The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09578
Date: [21 May 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: British Library
Call Number: Department of Manuscripts, Ashley 4601
Document Type: ALS[3]


Dear Watts -

Do come down the first thing in the morning if at all possible - it will be really of the most triumphant result if at once we fire off another shot at the Board[4] - This first one of today has told! -

For the first time an acknowledgment[5] came - and immediately!

Down came their mizen [sic] mast with a run! and although they show fight, they clearly are in a [p. 2] bad way! -

But we must follow it up instantly or we lose all we have gained! -

I have lots to tell you - do pray come in morning early.

Ever yours

J A McN. Whistler.

Forgive my indiscretion - about the postage stamp - I haven't one in the house! -

Do send a telegram in the morning - first thing - to say you are coming -

Ever yours

J A McN Whistler

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1.  [21 May 1878]
Dated by unknown hand at top of p. 1; date confirmed by context and by the separate envelope, with postmark (#07373).

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

3.  ALS
Folded sheet, 3 pp., leaves numbered '7, 8', in an album of 11 letters.

4.  Board
The Metropolitan Board of Works was slow in giving JW planning permission for his new house, the White House on Tite Street, designed by Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]. The Board withheld the lease until alterations were made to the facade. JW finally moved into the White House in June 1878.

5.  acknowledgment
Not located.