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System Number: 04673
Date: [16 September 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Calais]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P313
Document Type: ALS[3]

'Sept 16. 1896.'

My dear Major -

Thats all right - Now I hope that I shall hear from you tomorrow morning all about your visit to Ratier - I trust it was satisfactory -

Also I hope you will have been able to find me one of Thils old receipts - as I wired you today -

He has been writing to me for his rent - and I want to send him a cheque tomorrow while I am still away - for I am getting very miserable with [p. 2] my struggles against the weather - It either pours or is cold - and I dont see the use in worrying on here -

Perhaps before going back to London I may run up to see you for a moment in Paris - but I can't say yet -

No - I didn't write to Potter[4] - perhaps you had better do so - though it may be as well to let it alone for the present -

I have written to Drummonds[5] begging them to write to the Credit Lyonnais - and put things there on a better footing -

I began a little shop[6] here - but it was a queer hard day today & I have done no good - Perhaps I had better get at some thing else -

Mind Major you are to get yourself the new hat you spoke of, and another dress for this colder weather if you like - so thats all right!

I shall write to Bunnie[7] directly - Tell her that of course the OK[8] is bothering about the two pictures![9] -

The hotel here is simply & [p. 3] awfully gloomy - I shant stay - Perhaps you had better send no more letters unless I wire -

Tired & sleepy of course -

so Goodnight - with affectionate regards to both -

J McN. Whistler

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'Sept 16. 1896.'

Mademoiselle Birnie Philip -
aux soins de
Monsieur Whistler,
110. Rue du Bac -
Paris -
[postmark:] CALAIS [illegible]


1.  16 September 1896
The date was added later by the recipient on the letter and envelope. It may be the date of receipt.

2.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]. JW called her 'Major'.

3.  ALS
Written in pencil on paper with a mourning border.

4.  Potter
Probably John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more].

5.  Drummonds
George James Drummond (1835-1917), banker [more]. JW wanted her to be able to cash cheques at the Credit Lyonnais in Paris.

6.  little shop
Green and Gold: A Shop in Calais (YMSM 474).

7.  Bunnie
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

8.  OK
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].

9.  two pictures!
Possibly portraits of Ethel, such as Red and Black: The Fan (YMSM 388) and Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian (YMSM 378).