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Miss Anne Whitney
Care of J.P. Lesley Esq.
[date in pencil upper right corner 1860]
There seems dearest to be a general resurrection among the dry bones of yr feminine literary friends. I wonder of the accompanying mission is as curiously instructive as the last I sent you. If so, pray send it on. I shd like to know if I am one of "3 most intimate friends who heard from my own lips that I wished to review yr books & only waited for the sign." Of wonderful to my prosaic nature is the faculty of imagination - & more wonderful - most wonderful is it when clothed with an inordinate conceit. Well of you sin against etiquette again, C.H.D. may wash her hands with a good conscience.
I shd fear my dear that you were melting today, did I not also hope that the heat may
have led you to the discovery of the blue tissue dress wh. I packed with yr other clothes in the great trunk. Notwithstanding the half prohibition contained in the letter rec'd last night, I shall direct Edw'd to send the trunk tomorrow. The steamer will be due in P. on Wed evn'g & will (E. says) probably be sent by Mr Winsor to 411 Wetherill St where he has already attempted to find you. In my joy over the promise of yr speedy return I cannot forget previous delays in yr purposes & so think it safer to send you what is prepared, knowing that you can easily return in the same way all that you do not need. Today we have leaped into June. You Philadelphians, I think must pant under midsummer heat. The drought begins to be fearful. If it continue another day it seems impossible that transplanted vegetation can survive.
Mr Barnard has promised to go
across the road with me today to see if we can agree upon a spot wh he is willing to relinquish - he says he shd not be willing to have you go far back from the road & so the knoll is out of the question - the objection being to a constant trampling over the land between it & the road. I have had no opportunity to consult the White about A.C. but learned yesterday from Anna herself, that she has a plan in her head (I know not what) wh if executed will take her away from us. I cannot speak with confidence of Ellen's (the little Irish woman) figure - her face is fair & pretty - & form so far as I can judge under an immensity of hoops is good. For plumpness & roundness & general rosiness I w'ld commend one Mary. Of Hattie H's [cross-out] expectations I know nothing - her hope when she first returned was to take her father to Walpole to spend the summer - but as yet he cannot bear the motion of a carriage in the shortest ride - he walks in his garden almost every
day I believe. I have not called upon her, but think I shall soon, though I fear she might consider a call from me somewhat of a bore. Mary & the Robbins however bear constant testimony to her loveliness, so I hope not to be crushed. Shall I consult her as to how yr building shall be made?
The Twitchells who were to come tomorrow have been obliged by the illness of Mrs. Dr. T. to postpone their visit a week. Aunt Lizzie & Wm who were expected last evng did not come - the why unexplained. The Hudsons are slowly gaining in strength & giving us all pleasure by their stay. I think we have seldom had visitors to whom mother & father so readily took. They are throughly sweet & good & unassuming. So bright & talkative is Fanny that no one in seeing her wld suspect her invalidism. It is betrayed only by frequent resort to rest in her own room. Mary too is cheerful, but one cannot but feel how weary to her must be the burden of weakness when she feels that upon her must almost depend Fanny's daily bread. Lucy the doctor is given over to spiritualism. A noble, good woman according to all accounts she seems to be, but not likely to put much money into the family purse.
A new Dr in whom you I think may put some faith has sprung up. Mr Porter & Mr Lambert are being exercised by him into health. He has cured himself of blindness of 40 years standing & lameness of I know not how long by stretching
all his muscles & now offers to cure all the ills flesh is heir to in the same way - & has performed some wonderful cures. So my dear pull yrself & stretch yrself & keep yrself healthy if you can & soon come & breathe our Belmont air uncontaminated by city odors & fragrant with Daphne & other sweets. Mother keeps well - father ditto. Carrie wrote brightly from Niagara on Wed. & today is probably in St Louis.
Lovingly yr Sarah
Whitney, Sarah and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Sarah Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1860 May 13" (1860). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 365.