The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10703
Date: [1901/1903][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London?]
Recipient: Miss Norman[2]
Place: [London?]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/33/1
Document Type: ALS[3]

Dear Miss Norman -

As I was calling this morning on Mr Mesdag[4], I thought I would come on here and thank you for your kind letter, which must have been most annoying to you to write!

Nothing could be more abominable than the conduct of this man who has ventured to trouble you with the squables [sic] of his servants in the kitchen - ! Of course I have not said a word to the ladies - who would be most indignant -

So I think that tomorrow when we [p. 2] have the great delight of breakfasting with you (and you see that I have mounted the difficult staircase!) you might speak to Miss Birnie-Philip[5] and tell her that this landlord (because of your former kindness, in so greatly assisting us in our understanding with him) had ventured to annoy you with his complaints of our servant! and that you warned us in order that we might be prepared to leave his place immediately! -

In this way every thing will be excellent and your nice letter to me will be a charming & sacred mystery for ourselves!!

With kindest regards to you both, and regrets at not finding you
always Sincerely Yours

J. McNeill Whistler

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1.  [1901/1903]
Dated from the writing.

2.  Miss Norman
Miss Norman, a social acquaintance of JW.

3.  ALS
Written in purple ink.

4.  Mr Mesdag
Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831-1915), painter and collector [more].

5.  Miss Birnie-Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].