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System Number: 02133
Date: [c. 22 January 1889][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: John Postle Heseltine[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H234
Document Type: ALd

How very charming & kind of you my dear Heseltine! - and what a lovely beaker! -

You could not possibly have given us any thing that we should have been more pleased with - for our great joy just now, is beautiful silver - and this fine old Dutchman[3] will find himself among some of his countrymen, where he will take a very proud position indeed - for his fashion is fair and his blood is of the bluest! -

He is a delight to us my dear Heseltine [p. 2] and I am much touched by this pretty proof of friendship from one, who on a former memorable occasion, showed me unhesitating

whose warm open sympathy and warm feeling at the time of the my first campaign with Ruskin[4] I have never forgotten !! - -

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1.  [c. 22 January 1889]
This is a reply to Heseltine's letter of 21 January 1889 (#02132).

2.  John Postle Heseltine
John Postle Heseltine (1843-1929), accountant, amateur etcher, collector of prints and drawings [more].

3.  Dutchman
From 1888 on Beatrix and JW collected silver, particularly Georgian and Dutch silver, much of which is now in the Hunterian Art Gallery. Heseltine had sent them a silver mug (#02132).

4.  Ruskin
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]. The case of Whistler v. Ruskin was heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878. JW was awarded a farthing in damages and had to pay his own costs. According to Pennell, 'Mr. J. P. Heseltine wished to get up a subscription for Whistler, started it with a subscription of twenty-five guineas, and a list was opened at the office of L'Art, 134 New Bond Street. But nothing came of it, except that Whistler sent one of his pastels to Mr. Heseltine.' (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, p. 245).