the Lord in the kind overtures of friends to smooth my way, that I think I am in the path of duty & hope the divine blessing upon my visit to my children, Sister & friends. I do not expect to go to Scotland much as I should like to but may. I must try to go to call upon Mrs Maxwell tomorrow as I must also see my Charleston relatives just arrived in N Y, so disappointed not to see all in my circle. Miss Margaret from Scarsdale Cottage awaited my coming here last Thursday & hoped I & my Sister Mrs Palmer would have gone home with her to spend the Sabbath, but I was too unwell for exertions & she remains with me here.
Offer my friendly regards to Mr Wann & believe me always dear Mr Gamble
your attached friend
Anna M Whistler.
Embossed paper mark: QUADRILLE HB
7. Howard Hospital
'Howard Hospital and Infirmary of Incurables,' was located at 1812 Lombard Street, Philadelphia; see McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory for 1861, Philadelphia, p. 1317.
Mary McLaughlin, AMW's servant in Philadelphia.
11. Revd Mr Wadsworth
Rev. Wadsworth, clergyman at Philadelphia.
13. Mrs Hill in North 16th
32 North 16th Street, was the home address of William Hill, librarian, son of Susan Hill (1806-1872), née Clarkson, wife of Robert Carmer Hill, Sr [more]; see McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory for 1861, Philadelphia, p. 441.
15. Charleston relatives
Probably the families of Philip Johnston Porcher, Sr (1806-1871), AMW's cousin [more], and Mary Corbett (b. 1804), cousin of AMW [more]; see AMW to JW, 15 October 1851, #06404.
16. Miss Margaret
Margaret Getfield Hill (1802-1881), a friend of AMW, of Scarsdale, NY [more]; she was the owner of the cottage at Scarsdale, NY in which AMW lived in intermittently between ca 1852 and 1857.