The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05922
Date: [20/25 June 1899?][1]
Author: George Washington Vanderbilt[2]
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V11
Document Type: ALS

Cher Maître

I am really distressed but Mrs V.[3] simply cannot come to the studio this afternoon as she is utterly done up.

The spirit is willing[4] [p. 2] but the body is weak or rather overworked. I hate to run off like this but we hope to be back before long.

If you could run in here for a moment tomorrow morning between nine and [p. 3] half past I would deeply appreciate it. It is not on the way to the studio & we are not in the neighbourhood as we will be on our return, but we would only appreciate the visit the more.

[p. 4] Always yours devotedly

George Vanderbilt

I have written Miss Philip[5] expressing our regrets about the dinner tonight.

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1.  [20/25 June 1899?]
Dated from the reference to Edith Vanderbilt (see note below and E. Vanderbilt to JW, 29 June 1899, #05913).

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

3.  Mrs V.
Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (1873-1958), née Dresser, wife of G. W. Vanderbilt [more]. She was sitting for her portrait (Ivoire et or: Portrait de Madame Vanderbilt (YMSM 515)).

4.  The spirit is willing
'Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.' Matt. 26.41,

5.  Miss Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].