The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Loan Collections, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1894
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System Number: 02272
Date: 6 October 1887
Author: William Ayerst Ingram[1]
Place: Penzance
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I13
Document Type: ALS

The Malt House

6th October. 1887.

My Dear President

I am glad to find from the Secretary's letter[2] that the [resolut?] motions were not withdrawn as your wire[3] intimated. I find I have to renew the guarantee to the Society on behalf of certain members, against possible loss. I am writing by this post to them all, asking them to renew their [p. 2] guarantee & enclosing a stamped envelope to ensure reply. Dowdeswell[4] who wrote some time ago having received two answers only. Kindly send me by return if possible, Stott of Oldham's[5] & Waldo Storey's[6] [sic] addresses. They were I believe guarantors. You of course renew your guarantee. Do you know where your "White Girl[7]" is?

I meet constantly an American lady[8], who sees it every day she says when she is at home. There [p. 3] is some "personal" difficulty about our getting it she hints, but she has written to ask about it. You will see I have lost no time in setting to work, as soon as I realized what I could do. I shall come to town next week, but for a few days now, I am resting absolutely, by the Doctors orders. I have had one of my oldest & most intimate friends[9] with me, & when staying with me he contracted malignant [p. 4] typhoid, & died last Sunday. I was very seedy at the time, & the shock has quite pulled me down & unnerved me. So I am resting a bit, & hope to [be] all right next week.

With best regards believe me
Sincerely Your's

W Ayerst Ingram

J. McNeil [sic] Whistler Eqr
P. R. B. A.

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1.  William Ayerst Ingram
William Ayerst Ingram (1855-1913), marine and landscape painter [more].

2.  Secretary's letter
Horace Henry Cauty (1846-1909), historical and genre painter [more]. His letter has not been located.

3.  wire
JW's telegraph of 3 October 1887 (#10838).

4.  Dowdeswell
Probably Walter Dowdeswell (1858-1929), art dealer [more].

5.  Stott of Oldham's
William Stott of Oldham (1857-1900), genre and landscape painter [more].

6.  Waldo Storey's
Thomas Waldo Story (1854-1915), sculptor [more].

7.  White Girl
Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38). It was then owned by Thomas Delano Whistler (1857-1921), engineer, JW's nephew [more], and was not exhibited for many years, until Loan Collections, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1894. Shortly after that it went on the market.

8.  American lady
Not identified.

9.  friends
Not identified.