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System Number: 09869
Date: 28 June 1897
Author: Edwin F. Belden[1]
Place: Chicago
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy III/107
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS


Chicago Illinois

June 28 - 1897

M. J. A. McNeill Whistler.

My dear Sir

It having been a very choice diversion of mine for some forty years in collecting the Autographs of well-known and representative men - both at home and abroad - I take this liberty in writing to ask if you will kindly give me one of yours -

Written on the enclosed Card

Should you grant me such a favor I will esteem and value it very highly.

I have a fine collection including the signature of many eminent Artists.

[p. 2] Some 30 years ago Gustave Doré[2], in sending me his, also sent me a little pen-picture

If it would not be presuming on your time and patience I would prize one from you.

Indeed, the cordial response I have received from so many who have become famous in the Arts & Sciences has afforded me much pleasure and profit.

Now should you graciously respond be assured of my hearty thanks and high esteem

Yours Very Truly

Edwin F. Belden

3757 Rhodes Ave

Labor omnia vincit improbus[3].

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'June 28 1897'

'Asking Whistler for autograph[4]'

Edwin F. Belden
Chicago Illinois
U. S. A.
3757 Rhodes Ave


1.  Edwin F. Belden
Edwin F. Belden, autograph collector [more]. He attached an American stamp at top left (UNITED STATES POSTAGE / 3/ FIVE CENTS).

2.  Gustave Doré
Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré (1832-1883), painter, illustrator, designer and sculptor [more].

3.  Labor omnia vincit improbus
Lat., stubborn labor conquers everything. The phrase comes from Virgil's Georgics (1.145-6).

4.  Asking Whistler for autograph
Note in the hand of Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].