System Number: 06650
Date: [29 November 1895]
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W644
Document Type: ALS
You never saw such noses Winks!
The fact is the Red & Black & Gold Gentleman has been out again today! and ramping round! and the Grinder Butterfly Jim is madder than ever!. - And I will tell you what I am going to do - So that the Wam shall not be too much in the dark - & wearied with waiting in this unlimited [p. 2] way - and I fancy too that she cannot as yet quite believe that things really go on differently altogether in the Studio - so that she is still uneasy fancying at times that the old scraper & Monkey Soap are yet in full swing - - (unberufen! let us not boast! -) - Nevertheless - a good word! - This is what I have combined -
Little Thomson - the obedient & devoted! has had the frames all got ready - and so [p. 3] I have had a couple of them sent here - they came down yesterday - And so while I am still hanging on to these children - whose noses I dont think you have seen out side the Louvre! - I will let the dear beautiful Luck have a sly peep - earlier than it had been at first planned! - One at a time shall come up - and she shall sit and gaze at it in the drawing room of the Street of the Halluff [sic] Moon - until the next - which we can only pray she may [p. 4] like better! - and until the Grinder himselluff [sic] appear bringing the last [wuk?] with him! -
Now what do you think of that! - I think it a charming arrangement - only of course I shall miss being by when she sees the first! - Perhaps I had better be absent! at that trying moment! - "However"! if the experiment turn out well - and she really is pleased - well I shall still have something in reserve! to give myself a countenance when I do turn up -
Well I had hoped to have got you off one tomorrow - but a leetle [sic] more - just a leetle more - and it shall go
You might begin to expect something on Monday afternoon - Mr Thomson's man to appear with a mysterious [Wuk?] in a cab - Hadn't you better let the Major go round to his place and ask them to send you round an easel first - so that you wont have the things tumbling off chairs? -
One of these days I shall tell you how worked I have been here! - What with the pictures - & Thomson - & Huish! You dont know - & arranging Exhibition & writing and inventing every thing myself!
Well thank Heavens I seem to thrive on it - Like the cart horse you know!
As long as he is in the shafts and the wheels behind him turn, he keeps his legs going!
So thats all right - And now Chinks I must send a line to Huish & get off a package of lithographs by this same post! The place is full of telegrams! & they simply depend helplessly upon me!
Mind you have a beautiful sleep Wink! & think of what he is going to send her! & bless the Wam & her . . Painter!
And the little prayers - that we may both be well! -
Mrs J. McNeill Whistler
8. Half Moon Street
[stamp x 2:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / ONE HALF PENNY
[postmark:] LYME REGIS / D / NO29 / 95
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. W / C 7 / NO 30 / 95
1. [29 November 1895]
Dated from the postmark.
6. [p. 3]
This page is actually numbered '(2.)' at the top, although it is the third side of text.
Beatrix Whistler lodged briefly at 8 Half Moon Street in London. JW is parodying an English accent.
8. You might ... Monday
'You might ... Monday' is written in the left margin of p. 4; 'afternoon ... chairs? -' in the margins of p. 3; 'One of ... legs going!' in the margins of p. 2; and 'So ... well!' in the margins of p. 1.