System Number: 11205
Date: [4/5 December 1901?]
Recipient: Marion Draughan
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 9/531-2
Document Type: TLc
HOTEL CHATHAM [...]
Now, you know, there come about certain master events before which all other matters at once are reduced to absolute unimportance!
Well then, Miss Marion - this is what immediately occurs in your own beautiful career!
Tomorrow I want you! That's all - and for once all other engagements must yield to this overwhelming truth! -
It is of course vital - so have no other thought about it - but just come -
The responsibility is mine - and mine will be the thinking - Mine also the task of straightening things out for you -
See now! the gods have sent you! - a Florida flower from over the seas - to me! Their painter - so what's the use!! -
Sit down and write:
Dear Mr - (Alibazan!)
I am very much grieved at being obliged to disappoint you, but news that I have just received, makes it imperative for me to attend to a matter of sudden and personal importance tomorrow.
With many regrets,
Very faithfully yours,
P. S., I shall be very glad if it pleases you, to make this up to you at another time —
(p. 2) Now then be at the Studio tomorrow by nine or as soon after as possible - if you want to have a good time tomorrow evening at the exhibition! I have sent all the others - and an empty frame in the centre! dat's for dat gurl!! -
She's looking wonderful - but just waiting for you!
We have swindled them out of another day - or at any rate another morning! but she wants it! I have done wonders to the picture today - but dat gurl is a calling out for mo' gold and rose leaves - and don't you disappoint her! -
They are saying already that the panel of the pictures in the talk of all Paris!!
Urgent. At last moment unable to go myself! so send special messenger.
1. [4/5 December 1901?]
Dated by the possible reference to the exhibition of the Société Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1901.
Underlined three times.