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Record 8 of 33

System Number: 09737
Date: [22 February 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
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[3] 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[4] 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[5]"? Has Stanford White[6] 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[7] 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[8]?" 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

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'Feb. 22 1896'

E. G. Kennedy Esq -
Messrs Wunderlich & Co
868. Broadway -
New York -
U. S. A.
[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.

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

3.  pepsine
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.

4.  brother
David A. Kennedy, New York dealer, brother of E. G. Kennedy [more].

5.  Firewheel
Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169).

6.  Stanford White
Stanford White (1853-1906), architect [more].

7.  letters from Scotland
A. Reid wrote to JW on 14 February 1896, expressing an interest, #05171. JW asked the price of 1000 gns (JW to A. Reid, #05172).

8.  Carmen
Crimson note: Carmen (YMSM 441).