The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04004
Date: [April/May 1893?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Howard Mansfield[2]
Place: [New York?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M275
Document Type: MsLd[3]


My dear Mr Mansfield -

I know I have behaved shockingly - but I have been terribly busy - It would be with pleasure that I should send you a plate although what in the world you could do with it, I cannot imagine, for who could print it? My first impulse was to sit down and do something, but you know how fastidious I am, and as but I could not take you the whole lot of impressions myself - and I could not [bear?] [part?] to see any proof of mine, badly dealt with, or on [p. 2] poor paper, moreover, it would never justify any of the pleasing things you were anxious to say about me - Of course you know - I cant approve, th of half the things you say - and I think that with your influence as a collector, you are likely to do more harm than you think, in the way of backing certain popular prejudices of the Philistine it is surely is high time that all that raphsody [sic] about a very excellent [...]

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1.  [April/May 1893?]
Dated '1893' in an unknown hand, in pencil, on p. 1. This is part of a series of letters, starting with ones from Mansfield to JW on 4 December 1891, #03996; and 25 February 1892, #03997, about a proposed publication. Other related letters from Mansfield are dated 29 July 1892, #03998, and 15 May 1893, #04003. A dated letter from JW on 13 April 1893 promising Mansfield an etching plate, #10869, probably dates from about the same time as this unfinished draft, but it is not clear which came first.

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

3.  MsLd
Written in the hand of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].