The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06586
Date: [3/10 April 1890?][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: Janey Sevilla Campbell[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W579
Document Type: ALdS

You ask me what possible motive I could suppose you to have for in wiping out all traces of Godwins[4] work

My dear Janey - no other motive than that which brought about the long article[5] upon the Pastoral Plays with out a mention of his name the long interview in the American paper without the mention of his name - You ask for frankness - and this is the a frank answer to your question - but you did not do this for you say so - Therefore all discussion upon it, so that it gives

[p. 2] Your motive for rubbing them out - my reason for knowing that you did not rub them out is that you say that you didn't - so thats over -

You make a little suggestion Your fanciful little discription [sic] of myself clamouring for my own - is not built upon your past experience with me - - I have never clamored - cared to clamour no matter what the provocation - However - as Jimmie says "nothing matters" -

Always- Your aff


either for -

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1.  [3/10 April 1890?]
Dated by reference to other letters on the same subject, including #13476 and #06587, which include similar phrases, and one dated 2 April 1890, #00348.

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.  Godwins
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more], who had directed the 'Pastoral Players', a group founded by Lady Archibald Campbell, who performed plays in the grounds of Coombe House. Godwin's annotated production copy of Fletcher's The Faithful Shepherdesse (c. 1609), was the subject of their correspondence (see #06587).

5.  article
Not located.