Documents associated with: UKWhitehall Court
Record 9 of 29
System Number: 04699
Date: [16 January 1897]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P339
Document Type: ALS
4, WHITEHALL COURT,
Saturday evening -
My very dear Major,
for an exceedingly clear headed Major, you sometimes manage to be a wee bit bewildering - if I may say so! -
Now at this moment, 7 o'clock at night, comes your letter telling me that you are still waiting for my oppinion [sic] of the writings of Constant & Louise! I wrote to you on Thursday my complete view of the case - and pointed [p. 2] out, for your guidance, th
ate difference in nature between the stoic criminal of this "tight" little island, whose road from the pewter pot to the gallows is straight! - without words and nonsense - and the emotional "Frenchie", unstupified by drink and still feeling keenly both sorrow for the fault, and gratitude for the "honourable name" spared - Of course here these things are "not expected of servants" -
Constant's letter then, I consider most genuine - he has been an ass and has behaved abominably - and he says so -
Louise's letter is most touching - and quite pretty in its simple statement - I wish certainly that all proceedings should at once be stopped - There is no use pursuing Nancie for her thefts - Wobbles and Bunnie I am sure will be of this opinion - for in attempting to punish her the court would of course have to call Constant & Louise - You see Constant did not give Nancie Bunnie's skirt and various bits out of her
Mistresses' wardrobe - Nancy stole them - and having stolen those, she is the thief - and no new thief need be found to steal the rest - Constants story is quite straight - with the details of his absence at the atelier, while Nancy remained packing at the Rue du Bac - and then she stole the lace and jet - and months afterwards it is found in her box - Simple as possible - and however monstrously outrageous has been, in his assish intimacy, [p. 3] with that advanced lady, the conduct of Constant, nothing at any moment has ever betrayed the least sign of criminal guilt or troubled discrepancy in his demeanour -
[sketch of housekeeper] My honest native - bringing in the tea! -
No "decietful [sic] ways" in the Willis's!! - all open - & straightforward there!
Now my dear Major write tomorrow and tell have you or have you not had Thursdays letter - and yesterdays - and this one also -
Why too do you keep on writing for more lithographs? It is very unkind of you! I think I shall make you no more little drawings!
[p. 1]Kindest messages to you all
As to the velvet I wish I could get it myself -
'Jan. 16. 97.'à
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler
110. Rue du Bac
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND REVENUE / 6d
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND REVENUE / ONE HALFPENNY
[postmark:] CONTINENTAL NIGHT [MAIL?] / * / JA16 / 97
4, WHITEHALL COURT,
1. [16 January 1897]
Dated from the postmark. The date was also written on the envelope by the recipient.
Yellow embossed (on the paper) and blue (on the envelope) monogramed notepaper of William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more]. The monogram was almost certainly designed by JW (see Designs for monograms for William and Magda Heinemann (M.1534)).
Nancie, possibly the servant of Ethel Whibley or JW.
Continued in the left margin.