The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12818
Date: 9 October [1881][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Matthew Robinson Elden[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler E63
Document Type: ALS

Dear Elden -

I never see you! I am always missing you - and now do be persuaded - Just come to me tomorrow morning at about 11.30 to 12 - and make up your mind immediately to pack up your sketching things and come with me to Jersey & Guernsey[3] -

I want to leave by the 5- o clock train from Waterloo - so you could either bring your things [p. 2] with you in the morning - or go back after we have talked it over and later on meet me at the station as we would arrange -


J McN Whistler

Sunday Oct. 9.

The Journey is ever so cheap - First class return ticket for two months £2. 8. 0 and living for next to nothing -

The trip would do you no end of good - and you might do a lot of water colors that would pay awfully -

I propose to be away for 10 days or a couple of weeks -

I shall have to leave Tite [Street] at about half past 12 or so, so dont be late -

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1.  9 October [1881]
Dated from day of week, almanac, address, and letter to O. Wilde written apparently on the same day, #10045.

2.  Matthew Robinson Elden
Matthew Robinson Elden (1839-1885), artist [more].

3.  Jersey & Guernsey
JW painted several oils during this trip to the Channel Islands including Blue Wave: Near the Casquet Rocks (YMSM 231) and Bleu et argent: La Mer, Jersey (YMSM 232a). It is not clear if Elden accompanied him. See also Way, Thomas Robert, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, London and New York, 1912, p. 59, and JW to H. Whistler, #06700.