The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09900
Date: [10 March 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Jonathan Sturges[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ
Call Number: Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Gen. MSS, CO 140, Box WH, Whistler Folder
Credit Line: Published with permission of Princeton University Library
Document Type: ALS

[Chatham coat of arms with motto:] BENIGNO NUMINE

My dear Sturges -

Look round here this morning when you come out - we might look up some quotations in your room together this afternoon - There ought [to] be some swashbuckling bits in Falstaff or somewhere that you wot of and that would do for my Orson man[3] -

By the way have you the story of Orson itself?

[butterfly signature]

Do you see that Orson is all over the place this morning!

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HOTEL CHATHAM [Chatham coat of arms] PARIS

Monsieur Sturges
Hotel de Londres
Rue de Castiglione


1.  [10 March 1895]
Dated from the reference to F. M. Eden, whose letter was published in the Pall Mall Gazette on 8 March 1895 (#13197).

2.  Jonathan Sturges
Jonathan Sturges (1864-1911), author and translator [more].

3.  my Orson man
The story of 'Valentine and Orson' is an early French Romance (Orson was brought up by a bear). Hence, by association, 'Valentine' is Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], who had paid JW for Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408) in the form of a Valentine's day missive, and 'Orson' is Frederick Morton Eden (1829-1917), Barrister [more].