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System Number: 03794
Date: 20 January [1890][1]
Author: Stéphane Mallarmé[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M128
Document Type: ALS[3]


Paris, 89 rue de Rome,

[20?] Janvier

Mon cher Whistler

Je parle au belligérant, d'abord; vous avez reçu le premier American Register? un télégramme de mon amie Madame Méry Laurent[4], à qui j'avais confié les deux scraps d'hier[5], m'apprend que leur insertion aura lieu dans le prochain numéro. Je crois que cette fois-ci l'ennemi est largement tonsuré.

[p. 2] Alors, je viens de rendre sa parole au propriétaire du petit hôtel[6] (à moins que d'ici à deux ou trois mois..) mais il me semble pressé et en sérieux pourparlers. Je n'ajoute pas à vos tracas que .. c'est dommage.

Now, do'nt [sic] apologize sur mes démarches, il y avait un peu du plaisir de me promener comme en votre compagnie.

Au revoir, j'espère bien que la santé de Madame Whistler[7] n'a été pour rien dans tout ceci. On vous envoie autour de moi des compliments.

Votre main

Stéphane Mallarmé


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Translation:

My dear Whistler

First I address the assailant: have you received the first American Register? a telegram from my friend Madame Méry Laurent, to whom I had confided the two scraps from yesterday, tells me that their inclusion will take place in the next number. I believe that this time the enemy has been fairly scalped.

Then, I have just freed the owner of the little house from his word (at least for the next two or three months..) but he seems to be in a hurry and in serious discussion. I will not add to your troubles that .. it is a pity.

Now, don't apologize for what I have been doing, there was some pleasure to take it on as if in your company.

Goodbye, I hope that Mrs Whistler's health will not have suffered in all this. All those around me send their best wishes.

Kind regards

Stephane Mallarmé


Notes:

1.  20 January [1890]
This is a reply to JW's letter of 19 January, #03793.

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

3.  ALS
Not included in Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28].

4.  Madame Méry Laurent
Méry Laurent (1849-1900), née Anne-Rose Louviot, actress and courtesan [more].

5.  scraps d'hier
See JW's letter, #03793, regarding letters from Wilde and JW; these were published in the American Register on 25 January 1890.

6.  hôtel
Mallarmé had been looking for a house for JW to rent; see earlier letters in January.

7.  Madame Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].