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Document associated with: Casanova, Giovanni Giacomo
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System Number: 02601
Date: 22 October 1880
Author: Frederick Richards Leyland[1]
Place: Liverpool
Recipient: Charles Augustus Howell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L135
Document Type: ALS

Woolton Hall
nr Liverpool

22 Octr 1880

My dear Howell,

You can have the wine with pleasure. I have written the housekeeper to deliver you two cases but I doubt whether she can find them - If not it must wait until I come up - probably next week. -

I enclose you £10 for the Cassanova[3] illustrations[.] Will you get them bound and also get me a copy of the letter press bound to match. and send them to Princes Gate.[4]

[p. 2] When I see you I can settle any diff balance there may be.

Have you returned the brown paper drawing of Whistlers[5]? If so pray get it framed to match the others. I have had a magnificent dividend[6] warrant of one penny half penny in the pound on his debt.

Vive l'Art![7] -

It seems that Miss Parke[8] has a much better photograph of my mother[9] than the one I had. It gives the expression [p. 3] of the mouth much clearer and I will ask Miss Corder[10] to look at the picture again. I wish she would let me have the large photograph of Fanny[11].

She promised to give the face a wash with sepia so as to destroy the roughness of the photo: -

By the bye, if you would also take away a case of the Chianti for her I would feel obliged as she has taken a deal of trouble about the photo: - I have told the housekeeper to [p. 4] let you have three cases

Yours sincerely

Fred R Leyland

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1.  Frederick Richards Leyland
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more].

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

3.  Cassanova
The illustrations have not been identified.

4.  Princes Gate.
Leyland's house at 49 Princes Gate in London, where JW had decorated Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).

5.  drawing of Whistlers
Possibly one of JW's portraits of members of the Leyland family such as Portrait of Frederick R. Leyland (M.426).

6.  dividend
JW was declared bankrupt on 6 May 1879. Messrs Waddell's official notification to Howell of his dividend was dated 13 October 1880 (#02854).

7.  Vive l'Art!
Fr., Long live Art!

8.  Miss Parke
Louisa J. Parke (b. ca 1832), friend of the Rossetti family and governess to the Leyland family [more].

9.  mother
Ann Jane Leyland (1805?-1877), mother of F. R. Leyland [more].

10.  Miss Corder
Rosa Frances Corder (1853-1884), artist [more].

11.  Fanny
Fanny Leyland (1857-1880), later Mrs Stevenson-Hamilton [more].