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System Number: 04558
Date: 14 March 1899
Author: Elizabeth Robins Pennell[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P198
Document Type: ALS

March 14th 1899


Dear Mr. Whistler,

Joseph[2] has such a cold! You would be sorry for him. He is wretched and so I am writing for him.

He is awfully sorry but he has nothing of Mr. Wedmore's[3]. You know how interested we are, so we regret all the more that we have not the book or articles you want. We shall wait with impatience - when can we be taken into [p. 2] the secret[4]?

As for Way[5] - he has had so much to do with Lithography here he could not be well be left out -

I am writing in a hurry, so as not to miss another post - But when are we to see you again? It seems so very, very long - Joseph will write when he is better again. To-day he is simply a wreck.

Hoping to hear from you soon and with our greetings to Miss Philip[6]

Very Sincerely Yours

E. R. Pennell

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

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

3.  Mr. Wedmore's
Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921), art critic [more].

4.  secret
Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24], which was published on 13 May 1899.

5.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more]. Pennells comment about Way being 'left out' may relate to the Pennells' recent study: Pennell, Joseph, Lithography and Lithographers. Some Chapters in the History of the Art, with Technical Remarks and Suggestions by Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell, London, 1898.

6.  Miss Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].