System Number: 06718
Date: [7 August 1892]
Recipient: Helen Euphrosyne Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W712
Document Type: ALS
33. Rue de Tournon
My dear Nellie -
Of course I thank you - and I must have shown you how pleased I was in the letters I have written - If I have [not] said so in so many words, it was partly because I was always waiting to tell you the long story in full detail - and partly because I never propose to acknowledge to any one that you had any thing whatever to do with it - This is what you want - and I had begun to get into the way of it by not referring to your share even to yourself! -
The story I think I must still reserve in its entirety until we see you - it is too pretty to struggle with on [p. 2] paper - But I had lately waited until with the beautiful pictures before us, I could tell you that John who in his rabid greed for money sold even the present I made him has been beaten completely! - for in his indecent haste he has parted with the works for only a quarter of what they will at once fetch! - So that he might have had about twenty two or twenty three times what they ever gave me for them! - That is counting in of course my present!. -
You will say that he got £650 - after all - that is more than seven times what I got - as well as I remember - Yes but to have disgraced himself - (for I shall tell the story of the sale of the present everywhere, now that the pictures are safe! -) - and from a criminal point of view, for so little!!
Why the Westminster Bridge is being asked a thousand for by itself - And the Balcony - what do you think will be the price of that? - and my Courbet on the shore! - and the little evening on the Battersea Reach - a most gorgeous bit of colour - greatly admired here - The idea of Johns peddling these beautiful things away! Why they were possessions! - They are all going to America except my Courbet. - And Aleco has sold the "Three Yachts" for £200! - to a man in Paris! - What do you suppose I got for it? Twenty do you think? - Ask him - and tell him what I think of their "trading" and "bettering themselves" with my work - It is the dealer's business [deleted word, illegible] to sell - it is the gentleman's privilege to preserve & care for & take pride in works of art he has acquired - Aleco, you know I suppose, has sold the Valparaiso Nocturne - for "cash" - in both cases! - pretty business isn't it? -
Of course I shall pay the other twenty pounds and get back the Southampton - but you may well imagine that I have not at this moment much ready money - Did you tell Madame Coronio that I was pleased that I could have been of any service? - What does she think of John's sale of my present? - I suppose she thinks he was lucky in having it to sell! -
Mrs. Sickert is charming always - and I must [p. 3] see to every thing -
This must go off at once - so Goodbye for this time -
I doubt if I shall get across after all - though I have taken a ticket, & subscribed to the testimonial -
I see by Galignani that the Century Club has gone to pieces! -
Mrs William McNeill Whistler
17. Wimpole Street
Cavendish Square -
[stamp:] POSTE / 25 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] PARIS-6 R. DE VAUGIRARD / 7E 7 / AOUT / 92
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. W. / V 7 / AU 8 / 
1. [7 August 1892]
Dated from postmark.
The two references to 'present' in this paragraph are double underlined.
The Galignani Messenger, an English language newspaper published in Paris from 1815-31 December 1895, after which it was renamed the Daily Messenger.