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System Number: 04356
Date: [October 1896/1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Henri Oulevay[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler O21
Document Type: ALS


Mon cher Oulevay! -

Voila [sic] longtemps que je suis absent - J'ai été soufrant - et l'ami Drouet[3] fait la dernière de mes illusions!! -

Vous avez içi un résumé de mes nouvelles - Avec mes grands regrets de ne pas être des votres - demain -

Presentez mes meilleurs compliments et mes remerciments à Madame Oulevay[4] - et croyez moi toujours bien sincèrement à vous

J McNeill Whistler

Ecrivez moi un mot pour me dire [p. 2] votre arrivée "en plein air" —

Si c'est dans ces pays que vous m'avez décrit, au midi, je pourrai, peutêtre, vous y rejoindre plus tard -

Voici toujours mon adresse:
8. Fitzroy Street.
Fitzroy Square.
London.


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Translation:

My dear Oulevay! –

I have been absent for a long time now – I was ill – and the latest person to let me down was Drouet's friend!!-

You have here a summary of my news – Alongside my deep regrets at not being in your company – tomorrow –

Send my highest compliments and my thanks to Mrs Oulevay – and believe me always very sincerely yours

J McNeill Whistler

Write me a note to let me know about your "open-air" arrival –

If it is in these lands that you described to me, in the south of France, I could, perhaps, join you there later –

My address remains as follows:
8. Fitzroy Street.
Fitzroy Square.
London.


Notes:

1.  [October 1896/1898]
The deep mourning border on the paper indicates a date after the death of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

2.  Henri Oulevay
Henri Charles Oulevay (fl. 1865-1880), painter [more]. JW had given him introductions to A. S. Cole and J. Pennell in London (#07886, #07846).

3.  Drouet
Charles L. Drouet (1836-1908), sculptor and collector [more].

4.  Madame Oulevey
Wife of the artist.