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System Number: 02823
Date: [1870/1876][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Charles Augustus Howell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 11/15
Document Type: ALS

2 Lindsey Row
Old Battersea bridge
Chelsea -

Monday -

Dear Howell -

I owe Marks[3] about 12. pounds for china[4], - he has been very nice about it and never dunned me for the money - but the other day he came and asked me for it - Hard up is rather my line just now - and this seems to me a feasable [sic] way of settling the matter, if [p. 2] agreable to you -

You have dealings with Marks, and if I might transfer this debt[5] of mine to your shoulders, you might settle with him at your own convenience, and you and I could cry quits -

I have necessarily said nothing of the kind to Marks not having your permission - but if this pleases you write me a line to that effect that I [p. 3] may tell Marks when he comes here on Thursday morning -

Ever yours

J A McN Whistler

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1.  [1870/1876?]
Dated from address. JW lived in 2 Lindsey Row from February 1867 to June 1878, and most letters written with that address date from between February 1867 and July 1870 (although some are as late as September 1876). However, JW was particularly close to Marks only towards the end of this period, in 1875-1876.

2.  Charles Augustus Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

3.  Marks
Murray Marks (1840-1918), dealer in oriental art [more].

4.  china
JW purchased blue and white Nankin porcelain through Marks, who imported it from Holland.

5.  transfer this debt
Howell and JW had increasingly complicated financial dealings in the 1870s until JW's bankruptcy in 1879.