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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06531
Date: 27 July 1867[1]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[2]
Place: New York
Recipient: Jane Wann[3]
Place: [New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W525
Document Type: ALS


Saturday morning July 27th
'1867'[4]

Brooklyn.

My dear Mrs Wann

The prospect of visiting Homeland[5] is delightful to me, but I must return here next Saturday morning, for I have not been to Scarsdale Cottage[6] yet. you perceive I am only making a little circuit now, expecting to repeat it, later as I am not to embark[7] for England til 30th Oct next. but go back to my Sister[8] for part of August, as business will require me to be in Phila & Baltimore thro Sept, but meeting dear friends as you are, in all my tour, makes it quite a holiday & my health is better than for ten years past! How merciful is our Lord to me! my heart is full of praise to Him & gratitude & love!

Should it not rain on Monday morning Mr King[9] on his way to his office is to put me on board the Quarantine Boat[10], & Mr Rodewalds[11] carriage to meet me there, so I dare say they would be satisfied by [p. 2] my staying (this time) only two nights, & admit your claim, send me a note to Mr R's office in time to decide whether you & Mr Wann[12] will drive over to their house to take me back either Wednesday evening, or thursday morning as may be most convenient to you. With love to you both & to your dear brother[13] when you write him. Adieu til we meet

As ever affectionately
Your friend

Anna M Whistler.

[p. 1] I shall[14] take no luggage to Staten Island.


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Notes:

1.  27 July 1867
Dated from the Perpetual Calendar Whitaker's Almanac, and AMW's letter to Jane Wann, 24 July 1867, #06530.

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

3.  Jane Wann
Jane Wann (1822-1875), née Gamble, wife of S. Wann [more].

4.  '1867'
Added in another hand.

5.  Homeland
The Wanns lived at Homeland, Staten Island, NY.

6.  Scarsdale Cottage
AMW lived intermittently at Scarsdale, NY, between c. September 1851 and November 1857, in a cottage owned by Margaret Getfield Hill (1802-1881), a friend of AMW, of Scarsdale, NY [more], and Sarah Stewart Hill (1800-1864), sister of M. G. Hill [more].

7.  embark
AMW had been in America since 2 July; see AMW to Jane Wann, 24 July 1867, #06530.

8.  Sisters
Catherine ('Kate') Jane Palmer (ca 1812 - d.1877), née McNeill, AMW's sister [more].

9.  Mr King
Ralph King (1801-1878), broker, father-in-law of W. McN. Whistler [more].

10.  Quarantine Boat
Steamboat.

11.  Mr Rodewalds
Adolphe Rodewald, Sr (1818-1869), husband of J. C. McNeill [more].

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

13.  brother
James H. Gamble (b. 1820), clerk [more].

14.  I
'I ... Island' continues in the left margin of p. 1.