33 FERRY AVENUE.
My dear Mr. Whistler:
I am very glad to have your recent cablegram, 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". 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.
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.