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System Number: 01519
Date: 1 December [1900][1]
Author: Charles Lang Freer[2]
Place: Detroit
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F451
Document Type: ALS

Detroit. Michigan.

Decem. 1st

Dear Mr. Whistler;

Since my return home I have found it necessary to spend much of my time in New York and Boston and less than one week [p. 2] ago was the first opportunity I had to unpack and hang in your group the "Little Lady Sophie of Soho[4]"

I found that the journey had fortunately, done her no harm and that she was as attractive as ever. Along [p. 3] with "The Balcony[5]", "Bognor[6]", "Portsmouth Harbour[7]", (Nocturne) "La Cigale[8]" and the delightful water colors and pastels, she hangs in serene triumph, a bit coquettish perhaps, but always beautiful - She has many admirers already and the number is sure to increase -

I am positive that I have never [p. 4] thanked you sufficiently for having placed her in my care and I fear that I never can -

Your health is very much improved I hope[.] Do take the best of care of yourself and accept I beg you, my renewed appreciation of your many courtesies extended during my recent visit in London - I am quite well again, and am anticipating a very pleasant winter,

With every good wish and[9] kindest regards, Believe me, Faithfully yours,

Charles L Freer

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1.  1 December [1900]
The year is added in another hand, but is confirmed by the references to paintings.

2.  Charles Lang Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

3.  '1900.'
This is added in another hand, in pencil.

4.  Little Lady Sophie of Soho
Rose and Gold: The Little Lady Sophie of Soho (YMSM 504).

5.  The Balcony
Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56).

6.  Bognor
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100).

7.  Portsmouth Harbour
Nocturne in Black and Gold: Entrance to Southampton Water (YMSM 179).

8.  La Cigale
Rose and Brown: La Cigale (YMSM 495).

9.  wish and...Freer
The remainder of the letter is written in the left margin of page one.