System Number: 05029
Date: 19 May 1893
Author: Francis Gerard Prange
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P669
Document Type: ALS
19 May 1893
[crest with crown and rose:] THE REFORM CLUB
My dear & chér Directeur
D'abord - Place aux dames. Every body is so dd mischievous - why should your wife's picture be thus mentioned. "This picture is not by J. M. W., as catalogued, but by Miss R. Birnie" - thats the card pinned below the picture - It was "Rose" on the Tuesday - but why the paragraph?
Anyhow he gets it tomorrow and on Tuesday it is to be up in its place. Whitsun folk are of no account - I notice that the price is £500 (Non e ver?) the 5 is a bit like an 8.
I enclose you a note from Grau - scandalous! Entre nous he is not a man to have any thing to do with. -
[p. 3] Herewith letter re Ford - I've written him nothing & have nothing whatever to do with him. Have never heard from him since he wrote for a Catalogue. Your affidavits prove the man to be all you say he is & I'm glad that my withers are unwrung - If I meet him I'll flay the devil.
[p. 4] Richards is a careful fellow & I have appointed him to do all our repairs - varnishings &c
I am writing Grau a note - Please ask Mrs Whistler to forgive Rose who after all "was a coal black Rose & we wish he may be whippit if he don't love Rose"
F G Prange
2. D'abord - Place aux dames
Fr., ladies first.
4. Miss R. Birnie
She exhibited under the pseudonym 'Rix Birnie'.
8. Non e ver?
It., is it not true?
9. Entre nous
Fr., Between ourselves.
'Coal Black Rose' is an American folk song (n. d.), which is a veiled description of a lynching. Another song is 'Mammy's Little Coal Black Rose', lyrics by Raymond Egan, music by Richard A. Whiting (n. d., before 1916).