RESTAURANT & HÔTEL
RUE DE TOURNON, 33.
PARIS, LE 189
Dear Mr Reid
There are many things I should have liked to talk to you about, and especially about the "Brodequin Jaune", & thinking that you were coming to Paris I havnt written
hith hitherto - however I will put off no longer - My idea is that these things of mine are becoming more & more worth while - and it is rather rough on me that I should (from my willingness to take a sum down) - get so little out of the works by which the reputation[,] which is money to others[,] has been made - Since my exhibition already - eight or nine of my pictures have changed hand[s] at at least an average of ten times what I received for them - what I got for them - All this doesn't go to establish for me the kind of commercial reputation business with my present work
Now - this picture is one of the most in repute, and is continually referred to in the press. There are many who look - upon [p. 2] it as much more [important] than for instance the "Furred Jacket" which is more of an artists picture - besides being the portrait of a well - no - [sic]
perso Lady - instead of an obscure nobody - The public takes such a time learning things that it may take [some?] - years [to] see that my present work is always the best, and that I improve, this is what happened with my etchings, For 10 years the Thames set was alone would [be] looked at, and it has taken me that time to get my present price, for the work I am doing now. - This "Brodequin Jaune" then is one of the last of my possessions - of the what the people are pleased to call that period - wherefore it seems to me - that I ought to have a to give to let me have a better chance - and I would propose that you say a - give me £600 and divide the profits - -