The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04409
Date: 6 April [1889][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Rush Christopher Hawkins[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P49a
Document Type: ALcS[3]


Dear Sir -

I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your letter[4] of April 3rd - in which you inform me that my "Ten exhibits submitted for the Exposition have not met with approval of the Jury", and I am "requested to remove them on or before Saturday 6th of April."

Your letter arrived this morning April 6th.

I, in no way, proposed to submit to the Jury's approval any works of mine - I was invited to send to the American Section of the Exposition, and accordingly despatched the Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell[5], which had already been hung with honour in the Salon on the line, - and 27[6] etchings

I cannot well understand to what your letter concerning the ten[7] exhibits can refer. -

It is was not at all my desire to incommode my fellow Country man by taking up undue wall space - I telegraphed to you this morning to withdraw all my exhibits immediately. I trust that without further discussion you will have at once done so, and only beg that you will have the courtesy to see that they come to no harm until the beginning of this next week, when I will relieve you of their further care, -

And I am, dear Sir
Your obedient humble servant

J McNeill Whistler

To Genl. Rush C Hawkins -
etc, etc - etc -

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1.  6 April [1889]
Year dated from the previous letter in a sequence, #04408.

2.  Rush C. Hawkins
Gen. Rush Christopher Hawkins (1831-1920), U. S. commissioner for Fine Art at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1889 [more].

3.  ALcS
On the verso of this sheet is an incomplete letter (#13472).

4.  letter
See #04408.

5.  Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

6.  27
Double underlined.

7.  ten
Double underlined.