The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04690
Date: [15 December 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P330
Document Type: ALS[3]

'Dec: 15. 1896'

It is all right Major about the book[4] - found it in one of the drawers of writing place -

Now I want Bunnie[5] to send me what she promised and has forgotten - that is just the roughest note of the order in which Trixie wore her garnets[6] - I may not need it - but I think I should like to have it to go to Dickers with - so that I can start with some notion of [p. 2] how they were - even if I arrange them myself -

I have seen Dicker[7] before now - and it is agreed that we shall go over them together when I am ready to begin -

Bunnie might send it by tomorrows post -

I have been having a blue railing and treliss[8] [sic] work put for my dear Trixie - and I am sad - always sad sad! - and only stay - that when I step inside the railing I may not have left undone what she knew might be done! - But its all mad!! and ridiculous! as Trixie well knows! The idea of a railing being over either of us and both of us! & in this God forsaken abominable land!! - -

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'Dec. 15 1896.'

Mademoiselle Birnie-Philip
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler -
110. Rue du Bac
[postmark:] BEDFORD ST. [ ] 5 / 9 PM / DE 15 / 96
[postmark:] CALAIS [A?] PARIS 29 / 5 / 16 / DEC / 96

[on verso:] 4, WHITEHALL COURT[9],
S. W.


1.  15 December 1896
Dated from the postmark. The date was also added later on both letter and envelope by the recipient.

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

3.  ALS
The paper has a mourning border. The letter was written in pencil.

4.  book
See #04685.

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

6.  Trixie wore her garnets
Her garnets are now in the Hunterian Art Gallery.

7.  Dickers
Jewellers in London.

8.  blue railing and treliss
Beatrix, and later JW, were buried in Chiswick cemetery. The grave was later marked by a monument designed by Edward Godwin (b. 1876), son of Beatrix and E. W. Godwin; JW's step-son [more]. This has been repeatedly vandalised although frequently restored.

Blue embossed address on flap, of William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].