The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06266
Date: [6 November 1901][1]
Author: William Webb[2]
Place: London
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[3]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W260
Document Type: ALS

8 Fitzroy St

My dear Miss Philip,

I have written you an official letter to show Mr Kelly[4] or Mr Boddington [5]. As you are already in contact with Mr B over the other matter there should be no difficulty in effecting the transfer only it must be done diplomatically - [p. 2] It is possible Mr Kelly may feel a little compunction & say he will attend to it himself, but if he does, most likely it will gradually fall into Mr Boddington's hands, especially if you make yr calls when practicable in the afternoon -

With kind regards to you & Mrs Whibley[6]
I am Yours very sin[cere]ly

W. Webb

Your dispatches are very clear. No spatchcocking except however in telegram about Jeanne[7] which was a little [Bullish?]

P. S.[8] Better go in the afternoon with my letter & show it to Boddington

This is added at Mr Whistlers request.

You might tell Mr Boddington that M it was to him that Mr Whistler first came & it the matter only went to Mr. Kelly because Mr Boddington was away. Before that Mr Whistler only knew Mr Boddington - You might add both sotto voce that Mr Whistler wd prefer Mr Boddington's attention to the business

He believes Mr Boddington is [really?] the head of the firm.

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1.  [6 November 1901]
Dated from the 'official letter' written by W. Webb to R. Birnie Philip to which this letter appears to relate, dated 6 November 1901, #06265.

2.  William Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

3.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

4.  Mr Kelly
Kelly, lawyer, partner in Boddington and Kelly.

5.  Mr Boddington
Oliver Eaton Bodington (1859-after 1936), barrister and author [more].

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

7.  Jeanne
Jeanne, possibly a servant of JW in Paris.

8.  P. S.
Double underlined. The first sentence of the postscript is written at the top of p. 1.