Congressional Edition Volume 5555

Congressional Edition Volume 5555

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...1265 Broadway, New York City, December 30,1908. W. K. Payne, Esq., Secretary Ways and Means Committee, Washington, D. C. Dear Sir: I inclose the signatures of 39 Cincinnati artists to be appended to the petition in favor of the specific duty of $100 on pictures and sculptures produced within the last one hundred years. I notice that the New York Tribune this morning, in a letter from its correspondent at Washington, and which, presumably, is inspired by the Free Art League people, states boldly that "thus far the Ways and Means Committee has received no intimation that there is any one in the country, except some Members of Congress, who desire to retain the present duty on works of art." Further on in the article, following other misstatements, it is said that "the American artist repudiates the duty and is the most earnest petitioner for its repeal." I can hardly believe that the Ways and Means Committee can have the impression in the matter that this article states, and this continued putting out of misstatements in order to give the country the idea that there is absolutely no opposition whatever to the removal of duties on art is becoming rather wearisome. Could you, without trouble, let me know whether it is possible for me, the representative of a large number of artists and others--and which number is growing rapidly--to bring to the attention of the committee that the Free Art League does not represent the sentiment of the country on this art-tariff matter by any means? It seems to us manifestly unfair that the press should be used in an evident attempt to influence the Ways and Means Committee. I trust I am not bothering you in asking you to add these names to the petition and the brief on file. Yours, very truly, more

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  • Paperback | 490 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 866g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236506669
  • 9781236506665