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System Number: 04714
Date: [29 July 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P354
Document Type: ALS


TELEGRAMS,
DELICIOUS,
LONDON.

GARLANT'S HOTEL,
SUFFOLK STREET,
PALL MALL.

My dear Major -

The telegram sent tonight means that Heinemann[3] wants the photograph that Drouet[4] gave me - or rather to Trixie[5] -

Bunnie[6] knows it - It used to be on the piano - and is from a portrait[7] I did of myself long ago - Just the head with a hat - rather large - and very grand I need not say! - Find it Major and either post it - or if in too [p. 2] great a hurry bring it with you to Dieppe -

I was thinking that perhaps it was [sic] be more amusing for you all - and Bunnie would like it better - and so should I, if you all went to the Grand Hotel[8]! - mind not the Grand Hotel des bains or des... any thing else - but simply le Grand Hotel. -

Tell the landlord that Monsieur Whistler sent you - and that he will come for a day or two on Sunday - but you needn't take a room for me beforehand - So never mind about Ernest[9] and the other place -

Go to the Grand Hotel - and let your Mother[10] see the go of the place -

If you take your servant, tell the landlord and ask how much for her daily business -

Always affectly

the General


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Envelope:

'JULY 29th 1897'

à
Mademoiselle Birnie-Philip
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler
110. Rue du Bac
Paris
France
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / ONE HALF PENNY
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND REVENUE / 6d
[postmark:] CONTINENTAL / [NIGHTMAIL?] / JY 29 / 9[7]
[postmark on verso:] PARIS 9 / (DISTRIBUTION) / 1E 30 / JUIL / 97


Notes:

1.  [29 July 1897]
Dated from the postmark, confirming the date written later in an unknown hand on the envelope.

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

3.  Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

4.  Drouet
Charles L. Drouet (1836-1908), sculptor and collector [more].

5.  Trixie
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

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

7.  portrait
Portrait of Whistler with Hat (YMSM 23).

8.  Grand Hotel
Double underlined.

9.  Ernest
Head waiter of L'hôtel de la Paix, Dieppe, who JW had met recently (see #04712).

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