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System Number: 05146
Date: 10 December 1892
Author: Alexander Reid[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R45
Document Type: ALS



10th Dec 1892.

Dear Mrs Whistler

I have only just heard from M. Portier[3][.] He has been away I think. He has enclosed the Sateen which I send herewith

M. Portier bought it - chez -
"Chas Levesque[4] 10 rue du Sentier"
& it cost a franc le metre.

Mr Albert Moore[5] (whom I have never seen) seems a curious gentleman.

I wrote him saying I liked the Nocturne[6] & if he thought of selling it at say £80. I was a buyer. he wrote then that he would take Ninety & I said the best way would be to half the difference & while waiting for his reply (which I never got) I asked Mr Whistler to send me the picture [p. 2] which I received all right & on the same day a letter from Mr Moore informing me that I had [illegible] induced Mr Whistler to send me the picture under false pretences but that all might yet be right if I sent him the cheque by return otherwise the whole affair would be placed in the hands of his solicitor. As I have as little liking for his solicitor as I have for my own I sent the cheque & so ended this "Cause celèbre"

With kindest regards to all at the Bon Lafontaine.
Yours Sincerely -

Alex Reid.

As yet I have no word from any of the Commissioners[7] of the Chicago Exposition -

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

2.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

3.  M. Portier
Pottier (or Portier or Potier), a haberdasher or upholsterer. Beatrix Whistler had asked Reid about wall coverings (see #11640).

4.  Chas Levesque
Charles Levesque, probably a cloth merchant. The name is not clearly legible.

5.  Mr Albert Moore
Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), painter [more]. See his version of events in #04171, #04172and #04173.

6.  Nocturne
Nocturne: Trafalgar Square - Snow (YMSM 173).

7.  Commissioners
For the World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.