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System Number: 02232
Date: 15 June [1888][1]
Author: William Henry Hurlbert[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H328
Document Type: ALS


12, SOUTHWELL GARDENS,
CROMWELL ROAD. S. W.

15 June

Dear Roi Cicogne[3],

Your loyal Hanson[4] left a summons here for me - you being in Paris - no for us!

[p. 2] But people come to us on Sunday for luncheon so Mme [cannot?] go to you for breakfast.

But I will come to hear what you bring from La Ville Lumière[5] - The fable read beautifully!

Ever [sincerely?]

W H H


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Notes:

1.  15 June [1888]
Year date from address and reference to Hanson.

2.  William Henry Hurlbert
William Henry Hurlbert (1827-1895), journalist and author, editor-in-chief of the New York World from 1876-1883 [more].

3.  Roi Cicogne
Fr., King of the Storks. Hurlbert had various nicknames for JW including 'Ex-arch' (#02231), which relates to JW's resignation from the Presidency of the Royal Society of British Artists on 4 June 1888. It may be that the King of the Storks is an obscure reference to the same event.

4.  Hanson
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more]. He was acting as JW's secretary and arranging a Sunday breakfast.

5.  Ville Lumiere
Fr., Paris, known as the city of light.