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System Number: 09796
Date: [3 August 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: Dieppe
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: London
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/131
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALSc[3]


Wire Whistler.
1. Rue Hotel de Ville Dieppe.

O K! -

Here we are eating again! -

Well now why not come over and do your Bank holiday here? -

What you do is to wire me here* - and say when you are to arrive and I will secure room -

Nothing can be done in London - and I don't quite know about going over [p. 2] yet - This air is I suppose doing me great good - and I had better stay on a few days longer - for this British cold I picked up stuck by me most persistently - and I want to get rid of it -

What do you know about the Winans'[4] pictures? There was the Pool Rotherhithe[5] - that went to Tom Winans' daughter[6] - and then what about a painting called "Alone with the Tide[7]"- It used to be George Whistler's[8] -

A beautiful thing - painted in Brittany - Blue Sea - long wave breaking - black and brown rocks - great foreground of sand - and wonderful girl asleep -

You ought to have that for the Exhibition -

And now that I tell you about it you might in return so manage that I have it for Exhibition here - and for reviewing - cleaning and putting in order -

'Ross Winans[9]'

The American Papers are disgraceful - thats all -

I think you gave me beginning of list of the etchings you got this time - Will look in trunk -

We can see -


[butterfly signature]

Pavillon Madeleine
Pourville-sur-Mer -
près Dieppe -

Thursday -


[p. 3] 'He went to Heinemann's[11] place at Surbiton and Heinemann got induced him to take a hot bath. Then seated outside on the grass, he caught a violent cold, though the day was very warm for England. "Well," I said, "I dont know which is the most foolish, you for taking the bath or Heinemann for proposing it".

American papers pitched into his Baronet & Butterfly[12]'

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'Aug. 3 / 99'

O K. 'Kennedy Esq
Garlants Hotel
Suffolk Street
Pall Mall
[postmark:] DIEPPE / SEINE INFRE / [...] 3 / [AU] / 99


1.  [3 August 1899]
Dated from the postmark and day of the week; 3 August fell on a Thursday in 1899.

2.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. JW called him O'K.

3.  ALSc
This is actually a photograph of the original letter. The address on the envelope was crossed out with a large 'X'.

4.  Winans'
Thomas De Kay Winans (1820-1878), locomotive engineer and collector [more].

5.  Pool Rotherhithe
Wapping (YMSM 35).

6.  daughter
Celeste Winans (1823-1861), née Revillon, wife of Thomas De Kay Winans [more].

7.  Alone with the Tide
The Coast of Brittany (YMSM 37).

8.  George Whistler's
George Washington Whistler (1800-1849), engineer, JW's father [more].

9.  Ross Winans
Ross Winans, Jr, brother of W. and T. De Kay Winans [more]. Added in the left margin in another hand.

10.  (over) ... Butterfly
The rest is written in the hand of E. G. Kennedy.

11.  Heinemann's
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

12.  Baronet & Butterfly
Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].