The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08755
Date: [7 January 1879][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 4/31
Document Type: ALS[3]

'Jany 7/79'

Dear Rose -

I dare not even open the enclosed[4] which I meant to have [given] you yesterday directly it came - awfully frightened by the look of it but I am working and hope to get a little money next week that I may be able to give you perhaps about 40.£ - meantime do see if you can keep them off my back -

Tom Taylor[5] has had my answer and [p. 2] the third Edition of the pamphlet[6] is out!! -

Ever yours

J A McN. Whistler

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1.  [7 January 1879]
Date inserted in another hand (possibly on receipt) at beginning of letter.

2.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

3.  ALS
'28' written in another hand, in a circle, on p. 2.

4.  enclosed
Unidentified. Rose was both trying to stave off JW's creditors and arranging his application to be declared bankrupt.

5.  Tom Taylor
Thomas ('Tom') Taylor (1817-1880), civil servant, dramatist, art critic, and editor of Punch from 1874-1880 [more]. Taylor wrote to JW on 6 January 1879, acknowledging receipt of a copy of Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878 (#05660). He objected to Whistler's quoting him on Velazquez 'in such a way as to give exactly the opposite impression to that which the article, taken as a whole, conveys.' Their correspondence includes Taylor's letters of 6 and 9 January, and JW's of 8 and 10 January 1879 (#05660, #05661, #05662, #05663, #05664). It was published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, pp. 35-9.

6.  pamphlet
Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878.