The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05831
Date: [28 January 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T176
Document Type: ALSd

110. Rue du Bac. Paris -

Sunday -

Dear Mr. Thomson -

Thats all right! - and I forgive everything - and of course you know that you personally I have never believed other than loyal & devoted -

Still you know you should never forget in the midst of your difficulties, that I would always be the very first to acknowledge them, and that nothing do I more intensely resent, than [p. 2] an apparent panic in which you leave me and all the baggage waggons and bolt! and scramble into an ambulance and shake a flag of truce out of the front window at my enemies, while you read the articles of the established kirk out of the back at me!

What a time you would have had of it, if in olden days you had lived down among the Whigs, with a warm attachment for the outlaw Prince & a terrible tendency to whistle "Charlie is my darling[3]," after prayers!

Now then this there is what something you must do - and here you are quite within law and order as regards back [to?] your house, and at the same time can but I

Why not send me your private address so that you should not open these letters of mine each time with the distressed look of one who expects a bomb to fall out of the envelope upon the floor of Goupils gallery


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1.  [28 January 1894]
This is a draft of #08277.

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

3.  Charlie ... darling
A Jacobite air; JW professed sympathy with the Jacobite cause.