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System Number: 09775
Date: 10 December [1897][1]
Author: Charles Whibley[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[3]
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[4]


7 Rue Garancière.
Paris.

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'[5] 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[6] are masterpieces.

I wonder who was the member of the Grolier Club[7] who had it privately printed? Are his initials E. G. K.?

The little book[8] 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
I Am
Always yours sincerely

Charles Whibley


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Envelope:

'From Charles Whibley author'

To
E. G. Kennedy. Esq,
68 or 86 [P Dr?] 868 Broadway.
New York
W. [sic] S. A.
Etats Unis
[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


Notes:

1.  10 December [1897]
Year dated from the postmark and the date added at the top of p. 1 in another hand.

2.  ALS
Written on mourning stationery. 'From Charles Whibley author' is written in another hand.

3.  Charles Whibley
Charles Whibley (1859-1930), writer and journalist [more].

4.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].

5.  Thackeray's 'Reading a Poem'
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), novelist and writer on art [more]. His play Reading a Poem was originally published in 1841 in two parts.

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.

8.  The little book ... editions -
This line appears to be written in another hand, perhaps that of Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].