The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02700
Date: [15 July 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: British Post Office[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 1/23
Document Type: ALcS

Open Letter - On a Package directed to Alex. Reid[3] -

The British Postal Authorities are informed that this parcel contains Lithographic drawings[4] -

If it be thought necessary to examine the same, they are cautioned to proceed with exceeding care -

The heads of the Department are mildly besought to refrain from the simpler methods practised upon a similar package, on or about the 29th of June last, when 14 proofs, on their way to the Fine Arts Society[5], London, were properly prodded, & punched through & through, by some zealous Coastling in full official pursuit, probing among prints!!! -

J. McNeill Whistler -

33. Rue de Tournon - Paris -

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1.  [15 July 1892]
Referred to in JW's letter to A. Reid on 15 July 1892, #03227.

2.  British Post Office
This letter is likely to have been intended for press publication.

3.  Alex. Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more], who acknowledged receipt on 4 August, #05137.

4.  Lithographic drawings
Probably the lithographs mentioned by Reid when he sent a cheque in payment to JW (#05135).

5.  Fine Art Society
London dealers: see correspondence between JW, Brown and Huish: #01249, #01251, #01252, #01254 and #01255.