The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00517
Date: 19 October 1890
Author: Janey Sevilla Campbell[1]
Place: St Moritz
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C18
Document Type: ALS

Hotel Central
St Moritz

Oct 19 90

My dearest Trix

Though you have not heard fr. me of I expressed to our mutual freind[3] [sic] my joy that Jimmie shld. have so pluckily & loyally attacked that foul [p. 2] fiend the Hawk[4] (late Bat) in defence of Godwino[5][.] I guessed it was about him when I read the account in the papers. Please tell Jimmie fr. me he is a hero! The fact is that here I am always out [p. 3] wandering on the mountains & trying to forget that there is such a thing as fog & smoke or [jagging?]!! & pens & ink seem to be very scarce.

While the Storys[6] were here we saw them several [p. 4] times. I like the old people so much & Villa Story is charming. I did not see Waldo[7] at all though I believe he was there for a few days. We saw a good deal of M. de Montesquiou[8] [p. 5] when he was here[.] He went away about a month ago. We are going I think to Milan for "Ognisanti" that is the 1st Nov[em]ber. & then on to Venice stopping at Padua &c. also we shall hang about [p. 6] the lakes I think before returning home

Here it is now heavy snow & tabogganing [sic] has begun. The children and I are burned as brown as berries[.] No pigments could possibly conceal it so I have resigned myself to my [p. 7] fate. I think that the Dawkins[9] are at Compriègne staying at the De L'Aigles I think but I am not quite sure - Now do like a good Trix write to me so that I might get your letter before we start on our Italian prowl - & forgive me for [p. 8] having been so lazy. I am very glad Jimmie did not go to Law wth [sic] the Editor[10] of the St James!

My love to the both of you

yr affecte.

Janey / or / [Jaultie?]

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1.  Janey Sevilla Campbell
Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more].

2.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

3.  mutual freind
Not identified.

4.  Hawk
Augustus Martin Moore (d. 1918), journalist and acting manager [more]. JW responded to an article in the Hawk, which he considered to libel the late E. W. Godwin, by striking A. Moore with a cane in the foyer of Drury Lane Theatre on Saturday evening, 6 September 1890.

5.  Godwino
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more].

6.  Storys
William Wetmore Story (1819-1895), sculptor and writer [more].

7.  Waldo
Thomas Waldo Story (1854-1915), sculptor [more].

8.  M. de Montesquiou
Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921), Symbolist writer and poet, and collector [more].

9.  Dawkins
Possibly George Henry Dawkins, a neighbour of JW, at 22 Cheyne Walk [more], or Mary Hermione Dawkins (b. ca 1830), formerly Sartoris, later Mrs Callander [more].

10.  Editor
Sidney James Mark Low (1857-1932), journalist and editor of the St. James's Gazette (1888) [more].