UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02066
Date: 20 December 1894
Author: Frank J. Hecker[1]
Place: Detroit
Recipient: JW
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H167
Document Type: TLS


[left margin:] JAMES McMILLAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD.
FRANK J. HECKER, PRESIDENT.
[right margin:] CHARLES L. FREER[2],
WILLIAM C. McMILLAN, } MANAGING DIRECTORS.

MICHIGAN-PENINSULAR CAR COMPANY.

DETROIT,

Dec. 20, 1894.

My dear Mr. Whistler:

Owing either to the stupidity or bull-headedness on the part of the customs officers here, I am having difficulty in clearing the 39 lithographs Mr. Freer shipped from Paris. They want a consular certificate that the 39 lithographs are your work and that you are an American artist. Failing this they will require duty to be paid on them and pending receipt of a reply from you I have given bond. Can you without too great inconvenience obtain such a certificate from our consul and forward to me at your early convenience.

My latest advices from Mr. Freer are from Colombo by cable and a letter from Alexandria. He had a pleasant passage and reports being in the best of health.

With personal regards to yourself and asking for kindly remembrance to Mrs. Whistler[3] and with the compliments of the season,

Sincerely yours,

Frank J Hecker[4]

Mr. J. McNeil [sic] Whistler,
110 Rue Du Bac,
Paris, France.


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Notes:

1.  Frank J. Hecker
Col. Frank J. Hecker (1846-1927), partner of C. L. Freer, Michigan and Peninsular Car Company [more].

2.  CHARLES L. FREER
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

3.  Mrs. Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

4.  Frank J Hecker
Signed by hand.