The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00714
Date: [17 May/June 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Sophy Cowan[2]
Place: [Edinburgh]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C215
Document Type: ALdS

St. Judes Cottage - Heath End -
Hampstead -

My dear Mrs Cowan -

I knew that of course if I had not heard from you both it was because you had not learned what I could not tell you[3] -

I cannot write yet - but I want you to know how greatly touched I was by the warm friendship of your [p. 2] husbands letters[4] - I shall always like him -

You who have known us in our home - long long ago it seems - can remember and imagine much - without my saying it now! -

Perhaps later on I may come up and see you in Scotland - if I may - At present I am troubled with many things - and will I believe have to go over to France almost immediately -

However I shall try and call upon you on Friday morning at about 11. o'clock - or half past ten -

With my kindest regards to you both,
Always sincerely yrs

J McNeill Whistler

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1.  [17 May/June 1896]
Dated from the reference to the death of Beatrix Whistler (see below). The paper has a deep mourning border.

2.  Sophy Cowan
Sophy Cowan (b. ca 1850), née Gillespie, wife of J. J. Cowan [more].

3.  what I could not tell you
News of the death of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], on 10 May. She had been suffering from cervical cancer.

4.  husbands letters
Letters written by John James Cowan (1846-1936), paper manufacturer and collector [more], to JW during Beatrix Whistler's illness. While none have been traced, they are referred to in JW's replies to Cowan (see #00708, #00709, #00713).