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System Number: 00512
Date: 18 August 1889
Author: Lady Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C13
Document Type: ALS

[oval engraving of hotel]



LE 18. Aout 89.

My dear Trixie -

have I not been good to leave you in peace for nearly a whole week? - But Paris is so lovely, the weather so perfect, with a brilliant sun & a fresh breeze, that I should feel positively selfish if I did not do my best to persuade you & the Master[3] to give up this tarrying by the grey & foggy banks of the Thames, & come over here to all this [p. 2] dainty brightness -

We went first to the Terminus Hotel as I told you, but did not like it, & so came on here, which is infinitely preferable in every way, especially as regards situation - The theatres are all open on account of the Exposition[4], the trees are one mass of refreshing shade, the Eiffel Tower[5] is a thing of beauty & grace - surely you will not resist such a list of attractions, but will pack up your traps at once, drown Teddy[6] [p. 3] in the nearest waterbutt & start on your travels with a quiet mind & a joyful conscience - I met Julian Story[7] who asked after the Master & you, & was overjoyed at hearing you were coming over - Forgive a scrawl, but the hotel paper is like cotton wool, & the hotel pens like needles, & this is the result!

Let me have a line from you without delay & tell me what you are going to do -

Ever yours affectionately

Gigi —

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'From Lady Colin Campbell
Mrs J. M. Whistler
Re. visit to Paris
To Lady Colin Campbell
from J. M. W.


1.  Lady Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell
Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell (1857-1911), née Blood, Lady Colin Campbell, writer, art critic and amateur artist [more].

2.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

3.  Master

4.  Exposition
Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1889.

5.  Eiffel Tower
The tower designed by Eiffel was built specially for the exposition, and remains the most striking of landmarks in Paris.

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

7.  Julian Story
Julian Russell Story (1850-1919), genre and portrait painter [more].

8.  envelope
Written in various hands.