Documents associated with: war
Record 17 of 44
System Number: 04770
Date: [26 January 1900]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P410
Document Type: ALS
'26 Jan. 1900'
don't you be discouraged! Your turn did come! It came at first - & your joke was enjoyed! -
The British joke - "en plein!" was stupendous!! It is now history - graven in the tablets of time - and nothing hereafter, shall affect its monumental success before the whole world "convulsed with astonishment" as the clear headed Kruger has put it! -
For the rest is of course uninteresting - It matters not at all, Major - and get this well into your anxious mind - that in time with much money, a Nation of 500 millions - continually renewing the armies, shall end in overcoming a grand little people of a few thousands, who can renew nothing - save their own continued superb conduct, and the admiration of the entire universe because of their great science & skill - Their magnificent [p. 2] discipline - their marvellous [silence?] & pluck under fire -
No one has ever doubted Major that the bigger would finally swallow up the lesser! That was said by Napoléon as well as by me Major! - see early beautiful letters -
And when that [finally?] comes about Major, still there will remain - & forever - unchanged the original & colossal joke of British tactics in 1900! -
And now I have real news for you - But all this tomorrow
So many things to you all -
Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip
36. Tite Street
[stamp:] POSTE / 25 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] PARIS 81 / R. DES CAPUCINES / 2E / 26 / JANV / 00
1. [26 January 1900]
Dated from postmark. The date was written on the letter by the recipient.
The stationery has a mourning border.
4. en plein
Fr., in full.