The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09059
Date: [10 April 1890?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: George Ravenscroft Dennis[2]
Place: [London?]
Repository: Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, VA
Call Number: The Tracy W. McGregor Library, Box #17
Document Type: ALS



My dear Dennis -

This is the copy of telegram[4]:- "To the Editor - "

"Recieved [sic] your Poster - thanks - charming! You have forgotten the final S. -


Do copy it with punctuation and all like the above -

Of course you [p. 2] will omit the name of the d—n paper - Say that having rec The Editor[5] of some City Newspaper in his fear that Mr Whistler might not, by ordinary means come upon such publication, and so miss altogether a more or less abusive article upon himself, sent to him, folded into the small space of an envelope, a huge monster hand bill, upon which was printed in letters of flaming red the headline:

"Whistler's Scalp."

The following is the telegram wired back by that [City's general printers?] that amiable artist. - -

Mind you post me a couple of copies tonight -

I leave town tomorrow morning for a few days and so shall not see you at the club, to express to you my pleasure at the pretty way you do this thing, until my return -

Que Dieu vous garde![6]

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [10 April 1890?]
This presumably dates from immediately before another copy of JW's telegram, which appears in an article dated 12 April 1890, #11301 (see below).

2.  Dennis
The name is not entirely legible, but may be that of George Ravenscroft Dennis (fl. 1891-1924), writer, and co-author of Way, Thomas Robert, and G. R. Dennis, The Art of James McNeill Whistler, London, 1903. A review of that book is associated with the letter.

3.  Private
Double underlined.

4.  copy of telegram
See #13789.

5.  Editor
Presumably the Editor of The Rialto.

6.  Que Dieu vous garde!
Fr., God keep you.