The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03315
Date: [February 1891/1894?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Elisabeth Lewis[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 5/136
Document Type: MsLc[3]

You must know dear Mrs George, how pleased I am at the thought of being with you all again -

I would seem to deserve, or rather of course I deserve none of the kindness you shew me in your pretty little note[4] - but though absent - in the mystery of much plotting, I have thought of you often - and my sympathies have been with you in your sorrow -

I am coming to dinner most certainly dear Mrs George, and you may be quite sure that I should no more have dreamed of crossing the Ocean without your very best wishes, than I should have made any foolish attempt to gain this American fortune without the great George's[5] very best advice -

Always devotedly -

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [February 1891/1894?]
Dated by the reference to a US tour (planned but never carried out), and by the signature, as copied.

2.  Elisabeth Lewis
Elisabeth Lewis (1844-1931), née Eberstadt, wife of G. H. Lewis [more].

3.  MsLc
There are two copies of this letter in Glasgow University, a typescript copy headed 'To Lady Lewis -' (Lewis was knighted in 1893; MS Whistler L63) and this manuscript copy by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]. The text is virtually identical, the punctuation variable.

4.  note
Perhaps E. Lewis to JW, #02526.

5.  George's
Sir George Henry Lewis (1833-1911), society lawyer [more].