Charles Lang Freer's letters to Frank Hecker during foreign travels, 1894-1895

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Wild parties with James McNeill Whistler in Paris, banquets with maharajas, and what he considered ?going native? in a remote Japanese village - Detroit industrialist and museum founder Charles Lang Freer made his first extended tour overseas between September 1894 and August 1895. Although Freer did not keep a travel journal, his extensive letters to his friend and business partner Frank Hecker provide a vivid day by day description of his travels through Italy, France, Sri Lanka, India and Japan.

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