Why my dear old Tom I never was serious with you even when you were among us! - Indeed I killed you quite, as who should say without seriousness - a rat! a rat! - you know - rather cursorily -
Chaff, Tom, as in your present state you are begining [sic] to perceive, was your fate here - and doubtless will be throughout the Eternity before you -
With ages at your disposal this truth will dimly dawn upon you - and as you look back upon this life, perchance many situations that you took "au seri[e]ux" - (art critic -
for instance who knows - expounder of Velasquez & What not! -) will explain themselves sadly - chaff! -
Go back! -
[butterfly signature with barbed tail]
[p. 2] THE WHITE HOUSE.
1. [10 January 1879]
Dated from series of letters (see below).
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 Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, p. 39 'Final'. This is the last in a series of letters exchanged between JW and Tom Taylor; see Taylor's letters of 6 and 9 January, and JW's of 8 January 1879 (#05660, #05661, #05664). The letter was published in the corrected version, with normalised punctuation. 'D.' added in another hand at top of p. 1.
4. au seri[e]ux
Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660), painter [more]. The dispute involved JW's use or misuse of a statement by Taylor on Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velasquez, Las Meniñas (z85).
6. THE WHITE HOUSE.
The address is embossed.