The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00709
Date: [14 March 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: John James Cowan[2]
Place: [Edinburgh]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C210
Document Type: ALS[3]


'14 Mar 1895.'

My dear Mr. Cowan -

I have been, as I am sure you will have divined, in the front of the battle[4] ever since I heard from you - or you would have long ago have [sic] received the assurance of the very great pleasure your most kind and sympathetic letter[5] gave me -

The war is by no means over - but I wish to keep you quite posted and so, at the risk of your having already seen them, send you enclosed cuttings[6] -

My wife with her sister[7] has been staying in the south of England that she might benefit by the warmer sea air - and I trust soon that she may be strong enough to come back to Paris - Meanwhile it is perhaps well [p. 2] that she is away from the din of all this close fighting! -

You are of course quite right about the protection of the picture[8] - and I will at once attend to it and send you the document -

With my kindest regards to Mrs. Cowan[9] and yourself, believe me
Always sincerely yours

J McN. Whistler

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1.  John James Cowan
John James Cowan (1846-1936), paper manufacturer and collector [more].

2.  [14 March 1895]
Date inserted in Cowan's hand at top of p. 1.

3.  ALS
Written at right-angles to printed address.

4.  battle
JW's dispute with Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], and with George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more] (see #04181).

5.  letter
Not located.

6.  enclosed cuttings
Not located (see #04181).

7.  My wife with her sister
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more] and Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more]. Beatrix Whistler was ill with cervical cancer.

8.  picture
Arrangement in Grey and Green: Portrait of J. J. Cowan (YMSM 402).

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