The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13500
Date: [25 May 1896?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: William McNeill Whistler[2]
Place: London
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 169
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS

My dear Willie -

I must send you the book[3] - You can keep it for a day or two - and then send it back -

I wish you would make any extract you think worth while - for you will be better able to look into the thing than [p. 2] I have been - I was only pleased to see that in some way our connection with the Country was after all Virginian - and, as I told Sis[4], Lowell[5] has to take a back seat after all!

Look it up a bit - and let us know - And do get out of this cold country!

Isn't it awful! -

I am glad though you are so much better - and feeling so strong again - I also am I fancy not doing so badly in spite of this horrid place!

[I] should like immensely to hear a[bo]ut the 14th century Whistlers[6]!

Always affectionately


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William McNeill Whistler. Esq. M D.
17. Wimpole Street
Cavendish Square -
London. W.
[postmark:] HAMP[STEAD] / [illegible]
[postmark on verso:] L[ONDON] / [5?] / [MY?] / 96


1.  [25 May 1896?]
Dated from the postmark, and the deep mourning border, indicating a date after the death of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], on 10 May.

2.  William McNeill Whistler
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

3.  book
See JW's letter to their sister Deborah, #13490.

4.  Sis
Deborah ('Debo' or 'Sis') Delano Haden (1825-1908), née Whistler, JW's half-sister [more].

5.  Lowell
JW was born in Lowell, MA.

6.  14th century Whistlers
William Whistler seems to have been interested in the family tree, including the family's Irish connections.