Documents associated with: LaFarge, John
Record 4 of 8
System Number: 07268
Date: 3 March 1896
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Place: New York
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1256
Document Type: ALS
E. G. KENNEDY
[scroll:] H. WUNDERLICH & CO.
H W & CO.
868 B'WAY N- Y-
March 3rd 1896.
Dear Mr. Whistler,
In a letter received by me from my brother David to-day, he says that you informed him that all you have to do is to send a painting to Thomson and receive a cheque by return of post, and that you further informed him "that you did not care to bother with such a Country" (that is America).
This is so much at variance with your last letters to me, that I am somewhat astonished. If the above is a correct report of your sentiments to your own Country, I cannot blame you for not desiring to have any thing more to do with it, particularly as you have certainly struck a gold mine in Thomson
[p. 2] As your financial affairs have changed so much for the better, you will not, of course, have any need of the Cheque which I sent you, in a friendly way, and as a mark of sympathy in what was then a trying time in the financial world of Whistler.
I am rejoiced to find that you are now in the position you have longed for & which you deserve, & can only regret that the ways of Thomson, so far, are strange to America. I wish it was otherwise, but so it is. What a pic-nic it would be if all the things I bought were sold at once! I would not be long in business, I can tell you. I would "throw physic to the dogs", that is, give the picture business to any one who wanted it. No more worry! What a relief!!
[p. 3] Are you correctly reported? Are you "rowlin in riches"? I have an idea you were chaffing the "tenderfoot", though I hope not.
Be sure that no one rejoices more in your good fortune than I do, even if my poor little orders for lithographs and etchings should be thrown in the waste paper basket, though I don't think you will do that to an old friend.
If you want to print any etchings this Summer, I have the finest lot of old paper you ever saw. Just the thing for "Doorway" and some of the French set if you will touch them up.
Several fellows here wanted [p. 4] to buy it and almost took possession of it by force when I refused to part with it.
If you make an appointment I'll roll your press for you. What do you think of that?
John La Farge was in to-day and spoke of writing to you. He also inquired about Mrs. Whistler, and I told him all I knew. He looks thin and old, and must have been ill. If I do not dispose of the two paintings here, I will send them to Boston, as I may stir up enthusiasm there for them, perhaps.
I hope Mrs. Whistler Continues to improve. Let me know, please. I do not think of any thing more at this moment, & am, as always
E. G. Kennedy.
Vedder here with work for Congressional Library.
4. [p. 3]
The printed address header is repeated at top of p. 3 (as on p. 1). Also added at the top of this page, in pencil in another hand, is the date: 'II Mar 3rd 1896'.
Elihu Vedder (1836-1923), painter, sculptor and illustrator [more]. This sentence is added in the space at the top of p. 1. Vedder designed a marble mosaic for the landing of the stairs leading to the visitor's gallery above the main Reading Room in the Library of Congress, E. Vedder, Minerva; and five painted murals in the Reading Room, representing good and bad government, which were completed 1896-7.