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System Number: 04721
Date: [27 October 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P361
Document Type: ALS


TELEGRAMS,
DELICIOUS,
LONDON.

GARLANT'S HOTEL,
SUFFOLK STREET,
PALL MALL.

My dear Major -

The black gloves are all right! and I have an awful cold! - I ought to go to bed - but have complicated arrangements to such an extent with [Cammann[3]?] & the Pennells[4] that I must dine!

The famous new check black trousers are not to be found - and I certainly had an impression that I left them at Etretat - and I fancy you did too - and very properly! -

[p. 2] I have a little eased my mind by writing a long letter to Ratier[5] and leading him on to give Beurdeley[6] a bit of my mind as from the Senateur himself whose client I am! -

You will still find in the chest of drawers where were my socks etc . . The long envelope, sealed with marked private papers for Court etc - - Register and post it on here -

London awful!! Black! Dirty[7]! Squalid!! -

How[8] are you all -

Many kindest things to all of you
& best wishes -

[butterfly signature]

Perhaps may come back sooner -

Is there no letter from Mallarmé[9]? ! ?


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Envelope:

'OCT 28th 1897'

à
Mademoiselle Birnie-Philip -
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler -
110. Rue du Bac -
Paris
Faubourg St. Germain
Angleterre [sic]
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2½d
[postmark:] CHARING CROSS W. C. / 7 PM / OC27 / 97
[postmark on verso:] 9 PARIS 9 DISTRIBUTION / 1 28 OCT 97


Notes:

1.  [27 October 1897]
Dated from the postmark. The date of receipt was written on the envelope in another hand.

2.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]. JW called her 'Major' and himself 'General'.

3.  Cammann
The first letter of the word has been rewritten and may have originally read 'H', so it is probable that it is a misspelling of Heinemann. However, the Cammans of New York were bankers and were related to Whistler.

4.  Pennells
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926) and his wife Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographers.

5.  Ratier
Antoine ('Antony') Ratier (b. 1851), lawyer and politician [more]. He acted for JW in the Eden v. Whistler case.

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

7.  Dirty
Double underlined.

8.  How
'How ... sooner' was written in the left margin; and 'Is there ... Mallarmé?!!!' diagonally in the left margin of p. 1.

9.  Mallarmé
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more]. He had written to JW on 25 October 1897; see #03965 and #03966.