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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07398
Date: [1884/1888?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Walter Théodore Watts-Dunton[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1386
Document Type: ALdS[3]


'J W W & Whistler'[4]

'circa 1884'

BEEFSTEAK CLUB,
KING WILLIAM STREET,
STRAND, W. C.

I hear that in the company of the banker's clerk[5] your freindship [sic] gave way - and that all the cocks[6] in the neighborhood crowed again with joy! - You had better come down and explain!

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Notes:

1.  [1884/1888?]
Dated by writing.

2.  Walter Théodore Watts-Dunton
Walter Theodore Watts (later Watts-Dunton) (1832-1914), solicitor, novelist and poet [more].

3.  ALdS
This is one of several drafts or copies (see #07435).

4.  'J W W ... circa 1884'
Added in pencil, in another hand.

5.  banker's clerk
Not identified.

6.  the cocks
JW is using a biblical symbol of betrayal, from Luke 22.60-61 - 'And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord,how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.'