System Number: 09043
Date: [May 1881]
Recipient: Janey Sevilla Campbell
Repository: New York University, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Fales Library
Call Number: 22.214.171.12407 Folio Library
Document Type: ALS
Dear Lady Archie -
Looking aimlessly through a newspaper yesterday in the blank condition of mind brought about by continued contemplation of landscape, I espied suddenly a paragraph that called back to my cheek the faint tinge of life and joy unusual in the confined air of the country - I read that Miss Colhoun makes her début on Saturday next - [p. 2] and immediately away I floated in memories of the charming visit we all made to Mrs Addington an age ago -
Do say many things to her from her Cousin and among them that of course I must be present at her triumph - Also would not Lord Archie to whom my most amiable salutations be delighted to keep for me a place in his box - or am I to have a stall from Miss Colhoun, and look up at you all from time to time -
This last are reflections - and I only wonder -
In any case Saturday it appears is the day - but I hope to be in town again before that - and shall call if I may to ask if you could at all understand those drawings I sent you for the trellis work of the cottage - and whether you were pleased with them -
With kindest regards to yourself and Lord Archie
Very Sincerely Yours
J McNeill Whistler.
1. [May 1881]
Dated from butterfly signature and reference to drawings (see below).
Written at right-angles to the printed address.
4. NUN APPLETON
Nun Appleton House was the property of Sir Frederick George Milner (1843 or 1849-1931), MP, JP, 7th Baronet [more]; however, he may not have been resident, for certainly by 1890 it was the residence of William Gervase Beckett (1866-1937), MP, living at Nun Appleton, Yorkshire.
5. Miss Colhoun
Miss Colhoun, unidentified.
6. Mrs Addington
The wife of S. Addington, a friend of Lord Archibald Campbell.