Documents associated with: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884
Record 11 of 69
System Number: 01754
Date: [30 January 1884]
Place: St Ives
Recipient: Edward William Godwin
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G120
Document Type: ALS
'recd Jan 30. 84 -'
Dear Godwin -
We have neither of us wished the other a happy New Year! -
How is this . - Be this my greeting still in time, with my very best wishes for yourself and Mrs Godwin -
Surely something we ought to devise and make this year tell out among its fellows by the brilliancy of our invention! -
[p. 2] It is a devil of a way off from here to anywhere! - and I must get out of this before I fall off! -
The country you know never lasts me long and if it had not been for the Sea I should have been back before now -
However I shall b[r]ing a few "little things" that I know you will think excuse an absence from Town -
I saw the letter to Edmund last week - capital! - that is how we should divide the game between us - Of course you saw that I trotted out the dead the other day? (The World Jan. 2. in reference to a paragraph in the previous issue - Dec. 26.)
The body will be brought out again tomorrow! So mind you don't miss it - I think in the way of 'mangled remains' the late exposés can't be beaten -
St Ives. Cornwall -
If you thought of any thing pleasant in the way of news or sentiment, and got it off by [p. 3] tomorrow's post, I should have it for breakfast the next morning here - Wherefore write! -
Enclosed is a clipping from the Cornishman for your British Architect -
1. [30 January 1884]
The date of receipt is given in another hand, in purple pencil.
3. 'recd Jan 30. 84 -'
Written in another hand, in purple pencil.
5. little things
JW spent January 1884 at St Ives in Cornwall, painting mainly small scale works in oil and watercolour (see YMSM 263-288; M.915-921). Many of them were exhibited in 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884.
6. letter to Edmund
Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more]. JW's letter of 25 January 1884, published in The World, 30 January 1884, was re-published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 113-14 (#11399).
7. The World Jan. 2
See Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to Atlas], The World: A Journal For Men and Women, no. 496, vol. 20, 2 January 1884, p. 17.
8. Dec. 26
This was an attack on Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more], in the World, 27 December 1883 (Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B.24; #11398).
See above. JW's continuing joke about 'remains' is a suggestion that Quilter was dead.
Godwin wrote regularly for the journal British Architect.