The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02339
Date: 4 April [1899][1]
Author: Frederick Augustus Maxse[2]
Place: Nice
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I79
Document Type: ALS

Cimiéz - Nice.

April 4th.

Dear Mr. Whistler

I received yours in Paris on my way through.

I wish to say no Bumboat[3] has offered to come alongside - it [is?] I alone, of my own initiative, who hailed or wanted to hail a splendid frigate[4] which would adorn and strengthen our fleet. -

[p. 2] I grieve you will have none of her. -

I do not think we can afford to waste any promising element of success in our Exhibition. -

I was out of pocket last year £150 - quite apart from rent rates & taxes which I pay to the tune of £8 a day. -

The others[5] would have [p. 3] agreed to the proposal if you had done so. -

I am down South for ten days: - letters are always forwarded on from Brooks's Club - St. James's Street. S. W.

Yours Sincerely

Fredk. A. Maxse

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1.  4 April [1899]
Dated by the reference to the 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899, which opened in May 1899, and to M. L. Menpes (see below).

2.  Frederick Augustus Maxse
Admiral Friedrich ('Frederick') Augustus Maxse (1833-1900), political writer [more].

3.  Bumboat
A scavenger's boat, employed to remove waste from ships lying in the Thames, which also carried provisions for sale to ships, either in port or lying offshore.

4.  a splendid frigate
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more]. However, JW agreed to let Maxse approach the committee of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers (see his letter of 6 [April] 1899, #02340, and the committee's response, #02341).

5.  others
The members of the Executive Council of the ISSPG.