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System Number: 12145
Date: 23 January 1875
Author: Edward Clifton Griffith[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Liverpool][2]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/40/6
Document Type: ALS


'65'[3]

[ornate monogram:] 'ECG'

30 St. James Square
London:

23rd Jany. 1875

Dear Sir

I am at a loss to understand your telegram[4] after agreeing, as you did when I last saw you, to restore the colouring of the Gallery[5] - However, be that as it may there is no question of your liability [p. 2] in the matter as you had no right to paint out the decorations[6] or alter the gallery in the slightest degree without my permission and authority, and as the state in which you have left it is a bar to my letting and I am in consequence losing rent I should have thought [p. 3] that as a gentleman you would have done what was right without any pressure - I regret this is not so - and my willingness to meet you[7] with regard to the payment of your rent has not, it seems, inspired you with a like sentiment of courtesy or good feeling. Under the circumstances I can only say that having already in the autumn lost one good [p. 4] tenant (or would be tenant) through you I am not disposed to risk the loss of a second and unless therefore you arrange matters satisfactorily with out further delay I shall at once instruct my solicitors[8] to take proceedings against you.

I am yours truly

E. Clifford Griffith

[p. 1] J A. M. Whistler Esq


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Notes:

1.  Edward Clifton Griffith
Capt. Edward Clifton Griffith, gallery landlord [more]. See also other correspondence between JW and Griffith between 20 and 30 January 1875 concerning the condition of his gallery (#11445, #12165, #11442, #01603, #11441, #12148, #11444, #12154).

2.  [Liverpool]
JW stayed at the home of Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more] and his family, from January to March 1875.

3.  '65'
Written in another hand at the upper left hand corner of p. 1.

4.  telegram
#12148.

5.  Gallery
The venue for Mr Whistler's Exhibition, Flemish Gallery, Pall Mall, London, 1874. JW took the gallery for a year at an annual rent of £315.

6.  decorations
JW decorated the gallery in primrose, pink-grey and brown distemper for his exhibition. However, Griffiths required that the gallery should be returned to its original state and hung with maroon cloth (see statement of proof, #12138).

7.  meet you
In a previous letter (#12154) Griffiths offered to arrange for the redecoration of the gallery himself if JW sent him a cheque for £30.

8.  solicitors
On 29 January 1875, Griffiths issued a writ claiming back rent and costs of repair to the gallery (see E. C. Griffiths to JW, #12140).