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System Number: 07673
Date: [26 October 1901?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Elizabeth Robins Pennell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 273/1/1
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mrs. Pennell -

Tonight I am afraid impossible - for I believe a birthday dinner of younger brother[3] - However if doesn't come off, shall turn up -

It is charming [p. 2] of you both - to miss me! -

If not tonight - well then on Saturday -

Always sincerely

J McN Whistler

Dont wait tonight - unlikely if not there by 7.15 -

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Mrs. Pennell -
14 Buckingham Street


1.  [26 October 1901?]
Dated by the reference to the birthday of a 'younger brother', and by the deep mourning border, which suggests a date after the death of JW's younger brother. The birthday of Ronald Murray Philip (1871-1940), civil engineer, JW's brother-in-law [more], was on 26 October. At that date in 1901 both JW and his in-laws were in London. The envelope has no stamp or postmark.

2.  Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more].

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