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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07893
Date: 8 August 1902
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: James Nicol Dunn[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/29/2
Document Type: ALS[2]


Private[3]

Dear Mr Dunn -

Yours is the responsability [sic] - Though mine perhaps the fault! - But my wire[4] 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
Always sincerely

J McNeill Whistler

Saturday - Aug. 8. 1902.

Evidently in dictating, one little word has remained in the air - pas[5] - :

"On n'est pas plus grand seigneur[6]"!

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!


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Notes:

1.  James Nicol Dunn
James Nicol Dunn (1856-1919), editor of the Morning Post from 1897-1905 [more].

2.  ALS
Mourning border.

3.  Private
Double-underlined.

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).

5.  pas
Triple-underlined.

6.  On n'est pas plus grand seigneur
Fr., It could not have been done more graciously.