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System Number: 00745
Date: 30 June 1901
Author: John James Cowan[1]
Place: Edinburgh
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C246
Document Type: ALS


30th June 1901

WESTER LEA,
MURRAYFIELD,
N. B.

My dear Whistler,

I surrender unconditionally and have sent the two girls[2] to your camp, where I hope they will meet with considerate treatment!

I had been meaning to send you photographs, but I gladly send you the pictures for this may the better help you to put a stop to any wrongdoing.

I do so knowing that you will protect my interests [p. 2] as well as your own as far as you can.

I shall be curious to know if I have been in possession of stolen property or if like Dogberry[3] you "write me down an ass" for having been taken in?

If I am in any uncertainty in the matter, the latter alternative must be more or less true!

As to the "Bridesmaid" [p. 3] I had never dreamt of anyone attempting to forge your work. I had a very short look at the picture, and it was only afterwards that the signature & a suspicion of sentiment began to shake my faith!

Let me know if I can help you further.

I have seen another head[4] very similar to the large one - the same model but and pose, but slightly [p. 4] different in treatment. &c.

Always Your's Sincerely

John J. Cowan


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Notes:

1.  John James Cowan
John James Cowan (1846-1936), paper manufacturer and collector [more].

2.  two girls
Alice Butt (2) (YMSM 438) and The Bridesmaid (YMSM 487), which Cowan purchased from Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more], in April 1900.

3.  Dogberry
The confused and comic constable in charge of the watch in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

4.  another head
Alice Butt (1) (YMSM 437). In his reply, JW urged Cowan to buy the picture at his expense (#00746).