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System Number: 03741
Date: 6 May 1853
Author: Alicia Margaret Caroline MacNeill [1]
Place: Liverpool
Recipient: JW
Place: [West Point]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Whistler M75
Document Type: ALS


4, Windsor Terrace, Liverpool

6th May, 1853 -

My dear darling Jemie

Having learnt from your beloved Mother[2] that you had a great desire for the new invented Purses I have derived pleasure in selecting one for you, which only regret not being able to fill with Gold pieces, however I know you will value it as a token of Aunt Alicia's unabated love for you - which neither time nor distance can ever obliterate from my heart! - I have with tender interest and great delight shared your pleasing epistles this [p. 2] Winter to your precious Mother, whom I am thankful to add we all consider benefited by her trip to England, I can imagine with what eagerness you will be anticipating her return, soon after I hope you may have the gratification of cheering her with your society at Scarsdale, which from all I have heard must truly be an enchanting spot - were it not for the mighty deep that rolls between us I would be induced to run over & take a peep at you all once more; however while my beloved Sister Eliza[3] is spared to me [p. 3] I could not feel happy to be this distant from her, - and as years increase I feel it rather a task to leave my home, tho am about to visit a few distant friends this summer, & possibly may extend my Tour to Scotland, where have not been since had Willie[4] & yourself as my escorts; (each of you would I am certain feel grieved on hearing of the deep affliction kind Mrs Morgan[5] has to contend with from the death of her Daughter Isabella[6], which took place last Month, my friend Miss M[7] - hoped to return by the first steamer from Russia therefore I shall hope to see them if go to Edinburgh [p. 4] I must leave it to dear Mother to inform you of all friends, this being our last day together, I grudge every moment that Im from her - Give my love to your dear Brother George[8] - whose little Son[9] - am pleased to hear - improves in health & should it please God to spare the darling, trust it may prove a solace to the fond Father, and all friends -

Now dearest James - farewell - & may you be blest & prosper in all that is desirable for your spiritual & temporal welfare -

prays your fondly attached
Aunt

Alicia M C MacNeill

Mrs Sandland [10] desires kind love & hopes with us all that you may have a happy examination[11]


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Notes:

1.  Alicia Margaret Caroline MacNeill
Alicia Margaret Caroline McNeill (1786-1863), JW's aunt [more].

2.  Mother
Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more].

3.  Eliza
Eliza Isabella Winstanley (1788-1857), née McNeill, JW's aunt, AMW's half-sister [more].

4.  Willie
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

5.  Mrs Morgan
Elizabeth Morgan, wife of Steven Morgan.

6.  Isabella
Isabella Morgan (1817-1853), daughter of E. and S. Morgan.

7.  Miss M
Sophia Morgan (b. 1825), daughter of E. and S. Morgan [more].

8.  George
George William Whistler (1822-1869), engineer, JW's half-brother [more].

9.  Son
George ('Georgie') Worthen Whistler (b. 1851), JW's nephew [more].

10.  Mrs Sandland
Betsey Sandland of Liverpool, friend of AMW.

11.  examination
JW was at the time a student at West Point Military Academy.