System Number: 02018
Date: [19 June 1896]
Recipient: Charles James Whistler Hanson
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H119
Document Type: ALS
Dear Mr. Hanson -
I have barely been able to read your letter 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 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
Cha. Hanson. Esq.
11. Great Ormond Street -
London. W. C.
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[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.
Written on deep-bordered mourning stationery.
4. your letter
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.