Dear Mr. Addams -
I answered your telegram 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 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.
Envelope:'Clifford Addams, Esq:
49 Boulevard Montparnasse
[stamps x 6:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / HALF PENNY
[postmarks x 4:] CONTINENTAL NIGHT MAIL / C. X. / JU 11 / 02
[on verso:] 'letter about picture'
1. [11 June 1902]
Dated from the postmark
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.