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System Number: 00525
Date: [21 July/August 1901][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Richard Alfred Canfield[2]
Place: [New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C26a
Document Type: ALdS


TELEGRAMS,
DELICIOUS,
LONDON.

GARLANT'S HOTEL,
SUFFOLK STREET,
PALL MALL.

Dear Mr Canfield -

When I saw, at Mr Coggeshall's[3], photographs and reproductions of the rare & beautiful exqui[4] furniture & bronzes with which you have surrounded yourself, I was especially pleased with the perfect relation between the objects themselves and the rooms in which they are placed - & to which they therefore [p. 2] seem to have always belonged! -

This absence of all overcrowding - this refined feeling of fair space about the beautiful thing itself - like the large margin framing the sonnet - reveals immediately a subtle sense that marks the difference between the man born to live with [that?] delight in what he gathers about him, and the ["]Collector" made to stock his place with bric-a brac! -

I could not help speaking of this to Mr Coggeshall at the time - and your letter to me since, is of in its a delicacy & of charm of courtesy in its proposals[5] to myself that shows how true was my impression could only come from 'confirms me in[6] is of the accuracy of my impression. I need not say with what pleasure it will be to me to have work inon such walls & in such care and I gladly accept your proposition.

With regard to your portrait we will doubtless come to some clearer conclusion understanding when we meet. I had intended

Believe me dear Mr Canfield
Very faithfu sincerely yours.

J. McNeill Whistler.

Dovercourt[7]

P. S. Though very much wandering about of late any letters would always reach me at Garlant's Hotel - Suffolk Street - Pall Mall - London -'


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Notes:

1.  [21 July/August 1901]
This is a draft reply to a letter from R. Canfield to JW, 20 July 1901, #00524. Also written on this sheet is another draft letter, #10497.

2.  Richard Alfred Canfield
Richard Albert Canfield (1855-1914), gambler [more].

3.  Mr Coggeshall's
Walter Coggeshall (b. ca 1851), civil engineer [more].

4.  beautiful exqui
These words are written over one another.

5.  in its proposals
These words were crossed out and then re-instated by a dotted line beneath.

6.  confirms me in...
From here to the end the text was written in pencil by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more], except for some minor additions in ink.

7.  Dovercourt
JW's in-laws, the Birnie Philips, were staying at Dovercourt.