NAVIGAZIONE GENERALE ITALIANA
SOCIETÀ RIUNITE FLORIO-RUBATTINO
[illustration of ship]
DAL BORDO DEL PIROSCAFO "LIGURIA"
LI 24th April,
Dear Mr. Whistler,
Some time ago an admirer of your work, Mr. Bunkio Matsuki, of Japan and Boston, handed me some sheets of ancient Japanese paper, and requested me to send them to you with his compliments and the hope that they might be of some use to you in your art.
The paper was put away at my home, with the intention of sending the same to you at a more convenient moment, and eventually was forgotten.
It was rescued from its safe hiding place the day of [p. 2] my recent start for Italy, and I ordered it forwarded from my office, to you, by American Express.
I hope that the paper will reach you in good order and that it may interest you.
I am making the appr[o]ach to "sunny Italy" in appropriate manner - on board a steamer "very Italian" with every body, including myself, sea sick -
you are very well, I trust,
Always affectionately yours
Charles L. Freer
Published by Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 82, p. 189.