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System Number: 07399
Date: [27 January 1884][1]
Author: JW
Place: St Ives
Recipient: Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1387
Document Type: ALS

'27 Jan 1884[3]'

How is it that among Xmas Cards "various" forwarded to me in Cornwall I find none from the two Bards[4]?

Watts Theodore! have you no sentiments that you can spare from a sonnet, for me and the New Year? -

Behold mine - with the very best wishes for success and the joy that comes from prancing in triumph upon your enemies!

[butterfly signature]

Did you see the World[5] of [p. 2] Jan. 2nd? - in reference to a paragraph in Dec 26th[6]?

Also look in this weeks number - Wednesday next as ever is -

14. Barnoon Terrace
St Ives. Cornwall -

However I am coming back now - so you may as well send your note to Tite Street -

This document is protected by copyright.


Theodore Watts Esq
The Pines. Put
Putney Hill


[postmark:] ST IVES / CORNWALL / B / JA 27 / 84
[postmark on verso:] LONDON - S. W / E 7 / JA 28 / 84


1.  [27 January 1884]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton
Walter Theodore Watts (later Watts-Dunton) (1832-1914), solicitor, novelist and poet [more].

3.  27 Jan 1884
Written in another hand, in pencil.

4.  the two Bards
Watts-Dunton and Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), poet and critic [more].

5.  World
The subject was an article by Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more], in which he mistook a drawing for an etching, in a review of Samuel Palmer's (Samuel Palmer (1805-1881), painter, draughtsman and etcher [more]) illustrations for Virgil's Eclogues. See World, 26 December 1883 and 2 January 1884 (Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to Atlas], The World: A Journal For Men and Women, no. 496, vol. 20, 2 January 1884, p. 17). See also Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B.25 and #11398. 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, London and New York, 1890, pp. 113-14 (#11399). There are references to the correspondence in #09420, #03607, #10690, #10979.

6.  Dec 26th
See above.

7.  'Whistler'
Written in another hand, in pencil.