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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 [deletion: 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.