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Very affectionate note of thanks for photo of Anna received and closing note regarding Bishop's recent visit to Tany's church.
letter, McIlvaine, Tany
Tany, Henry, "To Anna McIlvaine" (1862). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 179.
Swanton [?] May 27.
Many thanks, my dear [amie[, for your photograph. It is very like you & I highly value it, but why did you not write your name under it.
And so you are going away without coming to tell me how you like my new [?] & drawing room paper , chintz hangings, & all my other alterations. I have been worrying [?] to get my painting & [?] are done, and now I care nothing for delay or whether they be finished this season or not. I dare say it is right that you should go & make others happy as well as the friends you leave, but it is not so very easy as some people suppose to to [?] in who seems to interfere with our selfish comforts. Now my dear Anna, will you not now & then, (meaning thereby, without wide chasms) remember & speak of me, & then say “dear [?] [?] send a line to [?] & tell the old Rector how we all are.”
I shall never forget your sunny countenances and big [?] views of every thing. I have devoured longfellow since [?] read him to me, & I admire him more and & more. But I have lost much of my love for the [Cheever] set.
I may tell you that I can have some helped & happy effects for your beloved father’s ministrations in my Church. Don’t worship him, & remind him of the sin of adultery as often as he is [?] to worship you. Farewell [dear] [?] Anna. Ten thousand thanks for you too should visit, and ever believe me.
Your sincerely & very affectionate friend,
I send your fathers [?] by the train tomorrow. You have [?] flower make. [?] send me her photo.