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System Number: 02782
Date: [15 August 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Charles Augustus Howell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 11/57
Document Type: ALS[3]


[roundel with head of Leonardo]

ARTS CLUB,
HANOVER SQUARE,
W.

'15. August. 1878.'

Has the Carlyle subscription[4] no more go in it? I thought Owl mon vieux[5] that was the one thing you were always worrying about - and here I bother Ridley with the propagation dodge[6] and bring him to you as a proof of my zeal and he waits in all day yesterday and today as he promised you to do - to receive your [p. 2] visit and the circulars you were going to bring him - But I daresay you couldn't manage it - But how about Josey[7]? - You took his letter[8] to answer away from me, and here I have another from him wondering at this silence? -

Jack Chapman (Alfred)[9] has just written and says will Howell send him a batch of circulars - as he thinks that he could - get some subscribers for Carlyle -

You know his address - 23. Abercromby Square
Liverpool

Are you going to show up at all? - of course I have a little waited for you every day - although I really know better -

Hermann[10] is hot! and things are verging upon hell!

[butterfly signature]


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Envelope:

C. A. Howell Esq
Chaldon House -
Fulham -
[stamp:] POSTAGE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LONDON W. / D 7 / AU 15 / 78


Notes:

1.  [15 August 1878]
Dated by postmark, as well as date written by C. A. Howell at top of page one.

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

3.  ALS
The letter was stuck in the first of two albums of documents by C. A. Howell (see #02788).

4.  Carlyle subscription
Howell had acquired the copyright of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), and he organised subscriptions for an engraving by Richard Josey (1840-1906), reproductive engraver [more], which was published by H. Graves and Co. (see #02785).

5.  mon vieux
Fr., my old friend.

6.  Ridley with the propagation dodge
Matthew White Ridley (1837-1888), painter and etcher [more]. It is not clear if this was a means of distributing circulars or a separate scheme.

7.  Josey
Richard Josey (1840-1906), reproductive engraver [more], who engraved Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). The first proofs were ready in December 1878.

8.  his letter
Neither of Josey's letters have been located.

9.  Jack Chapman (Alfred)
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more].

10.  Hermann
Louis Herrman (b. 1810 or 1811), of Gilby and Herrman, artists' suppliers, later a picture dealer [more]. Howell, Hermann and JW had entered into some complicated financial arrangements. The Carlyle subscription was probably intended to pay off JW's debts to Hermann.