Documents associated with: Carrington, Eva
Record 6 of 6
System Number: 04805
Date: 28 April 
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P445
Document Type: ALS
'April. 29. 01.'
My dear Major -
I am delighted to know that you [have] been to the right doctor - and that all is to be most excellent! - for without health what is the use of striving! - There! I don't mean to take up my own song again! - but one thing I think I will say - for it is prettily to the point!
Well - after dealing with others - it went on to say that I owe nothing to the support of any one -
"Whistler leans only on Jimmie!" - Alas! the whole business is there! and little did the man know what he was writing! -
Whistler has for years and years! so leaned on Jimmie that he wore him out! and bore him down to the dust - and took all his joy out of him -
and without Jimmie, what is Whistler! - and there you have it! -
And is it not terrible, Ma'ame, to think how nearly the bright and delightful Jimmie was wearied and done to death by the endless - restless - blind - relentless Whistler - -
And he is in a parlous condition yet, I daresay Bunnie - but we will say more about it! -
I am then to leave here by Wednesday's boat for Marseilles, and the good Steamer Egypt. 7912. tons, is due there, by next Sunday - This should reach you by Wednesday - so that if you wrote by Wednesday evening's post, care of Messrs Estrine. Agents. Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. Marseilles. I ought to have your letter by Thursday night - or Friday I suppose - As to the Ionda, you had better send it on to the P. & O. Agents Gibraltar -
Webb writes to say that the Hinde Street rooms may be taken off my hands if I will paper them etc - also staircase - Advises doing so - Better see him & say that though I wire to close as he suggests, I hope he will make best bargain - That surely staircase was always landlords - They didn't do it up for me - Does the new tenant take the
[space?] lease? or is she my tenant? in which case she might suddenly turn out badly and bolt after I had spent money! - Also what of curtains - fixtures - etc? - Better see Webb on Wednesday - directly you get this -
You may have a letter from Carmen for me - Send it on. Poor Carmen she has been ill - and Mrs. Addams says she thinks her old trouble - and then the Academie broken up! - You might write her a line or Bunnie might - 132. Boulevard Montparnasse - she probably will forget to put her address - Madame Carmen Rossi -
And Major, you might "call round" at the Howard Hotel Norfolk St. Strand and see if there be any news of Mr. & Mrs. Addams - For they may have left Ireland without getting my last letter, and you must tell them that they are to make an appointment with Mr. Webb, and see him before they go back to Paris -
[p. 2] I am shocked and very sorry to hear of Walter Heinemann's death! - I always liked him - It must
This of course belongs to a letter to Heinemann!! It's all right - we did like the Walter - and I told his Cousin that we all did! -
Of course I must not think of the work! -
Nor of the bills! - nor of the bank!
What about the Evaline and Gladys. - - What I ought to do is to get at new things - and not even look at old ones - And also run over my etchings and print some at Mr. Shorts - and remain hidden & quiet until something is done in the way of golden treasure!
You might perhaps give Webb as a priveleged [sic] counsellor a little hint at my long rest - (though I have not rested until these last couple of weeks or so!)
You can perhaps just let out a feeler - but a joyous one! rather - to show how delighted we are to know that nothing was the matter except the want of rest - but that now
for this must be kept in view - that therefore I have we must manage to keep quiet and not be made to overwork and coin money again instantly in a rush - And that he, Webb, must urge this upon me when he sees me! That you think I would listen to him! -
See how he takes this - and how pleased he may be - and whether, if necessary, he could help in any little combination -
Well you know Major what I mean - and you do these things well - so thats all right! -
As to writing on to Gibraltar, Ronnie would know - for the steamer after all only takes a day perhaps to get there -
I will wire when off -
Many things to you all -
Sunday April 28. '1901'
What did you think of Thils answer about the workmen? Civil wasn't it? -
What about a room for saxpence in Chelsea? -
[stamped:] HÔTEL SCHWEIZERHOF/ AJACCIO (CORSE)
ALB. BOSSHARDT-RECHEN/ PROPRIETAIRE
'Ap. 28. 01,'To
Miss Rosalind Birnie-Philip
36 Tite Street. Chelsea
[stamp:] POSTE / 15 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[stamp:] POSTE / 10 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] LIGNE D'AJACCIO / [illegible] / 01
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S. W. / 37 / 1.30AM / MY 1 / 01
1. 28 April 
Year dated from the postmark; dates are also written on the letter and envelope by the recipient.
3. American cutting
Press-cutting not identified.
8. so that if you wrote by Wednesday evening's post
'so that ... evening's post' is added in pencil.
10. Hinde Street
The Company of the Butterfly, formed to sell JW's work, which was being closed down.
The Winans of Baltimore were among JW's oldest friends, patrons, and family.
'This ... we all did! -' was added in the left margin, and JW drew a line around the previous sentence.
Added by R. B Philip.
24. What news
The rest of the letter was written in the left margin, at right angles to the main text.
Euphrasie, JW's servant at 110 Rue du Bac.
He means cheap, six pennies being 'saxpence' in the Scottish dialect, and suggesting thriftiness.