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Sept. 27, '83
One word more my beloved to tell you of the pleasure & relief experienced in an examination of yr Shelburne missives. I did find in yrs of the 28th Aug a call for 150.00 & hid my face in shame, till upon reading the letter of Sept. 8 I find this sentence that inspires a little faith that my mind is not wholly gone big - "The barn I shall not build this year & this reminds me to say that $100 ought to be enough to send me" &c, &c. This perhaps is not as preemptory as it might be but it maybe slight excuse for a blunder that I am glad to hear you don't regret.
The events of the days in the order of their happening, are the departure of Julia for a week's pleasuring at the Mts. & the first drive of Mrs. Brigham who has just started to call upon her daughter sojourning in Waverley
I hope the poor woman will come home with a brighter face than that with wuch she started. A dispensation of hemorrhoids has succeeded to the chills.
I called upon Christine yesterday & found her encompassed with silver whose complexion at 11 o'clk. I doubt not, as she averred presented a very different phase from that of before 6 when she began her work. She had for company two pretty little English girls the daughters of a friend. Monsieur [Polo] had informed her that neither he nor his wife were at [illegible] to do yr bidding at present. The latter is about to open a store but C. knowing that Mrs. B is not averse to working on Sunday, said she was intending to call upon her & try to engage her to clean the studio on that day rather than call in a stranger. The latter I advised her not to do without y'r permission. When I see what one little Katy does in the way of sweeping & dusting, it seemed to me no Herculian task for C. to put the rest of the house in order for y'r return on Mon.
The dining room presented the most formidable aspect, the closet having been emptied for the painting thereof. I trust it is not "a delusion show of can" & jelly glass that met my eyes in that chaos, but a very appetising relish for the bread & butter of the coming campaign.
If you have any settlement with Mrs Whitman in the matter of spoons, I hope you will not charge more than two & a question I am confident I did not pay more. M Kennard's they charge more for what they claim to me superior to any sold by the dealers generally, but there are less than three for a half dozen. I bought a crumb knife with much misgiving. Carrie seems much pleased with it, & I hope it may meet y'r desire - but if it sh'd not, I can exchange it for something else.
The Advertiser has doubtless told you of the refreshing rain of Mon. If it had been longer, our joy might have been stronger - but in
are immensely relieved by this - hundreths of an inch - & there are really spots of greenness in what we had deemed dead grass. Mr Payson's cows have come out to [deletion: to] browse again, but I doubt if very yellow butter can come of such feed.
The only report of Mrs L's lecture that I have seen was a very short one in the "Evng Journal" - highly complimentary to be sure to her subject, but scarcely oath inspiring to the lecturer. Miss [Botuma] tells me (she spent Thurs. night with us) that in the query list of the Transcript some two or three weeks since, somebody asked "Where is Miss Anne Whitney" & the public were told a week after, that she has a handsome house on Mt Vernon St where presumably she might be heard from.
Here endeth the last dish of gossip I prepose to send to Shelburne this season. May it find you my dear Anne & our much loved Adeline & the other good friends at the Knoll in abounding health, & happiness in the prayer of yr Sarah -
Fri. A.M Word came yesterday that Susan is on her way to visit her friends in Mass - sent hither by the Rowdes for the benefit of her health which has been impaired by severe strain in nursing.
it soon & the money in such way as may seem to my banker best. I think you have not found in Jean Paul Richter the satisfaction that I have, & I do not know that it is worth while to mail a little vol. I bought the other day with the intention of reading by J. if upon looking it over I sh'd deem it worthy. our influx of a dozen or more Club books [makes] all personal property into the shade, & I don't yet know whether "The invisible Lodge" (though translated by the poet & preacher Charles. T. Brooks) will hold its place beside "Flower, Fruit & Thorn Prices", Titan, Hesperus &c. I know I can't open it, but I stumble upon something funny - not always perhaps delicate as we who are not German count delicacy! Indeed I think I sh'd not like to read it to a gentleman & it is not easy reading any how.
Our renovated meeting house that was to have been opened to day for Sunday service was found to be, last evn'g all unfurnished, so minister & people have another day's vacation.
Mother is tolerably well. The rest of the family in good health. How comes on wood chopping? & fence making &c? I hope to call at 92 this week. I have been to Boston once since writing but as it was out of politeness to [Hoden] that I went, it was not convenient to call upon Christine.
Love & good wishes for A & A from yr own Sarah
Whitney, Sarah and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Sarah Whitney, to Anne Whitney, 1883 September 27" (1883). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 381.