The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09163
Date: [19/26 February 1877][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Rev. Hugh Reginald Haweis[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Brandeis University Libraries, Waltham, MA
Call Number: Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr. Haweis -

I cannot tell you how deeply I feel the wonderful sympathy you have shown for my work! Nothing has given me such surprised delight as your marvelously beautiful description of my decoration[3] - That it should have so much moved you, is to me a proof greater than hitherto has been accorded of its worth - and I may frankly say that no writing has [p. 2] given me such a flush of pleasure as the poem of praise I have just read in your sermon -

Will not you and Mrs. Haweis[4] come tomorrow evening at about 6 o'clock to the peacock room again? It is now about complete and as the family returns perhaps on Wednesday or probably Thursday it might be the best time for me to receive you then -

Ever very sincerely yours

J A McN. Whistler

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1.  [19/26 February 1877]
Dated by reference to a review by Haweis (see below).

2.  Rev. Hugh Reginald Haweis
Rev. Hugh Reginald Haweis (1838-1901), lecturer and journalist [more].

3.  description of my decoration
Haweis, Hugh Reginald, Money and Morals: a Sermon Preached at St. James' Hall, London, February 18, 1977 by H. R. Haweis, Cornhill, 1877, gave a favourable review of Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).

4.  Mrs. Haweis
Mary Eliza Haweis (1848-1898), née Joy, artist, writer on art and decoration [more].