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System Number: 01534
Date: [24 December 1896][1]
Author: Charles Lang Freer[2]
Place: Detroit
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F466
Document Type: ALS[3]

'From CHARLES L. FREER / (? 1890)'[4]

Detroit. Michigan

My dear Mr. Whistler;

For all that you sent me in care of Mr. Plumb[5] and for your personal courtesy to him accept please my heartiest appreciation.

The watercolor[6] and the pastel[7] are even finer, much finer, than when I saw them first in your [p. 2] Paris studio and instantly lost my heart - And now comes the long wished for Nocturne[8] - and of exactly the kind I most admire - real night - actual nature - unceasing mystery - And to complete my happiness the group of marvellous lithographs, and the portrait and the catalogue with inscriptions most charming and friendly -

[p. 3] Mr. Hecker[9] begs your acceptance of his thanks for the duplicate lithographs sent -

Accept please for our joint account the draft herewith for £201-12 as per memoranda received -

And, now, I beg you to let me know by return mail how much I may [p. 4] be permitted to remit you in payment for the beautiful Nocturne - a great treasure!!

Are you not coming to America soon?

Try it for awhile and give us an opportunity to shake your hand again -

Again thanking you most sincerely for your great kindness,

believe me, my dear Mr. Whistler,
most cordially yours

Charles L Freer.

J McNeill Whistler, Esq

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1.  [24 December 1896]
Dated by Merrill from the reference to Plumb (see below).

2.  Charles Lang Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

3.  ALS
Published in Merrill, Linda, With Kindest Regards. The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler, 1890-1903, Washington and London, 1995, no. 28, pp. 111-112.

4.  'From CHARLES L. FREER / (? 1890)'
Written by another hand at the top of the letter in pencil.

5.  Mr. Plumb
Plumb, business associate of C. L. Freer (see Freer to Plumb, 16 October and 14 November 1896, FGA Letter Press Books 3 and 4).

6.  watercolor
Blue and Gold - The Rose Azalea (M.1392).

7.  pastel
Rose and Red: The Little Pink Cap (M.1277).

8.  Nocturne
Nocturne in Black and Gold: Entrance to Southampton Water (YMSM 179).

9.  Mr. Hecker
Col. Frank J. Hecker (1846-1927), partner of C. L. Freer, Michigan and Peninsular Car Company [more].