System Number: 00504
Date: 19 June 1895
Author: John Caldwell
Place: Edgewood Park, PA
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C5
Document Type: ALS
June 19th 1895
My dear Mr Kennedy,
I have the great pleasure of being informed by your brother that if "you will send your Coat of arms, to my brother in London Mr Whistler will do the bookplate." This pleasure like all others in this world is tempered by the fact, Alas! that I am too poor to have a "coat of arms" having to spend all my spare cash in trying to secure a complete set of Mr Whistlers etchings - not to say anything about the purchase of the books which are to be honored by Mr Whistlers book plate
[p. 2] Seriously: I am too good a republican to have such a thing as a coat of arms and I shall be not only quite content to have a book plate without it - but I shall be proud and happy, to have
any any kind of a drawing suitable for a book plate from such a master. Mr Whistler[s] imprint will give it all the dignity and me all honor and pleasure that we deserve,
You know my taste - my fondness for both books & pictures and if Mr Whistler would care to express this in the design for the plate, I should feel very happy indeed -
I trust I am not putting you to
o too great a trouble - but in any case you are only adding to the many obligations I am already under to you - amongst others that of being able to sign myself..
Your Sincere friend
Edgewood Park, Allegheny Co
Mr E G Kennedy
25 Garrick St
Covent Garden London.
As far as is known, JW did not design a bookplate for Caldwell.