System Number: 04698
Date: [16 January 1897]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P338a
Document Type: ALS
Friday night -
I fancy my dear Major that I may bring down the two birds with one shot and furnish you with a capital woman while I have the husband as Valet! - These are the hopes at present in the Heinemann "Court"! - not that this is Payne's doing - It is just a bit of my luck - that is if it turn out well! - for I haven't seem them yet!! - They are to come [p. 2] in the morning - and if pleased I will wire - In which case you will hear before getting this letter -
The most wonderful recommendations! - The man, a Marine like Constant - He has served in three campagnes! - been all through the Tonquin business - and has four medals! though only about 30 or so - The wife they tell very very nice - - Well tomorrow -
Cold though is your Mothers house! - and Frank is worked to pieces!
Studio awful - Conversation this afternoon with Lizzie - simple English child - . . . . . . "Yes - and we had another New Years present last night! - - . . a quarter bottle of Whisky" - . .
Oh - I said, and who had that? -
"Why Daddy and Mother of course" - .
Well, I said, but what should you know about it? - "Why I had some too of course!" - Did you indeed? and how much? - "Well I had a glass to myself - Scôtch it was - t'was good! I always has [p. 3] it - and gin sometimes - and rum - but I likes whisky best I does - " . . . But I said doesn't it make you tipsy! - "Oh - gigle! gigle [sic] - I was drunk once!!" . . . and then the infant became inarticulate in the merriment of her recollections -
[sketch of child]
Well à demain -
I shall write to Constant -
You might write to Louise and ask if Constant left the two white jacquettes de service - & are they in the studio - This you might do on your own account - for you can say that of course they were for the service of the studio -
Kindest messages to your Mama -
'JAN. 16th 1897'à
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler -
110. Rue du Bac -
[stamp x 3:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LON[DON] W. C. / 4.15 AM / JA16 / 97
[verso:] 4, WHITEHALL COURT,
1. [16 January 1897]
Dated from the postmark. The date was also written by the recipient on the envelope. A second envelope is enclosed with this letter, which dates from much later on (transcribed at #13866).
The letter has deep mourning borders.
Payne, employee or servant of W. Heinemann.
13. jacquettes de service
'might do ... General' was written in the left margin of p. 2, and 'Kindest ... Mama -' in the right margin of p. 1, both at right angles to the main text.