The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01512
Date: 23 September 1895
Author: Charles Lang Freer[1]
Place: Detroit
Recipient: JW
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F444
Document Type: ALS[2]


September 23rd 1895.

My dear Mr. Whistler;

After leaving India I continued my travels eastward, by easy stages, stopping four months in bewitching Japan, and finally reached home a few days ago in perfect [p. 2] health and charmed with the experiences of my trip - Your kindness to me during my stay in Paris is one of my most delightful memories -

How are you all? Mrs. Whistler[3] has quite recovered her health, I trust, I thought of her often during my journeying and if good wishes count [p. 3] her illness must have long since departed - Are you nearly ready to make us a visit? I hope so -

And the "Little Blue Girl[4]" and the three drawings[5] in pastel and water colour, are they soon to come to me?

Detroit is a port of entry and they can be shipped direct to my house address - The safer way would [p. 4] be in care of American Express Co. from New York city - Please let transportation and any other charges including American consular certificate follow -

With warmest personal regards to you all
most faithfully yours,

Charles L. Freer,

U. S. A.

When you see MacMonies[6] kindly give him my cordial greetings -

C. L. F.

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1.  Charles Lang Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

2.  ALS
Published in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 26, pp. 107-08.

3.  Mrs. Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. She had cancer.

4.  Little Blue Girl
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Little Blue Girl (YMSM 421), which was finally receieved by Freer in 1903.

5.  three drawings
Harmony in Blue and Violet (M.1076), The Blue Dress (M.468) and Venice (M.802).

6.  MacMonies
Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), sculptor [more].