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System Number: 04689
Date: [10 December 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P329
Document Type: ALS[3]

'Dec 10. 96.'

My dear Major -

I have been pretty worried with the work at all that - hence long silence - -

Now I think it most important that we should be on the best possible terms with the Morgans[4] - So that I want you to sit down and write Mrs. Morgan [p. 2] a charming little note - entirely from yourself - because that places you properly -

Therefore you had better say that you understand that she would like to have the little cupboard or larder that had been [ceded?] courteously given over to us by the former resident Monsieur . . . . ., and that if you have understood rightly, it is entirely at her service and you are pleased to think that it has been put in nice order for her - You see Major we have no right to it in the first place - and should only be obliged to give it up - Now what we must do, we may as well do charmingly -

Moreover with that shocking woman Saleron[5] we want the Morgans to be on our side - and not find them already influenced against us -

Mind you send for the concierge and give him five francs from me - say that Monsieur sends it - and that he relies upon him to see that the woman shall not shake her carpets [p. 3] out upon our garden - and our servants -

If things are still bad you might go and see the American lawyers Messrs . . Something & Alexander[6] Bunnie[7] remembers, and ask them what immediate redress we have -

This must go now -

You see enclosed cheque -

Always affectionately
& with many messages to your Mother[8],

the General.

This document is protected by copyright.


[Registered letter:]

'Dec. 10 96'


Mademoiselle Birnie-Philip.
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler
110. Rue du Bac.
[postmark:] [ ] BEDFORD ST B. O / M / DE 10 / 96
[postmark:] REGISTERED / LONDON / E / 11 DE 96
[postmark on verso:] 9 PARIS 9 (DISTRIBUTION) / 1 / 12 / DEC / 96


1.  10 December 1896
The postmark confirms the date written later on both letter and envelope by the recipient.

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

3.  ALS
The stationery has mourning borders.

4.  Morgans
Mr and Mrs Morgan were neighbours of JW at 110 rue du Bac.

5.  Saleron
Mme Saleron, JW's neighbour at 110 rue du Bac [more].

6.  Something & Alexander
Oliver Eaton Bodington (1859-after 1936), barrister and author [more] and Henry Addison Alexander, notary and advocate [more].

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

8.  Mother
Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more].

9.  Registered
Triple underlined.