System Number: 07893
Date: 8 August 1902
Recipient: James Nicol Dunn
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/29/2
Document Type: ALS
Dear Mr Dunn -
Yours is the responsability [sic] - Though mine perhaps the fault! - But my wire to you was meant for a private and personal expression of warm gratification & delight in what you had so charmingly done -
I trust it will not be looked upon as an abuse of my "pretty place" in the [p. 2] "Morning Post" -
Do write me a line to reassure me - for nothing I fear appears to me more regretable than this seeming unwillingness to quit the stage when the incident is over!! -
With kindest regards
J McNeill Whistler
Saturday - Aug. 8. 1902.
Evidently in dictating, one little word has remained in the air - pas - :
"On n'est pas plus grand seigneur"!
This alters hugely the meaning! - Though doubtless no one will notice it - You will however be ready to say that none but the habitually ignorant could fail to see that this had fallen out of the printers finger!
4. my wire
7 August 1902, #09329. On 3 August, JW had written to the Morning Post from The Hague to contradict the tone of a report on his recent serious illness. The Post immediately published his letter (Whistler, James McNeill, 'Latest Bulletin From Mr. Whistler,' The Morning Post, 6 August 1902, GM B.95, #09458). JW telegraphed his gratitude and Dunn promptly published the telegram as well (Whistler, James McNeill, [Telegram From the Hague], The Morning Post, 8 August 1902, GM B.96, #09329).
6. On n'est pas plus grand seigneur
Fr., It could not have been done more graciously.