The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05476
Date: 2 September 1867
Author: George Smith[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S121
Document Type: ADS

J A. M. Whistler Esqre
2 Lindsay [sic] row
Old Chelsea


Please [pay][2] the bearer (on account) [fu]neral expenses of the late Mr Traer[3] the sum Thirty pounds & oblige

Your obt Servant

Geo Smith

30 Faubg St Honoré Paris



Received £30-0-0[5]
For Geo Smith
[J L G?] Biggs
2 / 9 / 67

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1.  George Smith
George Smith, undertaker. George Smith seems to have been the undertaker who arranged for the exhumation and shipment to England of the body of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more].

2.  [pay]
Some words in this note are obscured by a postage stamp (see below).

3.  Mr Traer
James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Traer had died on a visit to Paris, allegedly in a brothel. Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], hastily arranged burial rites in Paris in what JW and William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more], regarded as a disrespectful manner. A violent quarrel ensued between Haden, William and JW. Soon afterwards, the two brothers made fresh arrangements to have Traer's body returned to Ellen Traer (b. ca 1837), J. R. Traer's sister [more] in England.

4.  [stamp:]
The text of the letter is partially obscured by the stamp, which is stuck in centre of sheet.

5.  Received ... 2 / 9 / 67
Cross-written over document (and stamp) in centre of page, in another hand.