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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09694
Date: 20 October 1892
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Halsey Cooley Ives[1]
Place: [Chicago]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/29
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: MsLS[2]


Private

110. Rue de Bac. Paris

Oct. 20. 1892

Dear Sir -

I have been much absent from town, and it is only on my return to Paris that I find your most courteous and very kind letter[3] -

It has been a source of regret to me that I had not the pleasure of seeing you at the time of your visit to Europe - and I can quite understand the mistaken opinion that was urged upon you by the English authorities, between whom and myself a correspondence which you may have seen has done away with any doubts they might have entertained upon that subject -

I am greatly interested in the Chicago Exposition[4], and most anxious to be well represented there. Also I have talked the matter over with Mr Kennedy[5] of Messrs Wunderlich[6]. 868 Broadway - New-York - and he has kindly undertaken to receive all works for me, and to attend to all details of collecting - arranging, etc.

I have written to him advising him of your official letter and begging him [p. 2] to address himself to you —–

I trust that I may be enabled to bring together a sufficient number of paintings, though the difficulties in borrowing in England are many very great. - on the other hand I am assured that in the way of etchings, I shall have really quite a large collection, thanks to the amiable cooperation of American collectors.

I beg to thank you for your most graceful offer of assistence [sic] - whose flattering spontaneity - - so strongly in contrast to the official attitude in London - I fully appreciate

And, I am -
Dear Sir
Very faithfully Yours

J McNeill Whistler

Halsey C Ives Esq.
Chief
etc - etc - etc


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Envelope:

Private

E. G. Kennedy Esq
868 Broadway
N York
U. S A -
'1892 / J. McN. Whistler / Paris Oct. 26th'
[red seal]
[stamp x 2:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / 25
[postmark:] PARIS R. DU VIEUX COLOMBIER / 7E 26 / OCT / 92
[postmark on verso:] P.O.N.Y / PAID ALL / D / 11-7-92 / 5-1


Notes:

1.  Halsey Cooley Ives
Halsey Cooley Ives (1847-1911), painter [more]; he was chief of the Fine Arts Department of the World's Columbian Exhibition Corporation. See also other correspondence #02705; #09247; #09701.

2.  MsLS
Written by Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], and signed by JW. It is possible this was a copy, or that it was intended to be forwarded to Ives. The note on the envelope, '1892 ... 26th', was written by Kennedy at right angles to the address.

3.  letter
#11502.

4.  Chicago Exposition
World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.

5.  Mr Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. See JW's letter to Kennedy, #09699.

6.  Wunderlich
Hermann Wunderlich (ca 1839 - d.1892), print dealer [more].