The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08238
Date: [c. 20 March 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

'21 March 1893'

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

Dear Sir -

Very many thanks for so kindly answering - also for sending picture - (Studio[4]) -

The Westminster has come too - There is however no mention of me in the "interview" with Sir George Reid[5] - so that I wonder what the P.M.G.[6] means - and I do wish you could get me the genuine Interview in question - They ought to tell you at the Pall Mall office, what then they do mean - and then you might send it on -

This time I enclose the paragraph from Pall Mall [p. 2] - so that's all right -

Thursday -

Just received the series of cuttings from Westminster Gazette - very nice of you. Delightful! W. B. Richmond[7] amazing! -

Also letter to say "Studio" started -

Will write again soon
Very faithfully

J McN Whistler

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1.  [c. 20 March 1893]
The dating of this letter is difficult. The document was dated '21 March 1893' by the recipient in a note written at the top of p. 1. However, JW's day of writing the second half of the letter, 'Thursday', points to the date of 23 March 1893 (and the previous day, Wednesday, 22 March). It is possible even that JW wrote 'Thursday' when he actually meant 'Tuesday' (21 March). As this letter almost certainly follows #08221, dated '[18 March 1893]', in this transcription the letter has been dated '[c. 20 March 1893]'.

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

3.  ALS
'9A' is written in an unknown hand in red ink at top left, and '55' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1.

4.  Studio
Whistler in his Studio (YMSM 63): JW had requested its return, [18 March 1893], #08221.

5.  Sir George Reid
Sir George Reid (1841-1913), painter, President of the Royal Scottish Academy [more], who had been quoted in the Westminster Gazette, 4 February 1893, see #05771.

6.  P.M.G.
Pall Mall Gazette.

7.  W. B. Richmond
William Blake Richmond (1842-1921), portrait painter and sculptor [more].