The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01093
Date: 14 June [1900][1]
Author: William Richman Farquhar[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F24
Document Type: ALS


99 Champs Elyseés

June 14th

Dear Mr Whistler,

Mrs Peck[3] has given my wife[4] the portrait[5], & as we should only spend the money if we had it, I am returning your cheque to you. I'm afraid my wife wont be able to sit again for some time as she is'nt at all well this summer, but if we [p. 2] happen to be in Paris next again when you are here some time in the future, perhaps she might manage to a few sittings. Is it impossible for you to exhibit it as it is? My wife is terribly disappointed at not seeing it again this year, but of course if you are not satisfied with it, she must wait. I wonder if Léonie[6] would give us the coat opera [p. 3] cloak if we called for it.

When do you come Back to Paris? I should like so much to have a talk with you. We go to Scotland next month & if you are still in London then, I shall hope to see you on the way north.

The Boers[7] are dying game, but evidently dying none the less, & I'm game for betting [p. 4] the wars will be over by August 1st. The Dutchman & I are great friends, which I trust is a good omen for future harmony in S. Africa.

With kindest regards
very sincerely yours

W. R Farquhar

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1.  14 June [1900]
The year '1900' has been added at the top of the letter in another hand.

2.  William R. Farquhar
William Richman Farquhar (m. 1897), husband of Marion Farquhar [more].

3.  Mrs Peck
Annah B. Peck (b. ca 1850), patron [more].

4.  wife
Marion Farquhar (b. ca 1872, m. 1897), née Peck [more].

5.  portrait
Portrait of Miss Marion Peck (YMSM 439); it was never completed.

6.  Léonie
Léonie, possibly one of JW's servants.

7.  The Boers
The Boer war started in 1899 and ended in May 1902. Pretoria, capital of the Transvaal, was captured by the British on 5 June 1900. In October 1900 Kruger left the country.