The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01435
Date: 9 May [1867][1]
Author: Edward Forbes[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: William McNeill Whistler[3]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow Unversity Library
Call Number: Whistler F367
Document Type: ALS[4]

229 Faubourg St Honoré

May 9th

My dear Sir

In answer to yours[5] just recieved [sic], I beg to say that full leave is always given to perform service[6] at all funerals,

It must have been either ignorance or neglect of those concerned, thus omitting it in the case you allude to

Believe me
Yours very faithfully

Edward Forbes

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1.  9 May [1867]
Dated from references to the death of J. Traer; see note below.

2.  Edward Forbes
Rev. Edward Forbes (1817-1882), Chaplain of the English church in Paris [more].

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

4.  ALS
A copy of this letter appears in 'A. B.' to J. G. Wakeley, #02473.

5.  yours
See W. G. Whistler to E. Forbes, #06996.

6.  service
A reference to the funeral of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more], in Paris. On 23 April 1867, Traer died during a trip to Paris of alcohol related causes (see document signed A. Brierre de Boismont, #11801). Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], arranged for Traer's burial, in what JW and Willie Whistler regarded as a disrespectful and perfunctory manner. Traer was buried with minimal ceremony and cost in a municipal cemetery in Paris (see W. G. Whistler to D. D. Haden, #06994). The incident led to a permanent rift between the Haden and Whistler families. According to W. G. Whistler (see letter to JW, #06995), his letter to D. D. Haden, #06994, was returned, annotated by F. S. Haden: 'No protestant service allowed in a catholic burying ground.' But Willie was sceptical about Haden's statement and wrote to Forbes (#06996) in order to clarify the matter.