System Number: 03572
Date: [7/14 November 1878]
Recipient: Princess Louise Caroline Alberta
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 8/3
Document Type: AL[d]S
'J. M Whistler to H. R. H. Princess Louise, D[uche]ss of Argyll.'
THE WHITE HOUSE,
The little sketch that you noticed I venture to hope you will receive as a slight reminder of loyal Chelsea when surrounded by the Doré scenery of your new Kingdom - though I sincerely trust that my country may not after all prove as unworthy the charming Princess who leaves sadness behind her for it's sake ... If it be not my privilege [p. 2] to see you again before your journey, may I thank you again for your many kindnesses, not the least among them being the visit of the other evening when I know that your time is so fully occupied -
Trusting that your Royal Highness may have a pleasant voyage and that you may return as soon as you have allowed us to hope,
I am, Madam
Your most obedient servant
J A McN. Whistler
2. Princess Louise Caroline Alberta
Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), Marchioness of Lorne, sculptress [more]. The tone and content of the letter, as well as the note at the top right corner, indicates Princess Louise as the recipient.
No final version of this letter has been located; there is a possibility that this is the original.
'J. W Whistler ... Argyll' written in another hand.
Princess Louise, and Sir John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell (1845-1914), Marquess of Lorne, husband of Princess Louise [more], were about to depart for Canada as he had just been appointed Governor General of Canada (1878-83).