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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13854
Date: [June/July 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Howard Cushing[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Private collection
Document Type: ALS


St Jude's Cottage - Heath End
Hampstead -

I cannot help noticing my dear Cushing, one curious thing you say in your letters - "We all knew how it was to end" - How did you know? - how could you know! -

There has been much gossip of the kind in the papers - and I am really troubled [p. 2] by it -

Where did all this start from? -

I wish you would tell me -

Moreover it is not only painful & shocking to me - but it is hideously exagerated [sic] & untrue - In the end we should have won - without the vestige of a doubt - if it had not been for the ignorance & cant of our first British doctors and the precious time lost in their hands -

I cannot write now -

Come and see me when you pass through London - for we liked you - You were always a favourite[3] with us both - and I should like to see you again before you go to America -

Affectionately

J McN Whistler


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Notes:

1.  [June/July 1896]
The paper has a mourning border and dates this letter to after the death of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], on 10 May 1896. JW was at St Jude's Cottage during June and July 1896.

2.  Howard Cushing
Howard Gardiner Cushing (1869-1916), painter [more].

3.  You were always a favourite
The phrase 'You were always a favourite' appears again in JW to Cushing, #13853.