Documents associated with: Kennedy, David A.
Record 8 of 33
System Number: 09737
Date: [22 February 1896]
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Place: New York
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/74
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS
My dear Mr. O K. -
The pepsine has come at last - though this time not as quickly delivered as on the two first occasions - I suppose it did not come by the Purser - to whom by the way I think I told you I wrote at once my acknowledgments -
All our thanks my dear O K! - Yes we have had an anxious time of it! but are better now I think, and our Doctor is a great medicine man -
Your brother we have seen, and like very [p. 2] much - He has already sent you two batches of lithographs and is to have a third on his return from abroad[.] I hope you will take "a certain pleasure" in them! - Now what about the "Firewheel"? Has Stanford White seen it? - and is there any offer you can make? - If you can not see your way to any thing immediate, do pack and send it here at once - 36. Tite Street Chelsea - because I have received two letters from Scotland begging me to let them have it as there is someone to whom it is believed it may be sold - You might cable if you have an offer to make - Also what about the little head "Carmen?" You must have had that some time ago. I was asking 300 gns. for it - but considering this life of hotels and doctors and absence from Paris & the work there, you can have it for £200 down! - What do you say? -
In haste for the mail, and with our most charming messages, Very kindest regards always,
J McN Whistler
'Feb. 22 1896'To
E. G. Kennedy Esq -
Messrs Wunderlich & Co
868. Broadway -
New York -
U. S. A.
[stamp x 3:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] [LONDON] BEDFORD ST. SW / 3.15 PM / FE22 / 96
[postmark on verso:] P.O.N.Y. G / 3-1-96 / [1 - A - NY?]
[stamped over address:] POSTED TOO LATE
1. 22 February 1896
Dated from the postmark and the date written in another hand on the envelope.
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], was dying of cancer. Pepsine is an enzyme produced by the stomach; however, what JW probably means is some sort of patent medicine containing pepsine (such as Dr Caldwell's Syrup of Pepsin) to alleviate his wife's pain.