The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12813
Date: [3/10 July 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Matthew Robinson Elden[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler E59
Document Type: ALS

I am so sorry my dear Elden

not to have seen you before - but I have been so awfully pulled about by these two papers[3] that I have not managed it - You will be pleased to know that I think myself pretty well out of the mess - and things will go on right enough hereafter - Meanwhile I have not ventured to change the cheque having a sort of superstitious feeling that it would be [p. 2] better to be able to restore [it] if anything were queer! you know my way! - and will forgive the delay there has been in our own transaction -

I enclose the fiver - as agreed and the sov[ereign] - (10 shillings lent - and the expenses of the model) - but I cannot enclose half the thanks I owe you - there will always be that debt between us -

Just off to town again - the "Piccadilly[4]" comes out tomorrow and I think you will be pleased with what I have started in Lithography -

Send us a line and say that you have not been too much inconvenienced by delay, and come round on your way any where -

Ever Yours,

J A McN. Whistler

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1.  [3/10 July 1878]
Dated by reference to Piccadilly: Town and Country Life (see below).

2.  Matthew Robinson Elden
Matthew Robinson Elden (1839-1885), artist [more].

3.  two papers
Not identified.

4.  Piccadilly
JW's lithotints, The Toilet (C.10) and The Broad Bridge (C.11), were published in Piccadilly: Town and Country Life on 4 and 11 July 1878. The editor of the Piccadilly was Walter Theodore Watts (later Watts-Dunton) (1832-1914), solicitor, novelist and poet [more].