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Documents associated with: Exposition, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1888
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System Number: 02228
Date: [March/April 1888?][1]
Author: William Henry Hurlbert[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H324
Document Type: ALS

12. PM. Friday

121, QUEEN'S GATE[3],
S. W.

Dear Praeses[4]!

You will be glad I am sure to learn that as usual, tout est[5] pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes! I found the missing paper under my hand in ten minutes after I came back! Such is the psychological [p. 2] effect of a pleasant dinner with the chief of the Koh'en - Oor[6]! which, being interpreted, means the Diamond of the Desert!

I am off to Paris in the morning bearing with me a benign recollection of hours that were as seconds! If I can in any way be of use [p. 3] to you at Paris[7], or even at Rome, (where you will remember Raphael[8] died though quite of his own will & not because anybody wished him to!) command me, soit à La Légation de Etats-Unis Avenue Marceau - Soit à 14 Quattro Fontane,

& believe me Always
Most Affy Y

W H Hurlbert

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1.  [March/April 1888?]
Dated from W. H. Hurlbert to JW, #02229, letter dated 9 April 1888.

2.  William Henry Hurlbert
William Henry Hurlbert (1827-1895), journalist and author, editor-in-chief of the New York World from 1876-1883 [more].

3.  121, QUEEN'S GATE
According to the Post Office Directory, this was the address of Doty's Hotel.

4.  Praeses
Lat., president.

5.  tout est ... mondes
Fr., all is for the best in the best of all worlds.

6.  chief of the Koh'en - Oor
Presumably a reference to the Koh-i-noor diamond (108.93 carats) which was discovered in the Godavari river in central India 4,000 years ago. The 'chief' was perhaps a covert reference to Queen Victoria who was given the diamond after it was displayed in London in 1851 at the Great Exhibition.

7.  Paris
Exposition, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1888 opened on 25 May 1888. See P. Durand Ruel to JW, #00978. JW sent a large group of works comprising drawings, etchings and nocturnes and including Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100).

8.  Raphael
Raphael (Raffaele Santi) (1483-1520), painter [more].