The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08308
Date: 11 May [1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

'Rec May 14 1895'

Rue du Bac - Paris -

Sunday - May 11 -

My dear Mr. Thomson -

Some four or five days ago - if not even longer back than that - I sent you a telegram[4] - Now I am beginning to wonder if you ever got it! -

I asked you to write me again exactly what you want me to do at the U. S. Consulate about the portfolios for Kennedy[5] - and I have received no answer: -

Your original letter[6] I have [p. 2] mislaid -

You had better then write to me at once what you wish - and I will manage it -

Meanwhile I have heard from Kennedy himself; (nothing about this) and he told me he was to leave New York in the steamer of May 4th. So I should think he is in Europe at this moment - or could be by the time you read this - However even then I believe he goes straight to Germany - and we should not see him before his return journey -

Doubtless you are posted upon all this - what news have you? London news I mean -

Very sincerely

J McN. Whistler

[p. 1] Did I tell you that your note to the N. Y. Herald[7] was put in all right - and was excellent -

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D. C. Thomson - Esq
The Goupil Galleries -
5. Regent Street
[postmark:] PARIS 80 / R. DU BAC / 2E | 13 / MAI / 95
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S.W. / FE * A / MY 14 / 95


1.  11 May [1895]
The year date is provided by the postmark. The date is also written at the top of the letter in another hand.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

3.  ALS
'45C' is written in another hand in red ink at top left, and '134' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1, and also on the envelope.

4.  telegram
Not located.

5.  Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. The portfolio contained photographs of JW's paintings, mainly those shown at Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

6.  letter
Not located.

7.  N. Y. Herald
This sentence was written at right angles to the main text in the left margin of p. 1. The New York Herald had printed erroneous information regarding the price of a drawing bought by Thomson for JW, see #08286 and #05819.