System Number: 09359
Date: 12 May 
Recipient: Marion Peck
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/34/22
Document Type: ALS
8. Fitzroy Street - Fitzroy Square
May 12 - '(1896)'
Dear Miss Peck -
You will doubtless have heard - and at such a moment you might naturally find it difficult to take further initiative in the matter of our sittings -
Therefore I wish at once to say that this particular picture was always one in which my wife took great pleasure - and [p. 2] it would have greatly grieved her if I were to lose the occasion of your visit for making it as perfect as she knew it must become with very little more work -
So that I shall be ready for you when you come - which I suppose will be in the beginning of this next week -
J McNeill Whistler -
1. 12 May 
Dated from the reference to the death of Beatrix Whistler (see below). '1896' is added in another hand.
5. dress and slippers
Pennell described her in the portrait, posed 'in evening dress with her long white green lined cloak thrown back [...] the colour was a harmony in silver and green' (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, p. 157).