The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09701
Date: 16 November 1892
Author: Halsey Cooley Ives[1]
Place: [Chicago]
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/34
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: MsLc[2]

November 16 - 1892.

Dear - Sir,

Your favour of recent date[3] was received at this office during my absence in the East -

While in New-York, I had an interview - with Mr Kennedy[4] and Mr Mansfield[5] - and had an earlier talk with Mr Freer[6], in regard to the possibility of making a representative collection of your etchings -

With out doubt we shall be able to get together a splendid collection of plates[.] It will afford me much pleasure to aid, in [p. 2] every possible way, Mr Kennedy, or - if you would indicate to me the names of the owners of works which you would care to have seen here, I will write officially, inviting the oners [sic] to contribute - Of Course all expenses connected with the insurance and transportation will be borne by the Exposition[7] -

We are exceedingly anxious to bring together the works of the best Americans, in the United States section, no matter where the artist may reside.

It goes with out saying that [p. 3] this will be the only opportunity of like character, in our time for teaching our people what is being done - by American Artists -

Thanking you for your prompt and courteous response to my letter -

I am Dear Sir -
Very sincerely yours

Halsey C Ives.

[p. 4] '1892.
J. McN. Whistler
Paris Nov. 16th[8]'

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1.  Halsey Cooley Ives
Halsey Cooley Ives (1847-1911), painter [more].

2.  MsLc
Written by Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

3.  favour of recent date
Perhaps JW to H. C. Ives, #09694; although the letter is dated 20 October 1892, the Paris postmark is 26 October, suggesting that Ives would have only received the letter fairly recently.

4.  Mr Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].

5.  Mr Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].

6.  Mr Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

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

8.  16th
Note written in another hand.