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System Number: 13811
Date: [24 March 1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Mlle Köhler[2]
Place: [Antwerp]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler K51
Document Type: ALS


Dear Miss Köhler -

It was most charming and kind of you to write me such a delightful letter! -

We have enjoyed it hugely - my wife[4] and I, and the carefully selected few, capable of great apreciation [sic], and worthy! - In short it was, and is a brilliant success, for I still read it to a chosen circle who understand, and with whom it [p. 2] may be trusted -

The description of the dreadful little woman[5], trotting after her man is simply delicious! - and vastly enjoyed - Indeed the whole story of the discomforture of the shady little couple, with their various alternations of wheedling and bullying - their mendacious proposals of money and guarantees - and the final colapse [sic] of the two rogues, and their flight into Egypt! - all this is told with the prettiest possible sense of the Comedy that came before you - and detail is lost upon the listeners! -

The picture of the bales[6] standing ready packed, and within his reach - "so near & yet so far!" - you see by the enclosed was not forgotten - while you will notice the name of the printers has been kept out of the papers as I promised that it should be -

The photograph I shall certainly remember to send, directly I can get one - Ford[7] by the way had no more right to that than to any thing else -

And now with renewed thanks to yourself and with my compliments and kindest regards to you all, believe me

Very Sincerely Yours

[butterfly signature] J. McN. Whistler

[p. 3] I am writing to your Mama[8] - but fear I shall be too late for tonight's post.

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1.  24 March 1890
This probably precedes JW's letter to Mme George Kohler on the same subject, which is dated 25 March 1890, #13809.

2.  Mlle Köhler
Mlle Kohler, daughter of G. Kohler, printer [more]. See JW's related letters to Mlle Kohler (#02440) and to her mother (#13808, #13809).

3.  21, CHEYNE WALK,
Address embossed in yellow.

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

5.  woman
Mary Bacon Ford, née Martin, art agent [more].

6.  bales
JW and his lawyers managed to stop the sale of copies of Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890.

7.  Ford
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more].

8.  Mama
Mme Kohler, widow of Georges Kohler, printer [more].