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System Number: 03624
Date: [5/9 October 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Lyme Regis
Recipient: Ernest George Brown[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 9/30
Document Type: ALS

The Royal Lion Hotel. Lyme Regis -
Dorset -

Dear Mr. Brown -

Your letter[3] was excellent and I was greatly pleased with it! -

Of course you must go into every camp! - and have the courage even for Hampstead - the pluck of a penetrating Sister Rose Gertrude[4]! -

Poor Du Maurier[5]! obliged for the rest of his days to talk continually of the man who never thinks of him at all - A life of explanation! really quite indecent isn't it? -

[p. 2] Now tell me more about of [sic] your "panel exhibition"[6] -

When do you say it is to take place? - and who have you already got? -

Perhaps! -

In haste very sincerely

J McN Whistler

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1.  [5/9 October 1895]
Dated from references to exhibitions (see below).

2.  Ernest George Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  letter
Not located.

4.  Sister Rose Gertrude
Sister Rose Gertrude (fl. 1890), missionary nun heralded for her saintliness and work on the leper island of Molokai, Hawaii.

5.  Du Maurier
George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834-1896), author and caricaturist [more]. JW was probably alluding to Du Maurier, George, Trilby: A Novel, New York, 1894, a story of bohemian life in Paris. When Trilby was first published in serial parts in Harper's Magazine in March 1894, JW objected to Du Maurier's portrayal of himself in the character of Joe Sibley, the 'Idle Apprentice' and quarrelled publicly with him. Harper's, the American publishers, later apologised and Du Maurier toned down the references to JW. In the meantime, there was extensive press coverage of the affair (see Whistler, James McNeill, 'Mr. Whistler on Friendship,' The Pall Mall Gazette, no. 9092, vol. 58, 13 May 1894, p. 2). The book was not published in Britain until 1895 (Du Maurier, George, Trilby: A Novel, London, 1894). An exhibition of Du Maurier's original drawings for Trilby took place at the Fine Art Society towards the end of October 1895.

6.  'panel exhibition'
On 10 October 1895, M. B. Huish told JW the show was to be in May 1896 (#01297).