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System Number: 12721
Date: [1891/1892?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London?]
Recipient: [unknown][2]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler NB 2/120-121f
Document Type: ALfd


J'ai toutes les "pièces" vous voyez - et l'histoire ne perdra pas à la raconter! -

Il ne faut pas supposer que parceque [sic] j'ai su vous donner un air d'appartenir a [sic] votre famille, que les belles mains de ma Mère au Luxembourg[3], soient "du chic"! -

Je suis tout [...]


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Translation:

I have all the "pieces" you see - and the story will not lose anything in the telling! -

It should not be supposed that because I gave you the air of belonging to your family, the beautiful hands of my Mother in the Luxembourg, are 'chic'.

I am altogether [...]


Notes:

1.  [1891/1892?]
Dated by the reference to the Luxembourg (see below).

2.  [unknown]
This note is on a scrap of paper and is incomplete - indeed, it may never have been sent.

3.  Mère au Luxembourg
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101), which entered the Musée du Luxembourg in 1891.