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System Number: 08131
Date: [February 1867/1874]
Recipient: William Webb Follett Synge [?]
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
My dear Synge -
What can you think of me! - I only hope you may have attributed this strange delay in answering your kind letter, to it's [sic] right cause my being so entirely engrossed in my work. - I did begin a response to your first note 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 you read to me on the ['Seine'?] nor my promise to add a sketch 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
J A M Whistler.
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.
4. first note
Unidentified. However, William Synge was a contributor of verse to periodicals such as the Saturday Review.