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System Number: 04772
Date: [11 February 1900][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P412
Document Type: ALS[3]


ADRESSE TÉLÉGRAPHIQUE - CHATHAMEL PARIS
97ER TÉLÉPHONIQUE 247-53
[Chatham coat of arms with motto:] BENIGNO NUMINE

HOTEL CHATHAM
PARIS

'11. ii. 1900'.

Major, my dear,

you are having an awful time of it over there! - and so I must just send you a little cheque for your pocket - that you may try and forget the mistakes they have been making - and remember that it is well for a jeune fille[4] handsome Ward to keep brown and beautiful - and not to write snappish little letters! For He is always very nice - and is only bringing up his Major on fine West Point[5] principles -

And it is not correct, Major, to [p. 2] call your distinguished enemy names - Do you think it is now Ma'am! - And so now do go out and look at the shops - and when you are all bright and charming "as it is your nature to" - why I will tell you the little bits of news that have found no place -

How are you all? -

Tell Bunnie[6] to write too -

I hear that Henley[7] is unapproachable! and I know Bunnie, au fond[8], cannot help taking some pleasure in that! -

Has Ronnie[9] ever heard any more about our celluloid inventions![10]

Affectionately

the General.

Write and let me know that this reaches you safely -


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Envelope:

To
Miss Major Birnie-Philip
36. Tite Street
Chelsea.
London
Angleterre
[stamp:] POSTE / 25 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] PARIS 81 / BD DES CAPUCINES / 45 / 12 FEVR / 00
[postmark on verso:] LONDON - S - W / 8.15 AM [...]


Notes:

1.  11 February 1900
Dated by postmark, and by date, written in an unknown hand, on the letter.

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

3.  ALS
The envelope has a deep mourning border.

4.  jeune fille
Fr., young woman.

5.  West Point
JW attended the US Military Academy, 1851-54, but failed to graduate.

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

7.  Henley
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), journalist, poet and writer [more].

8.  au fond
Fr., underneath.

9.  Ronnie
Ronald Murray Philip (1871-1940), civil engineer, JW's brother-in-law [more].

10.  celluloid inventions!
JW may mean photographs.