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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06534
Date: 23 August [1867][1]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[2]
Place: New York
Recipient: Jane Wann[3]
Place: [New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Whistler W528
Document Type: ALS


189 Henry St Brooklyn

friday Augt 23rd

Mr dear Mrs Wann

Forgetfulness of promise to send the prescription for the "Burt Pulv[4]" has not caused the delay. On the monday of our parting I received an urgent appeal from those beloved relatives[5] of mine in East 41st to hasten to them, the elder lady now in her 80th year at all times feeble, had an alarming attack & her devoted neice [sic] felt the weight of responsibility as her own daughter Mrs Duclos[6] had gone on a visit with Mr D, only however in the assurance that I would occupy her room during her absence[.] it was not possible to weigh my Sisters[7] claim against theirs, so I hastened on tuesday to cheer them, instead of going to Stonington & remained [p. 2] until last Saturday, not having been able to go out of the house from the day I was welcomed to it, some days the beloved old lady needed me by her bedside, when business obliged Mrs Corbett to leave us together, then when she was up again I had to keep my bed, I traced my bilious attack to not having been sea - sick[8] & that I ought to have warded it off by medicine, the taking of which has restored me[.] I should have called to inquire after Mrs Cruger[9] had I been at liberty, but now that I expect to be here thro next week I may accomplish it[.] My sister wrote me last tuesday in vexation of spirit at my delay! for I had surely intended joining her breakfast circle that morning as I wrote her last Saturday to that effect. her good husband & Julia[10] were at the train in their carriage to take me home, but only an explanatory note from me reached my Sister[.] [p. 3] I could not refuse Mr & Mrs King[11] to remain here thro this month, she would have left him on no other condition & the call for her to hasten to her Sisters[12] home in Georgetown D C, was imperative[.]

Naturally I yearn to be with mine, but my belief that it is safest to leave God to order all our ways is unwavering. I am satisfied if I may by this short delay, make comfortable such very kind & loving friends who always welcome me to their home & so disinterestedly meet all my requests, I trust Mrs King may enjoy & benefit by her visit of ten days & that we shall welcome her return home tomorrow week. I shall then hasten to Stonington to stay a fortnight probably, my Sister & self will greatly enjoy a day or two in Oct, by Gods blessing at your Homeland[.] I expect D V, to visit for a Sunday the original Homeland[13] when I go to Baltimore, I had such a yearning for a day at Scarsdale Cottage[14], I went last Monday by 5 ocl train p - m, so secured two evenings & a whole day! I shall write your dear brother[15] of it[.] [p. 4] in my call at the parsonage I sat an hour with Mr & Mrs Olssen[16], they told me of Bishop Tuttle's[17] report of having met your brother, I know him well & am sure they will comfort, help & cheer each other. This damp dark weather affects my eyes painfully & I have a stick of a pen. But you will make out lines traced by a loving friend & circulate my affectionate & grateful remembrance thro Homeland.

Thanks to Mrs Ross[18] for the Wine receipt. Will it be taxing her too much to send me soon, that for Blackberry Wine. I want it before the season is past at Stonington.

Your faithful friend

A M Whistler.

My Cousin[19] Mrs Corbett read aloud to "Aunt Anna" & me the vol you so kindly supplied and how deeply it makes us feel the value of "Yesterday Today & Forever"[20].
I have just been getting to send them "Chronicles of Schomberg Gotta family"[21] which I heard them wish for. I dare say you all have read it, what a privilege it is to distribute good works such as these!
I sent[22] a box of the Breast Powder. A teaspoon full is the dose, I pray a blessing upon it.


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Notes:

1.  23 August [1867]
Dated with reference to the Perpetual Calendar Whitaker's Almanac. The date is also confirmed by reference to the ill health of Anna Johnstone (see below); also see AMW to Jane and Samuel Wann, 6 August 1867, #06533.

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]; she lived at Staten Island.

4.  Burt Pulv
Probably Baby Bee Dusting Powder from Burt's Bees.

5.  relatives
Mary Corbett (b. 1804), cousin of AMW [more], and Anna Johnstone (1787-1870), Martha McNeill's cousin [more]; see #06533.

6.  Mrs Duclos
Elizabeth Duclos, née Corbett, wife of P. Duclos, and her husband Polydore P. Duclos, broker.

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

8.  sea-sick
AMW moved to London in 1863 to live with JW. In the summer of 1867 she visited her family and friends in America. She left Liverpool on c. 18 June (#12214), arriving in New York on 2 July in the Steamer Java. See Boston Daily Journal, 3 July 1867, vol. 34, no. 10,616. She began her return journey on 30 October (#06531).

9.  Mrs Cruger
Harriet Cruger (1790-1872), née Douglas, a friend of AMW [more].

10.  husband & Julia
Dr George E. Palmer (1803-1868), physician, AMW's brother-in-law [more] and Julia McNeill Palmer (1851-1902), JW's cousin, later wife of W. S. Boardman [more].

11.  Mr & Mrs King
Ralph King (1801-1878), broker, father-in-law of W. McN. Whistler [more], and Mildred M. ('Mittie') King (b. 1820), née Bronaugh, second wife of R. King [more] (b. 1820), née Bronaugh.

12.  Sisters
Fannie Bronaugh, widow of J. W. Bronaugh [more]; she lived in Georgetown, Washington, DC.

13.  original Homeland
Homeland, north of Baltimore, was the country estate of David Maulden Perine, Sr (1796-1882), merchant [more]; see AMW to James H. Gamble, 27 May 1856, #06473. Homeland, on Staten Island, was the home of James Gamble's mother and his sister, Jane Wann; see AMW to James H. Gamble, 10-11 February 1864, #06522.

14.  Scarsdale Cottage
AMW lived intermittently at Scarsdale, NY between c. September 1851 and November 1857 in a cottage owned by her friends 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].

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

16.  Mr & Mrs Olssen
Rev. William Whittinghame Olssen (1827-1911), Rector at Scarsdale, NY [more], and Louisa Olssen (b. 1828), wife of Rev. W. W. Olssen [more].

17.  Bishop Tuttle's
Daniel Sylvester Tuttle (b. 1837), third bishop of Missouri [more]; see AMW to James H. Gamble, 16 September/29 October 1867, #06536.

18.  Mrs Ross
Mrs Ross, friend of AMW.

19.  My Cousin ... such as these
Written at right-angles at foot of sheet.

20.  Yesterday Today & Forever
Book by Edward Henry Bickersteth (1825-1906), poet [more], Today, Yesterday and Forever, New York, 1866; a poem in twelve books; see AMW to James H. Gamble, 3/27 August 1867, #06532.

21.  Chronicles of Schomberg Gotta family
Caroline Adelaide Dance, The Schomberg-Cotta Family, date and place of publication unknown. Sophia Smith (1796-1870), philanthropist, commented on two different books, The Schomberg Family and The Cotta Family; the former about Luther, his time and the Reformation. See Personal Journal of Sophia Smith, transcript with annotations by John M. Greene, 1861-1870, 8 October 1864, p. 157, @ http://clio.fivecolleges.edu/smith/ss-journal/text/index.shtml?page=157.

22.  I sent
'I sent ... it' written at right-angles in left-hand margin.