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System Number: 09788
Date: [15 June 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/122
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: AWS[3]

[telegraph form:] Quite hopeless my dear O K! and every thing all wrong again -

The Vanderbilts[4] were at the last moment unable to come yesterday and so this after noon at 4 o'clock are coming -

I shall never get away from the studio until just before 8.[5]! - and of course worn out - with desperate sitting - So you must let me go to bed - Come down and dine here - and I will sign the proofs

You[6] can bring them along - Tomorrow we are to go out - to Vanderbilt's reception for their sister's marriage -

[butterfly signature]

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Monsieur Kennedy
Hotel Terminus
Gare St Lazare
[postnark:] PARIS 20 / BD. ST. GERMAIN.155 / T 15 / JUIN / 99

'Response by Whistler June 15 / 99'


1.  [15 June 1899]
Dated from the postmark, and the note written in Kennedy's hand on the address side of the telegraph form.

2.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. JW calls him O'K.

3.  AWS
'Quite ... noon at' is written in pencil. The letter is written on a 'bleu', the Paris telegraph form.

4.  Vanderbilts
George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914), collector [more]; and Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (1873-1958), née Dresser, wife of G. W. Vanderbilt [more]. She was posing for Ivoire et or: Portrait de Madame Vanderbilt (YMSM 515).

5.  before 8
Double underlined.

6.  You
The remainder of the text is written in the top margin of p. 1, at right angles to the main text.