The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08131
Date: [February 1867/1874][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: William Webb Follett Synge [?][2]
Place: [London?]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/64/1
Document Type: ALS

[circular monogram:] 'M. W.'

2 Lindsey Row
Chelsea -

My dear Synge -

What can you think of me! - I only hope you may have attributed this strange delay in answering your kind letter[3], to it's [sic] right cause my being so entirely engrossed in my work. - I did begin a response to your first note[4] and then was interrupted - since which time I have been driven so hard that really until today when I I [sic] have no model there has [p. 2] not been a quiet moment in which to gratify my own wish of writing to you! - I have not forgotten the jolly verses[5] you read to me on the ['Seine'?] nor my promise to add a sketch[6] of mine to the clever ones you showed me. - I wish I could get away from here and run down to you for a day or two - but I am yet [p. 3] a prisoner in the Studio - What fearfully hot weather! -

Believe me my dear Synge, with real regret to have caused you any painful surmises through my delay in answering your first letter, to be

sincerely Yours

J A M Whistler.

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1.  [February 1867/1874]
Dated from address and signature: the letter may well date from before 1870. The suggestion that JW intended to provide a 'sketch' to accompany poetry by Synge (see below) may be related to Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52). Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), poet and critic [more], had written some verses, Before the Mirror: Verses under a Picture, to accompany the picture when it was first shown at the Royal Academy in 1864.

2.  William Webb Follett Synge [?]
Possibly addressed to William Webb Follett Synge (1826-1891), diplomat, poet and author [more].

3.  letter

4.  first note

5.  verses
Unidentified. However, William Synge was a contributor of verse to periodicals such as the Saturday Review.

6.  sketch