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Mrs. Nathaniel R. Whitney
Brooklyn Apr. 3d 61
My dear Mother,
Failing this morn'g to get this assurance of my safe arrival, I trust you have taken it for granted. I reached N.Y. in due time in a driving snowstorm but had no difficulty in finding an omnibus in wh. I rode to James' office & finding that he had left for Orange but a few minutes before, I preferred to take the known path to Brooklyn than to run the risk of missing him in the crowded boats & cars of Jersey. Mrs E & some of the younger children were the only persons at home. Taking Mamy I started on Tuesday A.M. at 1/2 past 7 for Orange & reached in season for the service wh was appointed at 10. I had been expected, & all were glad that I had not delayed my coming, as the storm [cross-out] had prevented the arrival of the boats. Beside, a quiet night in bed was a better preparation for the day's fatigue & excitement. As Anne wished to be here today preparatory to her return with Edw'd on Thurs. night & James, Mary & Edwd were with M'gt I concluded to remain with her, & shall go out to Orange this P.M. & to stay a longer or shorter time as I find best.
Marg't has anticipated this termination of John's disease & meets it with calmness.
Some change in her manner of living will have to be made but what, has not of course been determined. Eddie & Frank or the twins I sh'd like to take home with me - but I do not yet know that M'g't w'd be willing to part with them. Edwd & Anne will soon be with you & can tell you more than I now know.
Hoping soon to hear a good report of home I am dear Mother with much love to father & Carrie Yr affectionate daughter Sarah.
1 oclock Edwd has come over for me, bringing Carrie's - for wh. please return many thanks - & ask, if she writes again as I hope she will, to direct to the [illegible] as in past times. Otherwise , letters are thrown into the general delivery & may fail of reaching us. E still thinks he shall leave tomorrow but Anne may stay a day or two longer & come on with her friend Mrs Putnam.
Whitney, Sarah Stone and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Sarah Whitney, Brooklyn, New York, to Sarah Stone Whitney, Belmont, Massachusetts, 1861 April 3" (1861). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 373.