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[Postmark:BOSTON MASS. MAR 16]
Miss Anne Whitney
Care of J. R. Leslie Esq.
504 N. 6th
1st St. tonight (sing)
below 10th (at [Brown]
church on the corner)
[1860 in pencil upper right corner] Wed. M'ch 14th
Out of my general expression of sympathy in yr joys uttered my dear Annie in my hastily despatched word of yesterday I feel that there are 2 or 3 worthy of special notice. Firstly I am delighted that you have been so successful in making a likeness of Mrs. Manning. 2 ndly that you are where "airs from Garadide" can reach you + not here where subterranean coals furnish the only suggestion of such airs. But blessed be the lack of Compensation - as yr happiness has been marred by a doubt of its perpetuity. Our unhappiness is relieved by the confident belief in something better by + by. I am very sorry for yr disappointment about the lectures, but believe that as of old, yr lucky star will prevail + there will be no great disappointment after all. If but Mrs M's predicted time w'ld now come, when you + Mr Brown are to come into harmonious relations I sh'd be glad. Trusting that devotion to art might keep you in a sufficiently cool + healthful moral atmosphere I sh'd be thankful to know that you were out of the reach of these terrible winds wh pierce bone + marrow - not mine for the Dr advises me to keep out of the way of them but I see them under the grey sky, hear them through every crevice + chimney, + taste them through the ennui that comes of nothing to do.
Thurs. P.M. Just as I had finished yesterday one hours continuous sewing yr letter my beloved came + with it the blessed sunshine. 3 unlooked for blessings - either one of which w'ld have filled my heart with joy. For the 1st I rejoiced almost with trembling, not knowing but the time of retribution w'ld come today - but today my eye is no worse + I have used it for hard city service. 2nd yr letter wh so quickly wiped out the pain caused by yr first disappointment even better than I had dared to prophesy. 3dly the sunshine - you know how it shines into the heart after a long north east storm. The Drs cautious perhaps have made me over timid - though I have never more longed for an outdoor life, I have never stuck so close to the chimney corner. I covet too, more than I can tell you the ability to read + sew - + yesterday's achievement possessed me with a working demon wh only my desire to visit Katie cld have resisted - so with a perfect morning came the purpose to go to W. Newton for the day + invite Aunt Lizzie home with me to introduce her to Dr Williams tomorrow. But lo! before my bonnet was on, in marched Aunt L. for the very same purpose + so the day wh was made for the country + the woods has been dissipated in crowded streets + crammed stores. The Dr pronounced Aunt L's case a less serious one than mine + I am
very hopeful of a cure for her. It may however prove more difficult than it looks. I pray you my dear Annie take good care of yr eyes. Let no wilful misuse add bitterness to the possible mischance of a diseased organ. Just after we left for Boston, Katie, Marianna + Mr L. came over to take me home with them. A little sorry I had to miss so pleasant an opportunity, but I hope to find another ere long.
A call from Mrs Barnard has interrupted me on her way to join a family surprise party at Mrs Brighams with a fine photograph of M Phillips for a surprise gift. No sooner has [cross out] house seemed furnished than [cross out] had begun anew to make room for borders. Mr + Mrs Pray having obtained leave to summer with them + the south west attic is to be devoted to his [fluting]. Our spring operations will commence soon in the parlor - paper + carpet I have in my minds eye - whether I shall find the reality to correspond is doubtful. Todays attempted shopping has been rather discouraging - Boston crowded with goods c'ld not furnish [illegible] Carries [directed] to Mother's + my tastes. One seen by me more than 2 months ago wh I there had not money to buy, I have foolishly let slip through my hands, thinking as I have done
more of eyes than dresses. Must you not get something for spring use? Shall I send by steamer yr leghorn or any thing else? Trees are not "budding into blossom" here but grass is greening + birds are singing + today winter clothing has been a burden + the exquisite beauty of earth + sky from sunrise to sunset has filled every soul.
Now at sunset I must prepare myself to go with father mother + Aunt Lizzie to take tea with Mr [Singer] at Edwds. I am weary with the days labors + excitement. C'ld I have written this A.M. I think I sh'd have done better. I can only hope that the taste of home will give a little zest to my dry details. The [trail] of intoxication is better I suppose for writing than the moments after when the whole body is weary. Have charity for yr weak sister who finds in self esteem, an unexpected letter + fine weather cause of intoxication.
Friday + another lovely day - or at least promise of a day. To keep up my dissipation I am going to E. Cambridge. This will complete my promised dinings out, + if I conclude the week by a second day with Katie, I hope to begin the next with work, a plenty of wh. offers itself to my hands. Alfred [Tufts] has moved to Charlestown + George is preparing to follow - so Aunt Lizzie's country life is about at an end. I am sorry for her. Dr. Hosmer is gaining. From all accounts but his nephew's, there seems a chance that [illegible] may
[written in margin] see him in tolerable health. Another attack however to wh. he is liable w'ld probably prove fatal. Mr [illegible] has come up to look at yr marbles + I must descend to do the honors. Loving adieu from Sarah
Whitney, Sarah and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Sarah Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1860 March 14" (1860). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 357.