Documents associated with: sales (JW's work)
Record 5 of 23
System Number: 06540
Date: 22 November [1868]
Author: Anna Matilda Whistler
Recipient: James H. Gamble
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Whistler W534
Document Type: ALS
[embossed monogram:] AMW
My ever dear friend
Just a line ere I & Jamie bid good night to each other for I shall sleep better for relieving my mind of the haunting fear which suddenly came to cause me self reproach. You & I know each other so thoroughly I need not be restrained lest frankness should cause offence. Upon reflection it seems to me that you perhaps might not have indulged in so expensive a set of Etchings had you known of their rise in price since the French [p. 2] set were offered our friends at two guineas! for tho our Artist has no value for his juvenile productions, they may be as pleasing generally as his Thames Etchings & you who go about doing good ought not to feel obliged to give the difference in price - without your having been made aware of it. you doubtless have so many worthy & interesting objects for your liberal desire to help others. So I propose "splitting the difference" & that you receive again the cheque & reduce it to half.
The Pictures were delivered here yesterday safely & put directly in the back Studio. they are most valuable as proofs that you thought of Jamie [p. 3] who now bids me thank you for your kindness. I hope the storm which we feel roughly on the river here - may clear away in a day or two that you may bring your dear Harriet again to see me in an afternoon. I shall be rather awkwardly situated when my nice servant Mary takes her leave of our service on Wednesday next, but you are not ceremonious, & we must imagine ourselves at Scarsdale Cottage again & only a Topsey to wait upon my friends. In haste as ever
Your old friend
A M Whistler
This is entre-nous!
2 Lindsey Row Chelsea
Sunday night 22nd Novr
5. set of Etchings
Probably etchings which were later published as A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames, 1871 (the 'Thames Set') (K.38-44, 46, 52, 66, 68, 71, 74-76, 95).
Twelve Etchings from Nature, 1858 (the 'French Set', K.9-11, 13-17, 19, 21, 22, 24).
Harriet Gamble, née Wheaton, wife of J. H. Gamble.
Mary, a servant of AMW.
9. Scarsdale Cottage
AMW lived intermittently at Scarsdale, NY between c. September 1851 and November 1857 in a cottage owned by her friend Margaret Getfield Hill.
'Topsy' was an orphan slave girl in Harriet E. Beecher Stowe's famous anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, published in the National Era in 1851-52 and in book form in 1852. However AMW refers here to Eliza (d. 1856), a servant of Kate Livermore [more]; see AMW to JW 27 August 1851, #06399, and AMW to JW, 16 September 1851, #06400.
Fr., between ourselves.