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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07042
Date: [11/31 August 1886?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Richard Whiteing[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1031
Document Type: ALdf[3]


'Whiteing[4]'

BEEFSTEAK CLUB,
KING WILLIAM STREET,
STRAND, W. C.

My dear Whiteing -

I have been away - or you would have heard before now how charmed I was with your letter[5] so gracefully volunteered! -

Nothing could have been more flattering than the surprise you had prepared for me - and your championship was as delightful to me, in its splendid [p. 2] method of execution, as it was in its' superb loyalty -

Never was I more fascinated with myself than when after dining again with the Governor of Valparaiso[6], I remembered my evening with yourself and found that you had forgotten no detail of simple statistics - with which you yet chronicled history without a sign of weariness ! appearing [...]


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Notes:

1.  [11/31 August 1886?]
This appears to be the draft of JW's response to a letter from Whiteing to The Court and Society Review, [2 August 1886], #11365. JW was away, possibly visiting William Stott of Oldham (1857-1900), genre and landscape painter [more], in Cumberland, at the beginning of August.

2.  [Richard Whiteing]
Richard Whiteing (1840-1928), journalist and novelist [more].

3.  ALd
This is probably an incomplete draft rather than the actual letter sent.

4.  Whiteing
Written in another hand in upper left-hand corner of sheet.

5.  your letter
#11365.

6.  Governor of Valparaiso
Not identified.