The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06294
Date: 19 May 1903
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Richard Westacott[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W288
Document Type: MsLS[2]

Dear Mr Westacott

I c'ant [sic] help writing you a line of thanks for the kind trouble you took with the papers for me yesterday -

We ought not to let these visits remain so far apart -[3]

I am amused to remember the historical tone of our conversation - as I have wisely said - "The time has gone by when a man Shall be born without being consulted[4]"! - Wherefore although there is not a town in the Land that we know of, that I have not the honour of claiming as birthplace, I have chosen for the moment Baltimore and to this you can add official importance whenever it amuses you to do so -

Always Sincerely

J. McNeill Whistler


May 19th 1903 -

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1.  Richard Westacott
Richard Westacott (d. 1922), American Vice-Consul General in London [more]; see the consular certificate, #08190.

2.  MsLS
The letter is written in an unknown hand, possibly that of Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more], and signed by JW.

3.  apart -
We ... apart -' is added from the top of the sheet by means of a + symbol.

4.  consulted
JW was born in Lowell, MA, but denied this several times over the years (see #06829, #13373, #07434).