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System Number: 00153
Date: 28 June 1879
Author: Theodore Allingham[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Sydney Morse[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A152
Document Type: ALS[3]

55 Old Broad Street

28 June 1879

Dear Sir,

I cannot understand the course some one or the other is adopting[.] Mr Howells address is Fulham House Fulham. Please apply to him strongly[.] The Cabinet[4] is certainly yours.

Yours truly

Theo: Allingham

Sydney Morse Esq
96 Cheyne Walk

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

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

3.  ALS
'19' is written in pencil at the top of the sheet, in another hand.

4.  Cabinet
A Chinese 'pagoda' cabinet sold by JW to Morse in September 1878. Soon afterwards, it became the subject of an elaborate deception between JW, Allingham, Morse and Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more]. In December 1878, Morse requested the missing head-piece of the cabinet (S. Morse to C. A. Howell, #04192). However, Howell claimed that he had taken it in for repair. Mystified, Morse contacted the cabinet-maker to learn that while it had indeed been in for repair, it had been collected by Howell months earlier (S. Morse to C. A. Howell, #04193). It later turned out that he had pawned it. JW published his version of events in Whistler, James McNeill, Correspondence. Paddon Papers. The Owl and the Cabinet, London, [1882].