System Number: 06645
Date: [20 November 1895]
Author: Beatrix Whistler
Place: Lyme Regis
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W639
Document Type: ALS
'Nov. 20. 1895.'
h! Ye Gifted ones, follow your calling, for, however various your talents may be, ye can have but one calling capable of leading ye to emine[n]ce and renown: follow resotulely the one straight path before you, it is that of your good angel, let neither obstacles nor temptations induce ye to leave it: bound along if you can: if not, on your hands and knees follow it, perish in it, if needful; but ye need not fear that: no one ever yet died in the true path of his calling before he had obt attained the pinnicle,"
This my [p. 2] Chinkie love, is what I came upon today, in Borrows Lavengro, it is apropos of his brother who became a painter, he had all the gifts except perseverance
But I think he is right[;] no great man ever does die too soon.
It is an edition with an introduction by Theodore Watts! You must read it - the conceit of it is stupendous[,] a great deal of Watts and precious little of Borrows - He even drags in a sonnet of his own about a gipsy girl!
Louise has climbed right down, I let her sulk as long as she liked, and now - she is very sweet -
Sweetheart, you will never stay away so long again[.] Somehow - - I cannot tell you to come before the pictures are finished. You must get over your rediculous nervousness, [p. 4] It is all nonsense,
I have had another bad day - I thought my bad week was last, but it looks as if it is on now - -
Oh! Chink. I do suffer[.] I never thought I should be like this - But - you know - I was too happy, so I am given some aches to remind me, that this world is not quite Paradise.
Sweet, I think Ive loved you always even from the Peacock room days!
[p. 5, sketch of fireplace with sleeping cat]
[p. 6:] 'Mrs J. M. Whistlers sketch of fireplace in Garlands Hotel. / 1895.'
'Nov. 20. 1895.'To
James McNeill Whistler Esq
Royal Lion Hotel
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LOND[ON.] S. W / X / NO 20 / 95
[postmark on verso:] LYME REGIS / A / NO 21 / 95
1. [20 November 1895]
Dated from the postmark.
George Borrow Lavengro. The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest, London, 1851, chapter 21.
By Beatrix Whistler: the note on the verso is by R. B. Philip.
12. Garlands Hotel
Beatrix and her sister Rosalind were staying at Garlant's Hotel in London.