System Number: 04696
Date: [13 January 1897]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P336
Document Type: ALS
4. Whitehall Court - London -
My dear Major -
Black black black!
That is what is has been here ever since I have got into this excellent country - and now it is cold - bitterly cold -
And if you could have seen the degraded woman of the house this morning as she [p. 2] crawled out of bed at 11. o'clock you would have been proud of the land and its ladies -
[sketch of Mrs Willis]
The studio was like a cellar - and this after Mrs Willis had promised to light my fire for me early in the morning -
I am seeing servants - and fancy I may get something directly - though not Auguste -
Your telegram just came - the letter I suppose tomorrow - Now my notion is - now that we have rubbed it into Constant - to withdraw the prosecution - We dont want to destroy them - and worry ourselves to death with the intricacies of the law - So I think Wobbles might intimate that from motives of clemency we wish to "desist" -
Of course we will see first - I might wire tomorrow -
I do hope you will have some good servant by this time - and Bunnie too -
When does Bunnie think she can send me the velvet? -
You might as well Major, write [p. 3] to Whitehall Court always - and I shall get the letters the first thing in the morning - that is if you get them off fully in time - If late send to Fitzroy Street -
Have you written to Mme Delaugh? -
I will write again directly -
The pleasantest things to you all -
You might send a P. O. order to London for Constants 20 francs - and say that Monsieur wishes to know where is the key of the Coal cellar - and where has he put the towels, napkins etc - in short the linge de l'atelier? -
'JAN. 13th 1897'à
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler
110. Rue du Bac
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND REVENUE / 2½d
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND REVENUE / 4d
[postmark:] CALAIS A PARIS 1D / 14 / JANV / 97
1. [13 January 1897]
'Wednesday' fell on the 13 January in 1897; the postmark is from the day after.
The stationery has a deep mourning border.
11. Mme Delaugh
Mme Delaugh, Delange or Dalangle, a servant or employee of JW and his wife in Paris.
The postscript is written diagonally across the bottom left corner, upside down to the main text.
13. linge de l'atelier
Fr., the studio linen.