The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04031
Date: [January 1870/1872][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Giuseppe Mazzini[2]
Place: [London or Logano]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M302
Document Type: ALS

Dear General -

I dont know that I can at all convey to you the surprise and gratification that your present[3] has given me -

The few lines on the first page with your signature I shall always read with a glow of pride greater than any praise offered as the result of efforts in my work could bring - The value of Mazzini['s] good opinion I know well and have before now [pr?] been grateful for and sensible of its immediate effect when spoken openly at a time when friends were few and uncertain.

[p. 2] Were my Mother[4] here with me now she would join me in sincerest thanks and express the deep pleasure that I know this testimony of your regard for her son will give her -

Believe [me] my dear General with every best wish of the season

Yours very sincerely

J[A McN?] W -

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1.  [January 1870/1872]
Dated from reference to Mazzini, who died in 1872, and also a reference to JW in a letter from Mazzini to Emilie Venturi dated 21 January 1870 (see E. F. Richards, ed., Mazzini's Letters to an English Family 1861-1872, London, 1920-22, p. 227).

2.  Giuseppe Mazzini
Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872), Italian nationalist [more].

3.  present
Perhaps a copy of Mazzini's seminal work on the subject of nationalism and unification, The Duties of Man, first published in 1860.

4.  Mother
Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more]. She was in Brighton in January 1870, following the death of George William Whistler (1822-1869), engineer, JW's half-brother [more] (see #11968).