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System Number: 00189
Date: 18 November [1867][1]
Author: Francis Edward Anstie[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A188
Document Type: ALS

16 Wimpole St

Novemb[er] 18

Dear Sir,

I enclose you a P. O. order for £1.1.0, f as my contribution towards the expenses of poor Traer's reinterment[3] - I would gladly assist you in finding others[4] to help in extinguishing the remainder of debt an; but I am unfortunately immersed in business by reason of having to attend the Official inquiry at Farnham Workhouse [p. 2] in addition to my usual engagements. This renders it impossible for me to help you except by giving a trifle of money myself -

I am, dear Sir,
Yours very faithfully

Francis Ed. Anstie

J. A. McN. Whistler Esqr.

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1.  18 November [1867]
Year dated from reference to Traer.

2.  Francis Edward Anstie
Francis Edmund Anstie (1833-1874), physician to Westminster Hospital, medical journalist and Editor [more].

3.  Traer's reinterment
A reference to the death of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. In April 1867, Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], Traer and William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more], were in Paris. JW was also in Paris in March and April, as his works, including Wapping (YMSM 35), were on view in the American section of the Paris Exposition. Traer died suddenly on 23 April of alcohol related causes, during a trip to Paris. Haden arranged for Traer's burial, with what JW and his brother William regarded as unseemly haste. A violent row blew up between the brothers-in-law in a Paris café and Haden fell (or allegedly was pushed by JW) through a plate glass window. Soon afterwards, the two brothers made arrangements to have Traer's body returned to Ellen Traer (b. ca 1837), J. R. Traer's sister [more], in England, assisted by George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909), art dealer in Paris [more], and a list of subscribers.

4.  others
Anstie's name appears with others including W. G. Whistler and Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more], on JW's subscription list dated 30 December, see #05854.