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System Number: 08060
Date: [16/23 December 1875?][1]
Author: JW
Recipient: Frances Leyland[2]
Place: [Liverpool]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/16/13
Document Type: ALS

Just a little word of Adieu to promise again that I will not neglect the one or two matters I am to attend to - Amber beads[3] and generally the presents -

I have enclosed this cheeky note from the unforgiving Fannie[4] - to whom with the others give my love - With Flo'[5] I trust Miss Caird[6] will make my peace - Freddie[7] I shall write to - [p. 2] I do dislike Goodbyes - and so say simply Au revoir - If my picture[8] fares well with my work I may perhaps look in one evening at the Hall[9] -

Meanwhile a merry Xmas and Bon Voyage to you both

Ever Sincerely Yours

J A McN Whistler -

[butterfly signature]

No letter from Dundee[10] -

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1.  [16/23 December 1875?]
The date appears to have been close to Christmas and may have been just after what was to be JW's last visit to the home of the Leyland family, near Liverpool. This probably took place at some time between October and December 1875 (see JW to Frances Leyland, #08053).

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

3.  Amber beads
JW's failure to buy these beads was mentioned in his next letter to Mrs Leyland (#08057).

4.  Fannie
Fanny Leyland (1857-1880), later Mrs Stevenson-Hamilton [more].

5.  Flo'
Florence Leyland (1859-1921), later Mrs Prinsep [more].

6.  Caird
Ellen Caird, friend of Mrs F. Leyland, possibly a sister of Sir James Caird.

7.  Freddie
Frederick Dawson Leyland (b. 1856), son of F. R. Leyland [more].

8.  picture
This may either be Portrait of Miss Caird (YMSM 162) or The Three Girls (YMSM 88). JW seems to have been working on both pictures during the autumn of 1875 (see JW to Frances Leyland [14 September 1875], #08053).

9.  Hall
Speke Hall, the Leylands' home near Liverpool.

10.  Dundee
Dundee was the home city of Sir James Key Caird (1837-1916), jute manufacturer [more], and his family. In late August 1875, Fanny Leyland spent a fortnight with the Cairds in Dundee. See F. R. Leyland to JW, #02566.