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System Number: 06505
Date: 30 December 1858
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[1]
Place: Philadelphia
Recipient: James H. Gamble[2]
Place: [Staten Island]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Whistler W500
Document Type: ALS


1205 Arch St.,

Thursday Decr 30th 1858,

My dear friend

In answering a business letter to Mr King[3] I enclose my grateful return for your consoling lines which greeted me Xmas morning. All your pious thoughts were echoes of that Comforters voice sounding ever thro my depression. I asked you to pray for faith for me that I sink not in the rough waters. Physical debility has rendered the daily X [i.e. Cross] fretting, notwithstanding I can ever say Thy will be done. When we meet face to face I will explain what else tries my faith. Pray for me that it fail not. It comforts me to know yourself & Mother[4] [p. 2] pray for me. Now I have promised my Florida nephew[5] a sleigh ride en omnibus to 3rd St[.] I must not keep him waiting later in the afternoon. But offered Mrs Eastwick[6] when she was here just now, asking me where she could get good butter I would refer the question to a friend in N Y. If it will not tax your time & you can get such a tub as you were so attentive in selecting for me, she will be so glad to have it sent Express to her sons[7] office in this city, Eastwick Brothers 221 Vine St - Sugar Refinery - for Mrs Eastwick. Bartram Hall[8].

[p. 3] Dont you think your Sister[9] looks like Hope the christian? And your Mother is Charity exemplified. Love to both. Happy New Year

Your affectionate friend

A M Whistler

'Bill[10] sent to Eastwick Mrs
221 Vine St Sugar Refinery
Jany 11. 1859'


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Notes:

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

2.  James H. Gamble
James H. Gamble (b. 1820), clerk [more].

3.  King
Ralph King (1801-1878), broker, father-in-law of W. McN. Whistler [more].

4.  Mother
Jane Gamble (1790-1864), mother of J. H. Gamble [more].

5.  nephew
Probably Charles W. McNeill (b. 1847), JW's cousin [more]; see AMW to Charles W. McNeill, 11, 12 and 14 February 1878, #06563.

6.  Mrs Eastwick
Lydia Anne Eastwick (1810-1890), née James, married Andrew McColla Eastwick.

7.  sons
'221 Vine street Sugar Refinery' was the address of the sugar refiners, Charles James Eastwick (1836-1908), and Joseph Harrison (Hass) Eastwick (1834-1917), sons of Andrew M. and Lydia A. Eastwick; see McElroy's Philadelphia City Directory for 1861, Philadelphia.

8.  Bartram Hall
Bartram Hall, the residence of Andrew McCalla Eastwick (1810-1879), partner in Eastwick and Harrison, locomotive manufacturers, and later in Harrison, Winans and Eastwick [more]; see AMW to JW, 15 and 16 January 1852, #06409.

9.  Sister
Jane Wann (1822-1875), née Gamble, wife of S. Wann [more]. AMW is quoting the well-known text: 'And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.' 1 Cor. 13.1.

10.  bill
The note is written in another hand.