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System Number: 03968
Date: [3 November 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Stéphane Mallarmé[2]
Place: Valvins
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M240
Document Type: ALS[3]


'Paris 3 nov 1897'

Mallarmé! - mon ami!

Je suis malade - Je suis au lit! Et vous écrivant, .. cela devient Poesie! -

dam! c'est tout simple - c'est plus fort que moi! et cela doit être même bien! - Voila! -

Maintenant mon très cher Mallarmé [p. 2] pourquoi n'êstes vous pas içi! Alors tout irait bien - et maintenant tout est fort embrouillé!!

Le docteur m'ordonne le plus grand calme - même cette lettre me serait défendu - je crois bien, si il voyait le grand style de l'ouverture! -

Enfin voila toutes ces belles chances qui vont m'échapper! et ce qu'elle va me trouver stupide la charmante dame[4] de grands pouvoirs! -

Faites lui savoir au moins, mon cher ami, que je suis cloué au lit - et pas ingrat! -

Et revenez moi Mallarmé. Laissez donc la pauvre dernière feuille encore sur l'arbre, et revenez nous! -

J'ai n'ai point vu Beurdeley[5] depuis!

Tant de choses à vous dire - pourquoi pas demain!

[butterfly signature]

Faut que ceci parte.


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Translation:

Mallarmé! - my friend!

I am ill - I am in bed! And writing to you, that becomes Poetry! -

Bother! It is quite simple - this has defeated me! And that must even be a good thing! - There we have it!

Now my dear Mallarmé [p. 2] why are you not here! Then all would be well - and now everything is in utter chaos!!

The doctor has ordered me the utmost calm - even this letter would be forbidden - I do believe, if he saw the grand style of the opening! -

Anyway now all those wonderful opportunities will pass me by! And how stupid the very powerful and charming lady will find me! -

Let her know at least my dear friend that I am nailed to my bed, and not ungrateful! -

And return to me Mallarmé. Just leave the last wretched leaf on its tree, and come back to us! -

I have not seen Beurdeley since!

So many things to tell you - why not tomorrow!

[butterfly signature]

This has to leave.


Envelope:

à
Monsieur Stéphane Mallarmé
Valvins
par Avon -
Seine et Marne.
[stamp:] POSTE / 5 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[stamp:] POSTE / 15 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] PARIS.80 / R. DU BAC / 9E 3 / NOV / 97
[postmark on verso:] AVON / S[EINE-ET-]MARNE / 4 NOV [97]


Notes:

1.  [3 November 1897]
Dated from the postmark and the date written in another hand on p. 1. This letter is a reply to #03967.

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

3.  ALS
Published by Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28], no. CLIII, p. 269. The paper has a deep mourning border.

4.  dame
Méry Laurent (1849-1900), née Anne-Rose Louviot, actress and courtesan [more], who was intervening on JW's behalf in preparation for the hearing of his appeal in the case of Eden v. Whistler (see #03967).

5.  Beurdeley
Paul Beurdeley (1842-after 1902), advocate at the Cour d'Appel, Paris [more].