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System Number: 01234
Date: 10 September 1889
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: Amsterdam
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F166
Document Type: ALS


BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT / TO H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES.
[royal coat of arms]
FIRST SPECIAL AWARD / SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL / EXHIBITION. 1879.
MELBOURNE. 1880.
DIPLOMA OF HONOUR / VIENNA. 1883.
TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS: / "FINART, LONDON." [...]

THE FINE ART SOCIETY. / LIMD.
148, NEW BOND ST. / W.

10th Sepr. 1889.

My dear Whistler

Yours to hand today & I hasten as you wish to reply to it.

I have no copy of my letter[2] to you but I dont think I assumed that the price you named was to my mind the one to be taken without question. I certainly [p. 2] based my figures upon it but that was to show that at that figure it would not yield a profit to the F A S. & that as well as the 'honour & glory' has to be considered -

And now you get over this by hoisting up the price of the etchings[3] above your first idea, & docking us of the sale of any to the trade.

As regards charging a high price (& unless we could get a higher average than 10 guineas, you admit it would not suit us) that is a matter that I do not see how we can settle without seeing the plates. When shall you have some to show & when shall you be back? I am [p. 3] off to Scotland tonight for a fortnight - Rhubana - Arisaig - Fort William - but it is an out of the way place & I dont want letters to follow me as they have been doing all this vacation - I dont suppose you will be back here at present but it appears to me that the best plan of settling the thing promptly will be - directly to you have any thing to show, either to ship it off for us to see, or run over with it; in either of which case I will engage we will come to [illegible word], if it is to be done, at once -

Meanwhile if time ifs [p. 4] of so much importance do not hesitate to go elsewhere but naturally we would prefer to have a chance of a 'hand in' -

Faithfully yrs

Marcus B Huish

Bracks Doelen Hôtel
Poste Restante
Amsterdam


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Notes:

1.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

2.  my letter
Huish's letter of 5 September (#01233).

3.  etchings
'Holland set', 1889 (K.402-416) (excat 10).