The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02220
Date: 20 December 1887
Author: William Henry Hurlbert[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H316
Document Type: ALS

20 Dec '87

S. W.

Dear Mr Whistler,

The letter[2] is pronounced as neat a product of your pen as the album[3] is of your needle - So you have naught now to do, I take it, but to await the lifted finger [p. 2] of the First Lord[4].

Let me know I pray you what you hear & so believe me

Ever [Ys?]

W H H.

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1.  William Henry Hurlbert
William Henry Hurlbert (1827-1895), journalist and author, editor-in-chief of the New York World from 1876-1883 [more]. This is a follow up to another letter from Hurlbert (#12102).

2.  The letter
Presumably JW's letter to William Henry Smith, a copy of which is at #09667 (see also #01849 and #01850).

3.  album
JW presented Queen Victoria with an album of etchings of the 'Naval Review set', 1887 (K. 316-331) (excat 7).

4.  First Lord
Possibly an allusion to Henry Frederick Ponsonby (1825-1895), Private Secretary to Queen Victoria [more].