The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05478
Date: 7 September 1867
Author: George Smith[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: Ellen Traer[2]
Place: [England]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S123
Document Type: ALS

30 Faubourg St Honoré Paris

7 Sepr 1867

Miss Traer


I have obtained what information I wanted except the hight [sic] of the corps[3] [sic] which I wanted for guidance for the Outer Case -

The day named for the exhumation[4] is Wednesday next & you may expect the remain[s] to arrive[5] via Dieppe & Newhaven in London, Friday but I fear not in time to be taken to the cemetry [sic] on that day [p. 2] but that I will let you know on my arrival.

I am Mad[emoise]lle
Your Obt Servant

Geo Smith

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1.  George Smith
George Smith, undertaker.

2.  Ellen Traer
Ellen Traer (b. ca 1837), J. R. Traer's sister [more].

3.  corps
That is, the body of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Traer died suddenly on trip to Paris, allegedly in a brothel.

4.  exhumation
After Traer's death, Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], hastily arranged burial rites in Paris in what JW and William Whistler regarded as a disrespectful manner. This led to a violent quarrel between Haden and the Whistler brothers. Soon afterwards, the brothers made fresh arrangements to have Traer's body returned to his sister in England. Smith seems to have been the agent or undertaker (see #09562) who arranged for the exhumation and shipment to England of the body.

5.  arrive
See #09160.