System Number: 01531
Date: 1 August 1902
Author: Charles Lang Freer
Place: [The Hague]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F463
Document Type: ALS
ANVERS, LE August 1st 1902
9 P. M.
Dear Mr Whistler:-
Since my earlier letter of today most delightful things have happened -
Mr Rey has telephoned and told me of your kind telegram sent to Bologne and other pleasant news. Already from him has arrived a copy of the charming message, and another of todays date, direct from yourself and the ladies is here - And now, to fill my cup of happiness comes your beautiful letter of this afternoon -
It is already here - But it would be still more perfect if instead of sending written thoughts I could go to you all in person as was the habit for so many evenings -
Let us see! Why not reverse the route and you and the ladies come to me? October is the best month in America - My little home is most simple and my kind of entertainment is still simpler - But if you will come and try it for a [p. 3] while you will be sure to find a warm welcome - Do come -
And again with best wishes and affectionate regard to you all
Charles L. Freer
of the ladies who crossed in the same steamer with me a year ago and who occupied seats at my table arrived here an hour ago and told me they are to sail on the same steamer with me tomorrow -
More good luck!
Published in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 73, pp. 172-173.
4. Mr Rey
Rey, a mutual acquaintance of JW and C. L. Freer.
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more] and Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more]. For the telegrams sent by JW, see #11598 (dated 31 July 1902) and #11599 (dated 1 August 1902).
Stefano, possibly a servant of C. L. Freer.