The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 04720
Date: [14 October 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P360
Document Type: ALS[3]

My dear Major & Bunnie[4] -

I write in the most awful haste (which I will tell you about) to say how shocked & grieved I was to read this morning what you tell me of your Mothers[5] health -

You must of course spare nothing to get her well - Bunnie I hope will stay [p. 2] on all through - that you may help each other - I leave tomorrow night or Sunday morning - Dont be troubled about me - I must first go to the Chatham - that I may see Beurdeley[6] the first thing - then I will cross -

Here is cheque -

a bientot -
With the kindest things to you all - & tell your Mother that she must get well at once!
This with my warmest and best affections

the General.

If you think an English Doctor[7] better for her - it really might be for he would be more ready to understand her daily regime - the whisky &c which might necessitate other remedies -

What[8] do you think of the old Doctor? the [Hon.?] - I forget his name

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[Registered letter:]

Mademoiselle Birnie-Philip
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler
110. Rue du Bac.
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2d
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2½d
[postmark:] [TOTTENHAM] CT RD / [...] / OC 14 / 97 / W
[postmark on verso:] 9 PARIS 9 / DISTRIBUTION / 8E 15 / OCT / 97
[postmark on verso:] 9 PARIS 9 / (DISTRIBUTION) / 1E 16 / OCT / 97


1.  [14 October 1897]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

3.  ALS
The stationery has a deep mourning border.

4.  Mothers
Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more].

5.  Bunnie
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

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

7.  English Doctor
Possibly Dr William Boyter-Johnson (b. ca 1853), JW's doctor in London [more].

8.  What
Written in the left margin.