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Record 21 of 23

System Number: 07479
Date: [18/30 December 1902][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [a newspaper editor]
Place: [London?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler X52
Document Type: MsLd[2]

'Sir -

Monsieur Le Comte de Montesquiou[3] has hidden from you his own great talent in what he proposes is your highest quality. "Materialism" he calls it, though

Monsieur Le Comte descendant of the d'Artagnan[4] and the rest of it is

It may be in time for this evenings papers

So that you may know who in your last function of tomorrow's adieu you may be aware of whom you may be entertaining

[p. 2] Monsieur le Comte de Montesquiou is well born though not, as yet, not accustomed to it -'

It is however true - he causes to brings the blush to the cheek of a great family of France by commercial successes that he would himself appear in his conférences to yourselves, to depricate as the practices "material" & repugnant

Montesquiou, descendant of Dartagnan, Bucaneer Schwash buckler, Bucaneer -

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1.  [18/30 December 1902]
This pencil draft presumably dates from shortly after the purchase of Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (YMSM 398) by Richard Albert Canfield (1855-1914), gambler [more] (see Canfield to JW, 22 October and 17 December 1902, #00529, #00532). A closely related draft is #07477.

2.  MsLd
Written in pencil. 'Sir ... accustomed to it' is written by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more], the rest by JW.

3.  Monsieur Le Comte de Montesquiou
This is one of several letters relating to the sale of Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (YMSM 398) (see #07481, #07477). JW had hoped the portrait would be given to the Louvre.

4.  d'Artagnan
: Montesquiou was supposedly related!