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System Number: 13624
Date: [July 1889?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Call Number: Nouv. Acq. Fr. 15335, f. 23
Document Type: ALS[3]


Voilà ce qui arrive - Lady Archie[4] vous défend de déjeuner ici dimanche prochain!! parce qu'elle passe ce jour-là à réfléchir avec son mari[5] dans les bois de Coombe[6] -

Elle vous recevra ici en Pierrot[7] le dimanche qui suit -

En attendant je vous retiens pour ces deux festins, dont le premier sera pour vous, je le crains comparativement triste! -

Toujours

[butterfly signature]

Tower House
Tite Street.


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Translation:

Look what has happened - Lady Archie forbids you to come to lunch here next Sunday!! because she is spending the day in contemplation with her husband in the woods at Coombe -

She will receive you here as Pierrot on the following Sunday -

Meanwhile I will see you on these two occasions, of which the first will be for you, I fear, comparatively sad! -

Always

[butterfly signature]

Tower House
Tite Street.


Notes:

1.  [July 1889?]
Dated by reference to 'Pierrot' (see below). It was obviously written just after #13205.

2.  Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac
Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921), Symbolist writer and poet, and collector [more].

3.  ALS
Published by Newton, Joy, La Chauve-Souris et le Papillon. Correspondance Montesquiou-Whistler, Glasgow, 1990, no. 19, pp. 56-57.

4.  Lady Archie
Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more].

5.  son mari
Lord Archibald Campbell (1846-1913), second son of the 8th Duke of Argyll, army officer, writer and businessman [more].

6.  Coombe
Coombe Hill Farm, Norbiton, Surrey, the Campbells' country retreat. Lady Archie organised pastoral plays that were enacted in a woodland setting at Coombe. The first performance of The Kiss of Theodore de Banville took place on 9 August 1889 (see James Douglas, Theodore Watts-Dunton, Poet, Novelist, Critic, London, 1904, p. 132).

7.  Pierrot
Probably a reference to preparations for Lady Archie's role as Pierrot in The Kiss of Theodore de Banville, with an epilogue by Walter Theodore Watts (later Watts-Dunton) (1832-1914), solicitor, novelist and poet [more].