The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01674
Date: 26 March 1891
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: James W. Paton[1]
Place: [Glasgow]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G40a
Document Type: ALd

'Mar 26 '91 Copy.'[2]

Dear Sir -

I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 24[3] -

Will you be good enough to say Pray present my compliments to the Gentlemen of the Committee[4] & say [deleted word, illegible] that the price of the painting in question, my portrait of Carlyle[5], is in absolutely perfect condition - this I have seen to myself -

(2)[6] I have had the fra the picture newly framed in the frame of my own design[7] in which I trust wish it to it may always remain - (3) I will see to its immediate transportation delivery to the officials of the South Kensington Museum -

The price is, as you should have learned from the Gentlemen of the deputation have understood, one thousand guineas - (£1050)

Will the Committee be good enough to pay have pay that sum paid into my bankers Messrs Drummond[8] Spring Gardens - Charing Cross - instead of sending cheque to myself - .

I have the am dear Sir
Very faithfully Yrs -

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1.  James W. Paton
James W. Paton (1843-1921), Curator of the Glasgow Industrial Museum [more]. On the verso are drafts of a letter possibly to Paton, but more likely to E. A. Walton, see #13555.

2.  'Mar 26 '91 Copy.'
Written in another hand in left margin, at right angles to main text, possibly by Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. The text actually looks more like a draft version than a copy.

3.  letter of the 24

4.  Committee
The Museum and Galleries Committee of the Town Council of Glasgow.

5.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

6.  (2)
This paragraph was written at the top of the page and a linedrawn to indicate the point of insertion.

7.  frame of my own design
JW had designed a new frame, gold, with regular, narrow beading.

8.  Messrs Drummond
George James Drummond (1835-1917), banker [more].