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[[page 2 of a 4 page letter]] painter. I think the jury system may lead, & in the case of the Exhibitions at the Carnegie Institute nr [[Saint? South?]] Ives lead to a high average, but in art which we want is the certaintly that the one spark of original genius shall not be extinguished, that is better than average excellence, that is what will survive, what it is essential to foster - The 'Independents" in Paris was originally started by our Group, it was the idea of our exhibitions & since taken up by others, no jury's & most of the artists of original talent have made their debut there in the last decade, they [[end page]] [[start page 3]] would never have had a chance in the official Salons - Ours is an enclosed profession, fancy a writer not being able to have an article published unless passed by a jury of authors, not to say rivals - Pardon this long explanation, but the subject excites me, it seems to me a very serious question in our profession, these are my reasons for never having served on the Jury of the Institute, if I could be of the least service in any other way I would most gladly. I would
nr as in abbreviation of near
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