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System Number: 00107
Date: [7/8 May 1902][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Clifford Addams[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A106
Document Type: ALS[3]

A line in haste, that no time may be lost, and that the two loyal ones be present at this Tournament of Montparnasse!

I see though in looking again that Madame Inez[4] steps into the Arena alone! -

Well then [p. 2] I wish her every success! -

and you shall tell me how she gallantly carries all before her! smiling kindly upon those she leaves in the dust!!

[butterfly signature]

The letters have all come - and most excellent & rapid has been the Apprentice Envoy extraordinaire - !

Mr. Webb[5] has everything - and you will doubtless hear from him directly -

Many messages to Mademoiselle Dianne[6]!

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1.  [7/8 May 1902]
Dated from the reference to Webb and the probable reference to JW's missing pictures (see below).

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

3.  ALS
Written on narrow bordered mourning paper.

4.  Madame Inez
Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more]. She became legally articled to JW as an apprentice on 20 July 1899 (see indentureship, #00019).

5.  Mr. Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more]. This probably relates to Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more], whom JW suspected had been removing works from his studio and selling them. On 14 June 1902, JW managed to recover one of them, Rose et or: La Napolitaine (YMSM 505), with the Addams's assistance (see I. Addams to JW, #00119, and G. Bergaud to C. Addams, #04637).

6.  Mademoiselle Dianne
Dianne Addams (b. 1901), daughter of Clifford and Inez Addams [more].