The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05195
Date: [June 1884/1885?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Robertson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R95
Document Type: ALS

I see, my dear Mr. Robertson, that you wish to hasten the Millenium [sic] when you propose that the lambs of the Academy shall lie down beside this lion[3], - and on some fine summer afternoon, all eat together! -

However - far from me to hinder - [p. 2] and certainly your courtesy to me personally is most flattering - so I accept at once - and you may count upon me, and enroll my name upon your list -

Very Sincerely Yours

J. McNeill Whistler

[butterfly signature]

Tite Street -

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1.  [June 1884/1885?]
Dated by the address and signature, as well as by the reference to 'summer'. JW signed the lease for 13 Tite Street on 22 April 1881, and lived there through 1885.

2.  Robertson
Robertson, a social acquaintance of JW.

3.  the lambs of the Academy shall lie down beside this lion
'The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them' Isaiah 11.6; and, 'The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD' Isaiah 65.25. The occasion must have been a dinner involving members of the Royal Academy as well as JW, who was unaffiliated until elected a member of the SBA in November 1885.