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System Number: 09775
Date: 10 December 
Author: Charles Whibley
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Place: New York
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/110
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS
7 Rue Garancière.
Dec. 10th. '1897'
My dear Mr Kennedy,
I hardly know how to apologise to you for not having long ago expressed our gratitude for the edition of Thackeray's 'Reading a Poem' wh: you were so kind as to send [
me?] us. But we read it with pleasure, and have talked so very
often about writing to you, & [p. 2] if our good resolve was frustrated, you must forgive us.
It is the more interesting to possess Thackeray's jeu d'esprit, because it is impossible to find on this side [of] the Ocean, & all the productions of the De Vinne press are masterpieces.
I wonder who was the member of the Grolier Club who had it privately printed? Are his initials E. G. K.?
The little book is charming and I have taken possession of it & put in the cupboard with my first editions -
[p. 3] When are you coming to France again? You know how pleased we shall be to see you.
With kindest regards from us both
Always yours sincerely
'From Charles Whibley author'To
E. G. Kennedy. Esq,
W. [sic] S. A.
[stamp:] POSTE / 25 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmarks x 2:] PARIS / R. DES SAINT PERES / 5E 10 / DEC / 97
[postmark on verso:] N.Y. / [illegible] / 2-1 / [ilegible]
[postmark on verso:] NE[W YORK] / [illegible] / 1897
1. 10 December 
Year dated from the postmark and the date added at the top of p. 1 in another hand.
Written on mourning stationery. 'From Charles Whibley author' is written in another hand.
6. De Vinne Press
Reading a Poem, New York, De Vinne Press, 1897.
7. Grolier Club
In 1911, a special edition of 250 copies of Reading a Poem was published under the imprint of the Grolier Club, New York.