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System Number: 00780
Date: [3/10 May 1891][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Robert Crawford[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C281
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris -

Dear Mr. Crawford -

Well indeed[4] do I remember the bold Scott[5] [sic] - gentle and charming as afternoon guest - brave and unflinching as a life champion! That he certainly has become - for he will irretrievably be held responsable [sic], in history, for the excentric [sic] purchase of the Carlyle[6]! -

Your report of the transaction was most brilliant and delightful! - I was immensely pleased -

[p. 2] Your letter[7], so very kind and nice, has made me feel how long ago you ought to have had the picture that was, in a manner, to com[m]emorate the occasion -

I sent you the other day many messages by Mr Alexander Reid[8] of Glasgow - the purport of all of which was that very shortly I hope to accomplish what I have always intended - this painting for you -

Are you, not[9] likely to come to Paris? -

When you do, you will of course look us up - I should be delighted to see you and to show you my studio in this most beautiful city of the Sun! -

Very Sincerely Yours

J. McNeill Whistler -

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1.  [3/10 May 1891]
This is a reply to Crawford's letter of 2 May 1891, #00760.

2.  Robert Crawford
Robert Crawford (1845-1915), of Burns, Crawford and Co. [more].

3.  ALS
'? 1901' and 'x' are written in another hand in pencil in the top left corner of p. 1.

4.  Well indeed
'Well indeed ... the Carlyle! -' has been underlined in pencil by another hand, and has been marked in the left margin.

5.  bold Scott
i.e. Crawford.

6.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) was bought in 1891 by the Corporation of the City of Glasgow for Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The price was 1,000 guineas.

7.  letter

8.  Alexander Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

9.  Are you, not
'Are you not ... Sun! -' has been underlined in pencil by another hand, and has been marked in the left margin.