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System Number: 09556
Date: [29 November 1851[1]]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler[2]
Place: [Pomfret]
Recipient: Margaret Getfield Hill[3]
Place: [Scarsdale]
Repository: Cornell University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Call Number: 1629
Document Type: ALS

I thank you dear Margaret for the details of the Table Cloth. When Eliza[4] gets her materials I hope she will mine from the city, she is very communicative with us & seems to be interested in her new - sphere, how great a cause for thankfulness that she is so happy in her husbands[5] family! she went with her Edward when he exchanged with Mr Vail[6] at Westerley, & the pleasure was mutual that she could spend two days in Stonington at Aunt Kate's[7], hers was the last report from the corner house to us. All are well there. And I have cheering news now of & from him. We hear also of my brothers[8] improved health thro my Sisters[9] letters, I suppose he will be all winter in England. Debo[10] was well & enjoying the society of her Uncle Genl Swift[11] more than any since she listened to her fathers[12] fond tones. I made & sent her children dresses by the Genl & she is charmed. Oh how much more than I merit does she love me!

Saturday morning 29th

We had such a rain storm on the snow yesterday I did not send Eliza to the Post Office, Ah how it blew last night! my mother[13] & I could not sleep, but she spoke of some of the beautiful ideas in our pastors Thanksgiving discourse that if we realized this world as tho cradle to the grave & the vestibule to heaven, we should be ready to enter those mansions our [p. 2][14] loving Redeemer went to prepare for us, & thus with thoughts of the watcher of Israel we were at last soothed to rest. On this high hill we feel the gales, which we hope at Scarsdale we hope to be sheltered from. Love to your dear Sister & brother Mr & Mrs Popham[15], May the widows God reward them & unite our hearts in christian friendship ever is the prayer

of your attached

Anna Whistler

Your letters are so welcomed to us, let us hear often. My Mother sends her love & Willie[16] his. We are all well.

Kate is so hopeful that I will send for the girl, I do not know how to disappoint the family she thinks so worthy. One of them has been in Capt P[17] family here 4 years, his wife who died a year ago begged Jane[18] never to leave them, & the one in Ireland is as pious a member of our church as in Jane, I am averse to acting against the advise of my dear friends in Scarsdale, & pray our councils may be over ruled that I may have one of the Lords own appointing I should advance the 1st quarters wages for the voyage & when it was said I'd expect at least a years service - Mrs West[19] said "Oh Mrs P - I hope my neice [sic] would be so valuable to so kind a mistress she would not wish ever to leave the service of Mrs W.

Willie has a wish if it [obscured] dear Mr Pophams approval that the Carpenters build a poultry house at the back of the cottage, it will be an instant & may be convenient [obscured] for him. but I hope you will visit Brooklyn while my dear boy is there - May the painters brush up our old refrigerator & place it where you decide is best it needs a new lock or two. I shall thankfully defray expenses. When I address you dear Margaret I think of all individually whom you love as friends of

your grateful


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Miss M. G. HillMr Popham Esq
Scarsdale. W Chester County
New York

[Stamp]: 'THREE CENTS'
[Postmark]: [obscured] [APR/ 12?]


1.  [29 November 1851]
The date of this letter is 29 November 1851. It was then that General Swift was found in London, entertaining with his niece Deborah Delano Haden, at 62 Sloane Street, #06407. At this time AMW was living at Pomfret, Connecticut.

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

3.  Margaret Getfield Hill
Margaret Getfield Hill (1802-1881), a friend of AMW, of Scarsdale, NY [more].

4.  Eliza
Eliza Flagg, née McNeill, JW's cousin, the wife of Edward Flagg, died on 22 May 1855.

5.  her husbands
Rev. Edward Octavius Flagg (1824-1911).

6.  Mr Vail
Mr Vail, preacher at the local church at Pomfret.

7.  Aunt Kate's
Catherine ('Kate') Jane Palmer (ca 1812 - d.1877), née McNeill, AMW's sister [more].

8.  my brothers
William Gibbs McNeill (1800-1853), railway engineer, AMW's brother [more].

9.  Sisters
Alicia Margaret Caroline McNeill (1786-1863), and Eliza Isabella Winstanley (1788-1859), née McNeill.

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

11.  Uncle Genl Swift
General Joseph Gardner Swift (1783-1865), chief engineer of the US Army, brother-in-law of JW's father [more].

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

13.  my mother
Martha McNeill (1775-1852), née Kingsley, JW's grandmother.

14.  [p. 2]
Page 2 has been used as the outside of an envelope.

15.   Mr & Mrs Popham
William Sherbrooke Popham (1793-1885), merchant of Scarsdale, and his wife Jane O'Neill Hill (1793-1882), sister of Margaret G. Hill of Scarsdale.

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

17.  Capt P
Probably Captain Perry Bowers (senior) (1794-1870) of Pomfret, Connecticut.

18.  Jane
Jane, unidentified.

19.  Mrs West
Mrs West, unidentified.