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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01126
Date: [16/20 March 1881][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F58
Document Type: ALd


Your suggestion of The Directors[3] having "met" me is ingenious my dear Huish and shows withal a pleasant sense of humor & certain power of invention - The late lamented Czar[4] by the way, "met" the board too - and I fancy it would take a man of your own resources to find that there was any virtue on his part in doing so - However my compliments - and let me see if I in my turn can 'meet' you - in the business way you so well understand -

About this printing - I told you at the begining [sic] that I would under take 25 sets[5] for you - and that of course I should expect to be properly paid for my work - To this you tacitly assented - and but for my recent experience I should doubtless be satisfied with the vaguest pantomimic agreement - and simply go on and complete not only the said 25 copies, but in my warmth and naif enthusiasm print run you off the full hundred proofs of each plate - and so come [p. 2] quite unprepared upon the usual catastrophe that awaited me at the end - Now however if I hear you all profited by my [lessons?] if I have at benefited Now I begin to learn that all wearisome waiting [illegible ] - one may be spared the bore of all such wearisome shocks by little 'arrangements' in writing - and I fancy that in this case the first thing is to state clearly that I do not pretend to print for nothing[6] and "no thanks" - "au contraire" - I shall ask you 2. gs. per set - and if you write me a letter engaging to pay me that sum I am ready to go on proceed continue immediately directly you can provide a proper man to help me - I will print you at once the few sets you immediately require, and from time to time, as best I can, the remainder -

Very sincerely Yrs

P. S. I called yesterday afternoon to tell you all this - but it is better that you were out and happily you were out for now we will have each written


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Notes:

1.  [16/20 March 1881]
This is a response to a letter from M. B. Huish to JW, 15 March 1881, #01129; see also #01127 and #01128.

2.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  Directors
The Directors of the Board of the Fine Art Society.

4.  Czar
Alexander III Romanov (1845-1894), Tsar of Russia from 1881-1894 [more], who was assassinated on 13 March 1881.

5.  25 sets
Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5).

6.  print for nothing
Huish had claimed in an earlier letter that according to the terms of the agreement between them for the Venice etchings, JW was obliged to print 'gratuitously' 20 sets for the Society (see M. B. Huish to JW, #01129).