System Number: 09088
Date: [10 February 1901]
Recipient: Charles Lang Freer
Repository: Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow
Call Number: GLAHA 46308
Document Type: ALfd
Dear Mr Freer -
You will be amazed to find me calmly writing from
Napoleons Bonaparte's Island! - Happily you know that it is not my way to seek my effects in the [ trappings?] glories of others ... Well they Still "Napoleon and I" .... Enfin - curiously enough you speak of this health of mine .. and it is because of it that I am away from my work shops - and have wandered, seeking sun and warmth
which I abstain from presenting in person just now because of my delicate feeling which you so well remember
I would bring them in person but
The Delicacy of feeling, you well you know, alone prevents my presenting this in person just now. the delicate feeling you know in me -
[p. 2, drawing]
The final version of this letter was published in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 44, pp. 133-35.
4. Bonaparte's Island
JW visited Algiers, Marseilles, and finally Napoleon's birthplace, Corsica, in the winter in 1900 to 1901.
6. which I abstain
'which I abstain ... know in me' were written at a different time, upside down on the same sheet, to an unidentified recipient on an unknown subject.