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JL 178

OMC 21

Washington, 28 February 1855



watermark/embossment: SLP, Superfine Laid Paper, embossed

20 x 13 cm.

folded in rectangles

FF 202-205, in part. Paste marks. Lines pencilled through every paragraph. "Washington" or "shyness" written across lines in sixth paragraph beginning "Vinnie met the other evening." Envelope has been torn open, sealing wax is still attached, and Johnson notes it is addressed "Miss Susan H. Gilbert. / Amherst. / Mass." and franked: "Edw. Dickinson M.C." He also describes the sisters travels: they were in Washington "from the middle of February until early March, and visited the Colemans in Philadelphia on the way home." Another records of their visit to Washington is "the inscription in Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, The Last Leaf from Sunnyside" by "Mrs. James Brown," dated "February 19, 1855, Washington." Johnson identifies other references in the letter: "J. Brown & Lady' from Alabama are recorded as arrivals at Willard's Hotel on February 5. Susan and Martha Gilbert arrived at Amherst on February 10. "Little Dwightie" was the youngest child of their sister Harriet, Mrs. William Cutler, with whom they now lived."

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