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System Number: 01999
Date: 25 November 1892
Author: Charles James Whistler Hanson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H100
Document Type: ALd

16 F[eatherstone]. B[uildings].

Nov. 25. 1892

Dear Mr Whistler,

The salary which I expected at Capt. McEvoy's[2] hasn't come off just yet - though it will undoubtedly in a little while - meantime I must beg of you to help me a until it does. Do please -

Everything looks exceedingly promising for my future. The invention I told you of in my last letter will probably be turned into a company and the capt has promised me a post in it with a salary. You know all his available cash has been spent in perfecting his apparatus and at the present moment he is "hard up". Things however with regard to myself will I believe be arranged in a few weeks. If the company is formed (p. 2) I shall most likely get a number of shares in it in addition to the post of second engineer - the Capt. being first.

I was three weeks behind with my expenses when you so kindly sent the last money - you know I explained in a previous letter how £3 of the I should like to get some necessary garments for the winter - those I have are worn out. So I would ask you to please send me £3 or £4 extra now I wont ask you any more to send me any more extra money. Do please send me this, likewise some more money to go on with.

I called at Dr Whistler's[3] on the 9th. He is was much better than he was when I saw him before.

(p. 3) I am sorry the Duke of Marlborough[4] died without you pa before you painted his portrait. If he could only have stayed a little longer he would have lived through the ages.

I am mighty glad you bought those pictures from Dr Cavafy[5] instead of Goupil. I don't believe in the middleman in art.

I saw in the Pall Mall of the 23 inst. that you had sold the "Falling Rocket"[6] for £800 to an "American friend". I hope its true.

I should so much like to have value a letter from you - though I hear know you are awfully busy.


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1.  Charles James Whistler Hanson
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].

2.  Capt. McEvoy's
Captain Charles A. McEvoy (b. ca 1836), electrical engineer [more].

3.  Dr Whistler's
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

4.  Duke of Marlborough
George Charles Spencer-Churchill (1844-1892), 8th Duke of Marlborough [more].

5.  'Falling Rocket'
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170). JW sold it to Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940), lawyer, capitalist and philanthropist [more], of New York in October 1892 for £840.

6.  Dr Cavafy
Dr John Cavafy (ca 1839-1901), physician and collector, son of G. J. Cavafy [more].

7.  middleman in art
'I am ... middleman in art' inserted here from foot of p. 3.