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System Number: 11053
Date: [20 August 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Louise Kinsella[2]
Place: Vétheuil, Seine et Oise
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler K40
Document Type: ALS[3]

Dear Miss Kinsella -

Every thing is most excellent! - and it is perfect that you should rest and enjoy the fine weather over in la belle France - Do not hurry over here yet - I am a bit tired - and may run accross [sic] for a few days to Etretat[4], where [p. 2] are my Sister-in-law[5] and her Mother[6] -

I have been doing rather well for me! in my work - Also you will be amused I fancy to hear that I have been waving aloft the American flag[7]!! -

I may perhaps send you something to read - but I must wait to see if the enemy runs me through! -

I shall write if I may when things are ready -

With kindest regards & many messages to you all
Always sincerely

J McNeill Whistler

8. Fitzroy Street. Fitzroy Square

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Mademoiselle Louise Kinsella
Seine et Oise
[stamp missing]
[postmark:] LO[NDON] W / 7.15.PM / [A]U20 / 97
[postmark:] CALAIS A PARIS [22?] / D / 21 / AOUT / 97
[postmark on verso:] VETHEUIL / SEINE ET OISE / 1E 22 / AOUT / 97


1.  [20 August 1897]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Louise Kinsella
Louise Kinsella (d. 1923), patron of JW [more]. JW began her portrait Rose et vert: L'Iris - Portrait of Miss Kinsella (YMSM 420) in 1894, but reworked it many times.

3.  ALS
The stationery has a deep mourning border.

4.  Etretat
Seaside town on the northern coast of France.

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

6.  Mother
Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more].

7.  American flag
This is a reference to a letter: Whistler, James McNeill, 'Britain and the United States,' The Morning Post, 18 August 1897 (#09324; also see #09909).

8.  France
Double underlined.