System Number: 03562
Date: [1/8 July 1878]
Recipient: James Alfred Chapman
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 8/11-12
Document Type: ALS
I say my dear Jack -
I dont know whether we are at cross purposes about the "St. James" - but what I meant to say was that I have not a proof now - and cannot print one for some weeks - probably not before our return from the Irish trip - So make your choice of all the others - (the price of the St. James is 3. gs -) and send
us the cheque as I explained to me, not to Hogarth whom I had only told to pack and send the choice proofs [p. 2] of mine that I had picked and left with him to show, and as it was convenient they went direct from his place -
I am going this very next week right off to the Airlies in Scotland where they have asked me and where they want me to make some etchings portraits - They promise to see that I get over to Susie's on the 10. or 11th all right - So you see Jack that will be all jolly and as it ought - and also you see that if you send your cheque tomorrow how jolly well it will come in -
I saw the article in question - of course - must I have to see every ribald joke that was ever cracked by the enemy!
J A McN. Whistler
28. Wimpole Street
[p. 3] Don't think it is neglect about the St James! I haven't a proof to send - and the press is not put up and it is impossible to print decently the proof you ought to have -
3. St James
St. James's Street (K.169a). It was reproduced in Vanity Fair by lithographic transfer; see 'St James Street - June 1878,' Vanity Fair: A Weekly Show of Political, Social and Literary Wares, Vol. 22, 'Season Number', 2 July 1878.
4. Irish trip
This may have been a trip to visit Kate ('Cousin Kate') Livermore (1820-1907), née Prince, wife of A. Livermore [more]. Arthur Livermore (b. 1811), lawyer [more], was then US consul in Dublin.
Joseph Hogarth and Sons, printsellers and publishers.
7. etchings portraits
Susannah ('Susie') Plumridge Livermore (b. 1855), daughter of K. and A. Livermore, later wife of E. Sutton.
A reference to a note in the World published on 3 July 1878 describing St. James's Street (K.169a) as 'sadly disappointing.' This was picked up by JW and became the subject of a letter to Atlas's column. Both letter and note were reprinted by JW in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, p. 46.
11. ought to have
'Don't think ... ought to have' is written at right angles to the printed address on p. 3.