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    Artists' Letters Signed: Charles Turner, George Inness, William Beard and George Boughton (2). Five letters in total, all handwritten, spanning the years from 1884-1889, from the four American artists to a Miss Laura Wachschlager. The majority of letters are short replies, thanking the woman for her kind letters; Turner even agreed to a meeting at his studio. Although little is known about Miss Wachschlager's identity and her role with these artists, the letter from William Beard hints at what the involvement might have been. His letter, dated March 13, 1889, reads in full:

    "Your letter inviting me to inaugurate [sic] your list of a artists names, was duly received and the compliment appreciated, I assure you, and from time to time, when I have had a leisure moment, I have endeavored to coax my poor drudging wits out from their rut to do something worthy your acceptance, but in vain. The mill, so to speak, is not set for such results, and the habits of thought have so long continued in other directions, that I cannot now turn them in this, to any account. I am therefore forced to forgo the pleasure and honor of writing the required introduction to your illustrious list and must send you this apology, explanation, or more properly, confession, instead, hoping you will kindly accept it as a valid excuse, and believe me, Sincerely yours, W.H. Beard."

    Condition: Letters are all in good condition, with usual mail folds. Light toning, but all boldly signed.

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    April, 2018
    18th Wednesday
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