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Catalog Number 1986.06.11 a-d
Object Name Letter, Illustrated
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Medium Watercolor/Ink/Paper
Date 1911
Notes This letter exemplifies both the progression of Russell's career and his continuing devotion to old friends. Written from St. Louis, where they were then visiting family, the country that Charlie and Nancy had "covered" included New York City, where the prestigious Folsom Galleries had mounted a highly successful and much-touted exhibit of his work.

The message, written in sepia ink, reads: (a) "May 23 1911 / Friend Bill I have coverd som country since I left home[,] am now in St Louis[.] / I left New York about ten days ago took a steemer to Savannah Georgia[.] the wether was fine lab all the grub I eat stayed[.] / I dont think Bill that the old Atlantic has changed much since Cris Colombo crossed. / It looks like the boosters in real estate men couldn't do much with her (p.2) baring a few patches on her edges she still belongs to the fish[.] / on my way to New York I saw our old friend Georg Budington hes working in a Minneapolis[.] / bank I asked him with all that money around if he wasent tempted to grab a bundel an see how far he could get[.] / he kinder smiled an said the cage they kept him in had nothing more valuble than penns an ink an as the ink has no alcohal in it hes plum harmless. / In looks he hasnt changed much his mane has turned rone an as he has srunk sum his eares look bigger[.] / He still takes a light one but he dont go after it like he did in the good old days (p.3) / In St Paul I run on to old Dad[.] you remember the little man that worked for Theo Gibson. / We hadent more than shook hands till he whispered something in my eare[.] / It was a quick tuch Bill[,] an I loosened but I never begrudge a let go to his hind[.] as I know if I was up aganst it old Dad would com across if he had to make a hold up to get it[.] / well Bill as I expect to see you soon I will close / with regards to yourself and the bunch / your friend / CM Russell."
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