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System Number: 02285
Date: [27 February 1898][1]
Author: Francis Howard[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I25
Document Type: ALS



My dear Chairman!

Your letter reached me late last night. I have given Lavery[3] the gist of it. : both he and Guthrie[4] are now thoroughly to be depended upon.

It has been a terrible work, and I breathe freely - for the first time in months.

I had to intrigue even with Lavery & Guthrie - to keep them apart in despondent moments and throw them together in enthusiastic ones.

Then I have had terrible trouble [p. 2] with the financial arrangements!

However I think we are in clear water now - and making for the port Success

I only write to acknowledge your letter and to say that I understand about Brabazon[5] and about your not being needlessly called upon.

Francis Howard

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1.  [27 February 1898]
This was written on the first Sunday after JW's letter to Howard on 24 February 1898, #02283. JW had agreed to become Chairman of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.

2.  Francis Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more].

3.  Lavery
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more].

4.  Guthrie
James Guthrie (1859-1930), landscape and portrait painter [more].

5.  Brabazon
Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (1821-1906), painter [more].