System Number: 01435
Date: 9 May 
Author: Edward Forbes
Recipient: William McNeill Whistler
Repository: Glasgow Unversity Library
Call Number: Whistler F367
Document Type: ALS
229 Faubourg St Honoré
My dear Sir
It must have been either ignorance or neglect of those concerned, thus omitting it in the case you allude to
Yours very faithfully
1. 9 May 
Dated from references to the death of J. Traer; see note below.
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.