The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09779
Date: [5 June 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/114b
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS[3]

'5th June 1898'

You really are too bad O K! - What am I to do! - Of course I dont want to grieve you and send you back your cheque - but you know I can easily place the 'Sparrow'[4]

And here I went and signed, and put the finishing touches upon, the little marine of Etretat[5] for you - And you say no [p. 2] more about it - It is now a little beauty! -

Do you not want it? -

What shall I do about the cheque? Shall I keep it on account? - or would you like to arrange that I take it for the Sparrow on condition that if you sell it for a higher price - (and I could get 600 gs.) we divide the surplus? -

Write and tell me -

Tomorrow morning you can come to the studio at 11.30, and breakfast with me, before I go to work -

You can then see the little sea piece - and settle things -


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'June 5, 1898'
Monsieur Kennedy
Grand Hotel Terminus
Gare St Lazare
[postmark:] PARIS 80 / R. DU BAC / 5E 5 / JUIN / 98


1.  [5 June 1898]
Dated from the postmark. Dated also at the beginning of the letter, probably by Kennedy.

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

3.  'Sparrow'
The Little London Sparrow (YMSM 477).

4.  ALS
Written on deep bordered mourning stationery.

5.  little marine of Etretat
Probably Harmony in Blue and Silver: Beaching the Boat, Étretat (YMSM 483). See also Kennedy's letter to JW, 6 June 1898, #07298.