The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06533
Date: 6 [August 1867][1]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[2]
Place: New York
Recipient: Jane and Samuel Wann[3]
Place: [New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Whistler W527
Document Type: ALS

189 Henry St Brooklyn[4]

Tuesday morning 6th

My dear friends

I thought of you all while I was at lunch with the beloved circle here, after I had refreshed myself in a bath - I fancied you returning to Homeland[5], where grateful memory will take me every day. I only send a line of love to be shared among you & to report my poor eye stronger for the salve applied last night. I intend D V, to go tomorrow weather permitting to East 41st St.[6] to pass the rest of this week with my revered relatives from the South, a note from the devoted neice [sic] Mrs Corbett[7] - tells me, she & her aged Aunt are left for ten days to do the honors of Mr Duclos house & that her Lizzie his wife will enjoy the excursion more if she knows I am occupying her apartment & cheering them. so you may imagine me reciting such things as the enclosed & "What then"[8] in the evening twilight

[p. 2] I shall take the precious vol your gift[9] my dear Mrs Wann, that my Cousins may share it with me. If I can go out today to pay a few calls, I'll have the prescription copied, but should I not accomplish this, I'll not delay sending my note & "Coming" tomorrow by Mr King[10]. I have now a most touching letter to respond to from one of Christs own chosen, who with her family have been brought into the trying straits of poverty by the events of our Civil war, so I bid adieu to your favored circle now, to offer heartfelt sympathy to hers.

Believe me truly your attached friend

Anna M Whistler.

Tell darling Jennie[11] I shall never forget her. & that Loulou[12] comes into the picture with the loving little girl. Offer my regards to the Master[13] of sweet Homeland.

[p. 3] Mrs Wann

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1.  6 [August 1867]
Dated from address and with reference to Mary Corbett's family (see below); also see AMW to James H. Gamble, 3 and 27 August 1867, #06532.

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

3.  Jane and Samuel Wann
Jane Wann (1822-1875), née Gamble, and her husband Samuel Wann (b. 1820), merchant, brother-in-law of J. H. Gamble [more].

4.  189 Henry St Brooklyn
189 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY, the home address of Ralph King (see below).

5.  Homeland
Home of the Wanns and James H. Gamble at Staten Island, NY.

6.  East 41st St.
106 East 41st Street, New York was the address of Polydore P. Duclos (see below); New York City Directory, 1870, New York, p. 307.

7.  Mrs Corbett
Mary Corbett (b. 1804), cousin of AMW [more], her aunt Anna Johnstone (1787-1870), Martha McNeill's cousin [more], her daughter Elizabeth Duclos, née Corbett, and her husband Polydore P. Duclos, broker.

8.  What then
Probably an earlier edition of John Taylor Brown's, If the Gospel narratives are mythical - what then?, Edinburgh, 1869.

9.  vol your gift
A book by Edward Henry Bickersteth (1825-1906), poet [more], Today, yesterday and forever, New York, 1866; a poem in twelve books. AMW read it in August 1867; see AMW to Jane Wann, 23 August 1867, #06534. Jane Wann supplied her with the volume.

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

11.  Jennie
Probably Jane, a cousin of J. H. Gamble; see AMW to James H. Gamble, 3/27 August 1867, #06532.

12.  Loulou
Loulou, a relation or acquaintance of AMW's friends, the Wanns.

13.  Master
James H. Gamble (b. 1820), clerk [more].