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Sarah W. Whitney
[Gan] Miss Whitney [Consland sr]
[embossment on envelope: N.H.CARTER&CO 3 BEACON ST BOSTON} MANUFACTURERS]
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Shelburne Aug. 7
Charles Stone & wife came last evng. 4 1/2 & here at the unprecedented hour of 9 1/2 we have just got thro with breakfast. Last night fall - mooned & fragrant with abundant rains was a perfect mountain specimen. I am sorry that horses are so scarce with us that we cannot show them the country. Whitman is hauling lumber this week & we have but one driving horse which with a lame but willing creature does all the work.
Your letter my dear Sarah received on Tuesday is very satisfactory.
The work on the shed is not yet begun. There being some delay on the carpenter's part.
I am getting some good hints from Charles & I hope Whitman will profit by such xperience as he brings. he is anxious to do so.
We spend our mornings frequently up in the woods. the days are busy & pleasant &
the nights peaceful.
All goes well. Sarah is a measure to Mrs. Whitman. She does does everything with no complaint at the diversifying of her functions, which is very amiable for a cook.
I do hope the next letter will bring some news of Maria. About whom I begin to feel much anxiety. City life at Mrs. Bio's house will put an end to that delicately constructed being. I had hoped much from country air & food for her.
The kittenhood here is a treat. 5 of them beside the cat. The cat is only a kit transposed but the assumed gravity of the creature is a pleasant thing in its way & as funny. One of the kits is a disparate climber & we have put a strip of tin around the elm to keep her from the robin's nest.
Cleavland is not the man after all we hear. No better than a Lark or a Mormon. Perhaps there are modifying circumstances but then there should be no substratum of fact.
Love to mother, love to all & always to my Sarah love from Adeline & from me
Whitney, Anne and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Anne Whitney, Shelburne, New Hampshire, to Sarah Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, 1884 August 7" (1884). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 388.