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Documents associated with: 3rd Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1888
Record 49 of 53

System Number: 08135
Date: [22/30 April 1889][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/52/4
Document Type: ALS


Comment mon cher Pablo! -

je viens d'apprendre que vous prétendez ne pas être présent à ce diner[3] étrange que l'on propose de m'offrir! - Impossible!! -

Vous savez bien que cette chose ne pourrait jamais se répeter - c'est ridicule de ne pas être là au moment où, pour la seule fois au monde [p. 2] on essayera d'approuver votre frère [Fianchini?]!

Allons donc! - n'est ce pas vous y serez? - vous et Goldschmidt[4] aussi - à qui vous direz bien des choses de ma part -

Vous avez écrit une tres jolie et charmante lettre[5] au Comité et j'en etais fort touché mon cher frère -

[butterfly signature]

Tower House
28. Tite Street
Chelsea.
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Translation:

What my dear Pablo! -

I have just learned that you imagine you will not be there at this remarkable dinner that they are proposing to offer me! - Impossible!! -

You know well that this could never be repeated - it is ridiculous not to be there at the moment when, for the only time ever [p. 2] an attempt will be made to honour your brother [Fianchini?]!

So! - you will be there, won't you? - you and Goldschmidt also - to whom you you must give my greetings -

You wrote a very pretty and charming letter to the Committee and I was extremely touched my dear brother -


Notes:

1.  Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues
Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues (1844-1908), violinist [more].

2.  [22/30 April 1889]
This is probably a response to Sarasate's letter to W. C. Symons of 21 April 1889, see below.

3.  ce diner
Probably a reference to the forthcoming dinner in JW's honour which took place at the Criterion restaurant, Piccadilly, on 1 May 1889 (see circular, #05642). JW had recently been awarded a first class medal at the 4th Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1889.

4.  Goldschmidt
Otto Goldschmidt (1829-1907), pianist, conductor, composer and impresario [more].

5.  charmante lettre
Probably Sarasate's letter to W. C. Symons of 21 April 1889 (#05375).