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System Number: 04131
Date: [3 March 1891][1]
Author: Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M401
Document Type: W


[telegraph form:] POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS. [etc.]

[postmark:] CHELSEA- B.O. / CALE ST S. W. / MR 3 / 91

HANDED IN AT THE Paris OFFICE AT 12.35 p. M., RECEIVED HERE AT 1 34 p. M.

TO Whistler    Chelsea
21 Chayne [sic] Walk Ldn

Eh bien eh bien les papillons[3] s'impatient [sic] Batt[4] [sic]


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Translation:

Now now, the butterflies are becoming impatient Batt [sic]


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Notes:

1.  [3 March 1891]
Dated from postmark.

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

3.  papillons
This may be a reference to a gift decorated with butterflies. Among JW's possessions was a 'porte-feuille en cuir repoussé, décoré de papillons', as well as several real mounted butterflies in little boxes. It is also possible that he is referring to a gift of jewellery in the form of butterflies, made out of turquoise feathers; finally there is 'un vol de papillons, aussi en plumes turquoises, sur une tige verte' (Collection Hunterian Art Gallery). See Newton, Joy, La Chauve-Souris et le Papillon. Correspondance Montesquiou-Whistler, Glasgow, 1990, no. 37 p. 84, where this letter is published.

4.  Batt
The Bat was Montesquiou's favourite symbol and was related to his initial 'M': in a note that accompanied a gift to JW he wrote: 'Nota Bene sine qua non./Les nom , appellation , définition et titre / du Bat incognito ne sont autres que / Monsieur / M. F. Robert.' (see #04145).