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Record 27 of 374

System Number: 11668
Date: [11 July 1890][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: Charles Lang Freer[3]
Place: Detroit
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 272
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS[4]

Dear Mr Freer -

Will you tell Mr Church[5] how pleased we both are with his beautiful picture, which arrived safely. It is a most charming fancy - - and I admire it exceedingly

It is wonderfully engraved - we can do nothing like it here [p. 2] When the house[6] is finished - (at present it is full of painters) I shall give it a place of honour in the drawing room -

The book[7] is published I believe some days ago in American [sic] - and the publishers[8] have ordered another edition to be printed [p. 3] at once - so I was surprised you had not seen it -

I wish you would send us some of your fine weather you speak of[,] it has rained without ceasing all through last month and this - and we begin to wonder where we shall find the pictures this year as we see it is predicted that next month the [p. 4] rain fall is to measure some four inches?!

I have written so many letters this month that I cannot remember if I acknowledged your letter with the cheque[9]. My impression is that I did - but if I did not you must forgive me

I hope your friend[10] is pleased with his proofs - I thought they were beauties -

With our kindest regards
Believe me
Very sincerely

Beatrix Whistler.

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[written at top left:] '[am?]'

Mr C. L. Freer Esq
77 Alfred St
[postmark:] CHELS[EA] S. W. / 2XA / JY 11 / 90
[postmark:] PAID


1.  [11 July 1890]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

3.  Charles Lang Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

4.  ALS
Published in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 6, pp. 74-75.

5.  Mr Church
Frederick Edwin Church (1826-1900), painter [more].

6.  house
21 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea.

7.  book
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890.

8.  publishers
John Wurtele Lovell (1852-1932), publisher [more].

9.  letter with the cheque
Not located: Freer had ordered prints on 28 April 1890, #01501.

10.  friend
Col. Frank J. Hecker (1846-1927), partner of C. L. Freer, Michigan and Peninsular Car Company [more].