System Number: 03161
Date: [17 April 1900]
Recipient: Arthur Haythorne Studd
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 4/211/2-212
Document Type: MsLc
It gave me great pleasure, my dear Peter, to get a letter from you after all this while! - You always were a nice fellow - and we were always fond of you. -
And Peter I do hope you wont be going [p. 2] out to the Cape - not that I don't know that you would distinguish yourself anywhere for your pluck and willingness to be shot, but Peter my dear, that is not what is wanting - and you know my opinion of amateurs - even for the cannon's mouth -
Your Brother, of whom I hope you have good tidings, has been brought up to it and will make a brilliant Officer - but that is quite another thing - However Peter I daresay it is my old West Point notion! Still I do think that neither gentleman riders nor volunteer yeomanry and the rest of it are other than simply sacrificed, What they want are troops and Officers of great knowledge - that is real habit, - Well never mind - you are splendid and if you were called upon to defend your own home & country, you would be amazing -
Now Chapuis relined your picture upon my consent - It was in sore need of it because of the damp of the Island - and then they brought the picture to me, in a perfect condition - and looking beautiful! Chapuis told me that it was going immediately -
My dear Peter - This was to have gone at once - but like your picture it didn't - I sent for Chapuis immediately and he told that he kept the picture to watch it awhile - but it was sent weeks ago - He promised to write - & doubtless it is all right - And now Peter - dont you think you would like to have your little White Girl in this great & beautiful Exposition!? - Do Peter once more [p. 3] lend me the little lady, and again be delightful as you always are to
J. McNeill Whistler.
It will be very gratifying to me if you will do this - for the picture has never been seen in Paris - And of course Peter you will come over & see the wonders yourself.
Envelope:Arthur Studd. Esq.
Chelsea. (Old Lindsey Houses)
[postmark:] [Paris April 17. 1900]
1. [17 April 1900]
Dated from the postmark as recorded by the copyist.
A reference to the Boer War (1899-1902).
Messieurs Brisson, Maison Chapuis, 2 Rue des Bour donnais, Quai de la Mégisserie, Paris, were the picture restorers recommended by JW for repairing Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52), which had been damaged (see JW to A. H. Studd, #03160).
Presumably, JW was alluding to Britain.