System Number: 11598
Date: [31 July 1902]
Place: [The Hague]
Recipient: Charles Lang Freer
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Call Number: FGA Whistler 58
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: W
CHARLES L FREER STATEROOM E
STEAMSHIP RYNDAM BSM
[postmark:] [illegible] / 31 / JUIL / 02
B SGRAVENHAGE 54 29 31 12H46 S
= MORE GOOD LUCK AFFECTIONATE MESSAGES FROM ALL WIRE ARRIVAL
WHISTLER BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES JUST CAME WORTHY DAGE AND DAIMIS
ALL ENCHANTED =
1. [31 July 1902]
Dated from the postmark.
2. [The Hague]
JW was with the Birnie Philips in The Hague where he was recovering from a severe illness.
3. Charles Lang Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more]. Freer had missed his return passage to America on 31 July as he had been given the wrong departure time by the steamer agent in The Hague. However, he managed to obtain passage on another ship the following day (see #01530). JW's telegram was returned but finally reached Freer in Antwerp, Belgium where Freer was awaiting his ship, the Ryndam.
Published in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 68, pp. 167.
5. Dage and Daimis
Freer added a note reading 'Doge' and 'Daimyo'. The two words imply rulers of independent territories: the Doge was the ruler of the Venetian republic, and the Daimyo were Japanese territorial barons.