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Sunday A.M. M'ch 4th 60 The partly promised letter did not arrive last night as I had hoped, for wh. I am sorry on my own account & because I shall not know how to direct this wh. I wish to write to day - To day, I say, because I am so glad, dearest Annie to tell you that yesterday the Dr gave me permission to use my eyes "a little" _ & so I can write with a better conscience than heretofore even if they feel no better _ but indeed this morning they do feel better & I have used them to direct my steps in a walk to & from Aunt Sarah's. A wind worthy of M'ch in its noisiness helped me in half my way & did not trouble me in the remainder, for it was warm & suggestive of spring flowers. Though under my blinder I cld see but the yard or two directly before me &
[penciled in 2 in upper right corner] cld heartily sympathise with the poor cows who for their misdeeds have to wear a board over their eyes. I enjoyed a great deal, & rejoiced in the human privilege of a hand to poke up my board when advancing sound warned me of a possible collision. But enough of my eyes. I have bade the Dr farewell & ought to dismiss the subject in my letters if I can't in my thought. I indeed am "thrown back upon my own resources," & am likely to be I fear for some time to come but happily the evngs are every day becoming shorter & "a little work" each day will be great recreation. Edwd & Carrie read to me & kind friends invite me to dinner. On Friday evng I attended some theatricals at neighbors Barnards' got up very nicely by the children in honor of the finished house. Mary S continues her loving ministry - She brought yesterday one of her "hymn" bouquets wh, belonging to you, I am compelled to
[penciled 3 in upper left corner] keep out of sight of the rest of the world. The dear woman I think has felt a good deal disappointed in not hearing from her 9 ^ or 10 page letter sent some weeks ago. Did you receive it? She says a Mr Leslie from Phil'a. ^ [illegible] was at the Artist's Reception last week & at Mrs Cheney's afterward, (when I think little Mary met him) expressed great admiration for the company assembled by artist invitation in Boston. We wonder if he is one of the noted family, with whom by this time we imagine you to be pleasantly settled - though in yr letter there seems a little discrepancy & we are not quite sure whether you were intending to leave Brooklyn this week or last - Fidelia said last- poor F. I am so sorry for her sorrow & for her disappointment in not being able to be with you in P. I was rejoiced to get her second letter & learn that I had not offended her by my hastily written one as I have feared I had. I shall write to her & Rebekah as soon as I dare. Heaven send you my beloved sister, as good friends among the strangers to whom you go as you have in N.Y. & Mass. But if they fail may you in yr Studies find good that will more than compensate.
Mon. P.M. My writing was interrupted by the entrance of Mr Cavender Senior with our biweekly Sunday guests. & the rest of the day was spent in listening to a good deal of pleasant talk from Mr C. & to the reading of Carrie & Miss Butler. Mr Fuller has accepted the Watertown call & consequently there is but little church going inclination in several families including the Whitney. It is hard to be deprived of the little church going stimulus - but others find it in the [?] the Rev'd A, B. F.'s ministrations and so we must be content. I suppose Carrie told you of Dr Hosmer's illness. Poor Hattie I fear will never see her father again. It is said that in moments of consciousness he predicts his own recovery - but other physicians say that his mind will be sadly impaired if the body recovers & they have but little expectation of that.
Has Mr Johnson returned a well man to his people? Where is Mr Leland of late? How do you pronounce Kossuth? I will spare yr patience & my eyes & leave the remaining space to acknowledge the hoped for letter.
Tues. a.m. The letter came after dark so I cld add nothing more. Whether Carrie after 9 oclock found time to write you with other duties is doubtful. If not some things must remain unsaid. For the letter & its contents I return love & thanks as yr movements are so uncertain I know not what to do but direct as of late. I hope we shall hear from you again before Sunday. In haste loving Sarah.
Whitney, Sarah and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Sarah Whitney, to Anne Whitney, 1860 March 4" (1860). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 355.