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System Number: 07205
Date: 5 November 1892
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1193
Document Type: ALS

[scroll:] H. WUNDERLICH[2] & CO.
H W & CO.
868 B'WAY N- Y-

Nov. 5th 1892.

Dear Mr. Whistler,

Since last writing you, I have again seen Mr. Ives[3] and I wish you would act promptly upon the suggestions given, as it will be to your great advantage. Mr. Ives says that Mr. McCormick[4] is in England now, and will be glad to manage and write to the owners of the pictures required. But first, you will have to write to Halsey C. Ives a formal letter, giving him authority to act on your account. This is a stringent rule of the management, which, you can easily see, is a very good one. Mr. Mansfield[5] to whom I spoke about your exhibit will be very pleased to do everything in his power to make it a success, and will go to Chicago himself [p. 2] to see the exhibit properly placed. The finest impressions of your best plates, from the Brittany set[6] to the present time, will be shown. Also pastels & pictures. Will you therefore without delay give Mr. Ives authority to act for you? We will, probably, get the Carlyle[7], that great painting to crush any scoffers who may yet survive.

Everything is in train; all that is required is the letter from you to Mr. Ives, and we can make a great show. Let me hear from you promptly please, as we are now late.

With best regards, I am,
Yours very truly,

E. G. Kennedy.

Oh can't you give me Mr. Untermeyers[8] address so that we can borrow the "Nocturne[9]".? That is, if you like.

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

Hermann Wunderlich (ca 1839 - d.1892), print dealer [more].

3.  Mr. Ives
Halsey Cooley Ives (1847-1911), painter [more]. He was organising exhibits at World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.

4.  Mr. McCormick
Robert Sanderson McCormick (1849-1919), diplomat and politician [more]. He was the official representative of the Colombian Exposition in London, 1892-3.

5.  Mr. Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].

6.  Brittany set
He may mean Twelve Etchings from Nature, 1858 (the 'French Set', K.9-11, 13-17, 19, 21, 22, 24). (excat 3), although that represents the Rhineland, not Brittany.

7.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

8.  Mr. Untermeyers
A misspelling of Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940), lawyer, capitalist and philanthropist [more].

9.  Nocturne
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170).