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System Number: 06478
Date: [16/30 October 1858][1]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[2]
Place: [Philadelphia][3]
Recipient: [James H. Gamble][4]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W473
Document Type: ALfS[5]


I must scrawl a bit more, trusting to your descyphering [sic] what I cannot read. Willie[6] & I recd wedding cards for a reception to his friend Joe Eastwicks bridal[7], & I went to gratify Willie & the Mama Eastwick[8] & felt happier for it. we were invited from seven til ten, that was so moderate. The Grandma Eastwick[9] at 83 so bright set me a christian pattern as I am 30 years her junior. Mr & Mrs Winans[10] were there & particularly attentive to me. They came from Balt also to be present at the marriage of Mr Harrisons daughter[11] we also were there, but did not remain to breakfast. The splendor of the array, in the furniture, of tapestry, paintings, mirrors &c, by gas light, soft music preceding the bridal train, the solemn rite so impressively read by the same Revd English clergyman who had united the youthful brides parents & christened her, made me feel it a privilige [sic] to be present. I shall be glad to introduce you to their gallery of pictures[12] when you can spend a day or two under this small roof. Willie would have liked to have remained as [sic] the numerous circle of his companions, but he doffed his dress suit & attended a lecture at noon.

[p. 2] And now with love all around you & to all our mutual friends, such as Mrs Cruger & dear Mrs Aspinwall[13] & her home circle,

Think of me as ever your gratefully attached

Anna Whistler.

You have interested me in your bereaved friends in this city.


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Notes:

1.  [16/30 October 1858]
Dated with reference to Annie Harrison's wedding on 14 October 1858 (see below); see AMW to JW, 18 November 1858, #06501.

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

3.  Philadelphia
Bartram Hall in Philadelphia was the residence of the Eastwicks; see AMW to JW, 15 and 16 January 1852, #06409.

4.  James H. Gamble
James H. Gamble (b. 1820), clerk [more]; see AMW to JW, 15 December 1856, #06477.

5.  ALfS
This is a fragment of a letter, with no date or location.

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

7.  Joe Eastwicks bridal
Joseph Harrison ('Hass') Eastwick (1834-1917), son of L. A. and A. M. Eastwick [more], married Catherine Trimble (b. 1830).

8.  Mama Eastwick
Lydia Anne Eastwick (1810-1890), née James, wife of A. M. Eastwick [more].

9.  Grandma Eastwick
Margaret Eastwick (1776-1865), née McCalla, mother of A. M. Eastwick [more].

10.  Mr & Mrs Winans
Thomas De Kay Winans (1820-1878), locomotive engineer and collector [more], and his wife Celeste Winans (1823-1861), née Revillon.

11.  marriage of Mr Harrisons daughter
Annie Harrison (1839-1915), daughter of S. and J. Harrison [more], married Lewellyn-Fite Barry (1826-1914) on 14 October 1858; see AMW to JW, 18 November 1858, #06501.

12.  their gallery of pictures
Joseph Harrison was a great art collector and active in promoting public interest in art. For fifteen years, from 1854-1870, he was on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and was chairman of the Fine Arts Commitee of the 1864 Great Central Fair in Philadelphia. Benjamin West's (1738-1820), Christ Rejected, and John Vanderlyn's (1775-1852) Ariadne Asleep on the Island on Naxos, were his property. See 'Collectors of American Painting, 1813-1913' by M. Backelard, in American Literature Review, November-December 1976, pp. 128-32.

13.  Mrs Cruger & dear Mrs Aspinwall
Harriet Cruger (1790-1872), née Douglas, a friend of AMW [more], and Margaret Aspinwall (d. 1881), née Maxwell, wife of J. S. Aspinwall [more].