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System Number: 04821
Date: [3 November 1901][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P461
Document Type: ALS[3]

Studio - and late -

Of course Major you & Bunnie[4] both know that you would have had both news and affection before now in envelopes but for the complications of law police and some painting!

Mr Webb[5] who is here again showed his thoughtfulness by sending you the very [p. 2] complete letter he wrote to Kelly[6], in order that you might read it and give it yourself, so keeping you posted - You will have a copy of the one I have just been writing myself, and you will see that I tell Kelly to consult you always in my absence! - So don't be too stupendous Major! "...
"For Buller[7] smites like old John Bull
And old John Bull is .. Buller!."

[p. 3] Love to you both - and write - and tell me how you are - and Bunnie if you think the Major is not so well don't you had better take her to some Doctor in Paris - and Bunnie you know how much I think of all you are doing! - and - - well I will tell you when I see you - & mean while I have found a very pretty picture of you! you must come & see if something may not be done!

I don't know[8] where to look for the key of wardrobe - where do you think I might have it?

Also you never gave me back the Yale key of studio - so that Marie[9] only can go in & out!

[p. 4] How is everything? and is Boddington [sic][10] the one you prefer? - and mind Major that they watch over you in all the house business - Thil[11] & the rest of it -

I do hope you are not having to hard a time of it - I had your letter this morning - & wired. - About Carmen[12] there's lots to tell - I sent her off by Marie - and suddenly appeared myself just before the train was off! - and found her seated in the carriage - so that was all right - whereupon I wired Kelly - And, by the way, Webb says that you are not to encourage Kelly in lavish expenditure! He writes that his swell detection will be about 70. francs a day! - You might call on Madame Addams[13]! and tell the faithful & devoted ones to know nothing when Carmen talks -

This must go now! so again all that is nice to you both!

the General

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'NOV. 3rd 1901'[14]
Mademoiselle Birnie-Philip
110. Rue du Bac -
Faubourg St Germain
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2 1/2 D
[postmark:] LONDON / [...] / 5.30 PM / NO 3 / 01
[postmark verso:] 9 PARIS 9 / DISTRIBUTION / 7 * / 3 - 11 / 01


1.  [3 November 1901]
Dated from the postmark, and the date written 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.  ALS
The letter has a mourning border.

4.  Bunnie
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more]. She was the model for many of his paintings.

5.  Mr Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

6.  Kelly
Kelly, lawyer, partner in Boddington and Kelly.

7.  Buller
General Sir Redvers Buller (1839-1908), British army commander [more].

8.  I don't know
'I don't ... and out' is written in the left margin of p. 3, at right angles to the main text.

9.  Marie
Marie, servant of JW and R. Birnie Philip.

10.  Boddington [sic]
Oliver Eaton Bodington (1859-after 1936), barrister and author [more].

11.  Thil
André Thil (fl. 1877-1901), JW's landlord at 110 rue du Bac, Paris [more].

12.  Carmen
Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more]. She was suspected of selling work from JW's Paris studio.

13.  Madame Addams
Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more]. See R. B. Philip's letter to her, 2 November 1901, #11157.

14.  'NOV. 3rd 1901'
Date written in pencil and in a different hand.