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System Number: 03795
Date: [27 February 1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Stéphane Mallarmé[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M129
Document Type: ALS[3]


Mon cher ami -

Je vous remercie bien de votre lettre[4] et je ferai tout mon possible pour envoyer quelques unes de [mes] nouvelles epreuves[5] [sic] à Durand Ruel[6] -

Il fait un temps infame içi, et nous sommes tristes loin des Boulevards! -

Que j'aurais voulu vous entendre à Bruxelles! - et quel charmant voyage nous aurions pu faire ensemble -

Enfin je suis bien heureux de votre succes - car cela a du être un succes! Est[-ce] que vous refaites votre [p. 2] conférence[7] à Paris?

Je vous envoie ma dernière "histoire" - donnez cela à Mistress Mary[8] avec mes meilleurs compliments - et à propos, dites lui que je n'ai point, recu les "American Register" avec la correspondance 'Oscar[9]'! -

Un numéro seulement - le premier - m'est parvenu - J'aimerais bien avoir la suite - et même, si c'est possible, encore une copie de la première lettre - Je crois que la date était du 11. Janvier -

Nous vous disons, tous les deux, bien des choses!

[butterfly signature]

21. Cheyne Walk.
Chelsea -


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Translation:

My dear friend -

Many thanks for your letter and I shall do everything I can to send some of my new proofs to Durand Ruel -

The weather is terrible here, and we are sad away from the Boulevards! -

How I would like to have heard you in Brussels!. and what a lovely journey we could have had together.

At any rate, I am pleased about your success - for it must have been a success! Are you giving your lecture again in Paris?

I am sending you my latest 'story' - give it to Mistress Mary with my greatest compliments - and by the way, tell her that I have not received the issues of the 'American Register' with the 'Oscar' correspondence! -

Only one issue - the first - has reached me. - I would very much like to have the rest - and even, if possible, another copy of the first letter - I think the date was 11 January.

We send you both our best wishes!

[butterfly signature]

21, Cheyne Walk,
Chelsea.


Envelope:

à
Monsieur Stéphane Mallarmé
89. Rue de Rome -
Paris -
France
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2½d
[postmark:] LONDON. W. / 2B / FE27 / 90
[postmark:] TOO LATE / S. B. G. P. O.
[postmark:] CALAIS A PARIS / C / 28 / FEVR / 90


Notes:

1.  [27 February 1890]
Dated from postmark.

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

3.  ALS
Published in Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28], no. XXIX, p. 53.

4.  lettre
#13443.

5.  nouvelles epreuves
Possibly the etchings executed in Holland the previous summer: 'Holland set', 1889 (K.402-416) (excat 10).

6.  Durand Ruel
Paul Durand-Ruel (1828 or 1831-1922), Paris art dealer [more].

7.  conférence
That same evening, on 27 February, Mallarmé gave his lecture in the studio of Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot (1841-1895), Mme Eugène Manet, artist [more], at 40 rue de Villejust.

8.  Mistress Mary
Méry Laurent (1849-1900), née Anne-Rose Louviot, actress and courtesan [more].

9.  Oscar
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more]. The correspondence was published in the American Register in Paris on 25 January 1890 (see JW's letter to Mallarmé, [19 January 1890], #03793).