The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06709
Date: [16 August 1886][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Helen Euphrosyne Whistler[2]
Place: Homburg
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MSWhistler W703
Document Type: ALS

Dear Nellie -

The two letters came together last night - I am delighted with Willie's answer![3]

Really he is getting to be of the most dangerous polish and keeness [sic] ! - and medical matters in his hands are becoming quite as bright and as full of 'snap' as anything that ever appeared with the butterfly! -

More than this you know my dear Nellie, [p. 2] it is impossible to say! -

Nothing could be neater and more after my own heart than the bit about Vulgarity & Smart writing - and I am sure if Willie could have seen me chuckling over it, he would have been pleased -

I will do what I can about Fenton Jones[4] - but in any case it will be all right in the Court & Society[5] this week, and they shall send the numbers to you -

I saw [Irwell?] a while ago - he was very nice to me and insisted upon my supping with him at his club in Hanover Square on my way to Cumberland - where I have been staying with "Stott of Oldham"[6] - until I had enough of that sort of fresh air ! -

I wish I could go to you all in Homburg - what a jolly time you must be having -

Do send me Ross Winans'[7] address in Paris - at once - in case I go there -

I fear I shall have to stay here and work - [p. 3] Write again soon - you know I always told you I like you[r] letters -

Ask Aleco[8] if he is not going to take five tickets in the lottery[9] - in which case tell him to send me cheque for five guineas at once, and I will send the Tickets - You can explain the case to him - he has you know five chances for pictures besides the proof of the new etching[10] which is a beauty -

Love to both, -

[butterfly signature]

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'No. 26 X[11]'

Madame William Whistler
19. Kisseleff Strasse
[postmark:] LONDON S. W. / AU 16 / 86
[postmark on verso:] HOMBURG / 17 8 / 86 [rest illegible]


1.  [16 August 1886]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Helen Euphrosyne Whistler
Helen ('Nellie') Euphrosyne Whistler (1849-1917), née Ellen Ionides, JW's sister-in-law [more].

3.  Willie's answer!
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more]. The letter has not been identified.

4.  Fenton Jones
John Fenton Jones (b. ca 1837), insurance manager.

5.  Court & Society
See letter from R. Whiteing, [2 August 1886], to The Court and Society Review (#11365).

6.  Stott of Oldham
William Stott of Oldham (1857-1900), genre and landscape painter [more].

7.  Ross Winans'
Ross Revillon Winans (1851-1912), son of C. and T. De K. Winans [more].

8.  Aleco
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more].

9.  lottery
A lottery run to raise money for the Society of British Artists. Ionides does not appear in a list of subscribers to the lottery, #05276.

10.  new etching
The Fish-Shop, Busy Chelsea (K.264).

11.  No. 26
Written in top right corner in another hand.

12.  Homberg
Double underlined.