System Number: 04707
Date: [14 June 1897]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P347
Document Type: ALS
its all right - after a manner! - Things have been simply horrid - & to the last degree depressing -
Winter! - cold cold & black - -
November simply - in the middle of June! and then rain rain rain! - and tea [p. 2] with whitey brown toast at Garlants! -
Then the ugliness of this town - really I am not exagerating [sic]! and the "decorations", I assure you an Indian village done over with red, and yellow ochre! - common - so common & cheap - and at the same time stupendous in its smug belief that it is all right!
The sarcasm of the whole thing is that now that all the world is coming to see London in its supreme moment, I'm hanged if the Englishmen haven't just covered it up! and are going to sit on it!!!
All they think of is how each one shall find a plank to squat upon! and, litterally [sic], all public buildings - churches - clubs and the rest of it are up to their roofs in rows upon rows of scaffold benches! tacked over with cheapest red calico! -
Vanderbilt has just been - & we are to begin! -
The kindest things to all -
This must go! -
It was nice of you to wire -
you might send over the two pair of black thread socks - I have only one here -
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler
110. Rue du Bac
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2½
[postmark:] [...] / JUIN / 97
[postmark:] G[...]IS 22 / B / [...] / JUIN / 97
[postmark on verso:] 9 PARIS 9 / (DISTRIBUTION) / 8E / 14 / 97
1. [14 June 1897]
Dated from the postmark.
The stationery has a deep mourning border.
JW frequently stayed in this London hotel.
8. cartoon of Trafalgar Square
Admiral Nelson -'Boarded at last!' (M.1507). This was published in the Daily Chronicle, 18 June 1897, as 'Mr Whistler on the Jubilee Stands' (see also JW's letter to Ethel Whibley, 21 June 1897, #06315).
10. It was
'It was nice ... only one here' was written in the left margin at right angles to the main text.