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Thomas Jefferson Whitman to Louisa Van Velsor Whitman, 18 March 1870

My Dear Mother

Mattie arrived all right on Wednesday abt​ 3ocl1—in the afternoon—We were all glad enough to see her I assur​ you—The weather had been very bad ever since she left Brooklyn—but she got along very comfortably—and looked very well when she got in—I should have written you yesterday—but I understoo[d] Mat to say that she either would or had done so

Mat had a fine visit home and I think it has done her lots of good—also I am very glad to hear that there is a prospect of getting you and Walt out here2—hope you will come sure—

Please excuse this letter as I have just time to say that Mat arrived safely—the children are well and happy as can be—

affectionately Jeff


  • 1. Leaving her daughters with a housekeeper and Jeff's colleague Davis, Mattie travelled to Brooklyn in mid-February 1870. Jeff accompanied her as far as Pittsburgh where he stopped for business before joining her in Brooklyn. After a few days Jeff returned to St. Louis but Mattie remained in Brooklyn until mid-March (Mattie: The Letters of Martha Mitchell Whitman, ed. Randall H. Waldron [New York: New York University Press, 1977], 68). [back]
  • 2. These plans were not acted upon (Waldron, 70). [back]
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