System Number: 04678
Date: [29 September 1896]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P318
Document Type: ALS
[crest with ship, supported by mermaids:]
G. DUCOUDERT, PROPRE.
Tuesday - dinner - 'Sept. 29. 96.'
I had your letter this morning my dear Major - with the 100 fs - So thats all right -
The letter was capital Major - and I hope you both like mine! for of course I shall stop soon - but it is fun writing to you while the Colony chatters on -
A superficial onlooker or observer might say they get louder & louder - I dont - They couldn't! - but the giggling is more continuous - and what with the hardy eating and openly intimate joking - the [p. 2] broad bay [sic] teeth are more all over the place than ever! - They have pretty well gotten through their wardrobe though - for I see some of the jackets coming round again! - You may tell Bunnie with my affectionate satisfaction that she looks like none of these! - and neither does the Major - which is infinitely to my pleasure -
You are mistaken I think in supposing that I am more cheerful - I am miserable - and - well I suppose I always shall be - Tomorrow night I propose to leave by the boat - so we must hope for quiet weather -
No I have been able to do nothing that is worth while - It has rained whenever it has not blown - and the rest is my fault -
I told Constant to say to Louise that she is never to impart any thing to that foolish old Madame de Courrière - if she ever calls again - I hope that you told her that you heard all the talking - and that Monsieur is not likely to meet with disrespect from Concierges -
I dont know what the place can cost - for the dinners are amazing - Grapes & partridge and the very best coffee I have tasted - The landlord is always most attentive - and Constant produces a superb effect! -
[p. 3] Well I am off now Major -
Give my love to your Mother
and write to the Studio -
Your affectionate General.
Did you send the money to Madame Michel?
'Sept. 29 1896 Paris'à
Mademoiselle Birnie Philip
110. Rue du Bac -
[stamp:] POSTE / 15 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] DIEPPE SEINE INFRE / [13E?] 29 / SEPT / 96
[postmark on verso:] 9 PARIS 9 / DISTRIBUTION / 1 / 30 / SEPT / 96
[hotel crest on verso]
1. 29 September 1896
The postmark confirms the date written later by the recipient on both letter and envelope.
Written in pencil.
8. Madame de Courrière
Mme de Courrière, possibly a neighbour, servant or concierge at 110 Rue du Bac.
10. Madame Michel
Mme Michel, possibly a Paris shopkeeper.