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System Number: 00124
Date: 27 [August 1901][1]
Author: JW
Place: The Hague
Recipient: Clifford and Inez Eleanor Addams[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A123
Document Type: ALS

For days I have been away, so that I don't know at this moment where is my astute and devoted army of two! -

Let us say always Paris as a rendez vous & general "Head quarters" - So then to the quartier Montparnasse I send my acknowledgement of your last letter[3], with my greetings to you both -

You must at once let me know your new address - if you have left your atelier - and I think there will be much to take note of immediately -

First you might perceive if upon the horizon there be any indication of la Patronne! The Carmen[4] [p. 2] upon whom you must remember, (and who shall understand better!) we always look with indulgence - and at whom we would no more harm than we would destroy the Phryne[5] -

Well then in the most friendly mood she might be talked to and probably in return she would give you indications of a kind that would help me -

Certainly there are developements [sic] since I last saw you - and of these you will hear presently - but I am most anxious that no suspicion or sense of fear should come upon the Rossis and interfere with my plans -

When I hear from you, I will write further - And I want also to hear what you managed in Dieppe[6] -

I am leaving by tonights boat for England - and perhaps may one day soon run over to Paris -

With kindest regards to you both

[butterfly signature]

The Hague.

Tuesday. 27

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1.  27 [August 1901]
Dated from the address and the almanac, which shows that 27 August was a Tuesday in 1901. JW went to the Hague with William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more] (see JW to R. B. Philip, [25 August 1901], #04812.

2.  Clifford and Inez Eleanor Addams
Clifford Isaac Addams (1876-1942), etcher [more], Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more].

3.  your last letter
Untraced. JW implies that the Addams are about to change their address but this probably occurred later in the year (on 29 October 1901 JW's telegram to the couple at 9 rue Falguère was re-addressed to 49 Boulevard de Montparnasse, #00089).

4.  Carmen
Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more], who was married to an Italian piano tuner. There was a suggestion as early as July 1901 that paintings had been sold without JW's approval (see R. B. Philip to J. J. Cowan, 9 July 1901, #04811). JW suspected that Carmen had removed and sold works from his studio. One of them was Rose et or: La Napolitaine (YMSM 505), which he eventually recovered in the summer of 1902 with the Addams's assistance (see R. B. Philip to JW, 10 October 1901, #04815; JW to I. Addams, [15 October 1901], #00088; JW to C. Addams, [21 October 1901], #00091; and numerous later letters including #04832; #00317; #00110; #04837; #00116; #00119; #11608).

5.  Phryne
Purple and Gold: Phryne the Superb! - Builder of Temples (YMSM 490).

6.  Dieppe
JW had visited the Addams in Dieppe in July (see JW to I. Addams, [21 July 1901], #00081).