Documents associated with: Philip, Frances Septima
Record 12 of 12
System Number: 04838
Date: 8 July 1902
Author: Rosalind Birnie Philip
Place: The Hague
Recipient: Frances Philip
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P478
Document Type: ALS
Hotel des Indes
July 8th 1902.
My dear Mama.
Thank you very much for this morning's letter. The rennet came yesterday, Monday, & the curds & whey were made. I am happy to say Whistler seems greatly improved the last two days. He is still weak & unable to get up, but is able to take more food, which is the [p. 2] important thing.
Ethie has not written herself as she has been doing the night watching, & rests during the day. I have been doing the least, on the whole, of the three. But I am not as good at nursing as I used to be, or perhaps some people are more exacting. The people in the hotel are most obliging. The mint has come safely & it is put into water at once. I am glad the King's dinner was a success, & most of all that Frankie's evening [p. 3] novelty looked so pretty & became he [sic] so well. I have taken a peep in at Ethie, but she is fast asleep.
She went to bed at 6 o'clock this morning and it is now past 4, so I enclose her love in this letter.
The tax paper I am going to send to Webb for settlement. Whistler requires your letters read to him & this morning noticed there was never any reference to Ashbee. I thought to myself, the less he hears of that person the better, for I believe it was nothing but through over exciting himself, that [p. 4] all this trouble has come.
I shall look forward to tasting the jam tell Mary. A man has just gone along in black velvet slippers & long hair, selling wooden whistles. They had a long piece of wood which drew in &out, & the result as far as noise went was most satisfactory.
I will write soon. Take care of yourself & with many affectionate messages from the gentlemen & much love from Ethie & myself
Your loving daughter -
The paper has a mourning border.
JW had been very ill indeed, having recently suffered a heart attack on the way to Amsterdam with Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].
6. King's dinner
Perhaps a servant.