The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05343
Date: [8/15 September 1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Runciman[2]
Place: [Kingston-on-Thames]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R238
Document Type: ALd[3]

My dear Mr Runciman -

Your most refreshing

I was just going to write and thank you for to you and acknowledge my debt of gratutude [sic] - for to you alone do I owe the exceeding satisfaction that every gentleman must experiences in in kicking a cur or horsewhipping a Moore[4] - Had it not been for you not only should I have missed I should probably never have seen "The Hawk[5]" which is not to be met with at any club that I frequent and so You drew my attention to the number which contained not only your own brilliant lines[6], but the fo dastardly attack on a dead man[7] by this dirty dog for which it was my privelege [sic] to thrash him on the excellent occasion of the first night at Drury Lane[8] -

This public opportunity was carefully chosen, as was the small cane flexible cane with which to admin[i]ster the chastisement to your "good fellow" before the great gathering of his colleagues. and

Oh it was all daintily done - and I frankly admit that at the present moment it is with childish pleasure joy I go over these delicate details for the appreciation pleasure of an artist of your keen appreciation - Everything went marvellously - there was no hitch of any kind - even while I stood in the vestibule there came a telegram which enabled the amiable Manager to give me seats in this crowded house packed from floor to roof - and the [...]

[p. 2] What was all important - no fatality the wretched "good fellow" came to his fate -

[p. 3] My dear Good My dear Good Sir -

I have recieved [sic] your monstrous and inexcusable effusion of good will ! - and notwithstanding its amazing marvelous I answ incongruity

[p. 4] You live in the country - and your mind is filled with vague fears -

21. Cheyne.[9]

Not only do I owe [...]

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1.  [8/15 September 1890]
These are drafts of a reply to Runciman's letter, of 7 September 1890 (#05342).

2.  James Runciman
James Runciman (1852-1891), writer [more].

3.  ALd
pp. 1, 2 and 4 were written in pencil, p. 3 in ink.

4.  Moore
Augustus Martin Moore (d. 1918), journalist and acting manager [more].

5.  The Hawk
See #13260, #13194.

6.  lines
Not identified.

7.  dead man
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more].

8.  Drury Lane
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.

9.  21. Cheyne.
These words are in ink; the rest of the page in pencil. This was written in the left margin, and 'Not only do I owe' at the foot of the page, upside down.