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Miss Anne Whitney
Care of J.P. Lesley
411 Wetherill St
Wed. A.M. May 2nd '60
Here has come another missive from her "we wot of," wh. presuming to be not a matter of life + death, will not waste a postage stamp upon it even for yr more speedy delectation my dear sister. Yrs of the 28th + 29th arrived last evng + that I may not forget some matters of wh I wish to speak, I embrace this early opportunity. As to the bonnet I sh'd be glad to take it, if fitted my head + taste + were here now - but being in the bonnetless condition I am, possessing nothing but a thick one wh I have worn 4 winters + a dollar chip wh has been a constant hack for 2 years, I feel that I cannot wait another week. Anna Carroll has promised to go with me on the first pleasant day to help me select one + will trim it for me, + I wait only the termination of a dry northeaster wh. threatens every moment to become a wet one to claim the fulfilment of the promise. I can only accommodate you my dear by considerable sacrifice or mortification - either give up pleasure expeditions if such tempt me or wear a dirty, shabby thatch of wh. I am ashamed.
Regarding the studio my dear I do + did not wish to put you in a disagreeable place + will see what can be done towards toe accomplishment of yr own desire. The water objection being removed in the way you suggest, but 2 others remain to the knoll. The first applying equally to Edw'd's land, its inconvenient distance making frequent calls to me impossible, + the 2nd, the fact that an unoccupied building (wh I suppose this must be a large part of the year) is always a target for the missiles of a neighborhood. Fortunate is the owner of such, if it escape the torch of the incendiary. As to style, you must remember, that though a Hungarian in Orange may love to exercise his ingenuity + artistic taste for small compensation, no Yankee mechanic can do aught but feebly imitate - + that with such outlay of time + labor that the expense must be a matter of consideration to the person who employs him.
Fri. P.M. I expected to have sent yr trunk by to day's steamer - but discovering too late that the Belmont Express ran but every other day, I am obliged to keep it for the next, wh sails in 5 days. Almost every body in these parts is praying for rain. We
rejoice in a sufficient supply of will + rain water but most of our neighbors are lamenting the want of one or the other. I went this A.M. to Kenrick's + Hydes nurseries to get evergreens for Edw'd but was advised not to transplant utl we have rain. At Mr K's we found magnolia + other blossoms. If the heavens wld but send some warm showers the country wld burst into greeness. As it is it looks pleasantly + promising in the sunlight + milder air wh. have succeeded the piercing cold of the early part of the week. Mother went to Charlestown yesterday + has not yet returned. The Shannons have escaped their trial now only to feel it impending in June. Mrs S. of Brooklyn, a witness in the case called with Mary on Wed. to see yr handiwork.
The muslin wh. you like for the darkness, was not specially cheap, having cost 37 cents a yard. It w'ld be very unsuitable for travelling + as there is sufficient for a full dress I cling to my last decision + keep it for myself + have made you an English Barege skirt wh. I think you must like better, + to wear under it I have made a coarse muslin skirt. I hope they will prove to be the right length.
I am sorry to have kept Mrs D's letter so long, but trust it is of no great consequence. I have been too busy to write + shd be now were I not too tired to work. In such condition I think you will gladly spare my tediousness + so my dear I bid you a loving adieu, giving [cross out] however this message from Susan - "Give my love to Miss Anne + tell I shd be glad if she c'ld write to me - only I don't know whether I cld read a letter she writes so funny.
Yr own Sarah
Whitney, Sarah and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Sarah Whitney, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1860 May 2" (1860). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 363.