The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13102
Date: [November/December 1887?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Horace Henry Cauty[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Call Number: Archives of Art and Design, RBA WHI 4
Document Type: ALS

What is this that Mr Hanson[3] tells me? - that you are having my list[4] copied? -

Why??? -

you told me nothing of this last night - and certainly forgot to ask my permission -

My very dear Mr Secretary pray do not fidget "about many things[5]" !

it gives me such [p. 2] trouble to keep you from over working yourself - and I so much want your energy for other matters -

Of course you will at once wire to stop this business - telling the clerk that time is too precious & that he must not go on -

William's[6] copy such as it is, you will kindly give back to me yourself -

Surely you cannot dream of countersigning or in any way questioning the President's list!! -

I know you don't, and yet these others might understand it in that way and so make awkwardness or even bewilderment an element in your intercourse with them -

[butterfly signature]

Tuesday morning -

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1.  [November/December 1887?]
Dated by reference to Royal Society of British Artists, and by signature (see below).

2.  Horace Henry Cauty
Horace Henry Cauty (1846-1909), historical and genre painter [more].

3.  Mr. Hanson
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].

4.  my list
This may have been a Private View invitation list, possibly for Winter Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887-1888. One such list is dated 15 December 1887 (#13403).

5.  about many things
JW is probably echoing the language of Luke 10.41 - 'And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things'.

6.  William's
William Bell, JW's secretary [more].