The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10963
Date: [8 November 1892][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Rothenstein[3]
Place: Paris
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Call Number: b MS Eng. 1148
Credit Line: Published by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University
Document Type: ALS

Hotel du Bon la Fontaine
Rue de Grenelle

Dear Mr Rothenstein -

We were so sorry and disappointed that we were prevented from being present on such an interesting occasion as the inauguration of your tea meetings -

You know - [p. 2] how much my husband and myself, are interested in the work you have undertaken in Paris - and we hope you will let us be present at the next -

Last night, on the Boulevard we bought an interesting work, which relates your many and dangerous experiences, in connection with your mission [p. 3] to Paris! It is called the "Parson and the Painter" and is by a person calling himself "Phil May[4]"

We are sure if you showed it to your many friends - it would enlighten them - as to the seriousness of your work here in the Paris slums.

With kindest regards from us both -
Believe me -
Dear Mr Rothenstein
Your sincere admirer

Beatrix Whistler -

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The Rev. Will Rotenstein [sic] M A
&c. &c.
23 - Rue Fontaine
[postmark:] PARIS-10 R. DU VIEUX COLOMBIER / 3E 8 / NOV / 92


1.  [8 November 1892]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

3.  William Rothenstein
William Rothenstein (1872-1945), artist [more].

4.  Phil May
Philip ('Phil') William May (1864-1903), cartoonist [more]. The book referred to is Slapkins, Joseph, ['Alfred Allison'], The Parson and the Painter: their wanderings and excursions among men and women ... Illustrated by Charlie Summers-Phil May, London, [1892]. This was reprinted from the St. Stephen's Review.