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Thurs. P.M. May 18th [in pencil above error=17th 1860]
Yr word my dear Anne of the 16th has just arrived, & I hasten to tell you that though you may know what you want in the way of a studio, I know not the carpenter who can make a very ^satisfactory estimate of what "a rough concern" of unnamable size & finish will cost. I cannot recal what you asked for, when I obtained Mr Pierce's estimate, wh perhaps you may rememember. If that description answered yr present desire & you can recollect his calculation thereon, you may get a more speedy answer to yr inquiry than in any other way. But if you do not, I see no way to do but to send me the length, breadth & height of the place you want. Of course it must be waterproof & plastered within, & high enough to avoid baking yrself in the midsummer sunshine.
I think in so many ways we may profit by another's experience, that it is never wise to go on pellmell in any new project & so I proposed consulting H.H. who will probably understand yr needs & being near at hand might help me & the carpenter with suggestions. Mr Barnard has more sheds than he knows what to do with, & will not I know promise to buy any more, so I shall not risk his displeasure by asking him. I w'ld try to see Mr Horn tonight if I had an inkling of what I am to ask of him. As it is, I believe I must consult my ease & stay at home. Since Tues. we have had 3 visitors - Mrs. White, Kate & Aunt Lizzie having come in upon us on that day. The Twitchells are to come on Mon. next unless I write as I think I shall for them to defer their visit a few days. Rebekah N. has sent the word that she will spend Tues and Wed. nights of next week with me.
so you see we shall have to keep up our spirits till you our beloved & longed for come. I find it a valuable discovery wh. I have made that several guests in a house at a time are much to be preferred to a long succession of single ones because they entertain each other & so lessen a stupid hostess's anxiety, & do not materially increase the labor. I have been talking with Kate about Anna. She says a friend is confident she can find a situation as governess for A. in Virginia wh A. desires. Still it is possible she may not go at present. K says she never saw her form but once & that when she faint in a bath & was then struck with its extreme beauty & is doubtful whether she wld be willing to make an exposition of it, but will sound her & encourage her to do so.
Fri. A.M. Our hearts are saddened by the thought that we shall probably never see Mr Parker again. Mr Lyman has read letters to Mary this week far more discouraging than any yet rec'd. Indeed
it w'ld not be surprising if the next account shd be of his death. That miserable climate of Rome has probably hastened the consummation.
As I must look after breakfast, & have written one little letter this A.M. I must bid you dearest a loving good bye. Give much love to F'a from yr ever loving Sarah
Whitney, Sarah and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Sarah Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1860 May 18" (1860). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 367.