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System Number: 08243
Date: 4 July [1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

Dear Sir -

I have received your two letters announcing the arrival of the photographs[4] - but here we are the 4th of July and nothing has yet appeared -

I will sign them all for you immediately they come -

Dont you think by the way that you might just as well get me a full cheque [p. 2] now for the remainder of the 100 proofs sets so that in some way I could benefit by the proceeding - instead of doling it out in small sums? -

As far as your people are concerned it comes to the same thing for I will sign the sets as you send them - and it is the only way in which it would pay me my share in the trouble -

I will attend to the pastel directly -

I cannot help what Mr Muir[5] is sure of - but there are certainly some touches on the drawing that are not as I left them - Whether this be from the accident of the broken glass or no - is more than I can really be absolutely positive about, without further examination -

The Album ought to do exceedingly well - judging from the way it is asked for here - Why dont you let them have some copies on the Boulevard?

Very sincerely yours

J McN Whistler

[date stamp:]
- 6 JUL. 93

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1.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

2.  [4 July 1893]
Dated in text of letter '4th of July'; the stamp of receipt was made a couple of days later and bears witness to the year '1893'.

3.  ALS
'6C' is written in another hand in red ink at top left, and '66' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1.

4.  photographs
A selection of photographs of oil paintings, mostly those exhibited at Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892, in an Album published by Goupil's. JW signed the deluxe sets with his name and butterfly signature.

5.  Mr Muir
Andrew Muir (ca 1837-1900?), Russia merchant and collector [more], had bought a pastel, Venice (M.824), at Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881, and wanted JW to sign it.