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System Number: 09601
Date: 24 December 1871
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Walter and Henry Greaves[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Tate Gallery Archives
Call Number: Marchant Collection, TGA 8314/1/3/39
Document Type: ALS

2 Lindsey Houses

Christmas Eve 1871.

My young friends

As my neighbour Mrs Boggett[3] often sends me in one of her favorite volumes so it occurs to me that you may like to read a holy story of the Christmas Season & I have put the mark where it begins. I am in no haste for you to return the book. My thoughts have been with your family circle this sad & solemn anniversary[4] today, but God only can comfort us in our bereavements, as I am sure your widowed Mother[5] realizes, tho she is so blest in her sons & daughters. I was so imprudent as to go out a short distance yesterday & caught a severe cold, so that I could not get to Church today & fear I shall not tomorrow; I hope your Brother Walter is recovering his attack.

With best wishes to you all for a happy New Year.
Believe me sincerely your friend

Anna M Whistler.

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

2.  Walter and Henry Greaves
Walter Greaves (1846-1930), boatman and painter [more], and Henry Greaves (1844-1904), boatman and painter.

3.  Mrs Boggett
Elizabeth Boggett (b. 1801), wife of W. Boggett; she lived at No. 3 Lindsey Row; see PO Directory, 1870, p. 401.

4.  solemn anniversary
Charles William Greaves, boat-builder and waterman, father of Walter and Henry Greaves, died in December 1870; see AMW to Walter or Henry Greaves, 18 January 1871, #12323.

5.  widowed Mother
Elizabeth Greaves (1810-1900), née Greenaway, wife of C. W. Greaves [more], and her children, Charles William Greaves (b. 1837); Henry Greaves (1843-1904); Walter Greaves (1846-1930); Alice ('Tinnie') Fay Greaves (b. 1852), JW's model.