It is excellent my dear Bunnie - Montesquiou's deed! - and now that he has begun, I would prophecy [sic] that he goes on - and becomes a most dangerous poet, and swaggering d'Artagnan - whose name you remember it was his ambition to revive!
All the paragraphists who have lived on him will have [to] look out or they may die of him! -
Qui sait! this is a taste that may grow on him - In any case he must be awfully [p. 2] pleased with himself and at the astonishment of the others! -
London is —— well - I daresay the Major has read you my description and has shown you the sketches -
And now in return for the Forain I send you my "Cartoon"! - -
Always my dear Bunnie, & with a thousand thanks for so kindly running off for me to Ratiers [
with?]at my most abrupt call,
How is Wobbles?
Tell him if he saw St Pauls all over sticks, he would be proud of being a Dutchman! -
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler
110. Rue du Bac
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2½d
[postmark:] LONDON / E / 20 JU / 97 / S
[postmark:] CALAIS A PARIS 10 / F / 21 / JUIN / 97
'JUNE 21. 1897'[postmark on verso:] 9 PARIS 9 DISTRIBUTION / 1E 21 / JUIN / 97
1. [20 June 1897]
Dated from the postmark.
The stationery has a deep mourning border.
6. Qui sait!
Fr., who knows.
11. all over sticks
JW had described how London's buildings were 'up to their roofs in rows upon rows of scaffold benches', #04707. This relates to the celebration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. On 22 June 1897, the sixtieth year of her reign was celebrated with a public procession which began at Buckingham Palace and took in St Paul's Cathedral. Streets and buildings were lavishly decorated. JW was referring to the decorations at St Paul's where Queen Victoria would preside over a service of thanksgiving outside the building. Ethel Whibley came over to see the celebrations (see her letter to E. G. Kennedy, [21 June 1897], #09773.