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System Number: 09927
Date: [25 July 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: Pourville-sur-Mer
Recipient: Jonathan Sturges[2]
Place: London
Repository: Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ
Call Number: Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Gen MSS [Misc.], CO 140, Box WH, Whistler Folder
Credit Line: Published with permission of Princeton University Library
Document Type: ALS[3]


write Jonathan! - You must be brimming over with news - and beautiful detail! -

Dined you have with Mr. Leo[4]! and Baronet[5] and bushwhacker! - with little Billie[6] under the table picking up crumbs[7]!

I hear that when I appeared in [p. 2] the sale room, Billie was basking at the Baronet's boots - the "belted one" bending over, and leaning upon his shoulder! - a proud moment! - followed in a flash, by pale terror - as changes from brilliant red to ghastly green the "Vinolia[8]" of the Strand and Charing Cross! - -

It was very complete, Jonathan! and bits have been bourne to me! - but you will have heard more, Jonathan, at the gatherings of these forlorn Britons, as they eat the wholesale sample chaudfroids from Whiteleys[9] and are "in among" the same dolops [sic] of charcuterie every afternoon!! ———

Also what of the Arts Club[10]! -

Now Jonathan mark this -
Pavillon Madeleine
Pourville-sur-Mer -
près Dieppe -

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Jonathan Sturges - Esq
Longs Hotel -
New Bond Street -
[postmark:] DIEPPE À ROUEN / 3º 25 / JUIL / 99


1.  [25 July 1899]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Jonathan Sturges
Jonathan Sturges (1864-1911), author and translator [more].

3.  ALS
The stationery has a deep mourning border.

4.  Baronet
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. JW wanted news of an auction attended by Eden.

5.  Mr. Leo
Not identified.

6.  Billie
'Little Billie' is a character from Du Maurier, George, 'Trilby,' Harper's New Monthly Magazine, serialised, begun 1 January 1894; reprinted (expunged) as Trilby: A Novel, New York, 1894; regular ed., London and New York, 1895.

7.  picking up crumbs
'the crumbs that fall from the rich man's table'.

8.  Vinolia
Probably an advertisement with alternating coloured lights.

9.  chaudfroids from Whiteleys
Whiteleys in the Strand are famous for their hot and cold buffet.

10.  Arts Club
JW was interested in the membership of the Arts Club, and their reaction to his disputes.