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System Number: 08120
Date: [November 1891?][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: London
Recipient: Charles Gray Robertson[3]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/45/1
Document Type: ALS

21 Cheyne Walk

My dear Mr Robertson

We were so sorry about Sunday but Jimmie could not get away from the portrait[4] so soon - However it will now soon [p. 2] be finished, and I hope you will give us another chance to have that cup of tea.

I am so glad you think I have brought you luck - - Jimmie thinks I am lucky to him - I should so much like [p. 3] to see the little figure - I am sure it must be charming - I am more pleased than ever with the dedication to your book[5] - Do come on Sunday and write it in for me -

With kind regards from us both -
Always sincerely

Beatrix Whistler

[p. 4] Henley[6] has asked for another copy of the "Gentle Art[7]"

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Capt. Gray Robertson -
17. Belvoir Road
Forest Hill.
E C.
[postmark:] [illegible] 11 [illegible]


1.  [November 1891?]
Dated from the address and references to a portrait (see below).

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

3.  Charles Gray Robertson
Captain Charles Gray Robertson, soldier, 8th (King's) Regiment [more].

4.  portrait
Possibly Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (YMSM 398), which was started in July 1891, continued in November, and then completed in Paris.

5.  book
Not identified. He wrote Earl Roberts, Kurum, Kabul and Kandahar, being a brief record of impressions in three campaigns under General Roberts, Edinburgh, 1881.

6.  Henley
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), journalist, poet and writer [more].

7.  Gentle Art
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890.