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Documents associated with: Caldwell, John (fl. 1894-1900)
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System Number: 07252
Date: 3 July 1895
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: [New Haven?]
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1240
Document Type: ALS


[scroll:] H. WUNDERLICH[3] & CO.
H W & CO.
868 B'WAY N- Y-

July 3 1895.

Dear Mr. Whistler,

I left Dieppe yesterday doubtful, but yet blithe & gay. I landed at New Haven, oh, such a wreck! I have my doubts as to going to St. Malo direct, as the only safe direct way is by Calais. It was the worst passage since Christmas, I'm told, and it was an awful scene of retching & anguish. I am shaky yet and shall not recover for another day. I thought of the fine portrait[4], & the wreck that landed. What a contrast! Enough, Enough!

The cocktails came with an [p. 2] elaborate array of fines, duties, freight &c. on it. I shall leave [it] here until some friend of yours is going over to Paris, as if I send it more duty will have to be paid[.] The set of Whistlers was sent by S. E. R. R.[5] & ought to be in Paris now surely. Kindly let me know by return post if they have arrived or not. I enclose Mr. Caldwell's letter [6]& as it speaks for itself, I think you will be struck by it & do what he wants as he is a good fellow in Every way & genuine.

Permit me once more to thank you for your kind attentions & hospitality when in Paris, which are always treasured by me as honors undeserved. I hope madame[7] is feeling better.

With kind regards to the Misses Phillip[8] [sic] and lots of thanks & best wish[p. 1]-es to yourself[9], believe me
yours very Sincerely


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

G. Dieterlen, employee at H. Wunderlich and Co., New York.

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

4.  portrait
Portrait of E. G. Kennedy (2) (YMSM 404).

5.  S. E. R. R.
South Eastern and Chatham Railway, from London to Dover.

6.  Caldwell's letter
John Caldwell, Board Chairman, Carnegie Art Galleries [more], who wanted JW to design his bookplate, see J. Caldwell to E. G. Kennedy, 19 June 1895, #00504.

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

8.  Misses Phillip
Possibly Philippa Maude Philip (1865-1915), JW's sister-in-law [more]; and Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

9.  to yourself
'es to yourself ... O'K' is written at the top of p. 1.