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9th October 2003 - 'Nobody's perfevt' (no. 8)

Before having been edited and annotated, the group of some 10,000 transcriptions of nineteenth-century Whistler letters were bound to have contained a few small errors of transcription in their original first drafts. 'Nobody's perfevt' gathers together some of the finest mis-transcriptions ever found by the Whistler Centre - enjoy!

In a letter to collector Annah B. Peck, Whistler displays his knowledge of classic American slang:

'I know that the Gods would interfere and give me other chances to make perfect the work that is to hand down the little American suckers! -'
('little American Duchess')

(LCMS PWC 2/41/12)