The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05445
Date: [20/24 November 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Walter Sickert[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S89
Document Type: AL[3]

I fear I really dare not Walter! and doubtless I shall miss you. -

Benedict Arnold[4], they say, also was a pleasant desperate fellow - and our old friend[5] of the 30 pieces, irresistable [sic]! - I fancy you will have done it cheaper though poor chap! - Yet be careful - Remember! and take nothing from the Baronet[6] in an envelope!

Adieu -

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1.  [20/24 November 1896]
A copy of this letter was sent by JW to R. Birnie Philip on 24 November 1896, #04683. Another copy is #05444.

2.  Walter Sickert
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more].

3.  AL
The paper has a mourning border.

4.  Benedict Arnold
Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), who fought for both sides in the American War of Independence [more]. Arnold's perfidy lay in the abuse of his position of authority and trust: he would betray West Point and its garrison 'and if necessary the entire American war effort' to secure his own success.

5.  old friend
Judas Iscariot, disciple and betrayer of Jesus Christ.

6.  Baronet
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. JW considered anyone consorting with Eden was a traitor to himself, since he had had a serious dispute with Eden over the payment for a portrait of Eden's wife.