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System Number: 06587
Date: [4/11 April 1890?][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: London
Recipient: Janey Sevilla Campbell[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W580
Document Type: ALd


My dear Janey. -

This matter about the pirated writings[5] of Jimmie which you might of [sic] heard of - has prevented our attending to anything else - or I should have written to you before to tell you how - we missed you on [p. 2] Sunday at breakfast -

It was a great pity you could not have come - Mr Webb[6] - came - and - . funnily enough of all people in the world - Mr Batson[7] came in the afternoon and the S S was all over the place -

Now - about [p. 3] the book I lent you the copy one I lent you was the first[8] volume of Beaumont and Fletcher[9] published by Routledge and bound in red - with the first notes on the [day?] I lent it to you when you came to see me in Upper Cheyne Row - and you had on the grey muslin dress that you had worn at the Bucking[ham] [p. 4] Palace Garden Party. I can see you now - with the bonnet with forget me nots - and the grey bows on your shoes - I had only the day before been reading the notes F S in that same book and When you sent it back they where [sic] obliterated as far, as it was possible - all except [p. 1][10] one note in ink at the foot of page [18?] - "Beech wreath [p. 5] worn by priest of Pan [illegible]- functions"

Of course - if you say you did not rub them out, that is sufficient - but that they were rubbed out while in your han during the time the the [p. 6] book was away from me and in your possession is Certain - -

so whether[11] it were the [Jagger?] or the dear man himself [...]

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1.  [4/11 April 1890?]
Dated by reference to other letters on the same subject, including #13476 and #06586, which include similar phrases, and one dated 2 April 1890, #00348. The letter appears to follow J. S. Campbell to B. Whistler, 4 April 1890, #00515.

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].

Embossed heading in yellow. The letterhead also appears at the top of p. 6.

5.  pirated writings
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890.

6.  Mr Webb
Probably William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

7.  Mr Batson
Possibly Rev. Arthur Wellesley Batson (b. 1853), clergyman [more].

8.  the first
The rest of the draft was written in pencil.

9.  Beaumont and Fletcher
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 Beaumont and Fletcher's The Faithful Shepherdesse (c. 1609), was the subject of their correspondence (see #06587).

10.  [p. 1]
Written in the space above the letterhead on p. 1.

11.  so whether
The rest was added in JW's hand.