The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00575
Date: 23 October 1863
Author: William Charnley[1]
Place: Preston
Recipient: Catherine J. Palmer[2]
Place: [Stonington?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C76
Document Type: ALS


23rd October 1863


I am sure you will be much grieved to hear of the decease of Miss Alicia Margaret Caroline Macneill[3] - She died at Linlithgow Scotland on the 20th September after a very short illness - On her way to Church she was suddenly seized with faintness - and shortly afterwards expired - At the time of her decease she was visiting her friend Mr Rodger[4] of Linlithgow on her route from Culross (where she had been staying the summer) for Preston[.] On the Thursday following she was interred in the Linlithgow Church Yard -

I am appointed her Executor and beg to enclose particulars of her Will - In a short time I shall have her affairs settled and the proceeds ready for distribution

I remain Dear Madam
Yours truly

William Charnley

[p. 2] Legacies
Mrs Anna Matilda Whistler[5] £250
Mrs Catherine J. Palmer 250
Mr Charles J. Macneill[6] 200
Mrs Mary Isabella Rodewald[7] 150
Mrs Catherine Julia Rodewald[8] 150
Mr Patrick Jackson Macneill[9] 200
Mr James Abbott Whistler 100
Mr Wm G. M. Whistler[10] 100
Mrs Seymour Haden[11] 100
Mrs James Newsham[12] 50
Mr William Charnley 50
Mrs C. J. Palmer - Watch, spectacles and Hair Bracelet
Mrs Whistler - Wardrobe and her sisters[13] portrait
Residue of property to Mr Frederick Rodewald[14] upon trust for Mr Donald Macneill Fairfax[15] probable amount over £250

[p. 3] 'A Copy[16] of "Aunt Alicia's" Will
please return to "Aunt Kate" '

'Please return this.'[17]

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1.  William Charnley
William Charnley, executor of the estate of AMW's sister, Alicia McNeill

2.  Catherine J. Palmer
Catherine ('Kate') Jane Palmer (ca 1812 - d.1877), née McNeill, AMW's sister [more]; identified as the probable recipient of the letter from the annotation referring to 'Aunt Kate' on p. 3.

3.  Alicia Margaret Caroline Macneill
Alicia Margaret Caroline McNeill (1786-1863), JW's aunt [more].

4.  Mr Rodger
Rodger, a friend of Alicia McNeill, resident in Linlithgow.

5.  Anna Matilda Whistler
Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more].

6.  Mr Charles J. Macneill
Charles Johnson McNeill (1802-1869), brother of AMW [more].

7.  Mary Isabella Rodewald
Mary Isabella Rodewald (1823-1867), née McNeill, JW's cousin, wife of J. F. Rodewald [more].

8.  Catherine Julia Rodewald
Julia Catherine Rodewald (1825-1897), née McNeill, JW's cousin, wife of A. Rodewald, Sr [more].

9.  Mr Patrick Jackson Macneill
Patrick T. Jackson ('Jacks') McNeill (1835-1898), accountant, JW's cousin [more].

10.  Mr Wm. G. M. Whistler
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

11.  Mrs Seymour Haden
Deborah ('Debo' or 'Sis') Delano Haden (1825-1908), née Whistler, JW's half-sister [more].

12.  Mrs James Newsham
Mrs J. Newsham, a beneficiary of JW's aunt, Alicia McNeill. Otherwise unidentified.

13.  sisters
Eliza Isabella Winstanley (1788-1857), née McNeill, JW's aunt, AMW's half-sister [more].

14.  Mr Frederick Rodewald
Johann Frederick Rodewald (1808-1886), banker, husband of Mary Isabella McNeill [more].

15.  Mr Donald Macneill Fairfax
Donald McNeill Fairfax (1821-1894), naval officer, JW's cousin [more].

16.  A Copy ... Kate
Written in another hand. When this sheet was folded, this text would appear upon the front.

17.  'Please return this.'
Written in another hand.