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Record 17 of 21

System Number: 09387
Date: [26 September 1891][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Philip Rathbone[2]
Place: Liverpool
Repository: Brown, Picton and Hornby Libraries, Liverpool Central Library, Liverpool
Call Number: Pict AL
Document Type: ALS


21, CHEYNE WALK,
CHELSEA.

Dear Mr Rathbone -

I am enchanted to find that you have not forgotten me! - Your son[3] has sent me your most dainty little book[4] - which I have just unpacked on my return - and while I hasten to thank you, I am still turning over the leaves - Where I have already found the two pieces I knew -

Your "Moods" may "vary" - but they are [p. 2] always charming - and I congratulate myself upon my boldness in asking for my copy! -

With kindest regards
Ever, dear Mr Rathbone, Sincerely Yours,

J. McN. Whistler,


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Envelope:

To
Philip Rathbone Esq.
The Cottage -
Green Bank
Liverpool
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LONDON W / B 7 / SP26 / 91


Notes:

1.  [26 September 1891]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Philip Rathbone
Philip Henry Rathbone (1828-1895), collector [more].

3.  son
Alfred Steward Rathbone (1853-1901), poet [more].

4.  book
After his visit to Liverpool, he had met Rathbone again in London, and on 17 September Rathbone's son wrote to Whistler with a book of verse collected and privately printed by his father, entitled Varying moods expressed in various verse. (This was published by Unwin Bros., Chilworth and London, probably earlier in 1891; Whistler's copy is included with some two hundred of his other books in Glasgow University Library; Alfred Rathbone's letter is #05106). JW's warm acknowledgment to Rathbone is postmarked 26 September, and it is not impossible that its timing was influenced by the knowledge that the Art Committee was about to arrive at its decisions on purchases from the exhibition.