The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06515
Date: 31 July 1861
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[1]
Place: Sharon Springs
Recipient: Jane Wann[2]
Place: [Staten Island]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Whistler W509
Document Type: MsLS[3]

Anthony House Sharon Springs[4]

July 31st / 61

My dear Mrs Wann

I bear in mind my promis [sic] to you to spend a few days at Homeland this summer as it will give me true enjoyment, now I can arrange it if convenient to you that on my way from hence I go directly to you for a few days but I depend upon your replying frankly to tell me whether this will interfere with any other engagement of yours[,] it is so probable you may expect some other guest, the last week of my stay here will be thro on the 7 of August and as my neice [sic] Mrs Rodewald[5] came with me we shall go back together, I know you welcom [sic] with me a youthful neice whom I brought from her home in Stonington[6] to return there with me as she shares my [p. 2] bed and room reads to me and writes for me and is so great a comfort to me I know she would win a place [in your] hearts. We propose taking the thursday night bote [sic] at Albany to reach New York very early at New York [sic] on Friday[,] the point to be decided is whether to direct my trunk for the Stonington bote [sic] or to Staten Island, if to your house please say by what express I can send it[,] I shall go to breakfast at Brooklyn to avoid the heat of the day so your good brother need not feel it necessary to meet me as I know his kind heart would lead him to do, I have not benefitted as formerly at Sharon and have been urged to go to Canada West for the St Catherine waters[7] but my energy fails me. And now hoping to hear from you soon that you are all well, with love to you dear Mother[8]

[p. 3] believe me always affectionately yours

Anna M Whistler

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

2.  Jane Wann
Jane Wann (1822-1875), née Gamble, wife of S. Wann [more]; she lived with her husband, mother, and brother at Homeland, Vanderbilt Landing, Staten Island. See AMW to JW, 15 December 1856, #06477, and AMW to Jane and James H. Gamble, 23 January 1858, #06493.

3.  MsLS
Dictated to her niece Anna Whistler Palmer (b. 1848), AMW's niece, later wife of G. Stanton; see AMW to JW, 3 August 1861, #06516.

4.   Anthony House Sharon Springs
Boarding house at Sharon Springs, NY.

5.  Mrs Rodewald
Julia Catherine Rodewald (1825-1897), née McNeill, JW's cousin, wife of A. Rodewald; see #06516.

6.  Stonington
Catherine ('Kate') Jane Palmer (ca 1812 - d.1877), née McNeill, AMW's sister [more], lived at Stonington, CT.

7.  St Catherine waters
St Catherine's, Ontario, Canada. In 1861 there were no famous bath establishments in the city, which was known at the time for its rapid urban and industrial growth based on its water-powered mills and trade along its canals. See John N. Jackson, St Catherine's: Canada's Canal City, Ontario, Canada, 1992, pp. 81-100.

8.  Mother
Jane Gamble (1790-1864), mother of J. H. Gamble [more].