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System Number: 00152
Date: 6 March 1879
Author: Theodore Allingham[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Sydney Morse[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A151
Document Type: Lc


55 Old Broad Street.

Mar. 6. 1879

Dear Sir,

In reply to yours of the 4th instant[4] I am unexpectedly called to Glasgow and shall not return until Saturday. I do not at this moment remember the name *[5] of the person Mr Howell[6] gave me who has the repair of the Cabinet[7] in hand but I will get it from him and forward it to you - I think it much better that you should apply for it than anyone else.

Yours faithfully

T. Allingham.

p. E. F.

Sydney Morse Esq

When[8] Howell said the name of on was the same as that of one of my servants! He had never seen either of them
Why did he not at once say it was at Hughenden with Beaconsfield[9]


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1.  Theodore Allingham
Theodore Frederick Allingham (b. 1845), solicitor [more].

2.  Sydney Morse
Sydney Morse (1854-1929), solicitor [more].

3.  18.
Written in another hand, in pencil.

4.  4th instant
Not located.

5.  *
Added in pencil. This presumably links to the text added in the left margin (see below).

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

7.  Cabinet
A Chinese 'pagoda' cabinet sold by JW to Morse, which became the subject of a protracted wrangle between JW, Morse and Howell. It turned out that Howell, the agent in the sale, pawned the 'headpiece' of the cabinet whilst claiming it was in for repair. JW published his version of events in Whistler, James McNeill, Correspondence. Paddon Papers. The Owl and the Cabinet, London, [1882]. See S. Morse to T. F. Allingham, 16 September 1878 (#00145) and Allingham's replies, 18 and 19 September 1878 (#00149, #00150). The complete cabinet is now at Leighton House Museum, London.

8.  When ... S M
Written by Morse in left margin.

9.  Beaconsfield
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1882), Prime Minister of Great Britain [more], whose home was Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. This was a particularly imaginative excuse on Howell's part.