System Number: 08100
Date: [20 February 1886]
Recipient: Elizabeth Jamison McNay
Place: South Norwood
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/20/3
Document Type: ALS
28, WIMPOLE STREET,
CAVENDISH SQUARE. W.
How very nice of you dear Mrs MacNay to write me such a warm kind letter- I was greatly touched and am so grateful to you for not judging my friendship by my silence -
I always mean to sit down and write to you, and say [p. 2] to you many things and tell you how good and sweet I think you are to Maud - and how sad we all have been about dear little Nora - and then I am such a slave to my work - and one day is so much like another! - and things are so shocking - and so I never sit down at all! and only write fiendish notes to mine enemies!
This is why you never hear any of the nice things I have to say to you dear Mrs MacNay -
Now however this terrible American trip is put off - and so I will be able to come down to Norwood and have a long talk about every thing - but I do hope it will be a little less cruel in the way of weather for I am simply frozen! -
Maud and I have looked up the tiny sketch of Nora - and I will do what I can - but I fear [p. 3] very much that you could find nothing of the pretty child, I wanted to paint, in it - however we will try! -
With kindest regards to both
Always very sincerely Yrs
I write to you from the doctor's - for you know I am a bit of an invalid, and being taken care of! -
Envelope:Mrs Tom. MacNay
1. Upper Grove
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LONDON. W. / D 7 / FE 20 / 86.
[illegible second postmark on verso]
1. [20 February 1886]
Dated from postmark.
Published in Anderson Auction Co. sale catalogue, New York, 28-29 November [n.y.], item 655.
7. American trip
In February 1885, in the aftermath of JW's first public delivery of his aesthetic manifesto, the 'Ten O'Clock Lecture,' the idea of a American lecture tour arose. Although he contemplated making the trip on numerous occasions over the next few years (see references in correspondence including #00593; #07153 and #09235) it never materialised. Contributing factors may have been his increasing involvement with the Society of British Artists (he was elected President on 1 June 1886) and other exhibition commitments (H. Lenoir to JW, #00928).