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Record 46 of 49

System Number: 08231
Date: [11 May 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

Dear Mr. Thomson -

A line in terrible haste to beg you to drop the matter I wrote to you about - I mean the cutting from the Pall Mall[4] - I had scarcely glanced at it - and my mind was I suppose so full of Sheridan Ford[5] that I fancied any thing - I have today seen another copy of the "Epitaph", and on reading see at once that it is quite another affair - and really very bright - and I wouldn't have it thought that I should have misunderstood.

May I rely upon you to say nothing about it. Have you done any thing about [p. 2] the Sarasate[6]? -

Of course show the affidavit[7] all over -

[butterfly signature]

This document is protected by copyright.


To - D. C. Thomson Esq
The Goupil Galleries
5. Regent Street
[postmark:] PARIS 20 / 195. BD ST GERMAIN / 7E 11 / MAI / 93
[postmark on verso:] LONDON S. W. / TA / MY 12 / 93


1.  [11 May 1893]
Dated from postmark.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

3.  ALS
'49b' is written in an unknown hand in red ink at top left and '62' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1, and repeated on the envelope.

4.  Pall Mall
The Pall Mall Gazette, 6 May 1893, see #12658, and JW's letter to Thomson, [9 May 1893], #08234.

5.  Sheridan Ford
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more].

6.  Sarasate
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315).

7.  affidavit
Affidavits regarding the activities of S. Ford and Mary Bacon Ford, née Martin, art agent [more]; see #03220.