The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03156
Date: [3/10 January 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Arthur Haythorne Studd[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 4/208
Document Type: MsLc[3]

My dear Peter -

I have been obliged to send off Constant[4], because of his having hopelessly entangled himself in a disgraceful intrigue - This is too long to tell you about now - However it has occur[r]ed to me that if you were willing to leave Auguste[5] behind you while you travel in the South Seas, I would take him off your hands -

What do you say? - Will you wire me Yes or No! - address 110 Rue du Bac -

I shall come to town in a few days - and I hope to see you before you go, so that I may myself give you my warmest wishes for your trip -

This affair of having Auguste while you are away will require immediate settling though Peter, as we have been considering other servants and ought to decide at once -

If my proposal fall[s] in with your plans you can let me know afterwards what wages you give him, etc. and I can continue them right on from the time he leaves you until you come back -

In great haste my dear Peter,
and with much affection,
Always sincerely yours -

J. McN. Whistler

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1.  [3/10 January 1897]
Dated from the reference to Constant (see below) and to the South Seas. Studd departed on a working trip to Tahiti in February 1897 (see JW to A. H. Studd, #03157).

2.  Arthur Haythorne Studd
Arthur ('Peter') Haythorne Studd (1863-1919), painter and collector [more]. He had been known as 'Peter' since his art student days.

3.  MsLc
This copy was made by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

4.  Constant
T. C. J. Constant, JW's servant and valet [more]. See JW's letter to R. Birnie Philip, [16 January 1897], #04699.

5.  Auguste
Auguste, servant of A. H. Studd, lent briefly to JW in January 1897.