The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07808
Date: [8 October 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Lyme Regis
Recipient: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 272/5/5
Document Type: ALS

Royal Lion Hotel -
Lyme Regis, Dorset -

My dear Joseph -

You may well ask -

Poor dear Way[3] with the best intention put me in there - and I fear there is no harm done either! - Nothing new I believe excepting the drawing of the Doctor[4] - all the rest old early efforts [p. 2] before I knew anything of the matter - if indeed I do now. -

Go to the Portrait Society at the New Gallery - and see the little head of "Carmen[5]" I have sent -

I like it - and I hope you will - You might write me a line & tell me how it looks -

It was absurd of you to run off just as I turned up! - I came right upon your letter too - and could have no idea that you were dreaming of bolting -

Mrs. Pennell[6] I hope has forgiven the trouble I gave her quite innocently! -

The little dinner was perfection itself and you can have had no "côtelettes" as good in Paris -

[p. 3] I have written by this same post to Thomson[7] - so now you will have your authorization all right -

I called upon him the other day for the purpose of getting you the permission - but he was absent - By the same token I saw in the Galleries the miserable Moore[8] - under the wing of a couple of misguided women! - I cast an eye of complete appreciation upon him - but otherwise bestowed no further recognition - A hang dog looking cur it is to be sure! - I must see about that Hogarth Club though when I have time -

With kindest[9] regards to you and Mrs. Pennell

[butterfly signature]

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Joseph Pennell, Esq.
14. Buckingham Street
[postmark:] LYME·REGIS / D / OC 8 / 95
[postmark on verso:] LONDON W. C. / 7 / OC 9 / 95 / S. M. P.


1.  [8 October 1895]
Dated from postmark. Also, '[1895, Oct. 8]' is added at the top right in another hand.

2.  Joseph Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

3.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more].

4.  Doctor
Probably The Doctor (C.110).

5.  Carmen
Crimson note: Carmen (YMSM 441); on show at 5th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1895.

6.  Mrs. Pennell
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more].

7.  Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

8.  Moore
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more]. For an account of this meeting, see #08395.

9.  With kindest
Remainder of text written in left margin of p. 1 at right angles to the main text.