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System Number: 05396
Date: 24 July 1888
Author: William Baptiste Scoones[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S40
Document Type: ALS


24. July / 88

My dear Whistler.

As an affianced Butterfly[2] you are even more charming than the gossamer Bachelor. Your next stage of development in the Lepidopterous order of things should be amazing. In thanking you for Mrs Scoones[3] and myself, please let me say that I consider it a privilege, beyond price, to have such a lovely etching[4] as a direct gift from yourself; especially as it marks a period in what Naturalists wd call "Your change of state.", and that it is an earnest of that entente cordiale wh: must surely continue until I disappear in Limbo Lake, and you, with outspread wings are pinned in a special Glass Case at the British Museum.

Sincerely Yours

W. Baptiste Scoones.

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1.  William Baptiste Scoones
William Baptiste Wordsworth Scoones (1838 or 1839-1906), civil servant [more].

2.  affianced Butterfly
JW had recently become engaged to Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. The wedding took place on 11 August.

3.  Mrs Scoones
Henrietta M. Scoones (b. 1838 or 1839), wife of W. B. W. Scoones [more].

4.  etching
Not identified.