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System Number: 03990
Date: 12 July 1890
Author: Howard Mansfield[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M261
Document Type: ALS


July 12 / 90.

Dear Mr. Whistler;

Word came, through the newspapers, of your removing to Cheyne Walk and of your working on your book[2], and so delays were accounted for, so far as my prints were concerned. Yet I was about to cable "Waiting" in reply to your message: "Writing," when the prints came, Accept my thanks for sending me such fine [p. 2] impressions.

The impression of "The Long House[3]" on the Japanese paper confirms my opinion, formed from hasty comparison when Mr. Freer[4] brought here the first impressions, that such an one would be preferable [to] the impression first sent me. So I return that - or will by an early mail. The second impression of the Zaandam[5] is so different from the [p. 3] first, and both are so interesting, that I have decided to keep both.

Enclosed is a draft to your order drawn by Winslow, Lanier & Co. on Glyn, Mills, Currie & Co. for £67 - 4, which pays for the prints I keep.

I have received an early copy of the English edition of your book, and am vastly pleased [p. 4] with it as a piece of bookmaking as well as for its contents. Your letter to Smally[6] [sic] regarding the title amused me a good deal, for, when the Ford[7] book appeared, I said to a friend: "Ford is a brighter fellow than I thought him to be; that title is worthy of Whistler".

Mr. Carter[8] has written me of his visit with you. Of course you found in him an enthusiast for your work.

Yours truly,

Howard Mansfield.

J. McNeill Whistler, Esq.

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1.  Howard Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].

2.  book
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890.

3.  The Long House
Long House - Dyer's - Amsterdam (K.406).

4.  Mr. Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

5.  Zaandam
Zaandam (K.416).

6.  Smally
George Washburn Smalley (1833-1916), journalist and Times correspondent [more]. See JW's letter of 25 June 1890 (#04315).

7.  Ford
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890; its editor was Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more].

8.  Mr. Carter
Walter Steuben Carter (1824-1904), lawyer [more].