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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 05336
Date: 26 April 1895
Author: George David Ruggles[1]
Place: Washington
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R231
Document Type: TLS


WAR DEPARTMENT,
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,
WASHINGTON.

April 26, 1895.

My dear Whistler:--

We are to have a re-union of our class in June of this year at West Point, on the 44th anniversary of our entrance into the Military Academy. We want to sing the old songs and to tell the old stories, and have some one to blow Bentz's[2] bugle. If there be no one else to tell the story, I shall remind the class of the fact that when you were tumbled into the tan bark in the riding hall by some horse like Quaker, whom you called "no friend," you remarked to FitzJohn Porter[3] who feared that you might be injured, that [p. 2] you were allright, but could "not understand how any man could keep a trotting horse for his own amusement!"

Averell[4] was in my office here the other day, and he and Johnnie Nichols[5] and Elliot and David Gregg[6], et id omne genus[7], insist upon it that you shall come across the water to greet us all again.

Faithfully,
your friend and classmate,

Geo. D. Ruggles.

James McNeil [sic] Whistler, Esq.,
London, England.

[p. 2, printed visiting card:] BRIGADIER GENERAL RUGGLES,
ADJUTANT GENERAL UNITED STATES ARMY,
1300 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVENUE,


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Envelope:

WAR DEPARTMENT,
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,
WASHINGTON.

[stamped in pink:] AMBASSADE DES ÉTATS-UNIS / PARIS

James McNeil [sic] Whistler Esqr
Artist.
86. rue N[otre]. D[ame]. des Champs
Paris
France

c/o. Col. L. C. Kellogg[8],
[Mil.?] Attaché, U. S. Embassy

[stamp x 3:] POSTE / 5 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] PARIS-34 / AVENUE MARCEAU / 5E 6 / MAI / 95


Notes:

1.  George David Ruggles
George David Ruggles (1833-1904), class-mate of JW at USMA, West Point, army officer [more].

2.  Bentz's
Louis Bentz ('Old Bentz'), a West Point bugler and member of the 1st Artillery Corps for 45 years.

3.  FitzJohn Porter
FitzJohn Porter (d. 1901), soldier and public servant [more].

4.  Averell
William Woods Averell (d. 1900), class-mate of JW's at USMA, West Point, soldier and diplomat [more].

5.  Johnnie Nichols
John ('Johnie') Nichols, possibly an associate of JW's at USMA, West Point.

6.  Elliot and David Gregg
Elliot Gregg, possibly a friend of JW at USMA, West Point [more]; and General David McMurtie Gregg (ca 1833 - d.1883), army officer [more].

7.  et id omne genus
Lat., and all such people.

8.  Col. L. C. Kellogg
L. C. Kellogg, secretary to Mrs H. Peck.