System Number: 11717
Date: [15 August/10 September 1893]
Place: Perros Guirec, Côtes du Nord
Recipient: Max Williams
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 19/1874-6
Document Type: MsL
Chez Monsieur Lucas
au bourg Perros Guirec
Cotes du Nord
Dear Mr Williams.
Your note has been sent on to me here[.] Why did you not ask
for the at 72 rue duc [sic] du Bac They would have given you my address and you would not have had the trouble of any back & forth to the Studio in this [ illegible] [illegible] heat weathe[r]
How are you yourself - I
have hope not an i[n]valid again as when you left.
And what news have you for me. Have you sold the little [p. 2] water colour drawing of the nocturne fire wheel. - Have you sold the original? We came down here to paint sea pieces, and have been anable [sic] to look at the sea for three weeks it has been nearly one incessant glare with a cloudless sky of mickel [sic].
But Fit only for only [sic] for [sic] a tourist and the painter isnt in it - How long are you going to be in Paris, If you write to [me] tomorrow without fail I shall get your[s] otherwise we may have moved (p. 3) on. In which case I should telegraph our next address, but write a note at once for I find I like news more than you now that I am in the Country - And we shall be back in Paris in a week or so. Anyhow perhaps before
With best wishes
J McN Whistler
1. [15 August/10 September 1893]
Dated from address.
This letter is not in JW's hand and some turns of phrase do not sound like him, and there are far more mis-spellings than usual. It may be a copy, but if so, the alterations are difficult to understand. It is perhaps possible that the letter was written by dictation, with a native French speaker writing (hence the spelling errors). The contents of the letter do appear to relate to JW and his known work of the time.
Lucas, probably proprietor of a hotel in Perros-Guirec.