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System Number: 10735
Date: [4 October 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Carmen Rossi[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/49/2
Document Type: ALS[3]


[monogram:] WH

4, WHITEHALL COURT,
S. W.

Madame[4] Carmen -

Je vous envoie, ci-inclue, une lettre que j'ai fait mettre dans les journaux de Londres - et dans le New York Herald de Paris -

Cela vous temoignera mes meilleurs intentions envers la nouvelle "Academie" -

Vous pourriez prier Monsieur [p. 2] MacMonnies[5] de bien vouloir avoir la bonté de la lire à vos éleves distinguées - jusqu'à ce que j'ai le plaisir de leur être presenté -

Je compte rentrer à Paris au commencement de la semaine - et j'aurai le viendrai vous voir de suite -

Veuillez accepter, Mademoiselle[6] Carmen l'expression de tous mes bons souhaits

J McNeill Whistler


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Translation:

Miss Carmen -

Enclosed, I am sending you, a letter that I have put into the papers of London - and in the New York Herald of Paris -

This will express to you my best intentions towards the new "Academy" -

You can ask Mr [p. 2] MacMonnies to be so kind as to read it to your distinguished pupils - until I have the pleasure of being introduced to them -

I intend to return to Paris at the Beginning of the week – and I will have the I will come to see you immediately –

Please accept, Miss Carmen the expression of all my kind wishes

J McNeill Whistler


Envelope:

à
Mademoiselle Carmen Rossi
6. Passage Stanislas
Rue Notre Dame des Champs
Paris
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 6d
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / ½d
[postmark:] CONTINENTAL - NIGHT / OC 4 / 98

[monogram on reverse flap:] WH



Notes:

1.  [4 October 1898]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Carmen Rossi
Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more].

3.  ALS
The stationery has a narrow mourning border. It is numbered '1' in another hand. The letter is written at right angles to the printed address, with its monogram (that of William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more]). Inserted in the letter is a newspaper cutting of JW's letter to the Pall Mall Gazette, 1 October 1898, concerning the Académie Carmen, beginning: 'Permit me, in your columns, ...', with a summary in French beginning: 'Whistler met au point...'.

4.  Madame
Corrected from 'Mademoiselle'.

5.  MacMonnies
Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), sculptor [more].

6.  Mademoiselle
This appears to be corrected from 'Madame'.

7.  letter
Whistler, James McNeill, 'A New Academy,' The Pall Mall Gazette, no. 10,458, vol. 67, 3 October 1898, p. 4; #09347. The writing of the summary in French may be that of Carmen Rossi.