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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04132
Date: [October 1892][1]
Author: Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac[2]
Place: Seine et Marne
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler[3]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M402
Document Type: ALS[4]


LES BOULEAUX
PAR MORMANT
SEINE & MARNE.

Dear Mrs. Trixie

J'ai désiré de vous faire plaisir; c'est un honneur et un bonheur pour moi d'y avoir réussi quelquefois; et, cette fois, excellé, oserai-je dire, pour ne pas faire mentir votre charmante lettre excellente[5].

[p. 2] Mais tant d'agrément dans un aimable gré, ôte tout mérite au don même gracieux. C'est donc à recommencer!

Et je veux bientôt vous offrir une nouvelle occasion de m'obliger en me remerciant!

RMF

Soignez bien notre cher grand homme, dont je salue en vous la belle Saskhia[6], la brillante Hélène Fourment[7]!


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Translation:

Dear Mrs Trixie,

It was my desire to make you happy, it is an honour and a joy for me to have succeeded in doing so at times; and, on this occasion excelled, dare I say it, so as not to contradict your charming and excellent letter.

But so much charm in a sweet expression of gratitude, outshines the merit of the gracious gift itself. Therefore the whole thing must be repeated!

And soon I would like to provide you with a further occasion to oblige me in giving me thanks!

RMF

Take good care of our dear great man, whom I salute through you the beautiful Saskhia, the brilliant Helene Fourment!


Notes:

1.  [October 1892]
This is a reply to Beatrix Whistler's letter, #03261.

2.  Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac
Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921), Symbolist writer and poet, and collector [more].

3.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

4.  ALS
Published by Newton, Joy, La Chauve-Souris et le Papillon. Correspondance Montesquiou-Whistler, Glasgow, 1990, no. 106, p. 199.

5.  lettre excellente
#03261.

6.  Saskhia
Wife and model of Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn (1606-1669), painter and etcher [more].

7.  Hélène Fourment
Wife and model of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), painter [more].