The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13481
Date: [24 February/March 1891?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [unknown][2]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T3b
Document Type: ALd[3]

Gentlemen -

Happily for you all I know but little of this strange subject - with which you have entrusted me - Were I older and wiser I should probably have been silent upon it altogether - but my comparitive [sic] youth and inexperience urges me to respond in some way to the great honour you do me in calling upon me at all - though with less glibness than those who are younger still -

Much has been written, and you Gentlemen have put before the world much printed matter about Art -

No subject would seem to be more irresistibly so clearly understood if we judge from the readiness with which it is proposed to [teach?]

Rarer far than these is the Artist himself - for whom the way has been made easy by these expoundings -

Strangely rare is the man for whose benefit encouragement others have shown how easy bright should be his path since they have thrown upon it the light of their own

[p. 2] Though [comicly?] but vaguely connected with Art myself - from an comic or excentric [sic] point of view I am told - I have been greatly touched that you Gentlemen should have paid me the compliment of proposing that in me you can, at all, find the interest you [four deleted words, illegible] habitually offered

However for I fear that as the evening advances I may [illegible] nearing me a certain fatal hour! - I will thank you for the privilege you have accorded me in being your guest on this charming occasion -

Your own art occupation, Gentlemen, - that of making & producing books is most artistic -

what more fascinating - from the proof to the final volume complete in its binding -

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1.  [24 February/March 1891?]
This letter draft appears on the reverse of #05658, which is dated 23 February 1891.

2.  [unknown]
Apparently written to a publisher.

3.  ALd
The foot of the page is torn away, probably with no loss of text.