110. Rue du Bac -
May 20 -
Dear Mr Bing -
I have acceeded [sic] to the request of your client and signed the little picture - Pray say to him with my compliments, that I shall be glad to know into whose care goes "The Sloop"? - and also it would be nice of him if he would write me a line promising to lend the picture one of these days [p. 2] for exhibition -
Very sincerely Yours
J McNeill Whistler
1. 20 May 
Dated from the picture sale (see below).
Written on deep bordered mourning paper.