System Number: 01620
Date:  June 1900
Recipient: William Richman Farquhar
Place: [Paris ]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F552
Document Type: MsLc
Copy of letter sent in June. 1900.
My dear Farquhar.
I quite understand now how it is that
your my own beautiful epistle has met with no immediate reply! -
And I sympathise too with you in your difficulties in drawing up this terrible ultimatum. Beside which the wicked Kruger's was really quite mild indeed. However I come out of my Kopje and surrender at once! For of course it is all right though and "les dames ont toujours raison", no one has ever doubted that, and so I hasten to enclose the cheque for Mrs Peck.
As to compensation though for "trouble" and "expense", I confess I am completely taken by surprise when Mrs Peck assimilates these elements to herself - and I am sure that if we were talking this over as you say, in the little rooms at the Chatham [p. 2] (which happily I still have) you would feel with me -
I know of no expense, excepting my own, & this as usual I never dreamt of thinking about, and must still refuse to entertain. That the "trouble" has been mine also, I fancy you will admit, though far from me to make any point of it, especially as it has been so gracefully shared from the beginning by your wife.
To us alone then is all consideration due, & for Mrs Farquhar's kind sake as well as for the wor[k] I will not destroy the picture & one of these days later on, an it please her, if ever she bethin[ks] herself to finish it with me, it shall be hers.
Meanwhile I am disappointed that the picture should not find its place in the exhibition I am occupied in preparing.
With kindest regards to you both
Always, my dear Farquhar
J. McN. Whistler.
Garlants Hotel -
Suffolk Street -
These pages appear to have been torn from the same exercise book as that to be found at #01094. The pages are numbered '2.' and '3.' They were possibly written by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].
Dutch, a hill.
6. les dames ont toujours raison
Fr., ladies are always right.
8. [p. 2]
Labelled '3.' in top corner (p. 1 was labelled '2.').
No further one-man exhibition was organised during JW's lifetime.