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System Number: 09713
Date: 8 January 1894
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: [New York]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/46
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac Paris

Jan. 8. 1894 -

Dear Mr Kennedy -

Two letters[2] from you this morning - one pointing out that the other is a joke - Tres bien[3] -

Of course I am delighted to pay any part of the expense you will let me for the getting together, mounting, framing etc. of the etchings for Chicago[4] - and enclose, with pleasure, cheque for £16 - which I make out to be somewhere about the 85 - dollars.

If there be anything over, take it off of the next cheque -

I shall always remain your debtor for all the trouble you have taken in the matter of the [p. 2] Chicago Exhibition in my behalf -

The joke about the little nude figure[5] I never shall see! - and really if that is the tone of the people's minds over there, I think the less we say about a Whistler Exhibition the wiser! -

You are mistaken in supposing that I made an error in the price of the seated draped figure[6] - It is three guineas - Six guineas for the two I sent you - Of course if you don't want to keep duplicates, return what you don't care for - I sent them to save time -

On the 19th Dec. I sent the last batch of lithographs - containing, among the rest, two proofs of the "Green & Yellow House[7]" (1st states - For these I charged no more than before - £3-3- your letter is dated Dec 29th You ought to have received them -

However I suppose you must have had them the next day, and that I shall have your acknowledgement for the whole lot together in a day or two -

With kindest regards
Always sincerely

J McN Whistler

I don't know about etchings just now - I am greatly interested in the lithographs - but I don't think things are very tempting from your [p. 3] account over there in America - and besides you are awfully far off? -

[p. 4] '1894[8].
J. McN. Whistler
Paris Jany 8th'

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1.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].

2.  letters
Not located.

3.  Tres bien
Fr., very good.

4.  Chicago
World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.

5.  nude figure
Possibly Nude Model, Reclining (C.73).

6.  seated draped figure
The Draped Figure, Seated (C.72).

7.  Green & Yellow House
Yellow House, Lannion (C.67).

8.  1894
Note added by Kennedy.