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System Number: 07523
Date: [1882/1883][1]
Author: JW
Recipient: [Octavie Josephine de Macedo-Carvalho][2]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler X93
Document Type: ALS


Cher Madame -

Je vous écris un mot seulement à la plus grande hate, pour vous faire savoir la triste nouvelle de la mort de la soeur de Maud[3] - - La pauvre enfant semble avoir attendu le retour de Maud desirant tant la voir avant de s'en aller! -

Heureusement aussi est elle arrivée à temps, et Maud a pu causer avec sa soeur le soir même [p. 2] de son retour - et le lendemain matin, hier, Madame Hamerton[4] est morte! -

Maud est naturellement - tout a fait prosternée - et soufrante -

Lucas[5] n'est pas encore venu -

Adieu chère Madame -
Vous savez combien je vous remercie de toutes vos bontés pour nous!
Toujours à vous

Whistler


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Translation:

Dear Madam -

I write just a word in the greatest haste, to let you know the sad news of the death of Maud's sister - - The poor child seems to have awaited Maud's return wishing so much to see her before she went! -

Happily also she arrived in time, and Maud was able to talk with her sister the same evening [p. 2] of her return - and next morning, yesterday, Mrs Hamerton was dead! -

Maud is naturally - completely prostrated - and suffering -

Lucas has not come yet -

Goodbye dear Madam -
You know how grateful I am for all your kindness to us!
Always yours

Whistler


Notes:

1.  [1882/1883]
Dated by JW's association with Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more], and the birth of Alice Maud Hamerton (b. 1882), niece of JW's mistress Maud Franklin [more] (see below).

2.  [Octavie Josephine de Macedo-Carvalho]
Probably Octavie Josephine de Macedo-Carvalho (1833-1909), née Marchand, probable mistress of George A. Lucas [more]. See also M. Franklin to O. de Macedo-Carvalho, #07524.

3.  Maud
Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more].

4.  Madame Hamerton
Mrs Hamerton, née Franklin, sister of JW's mistress Maud Franklin. She probably died shortly after the birth of her daughter, who was called Maud after her aunt. Maud was very fond of her niece and wrote regularly to her for the rest of her life (according to family records).

5.  Lucas
Probably George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909), art dealer in Paris [more].