System Number: 06557
Date: 29 June 
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W550
Document Type: ALS
Saturday forenoon June 29th
I was cheered by the 1st letter Willie has had time to write me this Season. his report of you was a relief to my yearning for a letter from you. And as he told me of your decision to move soon, to your new house, I sent him a post card to reach him last evening begging him to lose no time in posting the key he has been keeping - to fit the large box which has a spring lock, & I am now sending two others in a note to John, the three long boxes are so commodious. I must not torment you by my wish that the Chalée [sic] might now be sent to Helen! but when you are putting your goods and chattels in their places in the new house, think of my request & that some of the books may go with the curtains & counterpane. Oh how I long to enjoy your promised visit! May be Walter W's portrait may be finished before your birthday 11th July, & then you will bring me a love token of your wish to make me feel less dependent, on your best & most tender Sisters care.
This moment a note of deep mourning is put in my hand from Mrs Mignot! her mother's eyes were yesterday morning closed in the last sleep! & no doubt her immortal spirit was taken to the heavenly mansions which our Lord & Saviour has prepared for all who believe in Him as the Resurrection & the Life. I have been devoting most of my time next door, until the funeral which was on Thursday afternoon. Yesterday Mrs Gellibrand [sic] [p. 2] came from Brighton & staid until 7 P M train. & as she always brings seasonable good things. I walked as far as the Murray school early this morning to ask might one of the school boys (Mrs Alexanders nephew & God Son) come & dine at half past one ocl. I am not likely to have a Summer Duck again to regale him with, & could not have enjoyed it alone. I have wished to shew him hospitality for her sake[.] Post time.
In haste & tender love your fond
1. 29 June 
Dated from Perpetual Calendar Whitaker's Almanac.
4. new house
JW moved into his newly built studio house, The White House, Tite Street in Chelsea, in c. October 1878; see Scott Baxter, Edward William Godwin and the White House, Thesis (B.A.) - Mackintosh School of Architecture, University of Glasgow, 1993.
Possibly 'châle', Fr., shawl, or perhaps 'châlit', bedstead.
11. heavenly mansions
John 14.2 - 'In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.'
12. Resurrection & the Life
John 11.25 - 'Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life.'
The nephew and godson of Mrs Alexander, a friend of AMW.