The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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Record 13 of 16

System Number: 07691
Date: [27 February/15 March 1900?][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Elizabeth Robins Pennell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 273/4/4
Document Type: ALS

You know, dear Mrs Pennell, what has come upon me again - and how my Brother[3] the Doctor has gone! - and I am miserable!

And in the midst of [p. 2] all the blackness I must send you both this beautiful thing[4] that the Doctor would have delighted in - as he did in all the others -

As to the Boers[5] - they are all right! - and wonderful indeed is the blind assishness of the jubilant!

But of this - later -

Do write -


[butterfly signature]

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1.  [27 February/15 March 1900?]
Dated from the death of JW's brother (see below).

2.  Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more].

3.  Brother
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

4.  beautiful thing
Probably alluding to a cartoon by Caran d'Ache (1859-1909), né Emmanuel Poiré, caricaturist [more]. A note in E. R. Pennell's hand reads: 'Another Caran D'Ache cartoon - No clue to which one'. Another such drawing is mentioned in #07690.

5.  Boers
The Boer War (1899-1902) is mentioned in numerous letters written by JW around this time (see #10685, #04773).