In 1842 he was sent to America from Russia to accompany George Washington Whistler to Russia and became a good friend of the Whistlers. AMW's son, John Bouttatz Whistler, was named after him.
Jasiulko-Harden, Evelyn, 'Major George Washington Whistler, Railroad Engineer in Russia: 1842-49,' Ex Oriente Lux, Mélanges, Brussels, 1991, vol. 1, pp. 148-49.