The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07509
Date: [23 September/October 1863][1]
Author: [Anna McNeill Whistler?][2]
Recipient: JW
Author: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler X79
Document Type: MsLc

"Aunt Alicia[3] was passing a few days with friends[4] in Linlithgow & that at 11. O. clock on her way to Ch[urch]. she complained of feeling ill, & was taken into a neighboring Cottage where she expired a few hours after - ["]

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1.  [23 September/October 1863]
Dated from reference to the death of Alicia McNeil on 20 September, reported in a local newspaper on 24 September 1863 (see below). The note, however, may have been written by a member of the family back in America, and could date from a month later.

2.  [Anna McNeill Whistler?]
Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more]. It may be that this note, which may be a copy, was originally sent to JW by his mother or Catherine ('Kate') Jane Palmer (ca 1812 - d.1877), née McNeill, AMW's sister [more]. The wording bears similarity to that in #00575, William Charnley to Catherine J. Palmer, 23 October 1863.

3.  Aunt Alicia
Alicia Margaret Caroline McNeill (1786-1863), JW's aunt [more]. The report of her death reads, 'SUDDEN DEATH. - Miss Alicia M'Neill, an elderly lady, who had been on a visit to Mr John Rodger of Friarsbank, died suddenly on Sunday. Deceased left the house of Mr Rodger with him to attend church in the forenoon, in the Town Hall, where the Free Church congregation were temporarily meeting during repairs to their church. When deceased reached the Cross she was taken ill and had to be assisted into the nearest house, where she gradually became worse, and in less than an hour expired. Dr Baird, who had been called in, was of the opinion that death was caused by congestion of the lungs, accompanied by disease of the heart.' (Falkirk Herald, Thursday, 24 September 1863, p. 3, col. 1).

4.  friends
Rodger, a friend of Alicia McNeill, resident in Linlithgow.