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System Number: 08989
Date: [31 May 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Samuel Putnam Avery[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLc/ALS[3]

Dear Mr. Avery: -

Your note[4] just reached me so that Friday and Saturday make a short notice of it if you mean today and tomorrow.

I should be greatly disappointed if Inness[5] were to leave town without coming to see me after so many years - and I need not say how pleased I shall be to see you all - Come this afternoon at three o'clock if you can - At five I have [p. 2] an engagement -

Or will you all come and breakfast tomorrow at 10.30 - or 11. if you prefer -

That would perhaps be pleasanter - so let us say tomorrow to breakfast -

Send a line -

Ever Yours

J A McN. Whistler

[butterfly signature]

96. Cheyne Walk -

Friday. 31. May. '78'[6]

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1.  [31 May 1878]
31 May was a Friday in 1878, confirming the note written at the end of the sheet.

2.  Samuel Putnam Avery
Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904), print-publisher, collector and philanthropist [more].

3.  PLc/ALS
The first page was published and the second page reproduced from the original in Brooklyn Museum Quarterly, July 1915, pp. 288-89. At that time the letter was in the Avery collection of artists' letters in Brooklyn Museum. It was sold in 1941 and has not been traced.

4.  note
Not located.

5.  Inness
George Inness (1825-1894), landscape painter [more].

6.  '78'
Added in another hand.