The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07136
Date: 11 November 1896
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Archibald James Stuart Wortley[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1124b
Document Type: ALSc


"8. Fitzroy Street - Fitzroy Square -

Nov. 11. 1896 -

My dear Archie -

Your letter is charming! -

I beg that you will present my compliments to the Committee, and convey to them my keen appreciation of the courteous and sympathetic consideration in which their refusal is steeped. -

I conceive it to be mad affection alone - if I may so express my self - that should have urged that collected body, officially, at this period of my headlong career, to further burden themselves with the safety and respectability of my own Quixotic course! - For this I wish, through you, to tender my astonished gratitude & consternation. -

Pray say also that, while I regret the sumary [sic] taking down of what I had so prettily nailed to the door of the Gallery, I acknowledge the indiscretion of my exaggerated Camaraderie -

Offer then my apologies then to the Gentlemen of the Committee for lightly exposing their sporting instincts to the temptations of the chase - and almost leading my distinguished confrères to mistake the common cause - properly freed from English libel - for their own! -

And believe me my dear Archie
Always affectionately your old friend

J McNeill Whistler"

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1.  Archibald James Stuart Wortley
Archibald James Stuart-Wortley (1849-1905), painter, first President of the Society of Portrait Painters [more].

2.  Answer
This is the answer to A. J. S. Wortley's letter of 10 November 1896, #07135. This letter was copied by JW on the same sheet as #13538 and #07135. This side of the paper is numbered '(2.)' in the top right corner.