System Number: 06728
Date: [1/10 February 1894]
Recipient: Helen Euphrosyne Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W722
Document Type: ALS
110. Rue du Bac.
My dear Nellie -
We are awfully sorry to hear of all the worries you & Willie are vexed with to say nothing of his having been down again with this cold and black weather -
I do wish you were well & out of England - It is this continued waiting for things that is so terribly trying - What a shame it is about the Joe Whistler not paying what he owes him! -
I suppose by the way you [p. 2] would not like to write Mrs Reveillon's address on the enveloppe of a short & pleasant note of mine to her - Therefore you had better simply send me her address and I can put it on my self -
We heard from Willie that Nettie Carpenter is coming to Paris - I doubt not she is already here - and intends calling upon us - A most impudent business! and it would have been almost wiser to have let her understand, when she told you, that it is quite useless - as we certainly will not have her - a bold baggage! - It has always seemed to me that she was properly dealt with by Mrs. Sophie when she was sent by her out of Wimpole Street through the area! - and I have always remembered it with pleasure! -
What is the matter with Luke - that he should be selling his house - and stopping at Mrs. Sophie's? -
He gave me for the two, £200, or less - so that he has made a clean sweep of twelve hundred pounds out of me. - I am also writing him a letter" -
Things still a bit hard here as well as with [p. 3] you - and this cold spell doesn't make it any better -
However we most all keep a stiff upper lip - and the spring may bring better luck!
Write me a line with the Reveillons address -
Love to you both, from both of us -
1. [1/10 February 1894]
Dated from the reference to the Revillons (see below).
5. Mrs Reveillon's address
Julia de Kay Revillon (1855-1930), née Whistler, JW's niece [more]; the letter may be JW's letter of [11 February 1894], #02679. JW was irritated that she had sold his work for a profit.
Lucas ('Luke') Alexander Ionides (1837-1924), stockbroker and businessman [more]. Ionides had just lost his money, the result of a disastrous share purchase, and separated from his wife, Elfrida Elizabeth Ionides (1848-1929), née Bird, wife of Luke A. Ionides [more]. See Ionides, Luke Memories, Paris, 1925, reprinted with an afterword by Julia Ionides, Ludlow, 1996, pp. 90-1.
10. 'Little White Girl', and his 'Nocturne Blue & Silver'
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52). The second picture is probably Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights (YMSM 115), which was owned by Potter. JW told the Glasgow dealer Alexander Reid that Potter had bought it for £20 or less.
JW and B. Whistler.