Jany 9. 1879
Pardon me, my dear Whistler, for having taken you au sérieux even for a moment. I ought to have remembered that your penning [p. 2] like your painting, belongs to the region of "chaff" -
I will not forget it again, & meantime remain yours always
[p. 3] Tom Taylor
This letter was published in Whistler, James McNeill, [Correspondence Between Tom Taylor, Art Critic of the Times and Whistler], The World: A Journal for Men and Women, 15 January 1879, and republished in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, p. 38 'Serious Sarcasm'. It is part of a series of letters exchanged between JW and Tom Taylor; see Taylor's letter of 6 January, and JW's of 8 and 10 January 1879 (#05660, #05661, #05664). 'vi' written in another hand in purple ink at the top of p. 1.
3. au sérieux