The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09752
Date: [7/14 June 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: London
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/92
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS[3]



'June 1896'

Dear O K -

The fates are against our rendezvous for 3.30 today - though it would be very nice of you to look in at 5.30 to 6 -

The Peck[4] has proposed of her own accord to come again after lunch - and as she sails on Saturday you can imagine that this is not to be refused! -


[butterfly signature] -

[p. 2] If impossible today do come tomorrow at 6 -

Let me know -

Also I want to see you about Keppel[5]. He has written to me & is in Town

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'June 1896.'

E. G. Kennedy Esq


1.  [7/14 June 1896]
'June 1896' is written in another hand on p. 1 and on the envelope, which was and delivered by hand. However, a related letter from JW to Keppel is dated 7 June 1896, #09177.

2.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. JW called him O'K.

3.  ALS
Both letter and envelope were written in pencil.

4.  Peck
Marion Farquhar (b. ca 1872, m. 1897), née Peck [more]. She was posing for Portrait of Miss Marion Peck (YMSM 439).

5.  Keppel
Frederick Keppel (1845-1912), New York print dealer [more]. The letter is followed in the album by a two page note written by Kennedy: 'This is a propos of F. Keppel who wrote to him about the death of his, W's, wife, and to whom Whistler wrote in reply "Sir, Hearing that you were in town" etc. A letter which K foolishly shows, as much as to say, "See where he kicked me". Keppel sent a so-called biography, written by some foolish person for the State Board of Regents of N. Y., I think to Pennell and little "Mr. Brown of Virginia Water, Dulwich etc. & the Fine Art Society." Whistler did not like the biography, and as he imagined Keppel to be engaged in distributing literature, which K. knew to be obnoxious to W, the dislike of K. was intensified & he wrote him the letter mentioned. K wrote again, but not nearly as good a letter as he might have written. Whistler wrote also to the Regents at Albany, though I assured him that the "life" would hardly ever be seen by anyone. "No," he said, "I must write, this stuff is official and I must protest." &c &c I question if he ever heard from the Board. Probably not. "The Peck" mentioned was Miss Peck of Chicago, who married a Scotchman afterwards, & who was then having her portrait painted. The husband had an amusing time trying to get the portrait from Whistler. E. G. K. Sep 1903. Button Island. He called Keppel "the busy one".'