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[printed return address: ALL SOULS' CHURCH ANTHON MEMORIAL 88 SAINT NICHOLAS AVENUE NEW YORK][postmark: NEW YORK, N.Y. STA. I May 14 8-PM 1907]
Miss Anne Whitney
[printed letterhead: ALL SOULS' CHURCH ANTHON MEMORIAL 88 SAINT NICHOLAS AVENUE NEW YORK]
May 14th 1907
Dear Aunt Anne
I am sending you a copy of letter to Charles, et al as trustees. Also I shall have a copy of a photograph of the Edward Whitney House sent to him, and if you would like, I will be glad to have one sent to you in Shelburne. You will be there when the photographs are ready.
We expect to Sail on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock on the Friedrich der Grosse. on going direct to Paris. Until further notice the address will be c/o N. Gorman Lloyd Co #2. Rue Scribe, Paris. However any letter sent here to 88 St Nicholas Ave, during the summer will be forwarded to us whenever we may hap to be.
Miss Converse who came up to dinner last Thursday, gave Margaret the address of a Paris Hotel Cafe where she Margaret has written for room.
We have not made any plans at all for the summer as to where to go, but are leaving it all to be settled
while on the ship or after we get to Paris It is now our purpose to get into some country like suburb of Paris and make such trips about as seem feasible.
It was a great pleasure to have that little visit to you and it was very good of you to let me bring Philippi along. He has not ceased talking about it all and keeps saying "theres more refinement don't you know, in Boston"
Florrie and Mannie were over to lunch yesterday, and report that Mr. and Mrs. Roland (Betts) have a fine little son. who is to bear the Whitney name. Please give my remembrances to Mrs. Scudder.
[printed letterhead: REV. GEORGE S. PRATT, RECTOR EDWARD WHITNEY HOUSE 88 SAINT NICHOLAS AVENUE 'PHONE 1143 MORNINGSIDE ALL SOULS' CHURCH ANTHON MEMORIAL 88 SAINT NICHOLAS AVENUE NEW YORK][written in different hand: [Enclosed in George Pratt's letter of May 14 to AW][typed letter]
May 14th 1907
Mr. Charles A. Stone et all Trustees of the Estate of Edward Whitney of Boston, Mass.
I am forwarding you herewith the bill for the bronze memorial tablet of Mr. Whitney, which is placed on the wall of the vestibule of the Edward Whitney House.
The settlement of the bill completes and finishes the work which you as trustees undertook in this connection, that is to build this house in which to provide residence rooms for the Rector and other workers in t he parish and neighborhood with room for classes, meetings, and the like.
There are three things which I would like to note and call to your attention in this conclusion.
Fist, when in 1899, the Trustees undertook to aid in the work of building up a congregation, church and Guildhouse, I and my associated had no property and less than five hundred dollars in money for this purpose. Our meetings were being held in the dining room of my private apartment. The offer of your Trustees, to make progressive contributions conditioned on our raising equal amounts here in New York, was essentially the precedent and efficient cause of the existence here now of this combined church and guildhouse which has long since assumed its recognized place in this city
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religious, social centre,
Second. In the interrupted progress of the building, with the lapse of nearly two years during the change in the trusteeship, and other deaths, in the contingent building of the church, there has grown up during these years a constituency in this immediate neighborhood much as that from the first has brought the building, long before it's final completion, into use and function. there are at this time upwards of one thousand families in this neighborhood now having a recognized connection with the church and this Whitney House.
Third. With the consolidation of the original Archangel parish with that of ALL SOULS' Anthon Memorial, parish, taking the name of ALL SOULS', the whole enterprise has been placed entirely free of debt and with an invested endowment fund of nearly One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars, for the care of the buildings and for the extension of the work.
In conclusion I beg to express my personal gratitude for your patience and consideration in the whole matter, and also my constant purpose to administer this trust and carry on the work here in such a way as would meet with Mr. Whitney's approval were he living. and to demonstrate that your action in using the funds of the estate has neither been mis-guided nor in vain.
Very truly yours,
[George S. Pratt]
Pratt, George S. and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from George S. Pratt, New York, New York, to Anne Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, 1907 May 14" (1907). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 1221.