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System Number: 07688
Date: [12] January 1900[1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Elizabeth Robins Pennell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 273/4/1
Document Type: ALS[3]

You are of course delightful always dear Mrs. Pennell!! and I wish enough, for the moment, (!) that I were over there to tell you so, and to enjoy with you the wretched exhibition of "Patriotism" that is ragged in the streets of that disgraceful Island!! - -

Of course also you would have to sit - with joy I hope - though Joseph[4] [p. 2] would like to speak, and I may not be interrupted! - under an eloquent, and indeed, stupendous appreciation of this ridiculous and indecent spectacle of British exposure in the Transvaal[5]!!! -

West Point[6] would hold forth, and lay down the law in matters military! so that perhaps it is well after all, that I am not with you to distract the place - and yet - we could so delight in things! -

Poor R A M[7]! but McColl[8] - he should be seized and thrust into the Infantry - that he might be marched into one of the traps, into which they all go, inevitably! and be shot! that we hear him, and read him, no more! -

Well! - I shall run over some evening! - so live in expectation - and look out for the knock! that shall announce! -

And meanwhile, receive all, and this includes William Penn[9], the very best wishes for this Amazing, 1900!

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Mrs Joseph Pennell -
14. Buckingham Street
[postmark:] [PARIS] / [R.] DES CAPUCINES / [...] 12 / JAN / 00
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. W. C. / 6 PM / JA 13 / 00


1.  [12] January 1900
Dated from the postmark.

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

3.  ALS
The paper has a deep mourning border.

4.  Joseph
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

5.  R A M
Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson (1847-1900), painter and critic [more].

6.  Transvaal
A reference to the Boer War (1899-1902), during which JW was a supporter of the Boers against the British.

7.  West Point
JW had been an unsuccessful student at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

8.  McColl
Dugald Sutherland MacColl (1859-1948), painter and etcher, art critic and writer [more].

9.  William Penn
William Penn (1644-1718), Quaker leader, founder of Philadelphia. The name may have been given to a pet cat!