Documents associated with: house repair
Record 13 of 16
System Number: 08838
Date: [21 August 1888]
Recipient: Charles James Whistler Hanson
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/44/3
Document Type: ALS
I cannot tell you how angry all this interference has made me! - What could possess you to take upon yourself to order this or that - ! You ought to know even if you had not been told expressly that Miss Philip is the one to go to in our absence for all orders - In all matters she is the only one to give orders and from whom you would receive your directions -
Now this settles the matter! - and you will not move into Tower House at all -
Miss Philip will see to the place until [p. 2] our return - and meanwhile if you cannot stay any longer in Selwood Terrace, you will take some little room close by and pay for it as you paid your Mommie -
It is intolerable and absurd that there should have been all this wandering about and indiscreet meddling which however well meant for your sake is quite unasked for and inexusable -
As to putting the place in repair, I see no reason for any thing of the kind - and certainly do not propose to become entangled in builders expenses - The House is in repair - if there be any thing really necessary, I must know what is required - certainly I do not propose that you should go about giving orders at your own indiscreet discretion -
Tell Mr. Webb the builder who works for me to look over the place and see what is absolutely necessary for the letting of the house - (perhaps the roof, and the front?) and let me have an estimate - and then I will see - Meanwhile the gentlemen must satisfy Mr Lewis that it is all right -
Keep back the letters until further orders -
J McN. Whistler
Tell William that he had better prepare for the visit of the American from Mr. Buck - and that he had better put by the very best proofs of the rare proofs - (such as "The Barrow" - the "Chelsea bird cages" etc. etc) so that they be not chosen by the buyer [p. 3] about whom I know nothing - and for whom one proof is as good as another -
6. young men
Charles Hazlewood Shannon (1863-1937), painter and lithographer [more], and Charles de Sousy Ricketts (1866-1931), painter and designer [more], rented The Vale from 1888, and there established the Vale Press.
Rideout, London estate agent.
11. Mr. Buck
Buck, possibly a collector or an agent for a collector, or J. H. Buck, employee of the Goupil Gallery, London.