The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06316
Date: [8 July 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Ethel Whibley[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W310
Document Type: ALS[3]

My dear Bunnie -

It was very kind and nice of you to go at once with the Major[4] to Ratier[5] - Your letter was charming and you are quite right about Beurdeley[6] -

I wish enough we may be able to get rid of him - and I will talk to Ratier [p. 2] about it when I get back -

The great O K[7] has collared a little Water Colour[8] I did of the Naval Review! so that I may be said to have paid my expenses! -

I wish you could look through the pigeon holes and see if you can find my letter of Sickerts[9] about the Starr loan[10] from the "Trust" people, for they are threatening immediate proceedings! -

I sent you the cuttings to show you how really this people love me! -

Also I thought it "not without a certain merit" as William Rossetti[11] used to say! -

I am working away from morning to night! and at this moment am expecting the little Peck[12]! -

So in great haste and with a thousand thinks [sic]
Always affectionately

[butterfly signature]

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Madame Charles Whibley
7. Rue Garancière
Place St. Sulpice
Paris -
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2½d
[postmark:] LONDON W. / 3PM / JY 8 / 97
[postmark on verso:] PARIS 8 / B DISTRIBUTION / 1E 9 / JUIL / 97


1.  [8 July 1897]
Dated from the postmark.

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

3.  ALS
Written on deep bordered mourning paper.

4.  Major
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]. JW had written to her on [5 July 1897], #04708.

5.  Ratier
Antoine ('Antony') Ratier (b. 1851), lawyer and politician [more].

6.  Beurdeley
Paul Beurdeley (1842-after 1902), advocate at the Cour d'Appel, Paris [more].

7.  O K
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. See his account, 3 July 1897, #07285.

8.  Water Colour
The Queen's Naval Jubilee, 1897 (M.1508).

9.  Sickerts
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more].

10.  Starr loan
Sidney Starr (1866 or 1867-1925), painter [more].

11.  William Rossetti
William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), civil servant and critic [more].

12.  Peck
Probably Marion Peck (b. ca 1872), later Mrs Farquhar [more]. JW was in the process of painting Portrait of Miss Marion Peck (YMSM 439).