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System Number: 04688
Date: [7 December 1896[1]]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P328
Document Type: ALS[3]

'Dec. 7. 96:'

A line only my dear Major to say that I will write directly - in a day or two - perhaps not tomorrow - I am very busy - and I believe the work is going pretty well - for me!

This you might be pleased to hear as it goes to hasten my coming -

I mean then to come to you as soon as I can get away from these more important [p. 2] things - In all probability I shall turn up with Constant[4] in about a week or ten days - say at the end of the next week -

I shall not stay though Major - for what you call seasons or festivals are to me impossible - and meetings of families at Christmas - well never mind - I shall take myself further on - and so begin my wanderings! - We will always come back to you

Things are getting rather hot in a way! - and pleasant, I am afraid! I have driven them to exasperation!!

Ask Bunnie[5], with my affectionate greeting, whether she has heard from Mrs. Sickert[6] since? -

And now this must go!

Many nice things to both of you -
Always affectionately

The General.

I dined with them at Dhu House[7] the other night -

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'Dec. 7. 1896'

Mademoiselle Birnie-Philip.
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler.
110. Rue du Bac.
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND REVENUE / 2½d
[postmark:] CALAIS A PARIS / 8 / DEC / 96
[postmark:] CHARING CROSS / Z X / DE 7 / 96


1.  7 December 1896
The postmark confirms the date added later by the recipient on letter and envelope.

2.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]. JW called her 'Major' and himself 'General'.

3.  ALS
The stationery has a deep mourning border, JW being in mourning for his wife Beatrix, who had died in July.

4.  Constant
T. C. J. Constant, JW's servant and valet [more].

5.  Bunnie
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

6.  Mrs. Sickert
Ellen Melicent Sickert (1848-1914), née Cobden, writer [more].

7.  Dhu House
The family home of the Birnie Philips in Chelsea.