The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13476
Date: [5/12 April 1890][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: London
Recipient: Janey Sevilla Campbell[3]
Place: [Kingston on Thames]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W578
Document Type: ALd


My dear Janey[4]

All this Forgive my delay in answering your letter - we have been so busy all this week that I have not had a moment.

We were sorry you did not come on Sunday for. we thought from [p. 2] your letter that there might be a chance - Mr Webb[5] came and of all people in the world - Bateson[6] - I h - now about the book - you are quite right I did not lend you the copy with the dra I lent you the first volume of Beaumont and [p. 3] Fletchers[7] plays - a book bound in red -

I remember it as tho it were yesterday - you had been to the garden party at Buckingham - you wore the dress that you had on at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party -

It was the day after the Garden party at [p. 4] Buckingham Palace and you wore the Grey muslin - I can see you now - with the bonnet with forget-me-nots and the grey bows on your shoes -

I had been reading the S S - the day before - and in that I happened - to have been looking when you returned the book[.] Godwins[8] notes as far as possible had been effacedon the dissapeared - leaving only the few - pencil traces [p. 7] and one note in ink which of course is inefacible -

My reason - Janey - for supposing that you had done it is first a very simple one - in that you took the book with the notes and sent it back with out [...]

[p. 5] - you have never known me "clamor" for anything - before - or after the rose leaves [...]

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1.  [5/12 April 1890]
Dated by address and reference to play. This letter probably comes after J. S. Campbell's letter to B. Whistler, 4 April 1890, #00515, and is another draft version of #06587.

2.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

3.  Janey Sevilla Campbell
Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more].

4.  My dear Janey
The three lines that end this unfinished draft, 'that you gave ... with out', were written over 'My dear Janey ...All this'.

5.  Mr Webb
George and William Webb were JW's lawyers.

6.  Bateson
Possibly Sir Thomas Bateson (1819-1890), MP for Londonderry [more].

7.  Beaumont and Fletcher
Francis Beaumont (1584-1616), poet and playwright [more] and John Fletcher (1579-1625), dramatist [more], joint authors of the pastoral play 'The Faithful Shepherdess' (1608-9). This is part of an ongoing argument over E. W. Godwin's marked-up copy of the play.

8.  Godwins
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more].