The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08277
Date: [28 January 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC D/4
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac - Paris -

Sunday -

Dear Mr Thomson -

That's all right! - and I forgive everything - and of course you know that you personally I have never believed other than loyal & devoted -

Still you know you should never forget in the midst of your difficulties that I would always be the very first to acknowledge them, and that nothing do I more intensely resent, than [p. 2] an apparent panic, in which you leave me and all the baggage waggons and bolt! and scramble into an ambulance and shake a flag of truce out of the front window at my enemies, while you read the articles of the established Kirk out of the back at me!

What a time you would have had of it, if in olden days, you had lived in Whig House, with a warm attachment for the outlaw Prince[4], and a terrible tendency to whistle "Charlie is my darling" after prayers! -

Now there is something that you must do - but I am off now to the studio - and will write again directly -

Why not send me your private address - so that you should not open these letters of mine each time with the distressed look of one who expects a bomb to fall out of the envelope upon the floor of Goupil's Gallery!? -

Always sincerely

[butterfly signature]

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D. C. Thomson, Esqr
The Goupil Galleries
5. Regent Street
[postmark:] PARIS. 20 / 195 BD ST. GERMAIN / 8E 29 / JANV / 94
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S.W. / WD / JA 30 / 94


1.  [28 January 1894]
Dated from the almanac and postmark.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. JW had written to him on [25 January 1894], #08275.

3.  ALS
JW's draft of this letter is #05831. '60B' is written in an unknown hand in red ink at top left, and '82' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1, and the same on the envelope.

4.  Prince
Prince Charles Edward Stewart (1720-1788), 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' [more]; JW professed Jacobite leanings.