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System Number: 06659
Date: 15 February 1843
Author: George Washington Whistler[1]
Place: [St Petersburg]
Recipient: JW
Place: [Springfield, MA]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W653
Document Type: ALS

[decorative cover with a man kneeling before a woman:]

[p. 2] St. Petersburg.

Feby 15th. 1843

My dearest James.

I cannot think of letting this steamer go without saying something to thank you for the very nice little letter you wrote me by Mr Roberts[3], and the few lines you added to one of dear Mothers[4] letters. - I know you will be happy to hear how much pleasure you have given me, your letter was very nicely written and I read it with much delight. I hope you will ask mother always to give you a place in her letters. Mother and Sister Deborah[5] have told me of your being such a good boy - and cousin Kate Prince[6] too has spoken of your obedience and industry, how much you are trying to improve, and how much you have improved - continue my dear boy to be obedient and you will not only be happy yourself, but make us all happy - many little boys here not older than you speak two or three languages, so [p. 3] you must try hard to learn all the french you can or you will not be able to understand any body - I suppose you think it must be very cold in Russia, but from all I hear it is colder this winter in Stonington than here - there is plenty snow but no hills to run down except those that are made on purpose. they make a kind of slope with boards, and cover it over with ice - and call them ice hills - here the people go to slide down on little sleds very much like yours, but as every body must pay something for riding the boys dont know so much about it as they do in America where all can slide down hill without paying - I think you would quite astonish them - Ladies and Gentlemen slide down these hills here, but they dont do it as well as the boys used to in [Chesnut?] Street Springfield.

I have come to the end of my very nice little sheets of paper - so must say goodbye - God bless you my dear Son, continue to be a good boy - Kiss Mother & Sister and brother[7] for me - and give my love to Willie Wyatt & Jackson[8] -

Your affectionate Father -

G. W Whistler

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1.  George Washington Whistler
George Washington Whistler (1800-1849), engineer, JW's father [more].

Fr., for ever / turn over [the page].

3.  Roberts

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

5.  Deborah
Deborah ('Debo' or 'Sis') Delano Haden (1825-1908), née Whistler, JW's half-sister [more].

6.  Kate Prince
Kate ('Cousin Kate') Livermore (1820-1907), née Prince, wife of A. Livermore [more].

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

8.  Jackson
William Wyatt McNeill (1833-1853), JW's cousin [more], and Patrick T. Jackson ('Jacks') McNeill (1835-1898), accountant, JW's cousin [more].