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System Number: 07700
Date: [1899/1900][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Elizabeth Robins Pennell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 273/5/7
Document Type: ALS



Dear Mrs. Pennell -

I shall be delighted to come on Sunday - but tomorrow I am sorry indeed not to insist upon taking Pennell[3] to the French place I once told you of - but I am dining with the Vanderbilts[4] -

Cela sera pour une autre fois![5]

I have told Mr. Webb[6] that I cannot possibly go on Thursday to the Tree business[7] as I am already engaged for that evening - and he says Saturday cannot be - So I have suggested the Thursday of this next week! -

Do you think it would be well if you were to ask Mr Webb for Sunday also? so that he may meet Cauldwell[8] and makes [sic] things interesting to him?

I am scarcely able to write these few words without wiping them out again with my nose! so sleepy am I!!!!

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1.  [1899/1900]
Dated by the writing, and known association of JW with the Vanderbilts and Cauldwell.

2.  Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more].

3.  Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

4.  Vanderbilts
George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914), collector [more]; and Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (1873-1958), née Dresser, wife of G. W. Vanderbilt [more]. They planned to be in London in November 1900, but it is not known if Cauldwell was there then.

5.  Cela sera pour une autre fois!
Fr., That will be for another time!

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

7.  Tree business
Probably Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917), actor-manager [more]. The occasion may have been a social event such as a play, a benefit performance, or a dinner.

8.  Cauldwell
Possibly John Britton Cauldwell (1855-1932), Director-in-chief of the U. S. Department of Fine Arts at the Exposition Universelle, Paris 1900 [more], who first visited JW in Paris in December 1899 (see his letter, 9 December 1899, #04412). However, he is not known to have been in London at the same time as the Vanderbilts.