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A. Schaffer to Pratt, Oct. 27, 1936

 Item — Box: SC-07 Box 1, Folder: 1, Item: SC07.01.1.010
Identifier: SC07.01.1.010
A. Schaffer to Pratt
A. Schaffer to Pratt

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Transcription: Telephone Circle 7-0747 Cable Address "Russianart"

Alexander S. Schaffer 15 West 50th Street Rockefeller Center New York October 27, 1936

Mrs. John L. Pratt Box 118 Fredericksburg, Virginia

Dear Mrs. Pratt,

I was so glad to receive your letter, as I was worried already that you may be ill, and that this was the reason that you did not come to New York as you planned. And judging from your letter, I was almost right, but I am glad to know that it isn't anything serious, and I hope that by the time this note reaches you, you will be in perfect condition again.

I would not think of letting you make that trip to Washington. I would much rather wait until the 3d and then you could bring the things with you.

Regarding the Egg, you have apparently forgotten that in one of my letters I have definitely promised it to you for September, and which I meant. Although it is now October, as you see I kept my promise, except for being late, which was beyond my control. I am sorry to learn that you cannot find a way of getting it at present. However, I must tell you this – should I be successful in making a substantial sale, I shall buy it back myself and then, needless to say, I will let you have it regardless of when you could pay for it. I only hope that they do not change their minds in the meanwhile.

I could not buy it myself presently, because I have just paid a huge amount in duties for some fine things I have bought about a year ago. If not for

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this, I would have probably settled the whole affair with them without even writing to you about it, because to get it back is my one ambition, and I would not worry about selling it again. I shouldn't have done it in the first place.

With kindest regards and best wishes, and love from the family,

Cordially, Alexander S. Schaffer [signed]


  • Oct. 27, 1936


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2 pages

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lillian Thomas Pratt.

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Schaffer Collection, Russian Imperial Treasures, Rockefeller Center

Digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Archives has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository

Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
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Richmond VA 23220-4007 United States