The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07021
Date: [23 December 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Recipient: William McNeill Whistler[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1010
Document Type: ALS


We are shocking correspondents[3] Willie! but we are all right - you & I! -

Well I'm not so bad as the papers make me out to be! - and I am coming up to town again in a couple of days - when of course I am coming round to see you - But don't say anything about it -

It amuses me immensely to see the eagerness with which they would do away with me altogether - and yet claim the work as [p. 2] British! in the face of the Monroe doctrine[4] !

Impudence - aint it! -

It is true I didn't get round to see you - but not only was I as usual run off my legs - but I was worried to death and could talk to no one - not even you - or to myself either if it came to that -

However brighter days are coming - but that scoundrel Champneys[5] - and a man who takes away hope from the patient[6] entrusted to him is a vile scoundrel - Champneys has been the curse of our lives - and what he could not in his smug[7] [...]

Love and Merry Christmas to both of you -
Always affecty


I am glad Nellie liked the exhibition[8].

I should never have had it myself - it was Huish[9] & little Brown[10] - by force!!

[butterfly signature][11]

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William McNeill Whistler. Esq. M. D.
17. Wimpole Street -
Cavendish Square -
[postmark:] LYME REGIS / D / DE 23 / 95


1.  [23 December 1895]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  William McNeill Whistler
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

3.  shocking correspondents
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more], had written to Dr Whistler wondering where JW was as he had heard reports that he was unwell (see W. McN. Whistler to C. J. W. Hanson, #07020).

4.  Monroe doctrine
The basis for U. S. foreign policy set forth by President James Monroe on 2 December 1823 in his message to Congress. One of the central tenets of the doctrine was the declaration that an attempt by a European power to subjugate or take power over any nation in the Western Hemisphere would be regarded as a hostile act against the United States.

5.  Champneys
A doctor consulted by the Whistlers.

6.  patient
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], JW's wife, was ill with terminal cancer.

7.  smug
A page must be missing from the text at this point.

8.  Nellie
Helen ('Nellie') Euphrosyne Whistler (1849-1917), née Ellen Ionides, JW's sister-in-law [more]. The recently opened exhibition was Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895.

9.  Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

10.  Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

11.  [butterfly signature]
'Love and Merry Christmas ... [butterfly signature]' is written in the margins of p. 2 at right angles to the main text.