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March 2, 1927

Hon. Alvan T. Fuller

Governor of Massachusetts,

Boston, Mass.

Dear Governor Fuller,

I have not answered your letter of February 17th before because I have been out of town and have only just returned, and although a copy of your letter was sent to me, I decided to wait until I was back here before answering you.

Even though you have practically made up your mind not to purchase our "Gypsy" tapestry, I would like, nevertheless, to refer to this subject again.

Now, with all due respect and hoping you will quite understand the spirit in which this is being written, I really do not think you are doing justice either to our firm or to the tapestry in asking the opinion of a competitor about it. As honest as he may be, even if his opinion is given in perfect good faith, you could not be surprised that he should protect before his own interests and think of his own tapestries to sell before he would praise ours or anybody else's. I am sure this must be quite evident to you.

If you would care to do so, we would be very willing for you to ask the opinion of this tapestry of any of the best known and recognized experts in this country, either Mr. Leland Hunter, whom you certainly know of, from his many books he has written on tapestries, or Dr. P. H. Ackerman, who is today also writing a book on Gothic tapestries which will probably be the most important and most complete study and documentation that has been brought together, or Dr. W. R. Valentiner of the Detroit Museum, who in addition to his professional experience as a museum director has a very wide experience of the contents of European galleries.

We would be willing to submit our tapestry to either one or all three of the above mentioned people, and we feel quite confident that they would not only confirm our statement as regards the quality and rarity of this piece, but
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