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System Number: 04805
Date: 28 April [1901][1]
Author: JW
Place: Ajaccio
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: London
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!

You remember I sent you a tiny American cutting[3] - for you Ma'ame[4] to see too - by the way you never noticed it - possibly lost it in the envelope -

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[5] - but we will say more about it! -

I wrote the other day suddenly to Boyton-Johnson[6] after all - and sent him a cheque - so it would fit in all - if Ronnie[7] has been to see him -

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[8], 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[9] writes to say that the Hinde Street[10] 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[11] for me - Send it on. Poor Carmen she has been ill - and Mrs. Addams[12] 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.[13] & 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 -

I hope you have had a nice letter from the Winans[14] Vanderbilt[15] I mean - I am always mixing their names! -

[p. 2] I am shocked and very sorry to hear of Walter Heinemann's[16] death! - I always liked him - It must
This[17] of course belongs to a letter to Heinemann[18]!! It's all right - we did like the Walter - and I told his Cousin[19] 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[20]. - - What I ought to do is to get at new[21] things - and not even look at old ones - And also run over my etchings and print some at Mr. Shorts[22] - 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 -
Always affectionately

the General

Sunday April 28. '1901'[23]

What news[24] of any kind have you from Euphrasie[25]? -

What did you think of Thils[26] answer about the workmen? Civil wasn't it? -

And what of the old Saleron[27]! You never said what you thought of Ratiers[28] last letter?

What about a room for saxpence[29] in Chelsea? -

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'Ap. 28. 01,'

Miss Rosalind Birnie-Philip
Dhu House
36 Tite Street. Chelsea
[postmark:] LIGNE D'AJACCIO / [illegible] / 01
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S. W. / 37 / 1.30AM / MY 1 / 01


1.  28 April [1901]
Year dated from the postmark; dates are 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.  American cutting
Press-cutting not identified.

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

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

6.  Boyton-Johnson
Dr William Boyter-Johnson (b. ca 1853), JW's doctor in London [more].

7.  Ronnie
Ronald Murray Philip (1871-1940), civil engineer, JW's brother-in-law [more].

8.  so that if you wrote by Wednesday evening's post
'so that ... evening's post' is added in pencil.

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

10.  Hinde Street
The Company of the Butterfly, formed to sell JW's work, which was being closed down.

11.  Carmen
Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more].

12.  Mrs. Addams
Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more].

13.  Mr.
Clifford Isaac Addams (1876-1942), etcher [more].

14.  Winans
The Winans of Baltimore were among JW's oldest friends, patrons, and family.

15.  Vanderbilt
George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914), collector [more].

16.  Walter Heinemann's
Walter D. Heinemann (ca 1862-d. 1901), cousin of William Heinemann [more].

17.  This
'This ... we all did! -' was added in the left margin, and JW drew a line around the previous sentence.

18.  Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

19.  Cousin
Probably Edmund Heinemann (b. ca 1866), stockbroker [more].

20.  Evaline and Gladys
Eva Carrington, JW's model between 1898 and 1902 [more], and her sister, Gladys Carrington, a model [more].

21.  new
Triple underlined.

22.  Mr. Shorts
Francis ('Frank') Job Short (1857-1945), printer and print-maker [more]. He had printed some of JW's etchings in the past.

23.  '1901'
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.

25.  Euphrasie
Euphrasie, JW's servant at 110 Rue du Bac.

26.  Thils
André Thil (fl. 1877-1901), JW's landlord at 110 rue du Bac, Paris [more].

27.  Saleron
Mme Saleron, JW's neighbour at 110 rue du Bac [more]. JW had a long dispute with his neighbour over the behaviour of servants.

28.  Ratiers
Antoine ('Antony') Ratier (b. 1851), lawyer and politician [more].

29.  saxpence
He means cheap, six pennies being 'saxpence' in the Scottish dialect, and suggesting thriftiness.