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System Number: 04761
Date: [27 November 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P401
Document Type: ALS


ADRESSE TÉLÉGRAPHIQUE - CHATHAMEL-PARIS
NO. TÉLÉPHONIQUE : 247-53
[Chatham coat of arms with motto:] BENIGNO NUMINE

HOTEL CHATHAM
PARIS

'Nov. 27. 99'

I am sure, Ma'ame[3], you will be pleased to read this about St Gaudens[4], whom you always liked. It is indeed a very high distinction - greater than could be conferred in any other part of the world - and St Gaudens does the distinction honour -

I am well enough Major and the "Zona[5]" is much reduced in effect - [p. 2] but I get no 'forwarder' in the great business of the settling of things -

And that is very simple - for I have just dropped everything for the moment because of overwhelming work[6] and the studio absorbs me from morning till night -

This you needn't be alarmed at, "any of you" - for even the friendly British Doctor - (and for an Englishman really a nice fellow!) said that is just what he wishes for me -

Thil[7] has agree that when I wish it we will put up the board - and when he finds another tenant he will take the lease from off my hands - so for the time I am just "letting things slide" -

Only I feel that the Island is heavy upon you both! - and I am not wanting you to become chronically depressed and saddened by the continued spectacle of the strangely dressed native - Moreover I know all that is demoralizing in its effect - and that will never do -

Well this must get off - and we must see about it - things I mean -

Also don't puzzle Major [p. 3] about what is, as I have warned you, intended to bewilder the Islander! so never mind!

Of course this is no moment for further details -

Miss Reubell[8] you see is affectionate about you both in the little note -

Many things to all - in a great hurry

the General -

[Newspaper clipping attached:] a very high distinction indeed![9]
MR. AUGUSTIN SAINT-GAUDENS, THE AMERICAN SCULPTOR, HAS, SAYS THE "TEMPS," BEEN ELECTED CORRESPONDENT IN THE SCULPTURE SECTION AT THE ACADÉMIE DES BEAUX-ARTS, IN PLACE OF M. CIVILETTI[10], OF PALERMO, DECEASED.


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Envelope:

[Chatham coat of arms and motto:] BENIGNO NUMINE
HOTEL CHATHAM
PARIS

To
Miss Rosalind Birnie-Philip
Dhu House -
36. Tite Street
Chelsea
London -
Angleterre
[stamp:] POSTE / 25 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] PARIS 96 / GRAND HOTEL / 8¦ 27 / NOV / 99
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. [S. W.] / 6.30 AM / NO 28 / 99 / 29


Notes:

1.  27 November 1899
Dated from the postmark. The date was also written on the letter 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.  Ma'ame
Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more].

4.  St Gaudens
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), sculptor [more].

5.  Zona
Fr., shingles.

6.  work
Including sittings for Portrait of Miss Marian Draughn (YMSM 533); see JW's letter to M. Draughan, 18 November [1899], and [27 November 1899], #11195 and #11194.

7.  Thil
André Thil (fl. 1877-1901), JW's landlord at 110 rue du Bac, Paris [more]. JW was planning to give up 110 rue du Bac.

8.  Miss Reubell
Henrietta T. Reubell (ca 1839-after 1904), wealthy American hostess [more].

9.  a very high distinction indeed!
Written by JW at the top of the press-cutting.

10.  M. CIVILETTI
Benedetto Civiletti (1846-1899), sculptor [more].