System Number: 04543
Date: [3 April 1878]
Recipient: Georgiana Horne Payne
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P183
Document Type: ALdS
Dear Mrs. Payne -
I enclose the letter that has brought about this mischief -
Though I thought that by this time I was tolerably familiar with the customs of the country in which it is my privilege to live, I had yet to learn it seems, that any one in the disguise of a gentleman (
of course a lady is out of the question) could permit himself on any on a special day of the year to drag into a vulgar [p. 2] joke the name of a lady it was his take an unwarrantable liberty with the name of a lady for the purpose of perpetrating a dreary though [ illegible word] National joke -
With us the calendar offers no such
facilities license - and I am afraid we should confound the amusing man with a blackguard -
I need not say how pained I am that I should have been however unconsciously, a means of annoyance to you -
Very sincerely Yours.
Correspondence between Mrs Horne Payne & J. M. W. re. practical joke concerning etchings.'
'Mrs Horne Payne'
2. Georgiana Horne Payne
Georgiana Horne Payne (b. 1837 or 1838), widow of G. S. Atwood, later wife of J. H. Payne [more]. This is a reply to Mrs Payne's letter to JW, returning some etchings she had not ordered (#04542).
4. special day
1 April is April Fool's Day.
5. Undated ... etchings.
Written in another (unknown) hand on small scrap of paper (possibly of a much later date).