The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11157
Date: 2 November 1901
Author: Rosalind Birnie Philip[1]
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Inez Addams[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 7/282
Document Type: TWc[3]

Nov. 2nd 1901.

Dear Mrs. Addams,

I have just received a letter from Mr. Whistler, and he sends the following message:- "Tell Madame Addams to know nothing when Carmen[4] talks." I knew that you would already do this, but thought it better to send you this little word, as desired.

We have been thinking it over, and we want to ask a great favour. My sister[5] is so desirous of possessing the lithograph "The Duet"[6] that we are going to ask if Mr. Addams[7] will again invade the enemy's camp and procure her one. We do not like to go ourselves as we are so well known in the neighbourhood. Will you kindly send us word when you have it, and we will send for it.

With kindest regards to both you and Mr. Addams,
Very sincerely yours,

R. Birnie-Philip.

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

2.  Inez Addams
Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more].

3.  TWc
The copy is inscribed 'Petit Bleu', that is, a Paris telegram.

4.  Carmen
Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more]. She was suspected of selling works from JW's studio in Paris.

5.  My sister
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

6.  The Duet
The Duet (C.104). It showed Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], and her sister Ethel at the piano.

7.  Mr. Addams
Clifford Isaac Addams (1876-1942), etcher [more].