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System Number: 05216
Date: 6 November [1888][1]
Author: James Rennell Rodd[2]
Place: Athens
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R116
Document Type: ALS


[embossed crest of lion and unicorn]

Athens.

Nov. 6.

My dear Maestro

I am delighted to hear from my friend Henry[3] that he has managed this little affair with tact and success, and especially I am gratified at the implied snub to [p. 2] the silly old stodgers who get on the juries in these affairs.

Wont you come and stay with me here, I could put you up. - It is heavenly weather - perfect summer now in November - [p. 3] You would have seen such lovely Nocturn[e]s here the last few days, Torchlight processions, - red fire on the Acropolis, electric search lights sweeping the bay of Salamis - for we have been en fête a week, and our Mediterranean fleet has been [p. 4] at Piraeus.

I delight in the place.

With greetings to Mrs Whistler[4]

Ever yours

R. R.

I suppose you are nearly home by now.


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Notes:

1.  6 November [1888]
Dated by reference to Cadogan (see below).

2.  James Rennell Rodd
James Rennell Rodd (1858-1941), 1st Baron Rennell, poet and diplomat [more]. Rodd had just taken up the post of Second Secretary at the British Embassy in Athens.

3.  Henry
George Henry Cadogan (1840-1915), 5th Earl of Cadogan, politician and diplomat [more]. He seems to have intervened either to get JW made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich (see #10526 and #04424) or the Cross of St. Michael of Bavaria.

4.  Mrs Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].