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System Number: 04801
Date: [3 April 1901][1]
Author: JW
Place: Ajaccio
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P441
Document Type: ALS[3]


Tuesday

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[4] - -

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[5] - 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[6] 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 not weather have we ever had like it - !

I shall wire -

[p. 2] I know you will be delighted with the Bate's[7] telegram, just received! -

I wired back "Excellent! - and with ceremony - Carmen[8] 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[9]" - with a former Residents compliments!

Tell Ronnie[10] to get this return ticket paid back & put in Bank -

Off this goes

the General

Show[11] the grand dismissal of the whole class clan janfry to Bunnie[12] -

How do you like "this Aristocratic and intolerant Academie"? -

How do you Ma'ame[13]? -

Affecty

the General

[p. 3] 'Mr. Whistler'


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Envelope:

[Registered letter:]

HÔTEL SCHWEIZERHOF, AJACCIO
PROPRIÉTAIRE, A. BOSSHARDT

'April 3rd 1901.'

Recommandée[14]

To
Miss Rosalind Birnie-Philip
Dhu House -
36. Tite Street. Chelsea
London
[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]



Notes:

1.  3 April 1901
Dated from the postmark. The date was also written on the envelope by the recipient.

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

3.  ALS
Most of the letter except 'I know you ... compliments' is in pencil.

4.  copy
JW's final address to the Académie Carmen is #00005.

5.  today
'today' is double underlined, and '40', triple underlined.

6.  Conservateur
François Péraldi, curator [more].

7.  Bate's
Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more]. She had been instructed to close the Académie Carmen.

8.  Carmen
Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more].

9.  Woods
Not identified.

10.  Ronnie
Ronald Murray Philip (1871-1940), civil engineer, JW's brother-in-law [more].

11.  Show
Written in the left margin of p. 1.

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

13.  Ma'ame
Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more].

14.  Recommandée
Triple underlined.