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Fri. morn'g. Aug 2, '83
Anne my beloved - If I had not gone gallivanting yesterday, I sh'd have been the happy recipient of yr letter at 3 oclk & have begun a reply at 4 in which all the events that have transpired in B since yr departure on Sunday, from the turning of our neighbor's weathercock to any thing up or down I c'ld think of, w'ld have been recorded. As it is I will do what I can before the breakfast calls. Firstly, you had not been gone an hour when Katy, Mr. L & their daughter Elsie came to find disappointed hope & expectation in yr absence but left their love to follow you. They had had much pleasure in the [forenow] in a call from Mr Parker's true friend John Ayer who had been very enthusiastic in his expression of admiration of the statuette which he [illegible] was shared by Mr Barrage & Miss Goddard. "No likeness so perfect of Mr P exists." The next guest I think was Helen whom Mrs. Rand brought on Wed. She was very well & amiable, finding every thing in & around Boston "Wp. top A. No 1" (I quote somebody elses words)
She & Mother suffered no paralysis of tongue from 11 to 5 - & strange to say Mother was not much worse for the exercise though some threatenings of mental excitement somewhat disturbed me. On the whole she has been pretty near her best since you went away. Mrs. B. is gradually improving. When I said to the Dr. on Wed. "She looks dreadfully. It seems as if this shaking day after day & week after week must kill her", he upheld - "Goodness no! She is doing as well as we can expect. She will look worse perhaps - but she is decidedly better." & this is proved to us by milder attacks each succeeding day, better spirits & increased appetite that allows a taste of whatever is going. In regard to yr invitation to Shelborne she reiterates her reply to you that she "shan't go till I have been if she waits 40 years." I do not intend to be driven to my pleasure by such threat - but I can't or will not say what the effect may be of such continuous presence on my weak will (Not that I write anymore quite the contrary indeed. In regard however to Mrs B, what I heard yesterday of the effect upon Walter Lambert of a visit to Hull when he was prostrate with chills & fever makes me think
that Hyannis may be as good a sanitarium & less expensive that Shelborne. I met yesterday at Katy's (whither I went on an errand & spent a long day) Katy Allen, Will L. Elsie & her sweet little boy, & two other callers, & had a nice time generally. Mr. L. had been to Newport to a civil service convention to which he urged Edwd in vain to accompany him. I doubt if I sh'd meet with better success in pleading for a trip to Shelborne. I am delighted that you are so pleased with the aspect of affairs there & wish you to use 50 or 100 dollars as to yr well considered judgment may serve best, & regard it as a Sept. 2. offering. The cold nights you report are not attractive - nor indeed are cool days. So be very cautious how you expose yrselves to their influence. "A cold wave" is promised it is said. It will probably be on you before the receipt of this letter, but "Beware" may serve for two months or more!
This will reach you I trust by Sat. night. If it fail in the power of inspiration yr benevolence will prompt you I think to write again on Sun. that we may hear on Thurs. that other restful nights have followed the first, that Addy is finding appetite & that good digestion waits on it & that in mind, body & estate you are both in best condition.
Did you see Mr Richardson?
Unbounded love for both As from yr Sarah -
Whitney, Sarah and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Sarah Whitney, to Anne Whitney, 1883 August 2" (1883). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 378.