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System Number: 07321
Date: 27 February 1900
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1309
Document Type: ALS


2815-18TH STREET


[scroll:] H. WUNDERLICH[3] & CO.
H W & CO.
868 B'WAY N- Y-

Feb. 27 1900.

Hello, hello, there my dear friend, still on deck I see, at which I am delighted.

This is to say that I have none of the prints you ask for, but will do my best to borrow them for you, & will let you know. Yes, the "poor dear Britons" are doing quite well, having captured Cronje[4] to-day. The bottom will soon fall out of the Franco-German-Boer alliance. You notice that Roberts[5], Kitchener, Cleary, French, White[6] (!!) & Kelly - Kellnny, the best generals, [p. 2] are all Irish. 'and poor[7] OK doesn't see that this is what they have so prettily called here, Ireland's revenge!! -'

There are less than 200 left of the Dublin fusileers [sic], out of 850. They still fight you see!

I know what you are saying now, so I'll bring over Whistler's portrait of O'K.[8] & have him paint English mutton chop whiskers on it. I suppose I must soon commence on whiskey and soda!

Seriously; "War is hell" and ought to be stopped, though I think I should have been a sodger myself, as I came from a military family. I hope you are well.

Will you kindly present my compliments to the ladies[9] and believe me, always Sincerely Yours,


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1.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].

G. Dieterlen, employee at H. Wunderlich and Co., New York.

Hermann Wunderlich (ca 1839 - d.1892), print dealer [more].

4.  Cronje
General Piet Cronje, leader of the Zuid Afrika Republic's army, surrendered to the British army at Paardeberg on 27 February 1900.

5.  Roberts [et al]
Frederick Sleigh Roberts (1832-1914), British army commander [more]; Herbert Kitchener (1850-1916), Chief of Staff in South Africa from 1900-1902 [more]; General Cleary; John French, cavalry commander during the Boer War; General Sir George White, soldier and military commander; and Leitenant-General Thomas Kelly-Kenny, commander of the 6th Division during the Boer War.

6.  White
Underlined three times.

7.  and poor ... revenge!! -
Added in pencil by JW.

8.  portrait of O'K.
Portrait of E. G. Kennedy (2) (YMSM 404).

9.  the ladies
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]; and Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more].