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System Number: 00942
Date: 29 September 1888
Author: Richard D'Oyly Carte[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Tours]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler D148
Document Type: ALS


Sept 29[th?] 1888

My dear Jimmy

You are just as mysterious people as we were in keeping your matrimonial projects "dark". Well this is - if not too late - as you have probably realised it - to wish you and your charming bride[2] the most [p. 2] impossible happiness.

And now, where are you[3] and when are you coming back, and when are we to see you?

Yours' always sincerely

R D'Oyly Carte

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1.  Richard D'Oyly Carte
Richard D'Oyly Carte (1844-1901), impresario and property developer [more], married Helen Lenoir (1852-1913), née Coupar Black, actress and stage manager [more] in 1888.

2.  your charming bride
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. The wedding took place in London on 11 August at the Church of St Mary Abbot, Kensington.

3.  where are you
JW was in France on a working honeymoon. The Whistlers remained there until early November, apart from a brief spell in London in mid September. See JW to H. Whistler, #06713. They stayed around Tours from c. 12 - 28 September (#05215). D'Oyly Carte may have sent this letter to the Tower House in Tite Street from which it would have been forwarded by Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].