System Number: 04786
Date: 27 January 1901
Author: Rosalind Birnie Philip
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P426
Document Type: ALS
1. White Rock.
Jan: 27th 1901.
My dear General.
You will see that we are still here. The weather had turned finer & we both felt we should like to stay on another week
So here we are until next Thursday morning when we shall return to Tite Street. Is this all right? I think we are both better, at least I look a little fatter! Your letter with the Farquhar enclosure came last evening
What a very queer letter! Very wickedly enough I did not feel at all grieved at the news, & thought that now the Jonah had been cast forth all would go well.
[p. 2] The other two letters I also send. Mr. Webb's I shall not answer. I think it is very impertinent on his part to ask if you had left any money with me to pay the rent. Don't you? Miss Bate's I also send, I hope you perceive that as the note is for my inspection, it is written the right way of the stuff & certainly not so poetical as usual. I am writing to her saying that I have sent on the letter. It seems to me this is a very excellent opportunity to free yourself from the responsibilities of the school. Carmen has her wine shop, & I am sure the Bate would be capable of taking the school on her own account & then if you felt inclined when you happened to be in the [p. 3] neighbourhood you could go in occasionally. For I do not see why you should be worried like this & we think it would be unwise to come back to this cold weather after the warmth you are in.
But I suppose it is no good saying anything, but it really does seem to my stolid mind a very good time to come to some arrangement.
I have not told you much about the mourning of the nation, which seems to be very genuine even here. There is a certain flower woman who pleases me very much. I noticed her arranging her flowers for the day & they were all tied with little black bows & she spoke of the Queen as the "dear Lady". I am sending Ronnie the last two newspapers. I would have sent some before but thought you [p. 4] would have already had them. I heard King Edward VII proclaimed from the town hall by the Mayor of Hastings. The ceremony was not very impressive as they were such a funny looking lot of old men, on a very small balcony.
There is no more news so will close. We think your idea of keeping out of cold streets for a time very wise & that the cough will soon be entirely gone
Hoping to hear from you soon & with much love from us both to you both,
I did not know Webb was the Hon: Secretary. He is evidently feeling the importance of his position!
William Richman Farquhar (m. 1897), husband of Marion Farquhar [more]. He was tring to settle for the completion of Portrait of Miss Marion Peck (YMSM 439), or the return of money advanced on it.