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System Number: 04804
Date: [15 April 1901][1]
Author: JW
Place: Ajaccio
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P444
Document Type: AL[3]


'April 15. 01.'

Saturday

Your letter with the Holland[4] receipt came last night Major - You say there was no news - and I suppose my last two had not as yet reached you - I sent you another yesterday - but they take a deuce of a time getting there -

The receipt you should put with the others - dont you think - what possessed you to send it all this way to me to lose I cannot divine! - However! -

Well and you had been to Goupils - and you say my little pictures[5] look well - but you dont tell me what they are! - All of which makes me wonder if one of my letters in which I specially spoke of the visit to that Gallery was lost? - for I remember saying you might ask Marchant[6] if Hannay[7] had lent any of his - indeed you might yourself have seen -

Your letter [and?] Bunnies[8] half has just come - It is nice of you Bunnie to write - and you know how I like your letters - but you have lost the run of me a bit - been too long away - if you think the tone of my last epistle was at all joyous! -

If you neither of you think that mine was a sad story - pleasantly told of course - well well! You will have to satisfy yourselves with the British Classics - and go back to the Vicar of Wakefield[9] and Jane[10] for your tragedies - I will tell you none of mine -

An This is all for [today?]

The steamer[11] takes this tomorrow via Marseilles


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Envelope:

HÔTEL SCHWEIZERHOF, AJACCIO
PROPRIÉTAIRE, A. BOSSHARDT

'April 15. 01.'

To
Miss Rosalind Birnie-Philip
Dhu House -
36. Tite Street. Chelsea
London
Angleterre
[stamp:] POSTE / 15 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[stamp:] POSTE / 10 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] AJACCIO / CORSE / 4E 15 / AVRIL / 01
[postmark:] LONDON. S. W. / 73 / 1.30AM / AP 19 / 01

[stamped on verso:] HÔTEL SCHWEIZERHOF/ AJACCIO (CORSE)
ALB. BOSSHARDT-RECHEN/ PROPRIETAIRE



Notes:

1.  15 April 1901
Dated from the postmark. The date was also written on the 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
Written in pencil on paper printed with a rectangular grid. The envelope is pale blue. Continued in ink from "Your letter ... This is all for [today?]'.

4.  Holland
W. Holland, paper maker [more]. See his receipt, 9 April 1901, #02255.

5.  pictures
Grey and Gold: High Tide at Pourville (YMSM 523), Blue and Silver: Boat Entering Pourville (YMSM 524), The Seashore (M.1031) and Note in black and grey (M.931) were on show at the Spring Exhibition, Goupil Gallery, London, 1901.

6.  Marchant
William Stephen Marchant (1868-1925), art dealer [more].

7.  Hannay
Alexander Arnold Hannay (b. ca 1858), solicitor and collector [more].

8.  Bunnies
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

9.  Vicar of Wakefield
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield, 1766.

10.  Jane
Jane Austen (1775-1817), novelist [more].

11.  The steamer
Added at the top of the page.