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System Number: 13448
Date: 5 October [1890][1]
Author: Stéphane Mallarmé[2]
Place: [Fontainebleau]
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: [Published][3]
Document Type: PLc


[Postcard:]

Dimanche, 5 Octobre

Mon cher Whistler,

Un mot en hâte, à l'instant de rentrer à Paris. Dans ce courrier, vous recevrez l'Echo de Paris[4] avec, en bonne place et joliment conté par Mirbeau[5], le "fait historique". Vous avez eu vent, je n'en doute pas, que le Figaro, y avait, dans sa chronique de Londres (signée Johnson[6],) fait allusion, il y a une quinzaine environ; mais moins explicitement. Je crois vos amis parisiens édifiés. La main; à bientôt.

Stéphane Mallarmé


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Translation:

My dear Whistler

A quick note as I am returning to Paris. In this post, you will receive the Echo de Paris with, in a good position and well related by Mirbeau, the 'historic event' . You have no doubt had wind that le Figaro had alluded to it in its London column (signed Johnson) about a fortnight ago; but less explicitly. I think that your Parisian friends are enlightened. My hand; see you soon.

Stéphane Mallarmé


Envelope:

Monsieur J. M. N. Whistler
21 Cheyne Walk
Chelsea London
[postmark:] FONTAINEBLEAU / 5 OCT 90 / SNE ET MNE


Notes:

1.  5 October [1890]
Year dated by C. Barbier (see below), and by references to press articles.

2.  Stéphane Mallarmé
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more].

3.  [Published]
Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28], p. 68, no. XL.

4.  Echo de Paris
Echo de Paris, 4 October 1890.

5.  Mirbeau
Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917), novelist, art critic and amateur painter [more]. 'I have altered the note sent to you by Whistler a little, and I have addressed it to Valentin Simond. It will probably be included, for Simond never refuses anything, not even my articles.' - Letter from Octave Mirbeau to Mallarmé, undated [beginning of October 1890] (Mme E. Bonniot). Mallarmé had thanked him 'for the perfect Whistler echo, that I am going to send to Chelsea.' - Friday [3 October 1890] (Bibliothèque Jacques Doucet).

6.  Johnson
T. Johnson, 'Correspondence anglaise', Figaro, 24 September 1890.