System Number: 05021
Date: 5 April 1892
Author: Francis Gerard Prange
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P661
Document Type: ALS
5 April 1892
[crown over circular belt with rose, thistle and shamrock crest:]
THE REFORM CLUB
Mon cher Maitre,
Your charming note has given me more pleasure than any thing has done for long days & I shall always treasure it. Thank you for your kind consent to our wishes & thank you doubly for the sentence in which you conveyed it.
Your words "good fellowship of the few" made me very dreamy - dear Whistler - truly I rejoice to say that I never doubted and when I saw your Symphony in [p. 2] White the other day - the first of your creations which the faithful remember and I recollected the years glidden away & the kindlinesses of long ago. - the crowded room disappeared. & I saw ghosts.
The Exhibition was a deep pleasure to me and the Catalogue delighted my heart - & made me laugh like a boy.
And now - your words have made me homesick for sun & cheeriness. Our Archie returns towards the [p. 3] middle of this month. I want to meet him in Paris & see you at the same time under a kindlier sky. Will you be there all April?
I have written Shannon & Archie and shall show them your letter - I won't send it - for I do not trust them sufficiently
Dear Whistler - I serre your hands & am
F G Prange
P. T. O.
[p. 4] The Reform Club. is always my best address:
Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.
Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more]. JW's letter to him on 26 March 1892 (#11430) was published in the World. See Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to Atlas], The World: A Journal For Men and Women, no. 926, vol. 36, 30 March 1892, p. 22.