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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05655
Date: [12 April 1882][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Mary Montgomerie Singleton [2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S306
Document Type: ALS


THE FIELDING,[3]
KING STREET,
COVENT GARDEN.

I ought not to take a pen in hand when I wish to speak to you - but again I feel strongly upon me the impulse to tell you my dear Mrs Singleton how enchanted I am with your work -

Your book[4] is to me a continual delight and thank heaven I have still some pages left for my enjoyment - Of course [p. 2] the same amount of apreciation [sic] will never accrue to myself - and I can only grieve to think that a kindred spirit like yourself shall never have cared to know in detail the daily anxieties and possible progress of the Chelsea studio -

This I say not so much for the purpose of foisting upon you, in the success of your accomplished work, occupation of my own, as to show you how thoroughly artistic is my sympathy in what you have achieved -

I like what you have been doing not only because of its conception, but especially because of its execution - I think it elegant - dainty - in short artistic in the extreme - I make of every sentence a bonne bouche[5] - I know it by heart - I think it of a freshness unprecedented, and original always - I wish you could like my painting as I do your writing - but it could not be -

[butterfly signature]

[p. 3] 13. Tite Street -
Chelsea


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Envelope:

Mrs Singleton -
22. Grosvenor Place -
W
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LONDON - W / 7 / AP 12 / 82
[postmark on verso:] LO[NDON] / [illegible] / AP 12 / 82


Notes:

1.  [12 April 1882]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Mary Montgomerie Singleton
Mary Montgomerie Lamb (1843-1905), pseudonym 'Violet Fane', writer [more].

3.  THE FIELDING,
A men's club with a literary and theatrical flavour. The letter is written at right angles to the printed letterhead.

4.  Your book
The book may have been Verses, London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1880, or Sophy; or the Adventures of a Savage, London: Hurst and Beckett, 1881.

5.  bonne bouche
Fr., a delicious mouthful.