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System Number: 08250
Date: [1/8 September 1893?][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paimpol
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]


HÔTEL CICQUEL
LE GUÈVELLOU / PROPRIÈTAIRE
PAIMPOL (CÔTES DU NORD)

[stamp:] HOTEL CICQUEL
LOUIS COURSIN / SUCCESSEUR
À PAIMPOL / (CÔTES DU NORD)

COURRIERS DE ST BRIEUX À PAIMPOL
ET DE PAIMPOL À TREGUIER ET LANNION
BUREAU DANS L'HÔTEL

PAIMPOL, LE      18

Dear Mr. Thomson -

It is an age since I have heard anything of you -

Write and tell me some news - Look at the forlorn place we have wandered to on our way back to town thank Heavens! - for I have had enough of the country - Beautiful it might all have been perhaps if it had not been for this devilish fine weather! -

I suppose it is six weeks since it has rained - and all the tourists in the world must have been enchanted with the brazen sky and tin sea - nothing for the painter! - nothing! - at least not for this one -

I met groups of earnest and industrious men with easels strapped to their backs, going off to some daily painting drill - blind, I doubt not, and quite happy -

We shall be in Paris I suppose before the end of the week - so you had better write there - What news have you? and how is business? - By the way you never [p. 2] told me if you received the repaired pastel[4] all right? and how you liked it? -

You might as well now send on remaining batches of the photographs that I may sign them - for directly I have got through certain work we hope to cut off again and try our luck with the sea at a later season or perhaps Venice - of this you need say nothing -

Gütekunst[5] gave into your charge a couple of little water colour drawings of mine - Have you been doing any thing with them? -

What about people? What do you say of the thrashing of Master Henry Furniss[6] by the McNeill[7] man? - Remind you of the scoundrel who was caned in the foyer of the theatre by the other McNeill[8]!? -

But nothing matters apparently! The greatest indignity is borne with peaceful equanimity! - A man is beaten or kicked - and says "It didn't hurt"!!! calls it a "technical" assault.!! disparagingly!! Good Lord how much do they want! - and sympathy I suppose is with the creature who has had his face slapped - or his nose pulled - "technically"!! -

How is Mr Dignam[9] getting on? - I am so glad he is coming out so well - I will write to him directly

Write soon -
Very sincerely

J McN. Whistler


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Notes:

1.  [1/8 September 1893?]
Dated from address.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

3.  ALS
'52B' was written in an unknown hand in red ink at the top, and '68' in pencil in the right margin of p. 1. 'N. B / 24 Cecil Street [W. C]' is written in an unknown hand in the left margin.

4.  pastel
Venice (M.824), owned by Andrew Muir (ca 1837-1900?), Russia merchant and collector [more]. On 21 July 1893 JW told D. C. Thomson he had touched up the pastel for the owner (#08252).

5.  Gütekunst
Otto Gutekunst (b. ca 1865 - after 1939), art dealer [more].

6.  Master Henry Furniss
Harry Furniss (1854-1925), caricaturist and illustrator [more].

7.  McNeill
John Gordon Swift MacNeill (1849-1926), Irish Nationalist MP for South Donegal [more]. His odd appearance and manner made him a prime target of caricaturists, but when Furniss portrayed him as a gorilla, MacNeill, although a confirmed pacifist, was so angry that he physically assaulted Furniss in the lobby.

8.  other McNeill
JW had responded to an article in the Hawk, 22 January 1889, which he considered to libel the late E. W. Godwin, by striking Augustus Martin Moore (d. 1918), journalist and acting manager [more], with a cane in the foyer of Drury Lane Theatre on 6 September 1890.

9.  Mr Dignam
Michael J. Hoey Dignam (fl. 1893), illustrator [more], introduced by JW to Thomson in July 1893, see #08327.