The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02018
Date: [19 June 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Charles James Whistler Hanson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H119
Document Type: ALS[3]

Dear Mr. Hanson -

I have barely been able to read your letter[4] which was forwarded to me - and curiously enough when I take it up tonight with the intention of answering it in a way, I find that the ceremony may take place tomorrow! However it is very clear to me that you could have wanted neither [p. 2] advice nor counsel - for when a young man writes on 11th to say that he is going to be married[5] on the 20th nothing can be done but to congratulate him and wish him every possible happiness - This I beg now to do -

Had there been more time - say a year or so in which to reflect, one might have suggested that you are rather young - and still not well enough off to take upon yourself the proper care of a wife - especially as you have scarcely shown any great capacity of taking care of yourself -

[p. 3] This, I feel, is not quite the tone of the letter that under the circumstances a bridegroom would care to receive on the morning of his marriage - so I will not continue -

I enclose, with my best wishes, as my present to the lady, a little cheque (£ ), and trust that as it is too late to register this note, you will let me know if you have received it safely -

J McN Whistler

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Cha. Hanson. Esq.
11. Great Ormond Street -
London. W. C.
[postmark:] HAMPSTEAD /12.15AM / JU 20 / 96
[postmark on verso:] LONDON W. [C.] / A N / JU 20 / 96


1.  [19 June 1896]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Charles James Whistler Hanson
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].

3.  ALS
Written on deep-bordered mourning stationery.

4.  your letter

5.  married
The wedding was about to take place between Hanson and Sarah Ann Hanson (b. 1874), née Murray, JW's daughter-in-law [more]. In the end, it was delayed by a few days until 25 June 1896 (see marriage certificate, #02020.