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System Number: 03572
Date: [7/14 November 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Princess Louise Caroline Alberta[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 8/3
Document Type: AL[d]S[3]

'J. M Whistler to H. R. H. Princess Louise, D[uche]ss of Argyll[4].'


Madam -

The little sketch[5] that you noticed I venture to hope you will receive as a slight reminder of loyal Chelsea when surrounded by the Doré[6] scenery of your new Kingdom - though I sincerely trust that my country may not after all prove as unworthy the charming Princess who leaves sadness behind her for it's sake ... If it be not my privilege [p. 2] to see you again before your journey[7], may I thank you again for your many kindnesses, not the least among them being the visit of the other evening when I know that your time is so fully occupied -

Trusting that your Royal Highness may have a pleasant voyage and that you may return as soon as you have allowed us to hope,

I am, Madam
Your most obedient servant

J A McN. Whistler

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1.  [7/14 November 1878]
The acknowledgement to this letter was dated 15 November 1878 (#00510).

2.  Princess Louise Caroline Alberta
Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), Marchioness of Lorne, sculptress [more]. The tone and content of the letter, as well as the note at the top right corner, indicates Princess Louise as the recipient.

3.  AL[d]S
No final version of this letter has been located; there is a possibility that this is the original.

4.  Argyll
'J. W Whistler ... Argyll' written in another hand.

5.  sketch
Not identified.

6.  Doré
Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré (1832-1883), painter, illustrator, designer and sculptor [more]. JW was comparing the wild mountain scenery of North America to Doré's illustrations.

7.  journey
Princess Louise, and Sir John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell (1845-1914), Marquess of Lorne, husband of Princess Louise [more], were about to depart for Canada as he had just been appointed Governor General of Canada (1878-83).