The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08756
Date: [15 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 4/32
Document Type: ALS[3]

Dear Rose.

Here is another[4] that I have not opened because it is all important that I should not be disturbed in the work that I am finishing and that will at last bring bank notes my dear Rose!!

Yes all the picture dealers are hovering round the place and I have orders and fortune stars me in the face - Another week or two and I [p. 2] I [sic] shall be out of the wood! Only dont tell Howell[5] for he must not suppose that I am at my ease or he will have me high & dry at this moment -

The pamphlet[6] has its 5th. Edition ordered. Send for this weeks World and you will see that I have killed Tom Taylor[7] -

Do contrive that I may not be called away from my work -

I will come down and dine with you tomorrow at six if you like -

Ever Affectionately

J. A. McN. Whistler

'(15th Janry 1879)'

[p. 3] 'Whistler 15 Jan. 1879'


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1.  [15 January 1879]
Dated by unknown hands at the bottom of p. 1 and on p. 2.

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

3.  ALS
'29' written in another hand on p. 2.

4.  another
Presumably another bill or writ. JW petitioned to be declared bankrupt in January and was actually declared insolvent on 6 May 1879.

5.  Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

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

7.  Tom Taylor
Thomas ('Tom') Taylor (1817-1880), civil servant, dramatist, art critic, and editor of Punch from 1874-1880 [more]. Correspondence between Taylor and Whistler from 6-10 January 1879 was published by 'Atlas' in his column, 'What the World Says', under the title 'Mr. Whistler and Mr. Tom Taylor (Tumtaler),' The World, 15 January 1879; reprinted in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, pp. 35-39.