System Number: 09086
Date: [March/April 1871]
Recipient: Frederick Standridge Ellis
Repository: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Call Number: Department of Prints and Photographs, Acq. No. 17.3.3519
Document Type: ALS
Speke Hall -
Dear Mr. Ellis -
I was prevented answering your note  immediately as I had intended - but write now to say that I shall not in all probability return to town before the end of this month - So that I could not possibly undertake any plate in time for your proposed publication - but this is what I will do with pleasure -
If you will state to your subscribers, that the work on its [p. 2] appearance will contain only 15 plates , and that a sixteenth of the same form &c as the others shall follow, to fit in with the others, (by the way I think they all ought to be loose in the cover so that they might be taken out and framed) you might state plainly that this would be an entirely new one and consequently infinitely better - if you will do this I will undertake to
give make a new plate ready for printing by the end of April or beginning [p. 3] of May - and hand it to you in lieu of the faulty one in question - you returning me at the same time of course all the impressions that have been taken from it -
Believe me with many thanks for all the care you have bestowed upon this matter
Yours very faithfully
J A McN Whistler -
1. [March/April 1871]
Dated from references to publication of prints, see below.
Ellis's correspondence has not been located.
5. your note
6. proposed publication
JW's 'Thames Set' of etchings was published as A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames, 1871 (the 'Thames Set') (K.38-44, 46, 52, 66, 68, 71, 74-76, 95) (excat 4) by F. S. Ellis in 1871.
8. faulty one