Feldheim Wimbledon Common
Wednesday Nov. 29th 1871
My dear Mr Gamble
I shall thank you in small measure now for your interesting home report of Oct & enclose this to Mr King to tell you I sent a London Times for you to care of Wann & MacA, as I could not be sure whether to direct to H [i.e. Homeland] or N Y, please write me if you are to pass this winter at Homeland, then when I hear I shall write you fully as to our affairs. I refused all invitations to visiting relatives here or friends, while I could be at home with Jemie, & even after he finished painting my Portrait such a success! with all the lovely pictures of the river from our windows I staid til his studio was cleaned & all his Studies & China I put carefully away. The lease of our house is renewed for 3 more years D V - so, our kitchen & its Larder is painted & put in complete order. I retain one Servant, the only one who had well profited by my training & so I trust Lucy with the responsibility, now that I make a visit of a week, & then return refreshed & rested for my turn in staying at home & to be within Willie's reach. he is steadily devoted to his course of medical practice, tho as yet indifferently paid for the cures he makes! Jemie has been at work at Speke Hall  since early in Oct, Mrs Leyland writes me of the Portrait he is taking of her that it is as life like as all think mine! It is life size & so is another of one of her daughters, she expects me to join Jemie for the Christmas holidays, & if Willie also could avail of her invitation I should enjoy it fully. I spent ten days early in this month at Albyns with my old friends the Gellibrands, it was such a benefit! I found all in nice order at home on my return, so I came here the more gladly to stay til next w[eek] [p. 2] at kind Mr Rodewalds, with his dear children who are so dutiful & happy they make all around them so. Share my love with your wife  & dear Mrs Wann.
how I wish I could visit both your homes I need not assure you! It would over weigh my envelope to Mr King were I to enclose Cousin Ann Clunie's last letter but it shall be put in my next directed to yourself. only tell me where and at more leisure I write a longer response to you.
I am always as ever your loving friend
A M W.
3. Feldheim Wimbledon Common
Home of Johann Frederick Rodewald (see below), who married Mary Isabella McNeill, AMW's niece.
5. Wann & MacA
According to the New York City Directoy for 1869, p. 668, they were listed as follows: McAndrew and Wann, merchants, 40 Broadway. Samuel Wann (b. 1820), was the brother-in-law of James H. Gamble; Alexander McAndrew was his cousin.
Including Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea (YMSM 103) exhibited in 1871 as 'Harmony in Blue-Green Moonlight,' and Variations in Violet and Green (YMSM 104); see #10071. Both pictures were shown at the 5th Winter Exhibition of Cabinet Pictures in Oil, Dudley Gallery, London, 1871.
2 Lindsey Row, London, where JW lived until June 1878.
12. Speke Hall
The home of Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more]. It was an Elizabethean mansion situated near Liverpool; see AMW to James H. Gamble, 7-10 September 1870, #06545.
Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink: Portrait of Mrs Frances Leyland (YMSM 106).
15. one of her daughters
Probably Portrait of Miss Florence Leyland (YMSM 107); it was never completed. F. R. Leyland commissioned portraits of all his children by JW; see Portrait of Miss Leyland (1) (YMSM 109), Portrait of Miss Leyland (2) (YMSM 110), and The Blue Girl: Portrait of Miss Elinor Leyland (YMSM 111).
Alice Rodewald (1854-1923), Edith Rodewald (b. 1857), and Frederick Rodewald (b. 1864).
Harriet Gamble, née Wheaton, wife of J. H. Gamble.
'I ... AMW' continues in the upper left margin of p. 1.