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System Number: 09043
Date: [May 1881][1]
Author: JW
Place: Yorkshire
Recipient: Janey Sevilla Campbell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: New York University, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Fales Library
Call Number: Folio Library
Document Type: ALS[3]


Dear Lady Archie -

Looking aimlessly through a newspaper yesterday in the blank condition of mind brought about by continued contemplation of landscape, I espied suddenly a paragraph that called back to my cheek the faint tinge of life and joy unusual in the confined air of the country - I read that Miss Colhoun[5] makes her début on Saturday next - [p. 2] and immediately away I floated in memories of the charming visit we all made to Mrs Addington[6] an age ago -

Do say many things to her from her Cousin and among them that of course I must be present at her triumph - Also would not Lord Archie[7] to whom my most amiable salutations be delighted to keep for me a place in his box - or am I to have a stall from Miss Colhoun, and look up at you all from time to time -

This last are reflections - and I only wonder -

In any case Saturday it appears is the day - but I hope to be in town again before that - and shall call if I may to ask if you could at all understand those drawings[8] I sent you for the trellis work of the cottage - and whether you were pleased with them -

With kindest regards to yourself and Lord Archie
Very Sincerely Yours

J McNeill Whistler.

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1.  [May 1881]
Dated from butterfly signature and reference to drawings (see below).

2.  Janey Sevilla Campbell
Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more].

3.  ALS
Written at right-angles to the printed address.

Nun Appleton House was the property of Sir Frederick George Milner (1843 or 1849-1931), MP, JP, 7th Baronet [more]; however, he may not have been resident, for certainly by 1890 it was the residence of William Gervase Beckett (1866-1937), MP, living at Nun Appleton, Yorkshire.

5.  Miss Colhoun
Miss Colhoun, unidentified.

6.  Mrs Addington
The wife of S. Addington, a friend of Lord Archibald Campbell.

7.  Lord Archie
Lord Archibald Campbell (1846-1913), second son of the 8th Duke of Argyll, army officer, writer and businessman [more].

8.  drawings
See r. and v.: Trellis (M.848); and also Janey Sevilla Campbell's reply to JW, #00513.