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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09097
Date: [October/November 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Isabella Stewart Gardner[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
Call Number: N23a
Document Type: ALS


ADRESSE TÉLÉGRAPHIQUE - CHATHAMEL-PARIS
NO. TÉLÉPHONIQUE: 247-53
[Chatham coat of arms with motto:] BENIGNO NUMINE

HOTEL CHATHAM
PARIS

Dear Mrs. Gardner -

I shall not be able to see any body for two or three days - and you are not, in your kindness to "send round" to enquire! For I don't wish it to get out at all that I am laid up at this moment! -

So let us keep it quite [p. 2] a little secret -

Meantime I may tell you that I deserve what I have brought upon myself by my mad proceedings - Sitting on camp-stools in the wildest draughts of October! First then, what they call "courant d'air" and "torticolis"[3]! and now this neuralgia of the nerves coming from the neck (of the stiffest) and spreading over the head! -

So that it is pretty bad for the moment!

Voilà -

J. McN. Whistler

Tuesday.


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Notes:

1.  [October/November 1899]
Dated from the reference to JW's health (see below) and related correspondence with I. S. Gardner (#09111, #09124, #09104, #09101).

2.  Isabella Stewart Gardner
Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924), née Stewart, collector [more].

3.  ALS
Written at right-angles to the printed address.

4.  torticolis
A condition in which the motion at one side of the neck is limited as a result of the shortening of the sternocleidomastoid (neck) muscle. JW had complained about suffering from neuralgia in a letter to R. Birnie Philip, [30 October 1899], #04755.