'15th Mars 1892.'
My own dear Luck -
This is a line of fond [loving?] for you - in the midst of rush - rush rush!
Whibley has been with me all the morning at the British Museum! looking up all the British crimes against the Grinder! -
and now we are nearly ready - the pictures are still beautiful - Nocturnes amazing!
You really dont know them - and Potters blue wave! - you never saw such a sea - absolutely sculptured out of the most brilliant blue and green & [p. 2] violet! so deep - so profound - so gay and so terrible! - and the falling Rocket! I never saw it like it now is - it ought not to have been called Black & Gold - but Blue - of the most lovely - The sky is a marvel -
The Lange Lizen - is certainly young - but wonderful - wonderful - Such pots & plates & fans! - Such purples & Reds & blues!! -
The Valparaiso Nocturne! simply glowing -
I am here at 21 - Very clean and nice Mrs Melhuish has kept it - Yesterday little Miss Maud spent all day with me and was most kind and nice helping me - You must tell her how grateful I am - -
Enclosed funny! of course have refused - also Joshuas!
Am off again - no letters but bills! - Do more Obi Chinkie
and bless us all!
Your own loving
Jim the Grinder -
Tell me more about the picture
Is it really beautiful - What do you regret - is it only quietly to finish each [p. 3] little portion - thats easy -
Is the great stature all right?
nothing absurd? or weak or worried or exagerated in pose or badly drawn - In short is it a masterpiece only requiring the little completenesses of foot or finger?
Tell us all -
How about every thing?
Madame McNeill Whistler
33 Rue de Tournon
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2½d
[postmark:] LONDON / [A 5?] / MR14 / 92
[postmark:] [...] PARIS [1...] / 15 / MARS / 92
[postmark on verso:] 8 PARIS 8 DISTRIBUTION / [1?] 15 / MARS / 92
1. [14 March 1892]
Dated from postmark.
The word is not clearly written and conceivably might have been meant to read 'longing' (with the 'g' having been accidentally omitted).
Charles Whibley (1859-1930), writer and journalist [more]. They may have been checking references for Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892.
6. Potters blue wave
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more], owned Blue and Silver: Blue Wave, Biarritz (YMSM 41). These paintings were all exhibited in Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.
14. Mrs Melhuish
Mrs Melhuish, unidentified.