The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04238
Date: [January 1885][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Eleanor Ruth McNay[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M508
Document Type: ALS[3]


'January 1885'

My dear little Lili Nora! -

I wish you many happy returns of your birthday - and only hope I may be able to come out and dine with you all on the occasion -

but I don't think I can - or would be allowed to by the determined doctor[5] - [p. 2] for I have been quite laid up with cough & cold complete! -

Meanwhile I thank you so much for your very pretty little letter[6] to me -

and am always

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [January 1885]
Dated from date insertion in another hand in right-hand margin on p. 1.

2.  Eleanor Ruth McNay
Eleanore ('Nora') Ruth MacNay (1868-1886), daughter of M. I. and T. F. McNay [more].

3.  ALS
Published in Maggs sale catalogue 1086 (1988), item 180.

4.  Whistler ... January 1885
Notes written in another hand, in pencil.

5.  determined doctor
Probably William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

6.  letter