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System Number: 00065
Date: 17 [February 1901][1]
Author: JW
Place: Ajaccio[2]
Recipient: Inez Addams[3]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A65
Document Type: ALS[4]

Dear Mrs Addams -

I wired to you yesterday that the new letter to you both had been sent - But I doubt if it reaches you before Tuesday! -

Probably this will be just as soon - and the two come together[5] -

You see yesterday there was no boat! and the mountains [p. 2] acrross [sic] the island are covered with snow - and the railway is choked! and the letters take days! -

Ridiculous! isn't it -

Excellent - Parker's Academy[6]! - and the new order of Painting & drawing - and the rest of it! - In this way I daresay there will be a little dribble, for a while, of some [gravable?] souvenirs - puzzling very slightly the new Masters!

But it wont last long - And then they will all tramp off to Brittany - and there will be the end of it!

I hope[7] you will get the letter all right - though it may be delayed by the snow - How is it in Paris? I will wire if I change my address - until when you may write as usual - and for telegraphy Ajaccio is sufficient -

With kindest regards -


Sunday. 17.

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Madame Clifford Addams -
9. Rue des Fourneaux -
[postmarks x 2:] AJACCIO / CORSE / 4 / 17 / FEVR / 01

'This letter precedes the - one - arranging about the book[8]'


1.  17 [February 1901]
The full date is taken from the postmark.

2.  Ajaccio
JW was in Ajaccio, Corsica, from January-April 1901 convalescing from illness. He worked on several paintings there including A Corsican Child (YMSM 544).

3.  Inez Addams
Inez Eleanor Addams (fl. 1898-1927), née Bate, painter [more]. Addams was one of the first students at the Académie Carmen, the Paris atelier opened by Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more], where JW taught at intervals from 1898-1901. She became legally articled to JW as an apprentice on 20 July 1899 (see indentureship, #00019) and also acted as studio massière.

4.  ALS
The paper has a mourning border.

5.  two come together
See I. Addams to JW, #00064.

6.  Parker's Academy

7.  I hope
'I hope ... Sunday. 17.' is written in the left and top margin of p. 2, at right angles to the main text.

8.  about the book
'This letter ... about the book' is a pencil note written in another hand on the left side of the envelope. JW had suggested Addams write an account of the Académie Carmen (#00225).