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System Number: 01921
Date: [27 June 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: Dover
Recipient: Deborah Delano Haden[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H22
Document Type: ALS


YACHT SAGITTA

My dear little Sis -

You see they have taken me off to the Naval display[3] - and here on Sunday afternoon, glaring and dreary, am I staring at Dover - which looks more depressingly "English" than ever! - Do come up to town, as you say you may this week -

What do you think of Tuesday afternoon? or Wednesday? - say at 6 o'clock? - and then we can talk it all over -

The Review was well enough - but after all - what is the use! -

Then again [p. 2] the weather is, of all kinds, the one I most have in horror - clear and hard and sunny - and with it there is, about me, complete silence - for every one has gone ashore and I am seated here completely steephed steeped in the saddest thoughts[4] I can muster for company - What do you think of that! -

I wish that I were able to immediately manage matters for Willie[5] - but this is an uncertain moment - and I have been so overbothered and worked to pieces -

However all this I can tell you about when I see you -

Write me just a line to fix an afternoon -

Always my dear Sis
with love

[butterfly signature]

Your letters are a great delight to me[6] -


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Notes:

1.  [27 June 1897]
Dated from the reference to the Naval display (see below), and from 'Sunday', which fell on the 27 June in 1897.

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

3.  Naval display
The Naval Review to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee took place at Spithead on Saturday, 26 June 1897.

4.  thoughts
JW's wife, Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], had died a year previously.

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

6.  delight to me
'Always ... delight to me' is written in the left-hand margin at an angle to the main text.