System Number: 07909
Date: [11 January 1884]
Place: St Ives
Recipient: Charles William Deschamps
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/23/6
Document Type: ALS
Dear Deschamps -
Doubtless I misunderstand all that the broker gentleman says - but certainly my notion of insuring is very different from what I should gather by reading his letter -
I supposed that to insure for a thousand pounds you would have to pay a couple of shillings or so - You know that at the Railway Booking office you can insure against death or accident at the rate of about 4d for a thousand pounds - Then again I know that when [p. 2] the pictures went to Paris for the Rue de Sèze exhibition there was no question whatever made about insuring them or rather no difficulty - so that the whole thing must have been a matter of some few shillings -
Is not perhaps the Broker the wrong person to deal with? Who were the agents that packed and sent the pictures to de Nitis' Exhibition? They insured them at once and without a word - Have you found out if these Brussels people have any agent at all? I think in the Committee's letter to me they say that they will pay the expenses of packing and transport to & from the Exposition - but that I must insure -
Do this for me at as low a rate as possible - but certainly the man cannot mean the ten shillings he speaks of to indicate that he proposes we should pay him five pounds!!! on each picture we insure at a thousand -
I remember Menpes telling me that his furniture is insured for over fifteen hundred pounds and that he paid something under a sovereign for the whole business -
From Potter I wanted the 'Little White Girl' - also a Nocturne 'in Blue & Silver' if he will lend it -
Many thanks for all the trouble [p. 3] and do write to say that all is going on well -
Have the ladies been? Send me all news -
Most important to know the time of the latest reception -
14 Barnoon Terrace
St Ives. Cornwall
'14th Jany 84.'
Envelope:Charles Deschamps Esq
1A Old Bond Street
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] ST IVES / CORNWALL / B / JA 11 / 84
1. [11 January 1884]
Dated from postmark.
3. '11' '8'
Written in upper right-hand corner in unknown hands.
4. Rue de Sèze exhibition
Exposition Internationale de Peinture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1883.
6. these Brussels people
JW eventually sent Symphony in White, No. 3 (YMSM 61), Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea (YMSM 103), Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203), Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129) and Venice etchings to [Exposition], Société des XX (Vingts), Brussels, 1884 (see list by Maus, #07910).
John Gerald Potter (1829-1908), wallpaper manufacturer and patron [more], owner of Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52), and Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights (YMSM 115).
18. 14th Jany 84
Probably the date of receipt, written by Deschamps.