The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05463
Date: [December 1888 / January 1889?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: George Washburn Smalley[2]
Place: [Queenstown]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S108
Document Type: ALS

The only kind of "repartee" left me, my dear Smalley, after reading certain brilliant and dainty paragraphs[3] - which must be, surely, history - "comment on devrait l'écrire[4]"! -

[butterfly signature]

What is the name of your steamer & [p. 2] when might a last word reach you at Queenstown[5]?

Very best wishes for the New Year and a pleasant bon voyage -

Tower House - Tite Street
Chelsea -

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1.  [December 1888 / January 1889?]
Dated from the 'New Year' greeting, plus the butterfly signature and address. A draft of the same letter is at #05464.

2.  George Washburn Smalley
George Washburn Smalley (1833-1916), journalist and Times correspondent [more]. He also wrote for the New York Daily Tribune.

3.  paragraphs

4.  comme on devrait l'écrire
Fr., as it ought to be written. 'Comme' was originally written 'comment' but the last two letters were then crossed out.

5.  Queenstown
A reference to the town of Cobh, County Cork, then known as Queenstown and a regular port of call for transatlantic ships.