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System Number: 04691
Date: [19 December 1896[1]]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P331
Document Type: AL[3]


'Dec. 19. 96.'

My dear Major -

Your note seemed to me rather like they say of my own etchings, "Not [one line?] an unnecessary line"! — I may have expected more - but after all in the case of the etchings I know the comment was meant as praise. -

I propose to send Constant[4] by Wednesday [p. 2] or Thursday nights boat -

and will bring him back directly after the New Year. -

Now is there any thing my dear Major you wish me to do to please you? -

With[5]


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Envelope:

'Dec. 19th 1896'

Mademoiselle Birnie-Philip
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler
110. Rue du Bac
Paris
[stamp x 2:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND REVENUE / 2½d
[postmark:] CHARING CROSS S. W. / 7 PM / DE 19 / 96

[monogram:] WH[6]



Notes:

1.  19 December 1896
Dated from the postmark. This confirms the date added on both letter and envelope by the recipient.

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

3.  AL
The paper has a deep mourning border.

4.  Constant
T. C. J. Constant, JW's servant and valet [more].

5.  With
The letter stops abruptly, with no signature.

6.  WH
Embossed monogram in lime green of William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].