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System Number: 07472
Date: [1899/1901?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: [unknown]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler X46
Document Type: ALd



Mon cher Directeur! -

I was so sorry not to have seen you when you passed through London - for at that time I was in town - and it would have been a great pleasure to have lightened your visit in this distraught land of Kaki[2]! -

They told me [p. 2] about you at Messrs Goupils - but I would not at first believe them - for I made sure you would have certainly have found me before leaving:

Your very charming very kind letter however has reached me - I haved been travelling about a bit - and this is to thank you for your congratulations &[3] the charming invitation that never found [me] until long after the distinguished feast to which you had bidden me - and which I heard was the naturally

no[4] longer so entirely absorb you - the


Most certainly I never proposed to be absent from Paris all this while! - but my much great complication entanglement of work came upon me over here - and has kept me -

I trust however to see you soon - that we may meet in the dini

En attendant[5] my dear S And

Very Sincerely

are achieved

in the difficult achievement of which you have shown such perfect -

allow[6] you more leisure - Your The difficult

[p. 3] now that you[r] official duties are less heavy - for the work in whose difficult achievement you have so greatly distinguished yourself, is I suppose practically complete - and you will be comparatively at your leisure -

Pray convey to the Gentlemen of your Committee also my warmest acknowledgements of all their courteous kindnesses and their messages of flattering sympathy -

'Maud Woodworth[7]
37. Queens Gardens
Lancaster Gate'

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1.  [1899/1901?]
Dated by the reference to 'Kaki', possibly referring to the khaki British uniform during the Boer War.

2.  Kaki
That is, khaki.

3.  your congratulations &
Linked by a line from the right margin.

4.  no
'no longer ... you - the' is written in the left margin, and '[upset?]' in the right margin.

5.  en attendant
Fr., meanwhile.

6.  allow
'allow ... difficult' is written in the left margin.

7.  Maud Woodworth
Maud Woodworth, a collector. This name and address is written in another hand, in pencil, at right-angles to JW's text.