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Record 18 of 19
System Number: 10699
Date: [22 August 1899/1900]
Recipient: Albert Ludovici
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/18/22
Document Type: ALS
My dear Ludovici -
Yesterday, in London, I sat down and wrote a very pretty little letter to Harry Higgins -
I think if you had seen it you would have been pleased - and if I could be of any influence, I fancy I have gone about it in the right way - You may be sure that [p. 2] it was very lightly done - and the Directors will feel that it is a privilege to have such dainty work upon their walls - as assuredly it is -
Still, as I told you, you must not rely too much upon it - Beside Higgins might be away - and lots of things -
Enfin we will hope for the best -
Amsterdam was very blowy and lonely - and I was afraid of catching cold on the canals - So at last I ran off - and here I am again - -
As to what comes next I have not yet troubled to plan out - but meanwhile I shall just sit and take it easy in the sun -
The air is so good - and I daresay upon the whole it would have been awfully tiresome all alone up there in the North Land! -
I looked at the Rodin collection one afternoon - Sunday it was - I will tell you about it by & bye -
There was not a soul in the way of members - and I never could induce myself to make another descent upon the Club in the evening - so thats all over -
I am glad to hear that your boy is [p. 3] well again - and you must make my kindest compliments to your wife, and thank her for her nice message -
How goes on the class? - and have you seen more of the Moffat Lindners? This must be off to the post -
J McN. Whistler
I want you to ask Monsieur DuCouder to let the garçon look if I did not leave a pair of black trousers -
It all comes of that Friday travelling! - I never have had any umbrella back - and now I miss this very excellent pantalon!
1. [22 August 1899/1900]
Dated from the references to Amsterdam and London. JW was in Holland in late August 1899 for a few days, then in London briefly, and then in Dieppe; he was also in Amsterdam in 1900. The letter is most likely to date from the earlier period.
The paper has a mourning border.
4. Harry Higgins
Possibly Henry Vincent Higgins (b. ca 1852), Chelsea resident. The letter is untraced.
Marie Ludovici (b. ca 1852), wife of the painter Albert Ludovici, Jr.
8. Monsieur DuCouder
'It all comes ... pantalon' is written at right-angles to the main text at the top of p. 1.