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Boston April 26 - '80 evng -
My dear friend - I must say one word - but my eye is very stiff & I can use it but 5 minutes or so - I have just come home having spend the evng. in Clavers with one or two or three friends - I am so glad to know that you did get home notwithstanding the two bundles & the long walk - I always am a little uneasy to see you set out alone from my door - to traverse those dubious purlieus with their netting of rails -
I have found another Bell - 1852 - to wit - I will look tomorrow in another place - but doubt if there are more.
Dearest M. W. whoever speaks ill of you
if any do - be assured our Child does not - you do not account the charge of severity in judgment, ill speaking - who says, I will be harsh as truth & uncompromising as justice - ?
Mrs. Child never in the least blamed you for that - she has spoken of you with an admiration for which I loved her all the more. Poor lone spirit - ! I am sure she feels the lack of family ties - In the first year I knew her - she used often to say - I wish you were my daughter!
Addy's letter of today is a little vague about the time of return - It is not likely to be till Thurs, but may be Wednesday or even
tomorrow morning - The house takes on a festive air - & so it does when you are coming - & to think my friend of the lame-eyed hours you wiled for me last Friday! - you are singularly good to come so promptly when I call -
I came in from Belmont this morning - having found & left all well there.
I am writing with closed eyes - but I fear my chirogy is of a kind that does not improve with the vision -
I find Johnson's life of Jamison very interesting - It is little I read at a time - & perhaps you want your book - please say if you do - Those lines of Lowells please me very
much - I wonder if you are gayer now than you used to be then!
I am pleased that Disraelis raid is over - they say he has raised Eng. to the rank of a first-rate power - If so it is a curious fact in the hist. of mechanics.
I must stop -
Whitney, Anne and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Anne Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, to Maria Weston Chapman, 1880 April 26" (1880). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 581.