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System Number: 04694
Date: [25 December 1896?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P334
Document Type: ALS[3]


'Xmas 1896.'

My dear Major -

I am going to Bournemouth - for a few days - Ridiculous of course - -

Thank your Mama[4] from this son in-law - with his warmest wishes!

From what you say I suppose [p. 2] you never got my letter in which I told you of the trelis [sic] for Trixie[5] - That is what I meant - & no "rebuke"!

A happy New Year to both of you -

Constant[6] turns up before you get this -

You are to get yourself something pretty with the enclosed which has nothing to do with the house - This with much affection

from the General.

See that Constant always appears at dinner in his proper habit now - and also tell him about the damp walls of studio that he may be present if workmen turn up -


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Envelope:

'1896.'

à
Mademoiselle Birnie-Philip
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler
110. Rue du Bac
Paris.

[on verso:] 4, WHITEHALL COURT[7],
S. W.

[Drawings of monograms:] NM[8]



Notes:

1.  [25 December 1896?]
Dated by the recipient 'Xmas 1896' on the letter, and '1896' on the envelope. There is no stamp or postmark. JW spent Christmas at Bournemout with Joseph Pennell (1860-1926) and his wife Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographers.

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

3.  ALS
The letter has a deep mourning border.

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

5.  Trixie
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. A trellis was erected around her grave (see JW's letter of 15 December 1896 #04690).

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

7.  4, WHITEHALL COURT
The address of William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

8.  NM
There are ten pen designs for a monogram of the letters 'MN' or 'NM', one in a square. These are not necessarily by JW.