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System Number: 02610
Date: [8/15 July 1877][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Frances Leyland[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L144
Document Type: ALdS

'No. 13'[3]

Dear Mrs Leyland -

I enclose a copy of Mr Leylands letter[4] to me - and the answer that upon reflection the next day I was enabled to send him -

May I beg that, if you see no objection[,] these may be openly shown to your daughters[5] the family

I trust to your long knowledge of me to believe the regret I feel at causing any of you a moments discomfort, while I believe feel it due to [p. 2] the friendship I value that I should not be misunderstood in this matter even to a word that might not be seen -

I Pray do not give yourself the pain to answer this, and believe me my dear Mrs Leyland always sincerely Yrs


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1.  [8/15 July 1877]
JW mentions a letter written the day after Leyland's letter of 6 July 1877 (#02581), so this letter to Mrs Leyland presumably dates from within the following week.

2.  Frances Leyland
Frances Leyland (1836-1910), née Dawson [more].

3.  'No. 13'
Written in JW's hand in lower left corner, in pencil. JW's plans to publish the correspondence, which included making fair copies of it and numbering the letters in sequence, came to nothing.

4.  Mr Leylands letter
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more], whose letter (see above) JW copied in #02582.

5.  daughters
Florence Leyland (1859-1921), later Mrs Prinsep [more]; Fanny Leyland (1857-1880), later Mrs Stevenson-Hamilton [more]; and Elinor Leyland (1861-1952), later Mrs Speed [more].