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Record 9 of 33

System Number: 00337
Date: [c. 3/7 February 1889][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Joseph Edgar Boehm[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B113
Document Type: ALS

Lieber Mac!

Again I am going to trouble you - for again they have embarrassed me with honours[3] in that wonderful land of Bavaria!

"Im Namen[4] Seiner Majestät des Konigs, again the amiable Prinz Luitpold[5], der Königreiche Bäyern Verweser, ... has come forward like the true "Prince Charmant" - and [p. 2] this time if you please, mit den K

Königlichen Verdienst Orden vom heiligen Michael!! -

And now my very dear Mac do help me through the entanglements of the high sounding tongue of the noble land where modesty does not stifle genius necessarily! -

Help me that I may acknowledge in a seemly manner those kingly courtesies and make me still more grateful for your kindness if possible, while you try to forgive me for wearying the life out of you! -

Always affectly

[butterfly signature]

You used to ride in the mornings - Would you perhaps ride here tomorrow? and if so at what hour? Would you perhaps come and have a cup of coffee with me - say at 10? or half past? or when?

This would be too delightful to have you again for an hour or so in the studio! I should [p. 3] so much like to show you one or two things? -


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1.  [c. 3/7 February1889]
Dated by reference to Order of St Michael of Bavaria. See JW's letter to the German Ambassador, 11 February 1889, #03523.

2.  Joseph Edgar Boehm
Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), sculptor [more].

3.  honours
A banquet for JW in Paris on 28 April 1888 was followed by a dinner at the Criterion on 1 May to celebrate the award of a first-class medal at Munich and the Cross of St Michael of Bavaria.

4.  Im Namen
Ger., In the name of His Majesty the King [...] royal order of St Michael.

5.  Prinz Luitpold
Karl Joseph Wilhelm Ludwig Luitpold (1821-1912), Prince Regent of Bavaria [more].

6.  'Whistler'
Written in another hand, in left margin.