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[Postmark: East Cambridge Mass May 14] Miss Anne Whitney Care of Messrs. Manning + Squier New York
[inserted in pencil: West st. studio] [inserted in pencil: not 1860 or 1861]
I have come out to E. Cambridge Anne dear to tell you that I tried to see the rooms in West St. of wh. Edw'd has told you. I sh'd have staid longer in order to see the landlord & the rooms but that I supposed E. has told you all that I cld. In the second story Miss McFarland a well established milliner of whom I have known somewhat for years has a delightful room, sunny & light - or so it was at 1 oclock. The building is on the south side of West st. corner of Mason & so of course a front room must be on the north & not so desirable as Mr Whitney's on that account. Her room is larger than Mr W's so that she curtains off a part for a working room leaving a good sized apartment for show [crossed out] room & shop. If the room over it is as large, it seems to me a very desirable one - expecting to see the owner in Milk St I did not inquire as to the means of heating - of The rent too Miss McF cld say nothing expecting that it was very low & Mr Lawrence the best of landlords who considered the times & the interests of his tenants. Her room commands a fine view of the common & she thinks the room adjoining wh. is also to let, must do the same. This however is not so large as hers by considerable & probably 1 or 2 ft smaller than Mr W's. The rent according
to E's account is very much less, but you know more about that than I do. The building is new & nice The entrys & stairway commodious -The key of Miss McF's water closet opened the door of another room wh wld not answer, but the key told me of necessary conveniences. The ^other occupants are some French dressmakers who are about to leave & a Mr Parks a retired merchant who keeps an office. No one sleeps in the building - I am very sorry I did not make some inquiries about it before, on Sat. when I first saw it, but hope that Edwd's account was sufficient to enable you to decide between this & Mr Whitney's & set yr mind at rest for at least one week's more (3 wld do better) visiting. At home all's well - Carrie & I have been out to Dorchester to day to bake Mary Hudson a birthday cake - Fanny is better.
Much love to C. As. friends - from their & yrs
Whitney, Sarah and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Sarah Whitney, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, New York, between 1860 and 1870" (1860). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 369.