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System Number: 03604
Date: [30 January 1884][1]
Author: JW
Place: St. Ives, Cornwall
Recipient: Ernest George Brown[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 9/13
Document Type: W


[telegraph form:]
POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS.

DATED STAMP OF DELIVERING OFFICE
[postmark:] LONDON WESTERN OFFICE / P / JA 30 / 84

HANDED IN AT THE St Ives Cwl OFFICE AT 1.0 p.M. RECEIVED HERE AT 1.22 p.M.

FROM
J. Whistler
14 Barnoon Tce.
St Ives Cwl.

TO
Ernest Brown
The Fine Arts Socy
148 New Bond St

What of the unburied body[3] I must hear if you are all satisfied has anyone seen mangled remains


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Notes:

1.  [30 January 1884]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Ernest George Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more]. There are several later copies of this telegram (#01166, #02769, #03085).

3.  the unburied body
A reference to Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more], who had mistaken a reproduction of a drawing for an etching in reviewing Samuel Palmer's (Samuel Palmer (1805-1881), painter, draughtsman and etcher [more]) illustrations for Virgil's Eclogues; see The World, 26 December 1883 (#11398) and Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B.25. See also Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to Atlas], The World: A Journal For Men and Women, no. 496, vol. 20, 2 January 1884, p. 17. JW's letter of 25 January 1884 (#11399) was published in The World, 30 January 1884 (Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to Atlas], The World: A Journal For Men and Women, no. 500, vol. 20, 30 January 1884, p. 17, re-published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, pp. 113-14). It amused JW to claim that he had killed off Quilter.