The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00565
Date: [8 June 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: John Cavafy[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C66
Document Type: MsLd[3]


LE      189   

33 Rue de Tournon   Paris

My dear Cavafy, -

You were to receive a telegram this morning from Mr Bancroft[4], advising you that his cheque for £600, is on its way,

Now - I have since had a better offer for the four pictures[5], and therefore you can simply return Bancrofts cheque - saying that having in no way closed with him you had accepted a better offer - -

On Tuesday morning Mr E G Kennedy[6] of New York will call upon you and hand you a cheque for £650. This is as safe as the Bank - Mr Kennedy I have seen today - and with him sent you this afternoons telegram. "My man was Bancroft, [p. 2] have better offer, Dont close - Reply." Mr Kennedy leaves to night for Brussels and Amsterdam - His address there is
Care of - Müller[7] & Co.
10 Doelen Straat

He returns to London on Tuesday and will call upon you with cheque and receive the pictures - In this way you will be £50 to the good, besides happening to place the pictures in a way more pleasing even to myself and in the whole affair you have only been dealing with me, and are consequently in no way connected to Mr Bancroft whose name has never appeared in the transaction at all,


J McN Whistler

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1.  [8 June 1892]
This follows a telegram, #09839, and precedes a second telegram dated 9 June 1892, #00561.

2.  John Cavafy
Dr John Cavafy (ca 1839-1901), physician and collector, son of G. J. Cavafy [more].

3.  MsLd
Written at right angles to printed address in the hand of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

4.  Mr Bancroft
John Chandler Bancroft (1822-1907), politician, diplomat and collector [more].

5.  four pictures
The Last of Old Westminster (YMSM 39), Battersea Reach (YMSM 45), Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56) and Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 64).

6.  Mr E G Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].

7.  Müller
Possibly Muller, paper merchant in Amsterdam.