The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06658
Date: [4 July 1844][1]
Author: JW
Place: [St Petersburg]
Recipient: George Washington Whistler[2]
Place: [St Petersburg]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W651
Document Type: ALS

[engraving of a woman and two men in a room]


you will remember better than I do when I was born on the 4th july 1832. Aunt Alicia[3] was with us then in Lowell, and she has come here again to have some fun on my 10 Birthday.

This afternoon I am to have a party of little friends, and I am so glad you have come home in good time. I have drawn a head of a Russian priest[4] for you. John and Tom Drury[5] have come out here to spend their vacation and I like them very much. Now my dear father as I have told you all that I can think of, I mut [sic] say Goodbye.


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1.  4 July 1844
Dated from the reference to JW's birthday. He was born on 4 July 1834. See also JW's letter to AMW, #06354.

2.  George Washington Whistler
George Washington Whistler (1800-1849), engineer, JW's father [more].

3.  Aunt Alicia
Alicia Margaret Caroline McNeill (1786-1863), JW's aunt [more]; JW made a drawing of r.: Aunt Alicia; v.: Profile of Aunt Alicia (M.6).

4.  Russian Priest
Head of a Russian priest (M.2).

5.  John and Tom Drury
Not identified.