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System Number: 05650
Date: [November 1878?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Lady Sherborne[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S301
Document Type: ALS


THE WHITE HOUSE,
CHELSEA EMBANKMENT.

Dear Lady Sherborne -

I am shocked to find that your kind note[3] has never been answered! - the truth is I have been so involved in work and legal difficulties that all the usual courtesies of life seem to have fallen away form me - I should be so charmed to show you my new home and studio - for I have now [p. 2] been painting in it for some time past - While my old house[4], I am sorry to say, has been let from the beginning of things, months ago - or rather a new tenant took my place with the landlord and has, I believe, an agreement for several years -

I hope when you return to town I may show you my place, and meanwhile believe me, with many apologies for this tardiness

Very sincerely Yours

J A McN. Whistler

How delighted the Mitfords[5] would have been, had your friends become their neighbors -


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Notes:

1.  [November 1878?]
JW moved into the White House at end of September, but appears to have used this headed notepaper from November.

2.  Lady Sherborne
Susan Elizabeth Dutton (d. 1907), née Block, Lady Sherborne [more].

3.  note
Not located.

4.  house
JW's lease of 96 Cheyne Walk ended on 25 June 1878. The new tenant was Sydney Morse (1854-1929), solicitor [more].

5.  Mitfords
Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford (1837-1916), Lord Redesdale (1886), diplomat, Secretary of the Office of Works, and collector [more]; and Clementine Gertrude Helen Mitford (1854-1932), née Ogilvy, wife of the 1st Baron Redesdale [more].