The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01515
Date: 19 July 1897
Author: Charles Lang Freer[1]
Place: Detroit
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F447
Document Type: ALS[2]


My dear Mr. Whistler:

I am very glad to have your recent cablegram[3], which came during my absence from home, and am delighted to enclose herewith draft on London, for six hundred guineas, payable to your [p. 2] order, in partial payment for the Nocturne "Southampton"[4]. I say partial payment because money cannot do more in connection with such a great work of art.

I do hope you know how deeply grateful I am to you for entrusting to my care this wonderful interpretation of the true beauty and mystery of night, also that you will pardon my inability to fully express my appreciation -

You are very well, I trust, and will some day come to America and give your many friends here a chance to see you, I hope -


Charles L. Freer.


July, 19th 97.

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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. 34, pp. 119-120.

3.  cablegram
[14 July 1897], #01515.

4.  Southampton
Nocturne in Black and Gold: Entrance to Southampton Water (YMSM 179).