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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07563
Date: [1872/1873][1]
Author: Mary Carlyle Aitken[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow Museums, Glasgow
Document Type: ALS[3]


5 Cheyne Row

Saturday

Dear Mr. Whistler,

My Uncle[4] bids me say, with his kind regards, that he is very sorry he must give up his appointment with you this morning. He is not well enough to risk going out in the rain, even in a cab, but I hope there will be no [p. 2] no difficulties in the way of his sitting next week.

We are a republic here; & the housekeeper (who probably asked for it with my compliments) sent for the cloak yesterday without consulting the owner of it - only out of a spontaneous feeling that it would be warmer for my Uncle than his own.

With kind regards, and love to Mrs. Whistler[5],
Yours ever sincerely

Mary Carlyle Aitken


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Notes:

1.  [1872/1873]
Dated from a reference to sittings for Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

2.  Mary Carlyle Aitken
Mary Carlyle (1848-1895), née Aitken, niece of Thomas Carlyle [more].

3.  ALS
This is one of two letters from Mary Aitken to JW (#07563 and #07564).

4.  Uncle
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), historian and philosopher [more]. He was posing for Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

5.  Mrs Whistler
Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more].