System Number: 01871
Date: 18 July 1899
Author: James Guthrie
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G236
Document Type: ALS
July 18th / .99
[embossed:] WEST HOUSE,
CHELSEA. S. W.
Dear Mr. Whistler
There is much to thank you for. Lavery gave me your letter about my Academy Notice. And I appreciate the truth of your Comments on the matter at large - no less than your kindly estimate [p. 2] of the squib itself.
I know - and well I know - that in this region, commonness spells continuity -
But what is to be said of the far more than kind thoughts that have taken the beautiful shape of your present to me?
Two of my best friends [p. 3] gave me the book - with their names - a few weeks ago - and delighted me -
Judge then what I think of my copy and inscription from your very self.
It will always be a prize here - my 1st prize.
Believe me, dear Mr. Whistler when I thank [p. 4] you - for my thanks are doubly due -
With kindest regards
Yours ever faithfully
J. McNeil [sic] Whistler Esqre
Probably Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].