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System Number: 04754
Date: [27 October 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P394
Document Type: ALS

[Chatham coat of arms with motto:] BENIGNO NUMINE

Friday evg 18      
'Oct. 27. 1899.'

All right Major -

I have paid the very nice little Euphrasie[3] - whom again it is really a pleasure to see - though by the way whether she be as little as all that I am sure I don't know! - My impressions are always of the vaguest! - but nice and bright and pleased looking she certainly is - So thats all right! -

What puzzles me is the tax-paper again! Surely it [was] just as we were leaving Pourville [p. 2] that I gave you a cheque for contributions, both for the rue du Bac and the Atelier[4]! Why are they at it again so immediately? However I am giving Euphrasie another cheque tomorrow morning for them as you say - -

I am greatly pleased to know that Ronnie[5] is out [of] the Doctors' hands again and doing so perfectly - And now the visit to Dieppe is for the moment removed! - The dear old lady[6] doesn't want us there during the next two weeks! - though she showed me with pride the suite of rooms she meant for Mademoiselle[7] et son frère et Monsieur - and very nice they looked - with their fire places! - but the lawyers are now coming into the place and the "seals are to be removed". - and every thing is to be[8] of a triste[9]! that Monsieur would not like for Mademoiselle . . . . and so I have promised not to come back untilbefore a couple of weeks - I left a little letter for you about Lady Blanche[10] on the table! - If they send it on you shall have it -

Major I am afraid that the brilliant British victories don't "pan out" so well after all? What?? -

Well never mind - and so nice words to all from

the General

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[Chatham coat of arms with motto:] BENIGNO NUMINE

Miss Major Birnie-Philip
Dhu House
36 Tite Street
[postmark:] PARIS 81 / R. DES CAPUCINES / 8 27 / OCT / 99
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S. W. / 6.45.AM / OC28 / 99


1.  [27 October 1899]
Dated from postmark. The date was also written on p. 2 of the letter by the recipient.

2.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]. JW called her 'Major' and himself 'General'.

3.  Euphrasie
Euphrasie, JW's servant at 110 Rue du Bac.

4.  Atelier
Fr., studio. JW's studio was in rue Notre Dames des Champs.

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

6.  lady
Mme Lefèvre, Dieppe landlady [more].

7.  Mademoiselle
i.e. Rosalind Birnie Philip.

8.  is to be
'is to be ... I left' is written in the left margin; 'a little letter ... General' in the top margin of p. 1, at right angles to the main text.

9.  triste
Fr., sad.

10.  Lady Blanche
Lady Henrietta Blanche Hozier (1852-1925), née Ogilvy, wife of Sir Henry Hozier [more].

11.  British victories
A reference to the British army fighting in the Transvaal (1899-1902).