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System Number: 13765
Date: [July 1881/1882][1]
Author: JW
Place: Sheffield
Recipient: Thomas Waldo Story[2]
Place: [Liverpool?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S308
Document Type: ALS


Waldo -

I am at last really out of my depth - and miss you awfully[.] Of course I have written before as you see by the enclosed which remained in my pocket because of general shiftlessness that set in soon after you left -

Now look here - I make for Frank Miles'[4] place at Bingham (Nots.) on Friday morning - and on Saturday I turn up at Liverpool - [p. 2] Will that be all right - can I rely upon your being long enough in one place for me to catch you there? - If however you should bore yourself waiting, you might go on to Dennison's[5] and leave full directions for me at the Adelphi[6] in a letter that I should call for - In any case do go to Alfred Chapman's[7] 23. Abercromby Square and tell the housekeeper to show you my pictures - she will do so as a matter of course - if the Chapmans are still away, and if they are there now they will be only too delighted to see you -

What will you - everybody is very nice but I am afraid que je m'ennuie[8]!


[butterfly signature]

The Pagets[9] from Rome are here - mais ça ne me dit pas grande chose![10] -

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1.  July 1881/1882
The watermark bears the date '1881' and so the letter cannot be dated any earlier than this. It may date from the summer of 1881 or later; for possible related letters, see JW's letter to Lord Wharncliffe, asking him to second Story for membership of the Beefsteak Club (#07424). Dated also from butterfly signature.

2.  Thomas Waldo Story
Thomas Waldo Story (1854-1915), sculptor [more].

Letter written at right-angles to printed address. JW was writing from the home of Edward Montagu Stuart Granville Stuart-Wortley (1827-1899), 1st Earl of Wharncliffe [more] in Yorkshire. There he painted Note in Green: Wortley (YMSM 303).

4.  Frank Miles'
George Francis ('Frank') Miles (1852-1894), painter [more].

5.  Dennison's

6.  Adelphi
Popular luxury hotel, opened in 1826 by James Radley, in Ranelagh Place, Liverpool.

7.  Alfred Chapman's
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more]. Between 1874 and 1878 Chapman bought Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100), Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Southampton Water (YMSM 117), Nocturne: Battersea Reach (YMSM 160), Cremorne (YMSM 168) and Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow (YMSM 174).

8.  que je m'ennuie!
Fr., that I am bored.

9.  Pagets
Possibly Admiral Lord Clarence Edward Paget (1811-1895), Secretary to the Admiralty and Privy Councillor [more], or Alberta Victoria Sarah Caroline Clive (m. 1883, d. 1944), née Paget, Lady Windsor [more], who JW painted; see Gay Paget in the garden of Wortley Hall, Yorkshire (M.854).

10.  mais ça ne me dit pas grande chose!
Fr., but that does not mean much to me!