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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05375
Date: 21 April 1889
Author: Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Christian Symons[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S19
Document Type: ALS


Paris

21 - 4 - 89 -

Señor W. Christian Symons,
Hon. Sec.

J'ai le très grand regret de ne pouvoir assister au diner[3] en l'honneur du grand artiste Whistler. Il m'est impossible d'être à Londres avant le 8 mai, mais cela n'empêche que je vous suis très reconnaissant d'avoir pensé à moi en cette occasion, et je suis désolé de ne pas me trouver parmi les grands admirateurs du maitre

[p. 2] Croyez je vous prie à mes meilleurs sentiments

P. Sarasate


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Translation:

I much regret not being able to be present at the dinner for the great artist Whistler. It is impossible for me to be in London before 8 May, but that does not prevent me from being very grateful to you for having thought of me on this occasion, and I am very sorry not to be amongst the great admirers of the master

Yours truly

P. Sarasate


Envelope:

[sketch of violin[4]:] 'Sarasate[5] -'

Angleterre
Mr Christian Symons
Hon. Sec.
55 Park Road, Haverstock Hill,
N. W.
London
[stamp:] POSTE / 25 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] PARIS-66 / R. MEISSONIER / 7E 21 / AVRIL / 89
[postmark on verso:] LONDON N. W. / [2?] 7 / AP22 / 89


Notes:

1.  Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues
Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues (1844-1908), violinist [more].

2.  William Christian Symons
William Christian Symons (1845-1911), painter and designer [more].

3.  diner
At the Criterion, on 1 May 1899.

4.  sketch of violin
A drawing in purple ink, in the top left corner of the envelope.

5.  Sarasate
Written in another hand.