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System Number: 01433
Date: 14 July 1888
Author: Wickham Flower[1]
Place: Guildford
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F365
Document Type: ALS


TELEGRAMS & PARCELS,
CHILWORTH STATION, S. E. R.

GREAT TANGLEY MANOR[2],
GUILDFORD.

July 14. 88

Dear Mr. Whistler,

How kind and good it was of you to ask us to that pretty little dinner which was such a pleasure to us - And now you send me your "Ten O'clock"[3] for which many thanks. We have become so dull and countrified that it is pleasant to find our London friends remembering our existence.

I hear that I may venture to congratulate you - may I? - on your approaching marriage to that charming Mrs Godwin[4] - I hope this news is true - and if it is that you will have every [p. 2] possible happiness [with?] under the new condition of things!

Believe me always
Very sincerely yours

W. Flower.

Is it any use to ask you here when it gets quite hot I wonder? Then you know the Moat is rather nice.


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Notes:

1.  Wickham Flower
Wickham Flower (b. ca 1836), solicitor and collector [more].

2.  GREAT TANGLEY MANOR
Tudor country manor at Wonersh, near Guildford, Surrey.

3.  Ten O'clock
The 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' was JW's chief public statement of his aesthetic ideas. It was first delivered in London in 1885 but had recently been published by Chatto & Windus, on 11 May.

4.  Mrs Godwin
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], to whom JW had lately become engaged. The wedding took place on 11 August.