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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08180
Date: [August 1867[1]]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[2]
Place: [New York[3]]
Recipient: Margaret ('Maggie')[4]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 34A
Document Type: ALS


After spending a fortnight in Stonington[5] I came here & the many claims upon me has [sic] interfered with my intention to write you dear Maggie how much I wish for you. Marina Taylor[6] shares my room & she is an interesting child, but ah if you were in her place, how we should comfort each other! I spent last week in Staten Island, in the home [of] my niece Mrs Rodewald[7], dear to me as any daughter! Cousin R[8] handed me your letter when he came to dinner yesterday & welcomed my return here, but tomorrow I leave him & Mittie[9] to spend some days with those dear relatives I used to tell you about who were in Camden during the war, my Mothers Cousin Miss Johnstone[10] is now 80 years of age, I revere & fondly love her, with her devoted niece Mrs Corbett[11] with whom I spent some of the happiest seasons of my youth, we being exactly the same age, tho we feel not the weight or weakness of three score for we have strength according to our need, I have promised my Sister to return next week to her home in Connecticut, others to meet me at Stonington whom I've been attached to all my life, I shall scarcely accomplish all the visits I have on my list of friendship, ere I must bid all adieu for a time, but this is a holiday to me, & my circle is of those who will commit me to Him who is our Centre. I am suffering now but hope only transiently weakness & pain & dimness in one eye, the other was cured by the blessing of God on the skill of Dr Meurer at Coblenze[12], but I must write no more today, I hope your dear Sister[13] may return benefitted by her visits & that you [p. 2] may enjoy & profit by a change of scene & air.

Cousin M & R unite their love with mine for you & all in her Sisters home circle.

Believe me as ever your attached & sympathising friend

A M Whistler.

If you meet Helen Douglas[14] tell her I love her as ever. Remember me to John Daniel[15] that good son!


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Notes:

1.  August 1867
Dated from AMW's trip to the USA, and her visit to the Rodewalds (see below); also see AMW to Jane Wann, 24 July 1867, #06530.

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

3.  New York
AMW is in New York, visiting 189 Henry Street, the home of Ralph King (1801-1878), broker, father-in-law of W. McN. Whistler [more].

4.  Margaret ('Maggie')
Margaret ('Maggie'), probably a relation of M. M. King.

5.  Stonington
AMW's sister Catherine ('Kate') Jane Palmer (ca 1812 - d.1877), née McNeill, AMW's sister [more], lived at Stonington, CT.

6.  Marina Taylor
Marina Taylor, an acquaintance of AMW.

7.  Mrs Rodewald
Julia Catherine Rodewald (1825-1897), née McNeill, JW's cousin, wife of A. Rodewald, Sr [more].

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

9.  Mittie
Mildred M. ('Mittie') King (b. 1820), née Bronaugh, second wife of R. King [more].

10.  Mothers Cousin Miss Johnstone
Anna Johnstone (1787-1870), Martha McNeill's cousin [more].

11.  Mrs Corbett
Mary Corbett (b. 1804), cousin of AMW [more].

12.  Dr Meurer at Coblenze
In the winter of 1866 AMW spent some time in Koblentz, Germany, where she consulted an ophthalmologist, Dr Meurens; see #06526 - #06528.

13.  Sister
Eliza, probably a relation of M. M. King.

14.  Helen Douglas
Helen Douglas, probably a relation of Harriet Cruger; see AMW to James H. Gamble, 19 February 1862, #06518.

15.  John Daniel
John Daniel, an acquaintance of AMW.