[monogram in roundel:] WH
6, NORFOLK STREET,
PARK LANE. W.
This is most excellent about the Carmen - and I send instantly, that no time be lost, this line of great approval -
Nothing could be better than her coming to you - I would let her talk as much as possible! - Of course she will do this more readily when you are by yourselves - & it is not necessary that Mr Addams should try, as you might think, for nothing can be more conducive to confidence than a tête-à-tête!
[p. 2] I daresay that really she is bubbling over with things - and among them something pointing to this picture mystery is sure to pop out! - Besides I doubt not she is longing to confide in someone - who may perhaps see a way out for her! - so all that must be encouraged - and any word of hope put in if occasion offers - Of course we dont expect full & complete confession right off - in one sitting, as who should say! - but perhaps the "grand ennemi" might be someone who wishes to spread evil reports, and influence Monsieur against her! - someone so maliciously inclined as even to suggest that Madame Carmen had been disposing of odds & ends from the studio that were not her own! instead of being all the time really only little presents that "Monsieur qui est si bon", continually made her! Though in all this you may see looming the "Hessel" we are waiting for, still I would not confine myself to any particular line of direction, in case she might take fright - The object will be naturally to obtain eventually
anythi something like a list of the works she has sold, whether "her own" or otherwise - & to whom, of course all this will be only by and bye - but even the faintest sign that you notice may help - So I want you to write me detailed account of each interview at once whilst fresh in your memory -
Indeed I almost expect a letter from you tomorrow! if you have already seen her today! - And now my dear Mrs Addams I am troubled at all the work I am giving you! - and I have to thank you for the beautiful offering from Inez to Phryne! - ..... the thought was graceful as the flowers were exquisite! -
About the lithographs - directly [p. 3] This goes now -
with kindest messages to both! -
and many thanks
Write direct to
care of Mr Heinemann -
6. Norfolk St.
Park Lane -
Envelope:Call Number: GUL MS Whistler A91a
Madame Clifford Addams
49. Boulevard Montparnasse
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2 1/2 d
[postmarks x 2:] LONDON W / 7PM / OC 21 / 01
1. [21 October 1901]
Dated from the postmark.
4. NORFOLK STREET
The letter is written at right-angles to the printed address.
7. grand ennemi
Fr., great enemy.
8. Monsieur qui est si bon
Fr., the master who is so good.