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Mrs. Juliana R Force
Director The Whitney Museum
My dear Mrs Force
Your magnificent message came to this lonely hill as the sun strikes through a sky clouded with the all round general bankruptcy. It presages victory (the Greeks personified Nike as a winged woman) and is a collaborator, it puts me under serious obligation, - set up a new idea of color.
I do not so much consider the present “splendid success of the show” – of Mrs Whitney’s and your vision, sacrifices and work, real and natural as it is and for which you may accept my hearty congratulations – as I do rather see the importance of your museum (‘museion’ had a living meaning) and of its activity in relation to things all around and in the widest sense.
The germ of any success (aside from dollars) is imbedded in the initial idea and conception of its realization.
Also, by the way, in that I trust you may find your own recompense.
To what practical avail are to-day the sum total of the serious insight and thoughts of men? Does not history show and Goethe find at the end that, from Eve on, “The feminine-eternal draws us on”? with that I wish to express my deep gratitude to the Museum and to you.
And between bootlegging and roaming of towns,
(Please remember me to Mungo, lost from the map.)