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System Number: 05125
Date: [5 March 1895][1]
Author: Henri de Régnier[2]
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R25
Document Type: ALS[3]


'1895.' Mardi soir,

Cher Monsieur Whistler,

Je n'ai jamais mieux senti l'ennui d'être malade qu'en recevant tout à l'heure votre télégramme, car demain je ne pourrai pas encore sortir à cause d'un refroidissement que me fait garder la ma chambre quand c'est à la "sixième[4]" que j'aurais tant voulu être pour vous y serrer la main et y admirer les acteurs de ce passionnant procès[5]. Mon ami [p. 2] M. Vielé-Griffin[6] m'avait justement apporté et fait lire dans la journée la lettre du New York Herald[7]

Et il m'a semblé que le papillon avait les brillantes couleurs et des griffes aux ailes.

Quel que puisse être le verdict de demain, le condamné sera forcement le parcimonieux baronnet[8] [sic] qui aurait pu avoir un tableau de vous et ne l'aura pas eu

[p. 3] Il est vrai qu'il lui reste la lettre que vous lui avez écrite et qu'il pourra conserver dans ses archives de famille.

Voudriez-vous, cher Monsieur Whistler, presenter mes hommages a Mme Whistler[9] et croire à mon bien respectueux devouement:

Henri de Régnier.


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Translation:

Dear Mr Whistler,

Never have I felt more annoyed at being ill than on receiving your telegram a short while ago, for tomorrow I will not yet be able to go out because of a chill that keeps me to the my room when it is in the sixth arrondissement that I would have so liked to be to shake hands with you there and to admire the figures in this enthralling trial. My friend Mr Vielé-Griffin had in fact brought and read to me the letter from the New York Herald today.

And it seemed to me that the butterfly had brilliant colours and claws on its wings.

Whatever may be the verdict tomorrow, the condemned will inevitably be the parsimonious baronet who could have had a painting from you and will not have had it

It is true that he still has the letter that you wrote him and that he will be able to keep it in his family archives.

Would you be so kind, Mr Whistler, as to present my compliments to Mrs Whistler and to believe in my very respectful devotion:

Henri de Régnier.


Notes:

1.  [5 March 1895]
Dated by reference to the publication of a letter in the New York Herald (see below). Also, 5 March 1895 was indeed a Tuesday ('Mardi'). '1895' written on p. 1 in another hand, in pencil.

2.  Henri de Régnier
Henri de Régnier (1864-1936), poet and novelist [more].

3.  ALS
Written in purple ink, on paper with a narrow mourning border.

4.  sixième
The sixth arrondissement in Paris is the region of St. Germain, which is on the south bank of the Seine and adjacent to the Latin Quarter. St. Germain was a popular meeting place for bohemians and intellectuals in the late nineteenth century.

5.  procès
Eden v. Whistler.

6.  M. Vielé-Griffin
Francis Vielé-Griffin (1863/1864-1937), poet [more].

7.  la lettre du New York Herald
See JW to P. M. Gay, [5 March 1895], #08095.

8.  baronnet
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more].

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