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System Number: 06646
Date: [22/26 November 1895?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W640
Document Type: ALS

The Tally ho Bus! - Chink! and I'm having my fill of the sport & the stables of the land!! -

Dear nice Wink! to find the good bit in the book to encourage him - & pretty of her to write it for him to see in the morning! -

Quite right the Lavengro man[3] - & the [Guilderoy?] Luck is delighted! -

Well here is the letter from Webb[4] that was shaken out of the [p. 2] envelope yesterday in the usual bustle and hurry of the departing vehicle! - And[5] also the Charley Brookfields[6] own! - So unless Peter[7] has already been he wont see me! for we have frightened him - the me - off the stage - so thats all right - and you like it better so - "Amazing!" may have been good though! - ? -

Do tell me chinkie at what time do you get these little morning notes of the Grinder's Bus[8]? - And are you going to the Half Moon Street[9]? When? - & why not? I daresay you would like the change! - I am glad that Louise[10] has been trodden under - and here's[11] the Bus!!

Dear[12] Luck - Love [ever?] fond

[butterfly signature]

Coming soon Chink! more tonight - .

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1.  [22/26 November 1895?]
Dated after a letter from Beatrix Whistler to JW, 20 November 1895, #06645, where Beatrix writes to Whistler of Lavengro and Brookfield, subjects which JW picks up in this note. The date also takes into account the letter received from G. and W. Webb, which most likely was 22 November 1895 (see below), #06225.

2.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. JW calls her 'Chink', 'Wink' and 'Love'.

3.  Lavengro man
George Henry Borrow (1803-1881), author and philologist [more], Lavengro. The Scholar-The Gypsy-The Priest , published in 1831.

4.  Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more]. See #06225.

5.  And
Double underlined.

6.  Charley Brookfields
Charles Hallam Elton Brookfield (1857-1913), actor and playwright [more]. The letter JW refers to is #00410.

7.  Peter
Arthur ('Peter') Haythorne Studd (1863-1919), painter and collector [more].

8.  Grinder's Bus
JW referred to himself as a workman, craftsman or 'Grinder'.

9.  Half Moon Street
Beatrix Whistler occasionally lodged in Half Moon Street, alternating perhaps with Garlant's Hotel.

10.  Louise
Louise, JW's servant at 110 rue du Bac [more].

11.  here's the Bus!!
Written in the left margin of p. 2 at right angles to the main text.

12.  Dear .. tonight - .
Written in the left margin of p. 1 at right angles to the main text.