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System Number: 06436
Date: [March 1854[1]]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[2]
Place: [Springfield[3]]
Recipient: JW
Place: [West Point[4]]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W431
Document Type: ALS[5]


Mrs Barnes[6] sends love to you & talks of seeing you in camp. the Howards[7] never tire of asking me about you. Margaret[8] is yet in 11th St N Y Cousin Mary Ionsides[9] has been so ill, she lingers to cheer her. Your Uncle Capt Swift[10] has retired from public duties. What spring weather we have, the grass is looking green & birds singing, how I should have enjoyed this season quietly at the cottage! but I shall be in too much bustle packing there to leave it! Mr Bleecher[11] is to occupy it. Mary has been at James[12] this visit of mine here or would sent her love with your Mothers.


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Notes:

1.  March 1854
Dated with reference to the Bleechers'move to AMW's cottage at Scarsdale, NY (see below); see AMW to JW, 3 April 1854, #06437.

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

3.  Springfield
AMW is probably on a visit to Springfield, MA, the place of residence of Charlotte A. Barnes (see below).

4.  West Point
United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, opened in 1802; see AMW to JW, 10 June 1851, #06396.

5.  ALS
This is a fragment of a letter with no address and date.

6.  Mrs Barnes
Charlotte A. Barnes (b. 1811), née Sanford, wife of James Barnes [more].

7.  the Howards
Probably the parents of Hannah Worthington Swift (m. 1844), née Howard, wife of W. H. Swift [more].

8.  Margaret
Probably Margaret Swift (b. 1832), née Howard, wife of Charles Swift [more].

9.  Cousin Mary Ionsides
Mary Ironsides (1826-1884), née Swift, JW's cousin [more]; her address was w. 11th Street; see Doggett's New York City Directory, 1849-50, New York, p. 222.

10.  Uncle Capt Swift
Captain William Henry Swift (1800-1879), brother-in-law of JW's father [more].

11.  Mr Bleecher
L. Bleecher of Scarsdale, NY.

12.   Mary has been at James
Mary Brennan (b. 1825), AMW's servant [more], and her brother James Brennan.