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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09553
Date: 3 June 1853
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[1]
Place: [Baltimore[2]]
Recipient: Robert Edward Lee[3]
Place: West Point[4]
Repository: National Archives, Washington D. C.
Call Number: Record Group 94
Document Type: ALS


New York
Col Lee

June 3rd 53

Dear Sir

In consequense of my having gone to Baltimore, your letter was not received till wednesday 1st as it was forwarded me from Brooklyn.

I am very grateful for all your kindness to my son[5], & from his report am sure he was well attended at the hospital, he speaks of Doctor Guyler[6] with sincere esteem. Doctor Cammann[7] who has visited him daily since his arrival in the city immediately judged it extremely imprudent that James should return for the Examinations[8], but I did not oppose the earnest desire of my son to fulfil his appointment, symptoms of increased distress were developed shewing how availing would be any exertion & the consequences might prove fatal to his hopes for the future at the Military Academy. You will see the opinion of the attending Physicians in the circular to be sent the Army Surgeon at West Point, I need [p. 2] not add how sensitively I share the disappointment of my son.

Believe me Dear Sir

Respectfully

Anna M Whistler

New[9] York City
June 3 1853
Mrs Anna M. Whistler
In return to the
health of her son Cadet
James A. Whistler
Received June 5/53


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Notes:

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

2.  Baltimore
AMW is evidently in Baltimore where her step-son George William Whistler (1822-1869), engineer, JW's half-brother [more], lived.

3.  Robert Edward Lee
General Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870), Superintendant of USMA, West Point, and later Commander-in-Chief of the Confederate States of America [more].

4.  West Point
United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, opened in 1802; see AMW to JW, 10 June 1851, #06396.

5.  my son
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), artist [more]; see Robert E. Lee's letter to AMW, 26 May 1853, #12608.

6.  Doctor Guyler
Doctor Guyler, physician.

7.  Doctor Cammann
Dr George Philip Cammann (1804-1863), physician [more].

8.  the Examinations
JW went on convalescent leave, and his year-end examinations were postponed. See Gordon H. Fleming, The Young Whistler 1834-66, London, 1978, p. 99.

9.  New
'New ... 5/53' written in a different hand, p. 3.