The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884
Record 15 of 69

System Number: 01162
Date: [16 March 1884?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F94
Document Type: ALdS

My dear Huish -

How very great a pity! -

Of course When you wrote to me[3] long ago in in reply to my proposition months ago, that the Society had already made all its arrangements their preparations for the Season, I understood, of course, from my not having been asked by the Directors to contribute to their shows programe [sic], that my business was probably not "a paying one" - and that you wished delicately to convey this to me -

I thanked you for not keeping me in [p. 2] suspense, and was confirmed in my impress convictions impression by your silence -

Therefore I made what you call 'other arrangements' - I am never supposing that, for a moment, that there taking for granted litteral literally what you said -

Dear me! dear me! - how unkind of you to have had all the while this little chance in reserve! -

Always sincerely

J McNeill Whistler

Tite Street -

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1.  [16 March 1884?]
This is probably a draft reply to a letter from M. B. Huish to JW, 15 March 1884 (#01170). The subject is a show of JW's small works, particularly of recent oils and watercolours, 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884.

2.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  wrote to me
Probably Huish's letter to JW of 25 October 1883 (#01161).