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[postmark SHELBURN 1884 AUG 4 N.H]
Sarah W. Whitney
Care of Whitney - Powsland & CO.
Shelborne N.H. Aug. 3-/84
I experienced a sensible relief upon reading that the family pity the dwellers by sea & mount. This implies that we are not subjects of envy as was rather to be supposed. & we may take all the good to be got without feelings of compunction for our superior elevation. Either Boston skies are not so friendly, or the habit we have here of living on free terms with nature makes us indifferent to her Aspinties. There are no [fusses] here that seem worth a remark.
Mrs. Brogioth lives in North Grove st. on the right hand corner (as you go toward the hospital) of that & the street that was by the hospital. She must have
half or wholly misunderstood me & where is Maria now? A creature so delicately constituted will is not likely to withstand the [corbuffs] of fortune & many changes of place. all is [done] in on me that she has disappeared.
The haying on this farm is done. The man - the help - a Canadian who drives down here & keeps his team while he stays - went yesterday. The next thing to be considered is the shed & after that the ice house & that will wind up my contributions to the running gear of this estate. Whitman needs them so much that he is willing to give his time & work & thus make the outting on my part a good deal less. I doubt if I can do better.
The north side of the barn is left unclapboarded with the xpectation of making this addition.
The girls women Sarah & Annie make themselves
very acceptable here & they seem very well satisfied with on their part. Only I am sorry to say Annie suffers a good deal from neurolgia of which complaint she was the victim when she visited her home at Cape Bretin last summer.
Mrs. Gates' company of 17 is made up of two families from Pitsfield & elsewhere - who are apparently well-bred & intelligent people. A large dish of pretty trout from Ingall's brook sent in some days since by the of the gentleman promises us a very good dinner. & [Laly] a dozen of them called on us the other evng. So that we are well provided with neighbors that are neighbors this summer
We have seen nothing of Philbrook's boarders. It is now the haying season generally, & there is no life on the roads to speak of.
A letter from Mrs. Chapman speaks of the growing satisfaction with the bust. [Dadington's] sister is not so good as Hudenhoff's process, but is as ingenious & original. In the Ang. Century are some good things. Read the Wreck of the Thomas Hyke. We may have to send for more books but not yet.
The hill opposite is a much more agreeable object than last summer, it as covered with lively green, a good crop of clover rewarding our care. I hope Charles Stone will come up. The woods bear witness to the wintry gales, great trees (on shelves of clean rock to be sure) being entirely uprooted. It is curious.
I trust mother's arm is reaping the benefit of the prescribed rest. Give her my love & say that what with climbing & eating & much to eat we grow broad & limber at the same time. It takes a week just to get Boston stiffness out of one. Tell me about Aunt Sarah. I wrote to Edward asking him to notify police, as I do not know the name of the Chief. All love my dearest Sister from us to you, & affectionate remembrance to the household
What a day! Today & yesterday equally, What! What a thing it is to live 6 weeks in [illegible] where the grass grows & the corn shoots & you bathe your eyes in green instead of white & gray & what a good & economic word is What! When I think so & paliated & become dythenambic & words fail me & should collapse if it were not for that interrogative interjectional admirational program
Whitney, Anne and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Anne Whitney, Shelburne, New Hampshire, to Sarah Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, 1884 August 3" (1884). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 387.