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Miss Anne Whitney
Care of J.P. Lesley Esq.
Thurs. P.M. May 10th
Last evn'g when I was flattering myself dearest that yr trunk was on its way from Boston to Phila. I was informed by Edw'd that it had been left behind + that he wl'd send it by express today - but as I knew not yr present address + supposed 6 days more of waiting might not distress you I told him not to do so. Now if you can let me know before Mon. next, how to direct it, it can be sent straight to Mr. Smith's.
Yr letter found me on Tues. evn'g far from Niagara, even in desire. So much behind hand am I in necessary sewing, the thought of going anywhere without a month's notice wld distress me exceedingly - a slow dressmaker to day c'ld have been borne with some patience, if the machine wh. I brought up yesterday from Carrie's
had but done its duty; but it has only tired my eyes + patience + at last utterly refused to do any thing. Our good friends Mary + Fanny H. having taken the work all out of my hands have sent me to my room for rest + this is the way I choose to find it. I shd rather drive them about the country than see them sewing for me, but their invalidism keeps them very still. A walk to Mr Brownwood's on Sat. has disabled F ever since for both walking + riding. We hope however to accept an invitation from Katie to spend the day with her tomorrow. I have not seen K for weeks. A lame horse has prevented her from coming here since her return from N. + a variety of obstacles have kept me from going to Newton. On Mon. next we expect Mr + Mrs Twitchell. On Mon. last, Lizzie L. + Mrs. Wyeth drank tea with us, much to the pleasure of us all. The Hudsons think they never saw any one so brilliant. The poor woman, her own eyes more than half
the time filled with tears, kept us in roars of laughter. No wonder she was in a state of nervous excitement - since a year ago, last Nov. she has been into a neighbor's house but 3 times. that poor cripple of 8 years she carries about in her arms like an infant refusing all help - + her mother hopelessly ill in body much of the time + more ill in mind all the time will have no one but Lizzie to do the household drudgery. A piteous letter wh. L. sent me some weeks ago has made me more desirous to go to Milford than anywhere else this summer. Of course she felt great interest in all yr work, + insisted upon seeing the plaster baby, the picture being wholly unsatisfactory, suggesting more animal developement than intellectual possibility. So I mounted with her to the attic where she was satisfied + determinedly captured beebee + took her down to the parlor where all agreed with her in denouncing the ambrotype as a libel + the Hudsons are begging for the cast to adorn their chamber. Lizzie wants to know if you cannot be bribed to make one of her baby.
Mrs Fox in a
to the H's from Brooklyn says she saw a good medallion of Mrs Manning + lovely little bust by Mis Whitney. She seems to agree with you in her estimate of the Mannings. Another letter wh. they rec'd reveals Lucy Balch the sister of Sarah, as one of yr admirers. She is a very sweet letter writer + I shd judge a very bright woman. The Cenci moves her more than it does Miss Prescott. Mary S. showed me yesterday a very pretty little note from this same Miss P. acknowledging the gift of some violets. I suppose Mary has already told you that their day of doom is still impending. I am so thankful that the poor "little Mary" has a chance to find in change of scene some refreshment against the dreadful day. She starts on Sat. with her father for the west. Carrie started on Tues. + expects to return in the course of 3 or 4 weeks by way of Baltimore &c. Will you not be ready to come with her? Twilight is coming down upon me + I must not write another word. Ever so much love to Fid'a. Love to you from Mother + Mary H - + from Fanny if you care for it.
From yr ever loving sister Sarah
Whitney, Sarah and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Sarah Whitney, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1860 May 10" (1860). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 364.