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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
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1. 29 June 
Dated from Perpetual Calendar Whitaker's Almanac.
2. Anna Matilda Whistler
Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more].
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more]. His letter is not extant.
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.
Probably John Cossins, JW's valet [more].
Possibly 'châle', Fr., shawl, or perhaps 'châlit', bedstead.
Probably Helen ('Nellie') Euphrosyne Whistler (1849-1917), née Ellen Ionides, JW's sister-in-law [more].
8. Walter W's portrait
See Portrait of Walter Winans (YMSM 199). The subject of the portrait was Walter Scott Winans (1840-1928), civil engineer [more]. He was related to JW through marriage.
Deborah ('Debo' or 'Sis') Delano Haden (1825-1908), née Whistler, JW's half-sister [more].
10. Mrs Mignot
Mrs Mignot, widow of Louis Rémy Mignot (1831-1870), painter [more]. JW had known Louis Mignot in Paris; see AMW to Catherine Jane Palmer, 29 October 1870, #11841.
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.'
Mary Tyler Gellibrand (b. 1812), née Ropes, wife of W. C. Gellibrand [more].
14. Murray school
Probably connected with Charlotte Murray, writer (see #06563).
The nephew and godson of Mrs Alexander, a friend of AMW.