[On Copley Plaza stationery]
Dec 20 
Dear Mr Clark
I cannot approve of asking the Museum for my water-colours for the simple reason that it is not six months since Boston, Worcester and Brooklyn sent theirs over to Paris, some of them, Boston especially, very reluctantly, and I do not wish to abuse [?] of their obligingness – So if you have already written to Boston I sincerely wish that you would withdraw your request. I feel so keenly about this that I am writing to Mr Fairbanks to say that I do not expect the request to be granted.
The fact that I have still got a lot of decoration work to do for the Boston Museum makes me careful not to strain the good relations I have with the Trustees.
I hope you will see my point.
John S. Sargent
Accession Number: SC.SargentArchive.9.5
This letter is a part of The John Singer Sargent Archive.