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System Number: 04832
Date: [9 November 1901][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P472
Document Type: ALS[3]

Major -

Only this time to tell you that I have written a capital letter of instruction, so Webb[4] says, to Boddington[5] about Carmen[6] - For after reading your report this morning I felt more anxious the danger of Carmen & Rossi[7] both bolting while the "Counsellors of the American [p. 2] Embassy sat blandly waiting for her! -

I told him how she was to be caught - and will send you copy by tomorrows post -

Hessel[8] has written a letter that is bluster & funk mixed - and Reid[9] is so far not himself incriminated - This is all to the good -

Hessel will probably have to come over as witness to perjure himself in the box -

Everything is all right now it is true with the Kelly business, and the last letter I sent you for presentation to Boddington not necessary & can be burned - Still you will be able to see the other one - Webb's

Did you show it to him? -

I mean you will manage to see that Boddington understands that you are not "turned over to him" because such was our pleasure -

However that's all right - & now one thing: -

Kelly said in one of his letters something about the possibility of your bringing Carmen up there - you have read what I said - and [p. 4] on no account allow any silliness of them to bring you into contact with any of the criminals. -

Bunnie[10] my dear why have you nothing to say to me! -

Bonsoir! both -

This goes -

I hope you have no coughs & troubles of that kind - Awful it has been - & I am not out yet!

The General

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'NOV. 9th / 1901'

Miss Birnie-Philip
110. Rue du Bac -
Faubourg St Germain
[postmark:] CONTINENTAL NIGHT MAIL / O.X. / * / NO 9 / 01


1.  [9 November 1901]
Dated by the postmark and the date written in another 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'. She had written to JW on 7 November 1901, #04830.

3.  ALS
The stationery has a mourning border.

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

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

6.  Carmen
Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more]. JW suspected her of being involved in the sale of paintings from his studio.

7.  Rossi
Rossi, possibly a piano tuner, husband of JW's model Carmen [more].

8.  Hessel
Charles Hessele (fl. 1892-1914), print dealer [more].

9.  Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

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

11.  'NOV. 9th 1901'
Date written in another hand.