Documents associated with: Whistler, William
Record 10 of 16
System Number: 03176
Date: [3 October 1894]
Author: Beatrix Whistler
Recipient: Arthur Haythorne Studd
Place: Le Pouldu, Brittany
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 4/223
Document Type: MsLc
110 Rue du Bac -
My dear Peter:
Thank you so much for the lovely roses - they arrived in perfect condition and put me quite out of conceit with my own.
I am afraid you will never forgive us, but it is really not our fault, and Jimmie is simply in despair at the loss of his summer.
His brother goes back to London next Saturday - Will you still be in Poldu? But in any case - do just as you would have done if we had not been coming - We saw Mr. Johnstone last night who gave us news of you - Is it cold with you? Here it is perfectly miserable, cold and dull.
How did you know the red boy got off - I do not remember telling you that - do you know his mother got six months?! but perhaps, I did tell you all this, and have forgotten it!!!
We all miss you very much Peter - do - do - come and take a little flat somewhere you know very well you will be able to manage it. Ethel has got a very pretty one in the rue Garancière near St. Sulpice, which she can see out of the dining room window. Whibley is in London. They are giving him a complimentary dinner next Friday. Here is the invitation: -
"A Complimentary dinner -
to that admirable sinner,
Charles Whibley, will on Friday
next be given;
At Soferino's Eating house
Come, honour this preposterous spouse
you'll find your soup all simmering
hot at seven."
Write and tell us all your plans and dont be too cross with us.
With affectionate remembrances from us all.
Envelope:Arthur Studd Esq.
Le Poulda, Près Lorient.
[postmark:] Oct 3. 1894.
1. 3 October 1894
Dated by the postmark as recorded by the copyist.
7. red boy
Not identified; possibly a servant.
9. Mrs. Buyt
Mrs Buyt, unidentified.
A popular restaurant in London: 'Those who require a good dinner at a moderate price may go to the London, the Rainbow, or the Mitre, in Fleet-street; Simpson's, in the Strand; or John O'Groats, or the Solferino, Rupert-street, Haymarket. ' Routledge's Popular Guide to London, [c. 1873], in http://www.victorianlondon.org/food/dickens-restaurants.htm (accessed 12.12.2003).