System Number: 04801
Date: [3 April 1901]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P441
Document Type: ALS
My letter rushed off to you yesterday in the most unfinished state - I have to leave to your own great experience to fill up the gaps -
For it will have been clear to you that many days had gone since it was begun - and the events of the Academie had been telegraphed backwards & forwards & finally culminated in the masterpiece of which I sent you a copy - -
How did you like it? -
("transportation" should be transplantation -)
I wired this morning to find out all about steamer calling at Marseilles - and telegraph me -
Not that I am sure of anything - but it occurred to me that I might if still in time, go back that way -
It has stormed - and frozen & been terrible - and now today - it is simply amazing! 40- degrees - out of doors in shade.
But what's the use! all this time lost as far as work goes! -
Only as the Conservateur says, but you have gained the most important - your health - yes - but I have not known how to do that decently - And now I must go - And this is the first day - and no
t weather have we ever had like it - !
I shall wire -
[p. 2] I know you will be delighted with the Bate's telegram, just received! -
I wired back "Excellent! - and with ceremony - Carmen must be present! -"
This last I fear the Apprentice & Massière will not like -
She preferred running the whole show, even to its "winding up". -
So thats all right -
The P. O. people are capital - I ought to send copy of letter on to "A Mr Woods" - with a former Residents compliments!
Tell Ronnie to get this return ticket paid back & put in Bank -
Off this goes
How do you like "this Aristocratic and intolerant Academie"? -
How do you Ma'ame? -
[p. 3] 'Mr. Whistler'
HÔTEL SCHWEIZERHOF, AJACCIO
PROPRIÉTAIRE, A. BOSSHARDT
'April 3rd 1901.'
Miss Rosalind Birnie-Philip
Dhu House -
36. Tite Street. Chelsea
[stamp x 2:] POSTE / 15 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[stamp:] POSTE / 20 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[stamp:] POSTE / 25 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] AJACCIO / CORSE / 2E 3 / AVRIL / 01
[postmark:] REGISTERED / LONDON / C / 5 APL 01 / 44
[Hotel stamp on verso]
1. 3 April 1901
Dated from the postmark. The date was also written on the envelope by the recipient.
Most of the letter except 'I know you ... compliments' is in pencil.
'today' is double underlined, and '40', triple underlined.
Written in the left margin of p. 1.