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Your letter my beloved sister [does] most agreeably greet me just as I was rallying forth to do justice to this imperial democratic city. Ade desires me to thank you for being such a good boarder & sends her love - says - she is also doing the same here.
Tuesday evng. [Sconge] & [Mt] called for a brief while some [illegible] affair being on the carpet that evng. Yesterday morning we went to Brooklyn - [crossed out] & after calling at Mrs. Manning's I went on to Pacific st. where I saw the fragment generations of the Whitney's
st. & took up Adeline & went straight to 104th (?) st. & dined with [cross out] Margt & [Sconge] in a very dainty little flat which for vanity it was quite a pleasure to see & note with what comfort family life could be carried on in. [If I were out committes] to the heights & breadths & the general high-mightiness of space I might take pleasure in a flat of these [Filine] restrictions as the epic Bret sometimes delights [Limsely] in the "sonnet's anon plot of ground"
This A.M. we met one of our table acquaintances here at the Century building & went over that estate. Art & dictionary departments & all the rest with great pleasure - thence up to the Met. Art
house & then home to lunch. now I await A's return from Mrs. Gibbons' to go to De Comp's (Statuary) & after places of interest & this evng. possibly we shall call at Fidelia's - who was to return from some day's absence in the country - today.
I see no reason as yet to change our plans but will write you xactly as to our time of return the 1st of next week. Mrs. Manning will not go with us. As her nieces whom she will visit - are absent - We shall not see her probably before the last week in May. We hope you will be moved to report again as circumstantially as this time. Take the best of care of yourself & your guest to
whom the love of us.
The weather becomes warmer from day to day. & today is much with genial sunshine. The street is not moving enough to [cross out] induce sleep. but Fatigue thus far answers us well.
It is a kindly boarding house. The boarders seem simple, intelligent & impretentious - several of them being connected with the Century house. It, the house, is under the guidance of two sister ladies - of Maker built & breeding - & they sit at the table with us. A pleasant feature.
Farewell & God be [illegible] you.
Sunday we dine with Mary Field & in the P.M. shall go up to Pacific St.
Whitney, Anne and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Anne Whitney, New York, to Sarah Whitney, 1890 April 3" (1890). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 451.