System Number: 07632
Date: 20 June [1849]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler
Recipient: Sarah Harrison
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 34/21-23
Document Type: ALS
62 Sloane St
All in good time I expect my dear Mrs Harrison you will more than repay me for my hurried scrawls by sending me details of the up stairs & down stairs, which will be so interesting to me! perhaps dear Mrs Leland & Annie are among the group in the garden today! if so "Aunty Maria" & Miss Schofield  will add their notes upon the Summer scenes at the New Works. I used to think in my yearnings to return to my native land when the future looked most enticing there that I should leave Russia without one lingering look, but ah I did not know how sacred would become my association with it! now I feel an intense interest in the dear circle I have left & shall as long as I breathe.
[p. 2] So all my friends remember me. I hope ere you receive this Mr Harrison may one I sent yesterday via Hamburg mail & I desire to have his reply as soon as possible, in case of mischances, I will mention now - its subject was the precious remains which I continually think of as still in the vaults of the church. I would be in N York to receive them, or at least have them deposited in the Stonington church vault until myself & boys could reach there to be present at the burial. I shall make up my mind when I go to LPool about the middle of July whether to take passage in a sailing packet or Steamer for N York - and shall be grateful for Mr Harrisons advice as to the propriety of either. It is decided that my dear daughter, her babe, & nurse accompany me on the visit to Preston[,] this enables me to leave London sooner & by this day fortnight we shall be back at Uncle Winstanleys if God will. My kind Sister Alicia offers to accompany my boys to Scotland for a week & to meet me in LPool with [p. 3] them a week before we must embark. I felt, upon reading the first letters, Mrs Sandlands & Eliza  addressed to me, a wish that you should know how truly they appreciate your husbands worth, & now enclose them, you need not return them. as I have had several since. Has your mother arrived? Mr Prince is taking the pretty hood & cloak for Mrs Winans baby from Aunt Julia, dagereotypes from Mrs Eastwick & Willie & a small parcel from me to Miss Schofield really for her little cousins[.] I hope to see Mr Ellerby ere he leaves town
And now having others to write to I only add love to your circle, tell me about each of your children when you write, & think of me as
your attached & grateful friend
Anna M Whistler
Tell Christina, her pet Willie is well & Jemie grown up in comparison. Mary does not forget her & I shall always feel interested in all our good servants of Dom Ritter. I hope you like her
Dated with reference to George Washington Whistler's death on 7 April 1849, and the transfer of his remains (see below).
There are the remains of a black wax seal.
8. Aunty Maria
Probably Marie Olga Harrison (b. 1847), daughter of S. and J. Harrison.
9. Miss Schofield
Miss Schofield, friend of AMW.
11. Stonington church
Stonington Cavalry Church.
14. dear daughter, her babe
Deborah ('Debo' or 'Sis') Delano Haden (1825-1908), née Whistler, JW's half-sister [more], and her daughter Annie Harriet Haden (1848-1937), later Mrs Charles Thynne, JW's niece [more].
17. Mrs Sandlands & Eliza
Betsey Sandland of Liverpool, friend of AMW, and her daughter Eliza, wife of Thomas Boyd (b. 1821).
18. your mother
Sarah Poulterer, Sarah Harrison's mother.
19. Mr Prince
Probably George H. Prince, engineer.
24. Mr Ellerby
Rev. Thomas Ellerby, clergyman, in charge of the British and American Chapel at St Petersburg.
'Tell ... her' written on inside flap of envelope.
Christina, AMW's servant at St Petersburg.
30. Dom Ritter
AMW's residence in St Petersburg, situated across the river from the Academy of Fine Arts.