UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00610
Date: [1/11 January 1887][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Théodore Child[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C111
Document Type: ALdS


Was it dollars Theodore that did it? - or were they shekels of the haute Juiverie[3]? and was it at the old price? -

And can you find

In the environs of Paris, on the butte Montmartre or at Ramponeau shall you yet find an unused Potters field . - that may you may hire it for And will the 30 pieces of silver yet, hire it for the night as they did with your predecessor[4] in simpler times? - If not where will you go with your rope that your bowels may come out - within ken of the police, that while the cocks of Chelsea whither you made your humble pilgramage [sic] are still crowing something be done quickly, lest like Arry[5] you be neglected by the Parish and lie stinking many days -

[butterfly signature]

[p. 2] [circular crest:] SBA
INCORPORATED SOCIETY OF / BRITISH ARTISTS.

SUFFOLK STREET, PALL MALL EAST, S. W.

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Notes:

1.  [1/11 January 1887]
There are two drafts (this and #00612) of a letter that was published first in Truth, vol. 21, no. 524, 13 January 1887, p. 55. See #11015 for full annotation.

2.  Théodore Child
Theodore Child (1846-1892), journalist and art critic [more].

3.  haute Juiverie
Fr., 'high Jewry'.

4.  predecessor
Judas Iscariot, disciple and betrayer of Jesus Christ. JW alludes to Acts 1.18 - "With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out."

5.  Arry
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more].