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System Number: 10998
Date: [18 August 1889][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Sheridan Ford[2]
Place: [London?]
Repository: Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Call Number: MSS Acc 660
Credit Line: Boston Public Library/Rare Books Department. Courtesy of the Trustees
Document Type: ALS[3]

Dear Mr Ford -

Let us have no wrong impressions - I thoroughly know that you are just the man to bring to its completion the work in question - and how lucky I am in having interested you in it -

Meanwhile, without going further, for I fear that I have an inherent objection to being at all hurried about any thing, do let me recognize slightly the time & care you have taken to give the collection the shape that it already has -

I enclose therefore cheque for ten guineas, -

I do not in this way pretend to value the pains you have been at, but in all fairness to each of us, you must allow me to see that you are not so far absolutely the loser -

I think for many reasons, we would do well to postpone the immediate consideration of the proposed publication for a while - At this moment - a bad one by the way for printing any thing - I find myself curiously interested in certain paintings, the production of which might appropriately be made anterior to more literature! -

Always sincerely

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1.  [18 August 1889]
Dated 18 August 1889 by Grantham (see below). There is also a draft of this letter (#01461). Ford replied on 20 August (#13191).

2.  Sheridan Ford
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more].

3.  ALS
Letter to Sheridan Ford included as part of 'How the Brush Sought Vainly to Besmirch the Pen, ' St. Stephen's Review, 21 September 1889; reprinted in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890, pp. 222-26. Reprinted in Grantham, Evelyn, 'The Gentle Art of Making Enemies', The Bulletin of the Boston Public Library, vol. 20, no. 6, June 1945, pp. 278-80; see GM B. 65. The Library owns the original letters exchanged by Whistler and Ford.