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System Number: 04677
Date: [28 September 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: Dieppe
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P317
Document Type: ALS[3]


[crest with ship, supported by mermaids:]
G. DUCOUDERT, PROPRE.

GRAND HÔTEL
DIEPPE,

LE     18

'Sept. 28. 96.'

It is very melancholy all the same Major! -

A sea side place any how after the season is like a theatre in the day time - there is an uncanny sort of loneliness about it - -

Still the camp[4] appears in full force tonight - all so bold! without even troubling to "live it down" outside for a day or two -

And the noise they are making! - and the giggling unashamed! -

I am sure if your Mother[5], who is charming, were here, she would agree with [p. 2] me in my undistorted appreciation of these immaculate people!

I wish Bunnie[6] could see the bright red shirt of one of the hens! "la coupe Anglaise en plein![7]" - I believe you! and nothing in this world so beautifully unconscious of offending!

No event tonight! - and the handsome hero French athlete - nothing less after lifting that lady - has gone away with his perfectly dressed bride - So thats all over, and the next time they will have to give brandy on the floor if there is any more fainting -

I got up and was out early in the teeth of the wind! - Every thing looked lovely -

but the wind and the hurry! - I do wish I had come here long ago - for now there is no time, especially as these tickets are up - or will be immediately -

However I think another time you might come here with your Mother - and take a place with the servants -

Constant[8] is excellent! I must tell you about him -

But this goes now -

So with many more things to both of you
Affectionately

J McN W

I suppose we get off tomorrow or next day -

How absurd staying - but the air may do me good - though I doubt it


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Envelope:

GRAND HÔTEL
DIEPPE

'Sept 28 1896'

à
Mademoiselle Birnie Philip.
110. Rue du Bac -
Paris
[stamp:] POSTE / 15 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] DIEPPE SEINE INFRE / 13E¦ 28 / SEPT / 96


Notes:

1.  28 September 1896
The postmark confirms the date written later by the recipient on both the letter and envelope.

2.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]. JW called her the 'Major'.

3.  ALS
Written in pencil.

4.  camp
A group of English tourists staying at JW's hotel (see #04676).

5.  Mother
Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more].

6.  Bunnie
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

7.  coupe Anglaise en plein!
Fr., the real English cut!

8.  Constant
T. C. J. Constant, JW's servant and valet [more].