Documents associated with: Carter, Walter Steuben
Record 2 of 7
System Number: 03990
Date: 12 July 1890
Author: Howard Mansfield
Place: New York
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M261
Document Type: ALS
21 WEST 36TH STREET.
July 12 / 90.
Dear Mr. Whistler;
Word came, through the newspapers, of your removing to Cheyne Walk and of your working on your book, and so delays were accounted for, so far as my prints were concerned. Yet I was about to cable "Waiting" in reply to your message: "Writing," when the prints came, Accept my thanks for sending me such fine [p. 2] impressions.
The impression of "The Long House" on the Japanese paper confirms my opinion, formed from hasty comparison when Mr. Freer brought here the first impressions, that such an one would be preferable [to] the impression first sent me. So I return that - or will by an early mail. The second impression of the Zaandam is so different from the [p. 3] first, and both are so interesting, that I have decided to keep both.
Enclosed is a draft to your order drawn by Winslow, Lanier & Co. on Glyn, Mills, Currie & Co. for £67 - 4, which pays for the prints I keep.
I have received an early copy of the English edition of your book, and am vastly pleased [p. 4] with it as a piece of bookmaking as well as for its contents. Your letter to Smally [sic] regarding the title amused me a good deal, for, when the Ford book appeared, I said to a friend: "Ford is a brighter fellow than I thought him to be; that title is worthy of Whistler".
Mr. Carter has written me of his visit with you. Of course you found in him an enthusiast for your work.
J. McNeill Whistler, Esq.
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890.