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System Number: 04702
Date: [2 February 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P342
Document Type: ALS[3]

4. Whitehall Court[4] -

I like to get your letters here, my dear Major - It commences the morning pleasantly - certainly that is, if anything can - for blackness[5] is our line! Three days continued night!

I wonder how you would like that! -

On Sunday I dined with your sisters[6] - [p. 2] and very nice and kind they were - Teddie[7] also who is doing excellently was of the party -

You will be grieved to hear that the ladies have lost their faithful and typically clean & smart looking English servant! Miss Maude[8] told me that she had bundled her out one afternoon . . for dishonesty - Odds & ends - alas! she could not resist - and so she has gone out to the others in Chelsea. -

Yes the British treadmill was narrowliy [sic] escaped - Webb's[9] clerk said my bold move upon the Bank was the very thing to do! So everyone had better look out! -

I think I should like to pay the little tailor in Paris - and I wish you would send me his address - Of course I have it somewhere - but can't find it -

Tell Bunnie & Wobbles[10] that I will write - but I am worked to absolute desperation - and quite off my legs! which I am sure will pain your Mama[11]! - Say meanwhile that I [p. 3] am greatly pleased that Wobbles has written to the Procureur[12], and that I might wait until he hears - and perhaps that may be all sufficient.

Thank Bunnie for the Velvet and satin which may be all right when worked out -

Dicker[13] has had them some time now - - I dont think I shall send you any more drawings[14] of my Native establishment as you dont seem to appreciate them! -

With affectionate messages to both of you,

the General -

What[15] did you ever hear from Mme Delaugh[16]?

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'FEB 2. 1897'

Mademoiselle Birnie-Philip
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler.
110. Rue du Bac.
Paris -
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2½d
[postmark:] CHARING CROSS / 2 X / FE 2 / 97
[postmark on verso:] 9 PARIS 9 / (DISTRIBUTION) / 3 / 3 [...] 97


1.  [2 February 1897]
The postmark confirms the date added by another hand on the envelope.

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

3.  ALS
The stationery has deep mourning borders.

4.  4. Whitehall Court
The address of William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

5.  blackness
Double underlined.

6.  sisters
The Birnie Philips (Ethel, Maud and Frances).

7.  Teddie
Edward Godwin (b. 1876), son of Beatrix and E. W. Godwin; JW's step-son [more].

8.  Miss Maude
Philippa Maude Philip (1865-1915), JW's sister-in-law [more].

9.  Webb's
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

10.  Bunnie & Wobbles
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more] (called 'Bunnie' by JW) and Charles Whibley (1859-1930), writer and journalist [more].

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

12.  Procureur
JW wished to drop the case against T. C. J. Constant, JW's servant and valet [more].

13.  Dicker
The jeweller who was making a case for Beatrix Whistler's jewellery.

14.  drawings
JW had sent drawings of the Willis family (Mrs Willis (M.1500), Lizzie Willis (M.1501), Mrs Willis bringing in the tea (M.1502), Mrs Willis bringing in the coals (M.1503); see #04699, #04700).

15.  What
Continued in the left margin of p. 1 at right angles to the main text.

16.  Mme Delaugh
Mme Delaugh, Delange or Dalangle, a servant or employee of JW and his wife in Paris.