The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 3rd Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1888
Record 40 of 53

System Number: 13484
Date: [19 October 1888][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Tours?]
Recipient: Charles James Whistler Hanson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H579
Document Type: ALS

Find out immediately for me what Cadogan[3] is on the Legation (British) at Münich - His name is Henry - but I want to know who he is - whether he be the Hon - or a Sir Henry - in short what is his full name & title - Is he Attaché - or Ambassador -

Look in red Book[4] - or Whitaker's Almanack - or ask at Foreign Office -

Now I may come back quite suddenly to London to be present at Sir Coutts'[5] dinner on tuesday - but this you are not to say one word about to [p. 2] any body - It is not at all certain for I have in no way finished what I am about - and I do not mean people to know that I am back, if I do come -

I enclose cheque for eighteen pounds - £17- 10. for Marler & Bennet[6] - for rent - get receipt - rest will do until my return - if I come - if not will send more -

Write by tomorrows post for last time - until further orders -

J McN. Whistler

Upon reflection, will send cheque tomorrow in registered letter - as in any case it would be too late for Bank and could not be cashed until Monday - and it is rather too large a sum to trust in ordinary envelope -

If you can get Cadogans name etc - send it by tomorrow's post -

[p. 3, another hand, in pencil] 'James McNeill Whistler'

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C. J. Hanson. Esq -
9. Selwood Terrace
Queens Elm.
Fulham Road -
[postmark:] CHATEAUROUX [A?] [ ] / [ ] 19 / OCT / 88

'15 00[7]'

[postmark on verso:] TOURS-GARE / INDRE ET LOIRE / 14E 19 / OCT / 88
[postmark on verso:] PARIS A CALAIS / 6 / 20 / OCT / 88
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S. W. / K D / OC20 / 88

[on verso:] Mind William[8] is in Town, ready -


1.  [19 October 1888]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Charles James Whistler Hanson
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].

3.  Cadogan
George Henry Cadogan (1840-1915), 5th Earl of Cadogan, politician and diplomat [more]. JW had exhibited an important group of paintings in Munich (see #04424 and #05216). He now tried to use his diplomatic connections to help him gain some official honour from the Bavarian Government. Eventually he was awarded the Cross of St Michael of Bavaria (see R. Rodd to JW, #05216, and G. H. Cadogan to JW, #00769).

4.  red Book
Gazeteer or Almanack de Gotha.

5.  Sir Coutts'
Sir Coutts Lindsay (1824-1913), Bart., co-founder of the Grosvenor Gallery [more].

6.  Marler & Bennet
Marler and Bennet, auctioneers and estate agents, who collected the rent on JW's house, the Tower House in Tite Street (see #08016).

7.  '15 00'
Written in top left, in pencil:

8.  William
William Bell, JW's secretary [more].