The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00112
Date: [11 June 1902][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Clifford Addams[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A111
Document Type: ALS[3]

Dear Mr. Addams -

I answered your telegram[4] as soon as I came in - say at about 3.30 -

On reflection I have not posted the cheque, but on receipt of a wire from you will post it on to you immediately -

This of course supposes [p. 2] that they accept the terms -

My idea is, from [sic] you yourself had observed before, that possibly the gang are troubled if not alarmed by the picture in possession, & wish to get it back to me -

Wherefore I dont doubt that they will take the 8,000 fs - Still don't lose it -

I hope meanwhile that there may come a letter from you tomorrow morning telling me [p. 3] all about this affair! -

Who all are in it!? - and how is Carmen[5] able to offer you the picture -

And here we come to the all important fact that at first I forgot - and this is that Carmen alleged that she had hypothecated the picture for 7000 fs. and that upon payment of that sum it would be given back to me -

Say this [then?], and that I must have it back for 7000 fs -

You must have the [p. 4] receipt - and all in order

This must go.

Very sincerely with thanks -

J McNeill Whistler

74. Cheyne Walk.

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'Clifford Addams, Esq:
49 Boulevard Montparnasse
Paris -
[postmarks x 4:] CONTINENTAL NIGHT MAIL / C. X. / JU 11 / 02

[on verso:] 'letter about picture[6]'


1.  [11 June 1902]
Dated from the postmark

2.  Clifford Addams
Clifford Isaac Addams (1876-1942), etcher [more].

3.  ALS
The stationery has a narrow mourning border. The envelope was written by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

4.  your telegram
Untraced; JW sent a telegram in reply (JW to C. Addams, 11 June 1902, #00113).

5.  Carmen
Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more]. JW suspected that Carmen Rossi was selling works from his studio, including Rose et or: La Napolitaine (YMSM 505). On 14 June 1902, he managed to recover it from a Paris dealer, with the Addams's assistance (see C. Addams to JW, #00110; I. Addams to JW, #00119; and G. Bergaud to C. Addams, #04637).

6.  letter about picture
Written in another hand.