Philadelphia November 22d, 1837
My dear Sister,
Your letter came yesterday, I was very glad to
hear from you & to learn that all were well & comfortably fixed.
The Witmers have been expecting Aunt & you for some time past,
tho’ I told them that you could not possibly come, the will now look
for Aunt in December, & still hope you will accompany her.
Monday they came on board the Ship and were very much pleased
with their visit. Saturday visitors were allowed on board &
since then we have been overflowed with people, quite crowded,
crammed with all kinds of folks, among them the greatest number
of pretty ladies, 100 young girls from some school came on
board yesterday among them were the most beautiful faces I ever
saw. I have not been idle, & have become so expert at
explaining, I would suit the Menagerie, I have enjoyed
these past days very much, fortunately the weather has been
as soft & balmy as Spring & I hope will so continue. Miss Ann
Coleman was not here, Izzy was with Mrs. Cassat.
I called at their parlour & made myself known to Mrs C
but did not see them afterwards.
I was at Mrs E Coleman’s yesterday to see if they would
wish to see the ship, but the ladies were all out.
Saturday is the time now fixed for going to Chester, but
if we get away the middle of next week, I wonder, at all
events we shall be at Chester on my birthday. I suppose
Father will not be here at that time if he goes the route you
mentioned. I wish he were here to see the ship. You can
write to me again, the letter will not be lost. You must excuse
the shortness of my letter, for really the life of excitement I
am leading now, does not allow me to give you more lengthy
ones. With love to all, & from the Witmers also.
I am your affte Brother