System Number: 00149
Date: 18 September 1878
Author: Theodore Allingham
Recipient: Sydney Morse
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A148
Document Type: ALc
55 Old Broad Street
18. Sept. 1878
I am so sorry you took the Cabinet away without thoroughly examining it - I have written Miss Corder about the alleged missing headpiece but of course I cannot say that it was ever during Mr Whistlers ownership in any other condition.
* Theo: Allingham. (a)
(a) '* Mr Howell's Solicitor'
Sydney Morse Esq
24 Coleman Street
You had not paid the Midsr rent & the Landlord was threatening to distrain upon my goods.
for a specimen see his letter 23. Augt.
I bothered you after
for a long time got me no answer but you wrote the previous letter'
In pencil, in another hand.
A Chinese 'pagoda' cabinet sold by JW to Morse. Soon afterwards, it became the subject of a protracted wrangle between JW, Morse and Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more]. It later turned out that Howell, the agent in the sale, had pawned the 'headpiece' of the cabinet whilst claiming it was in for repair. JW published his version of events in Whistler, James McNeill, Correspondence. Paddon Papers. The Owl and the Cabinet, London, . This letter is a reply to a letter from S. Morse to T. F. Allingham, 16 September 1878 (#00145).
6. * Mr Howell's Solicitor
This line, along with the asterisk before Allingham's signature, is added in pencil in another hand.
7. 'You will remember ... letter'
Note written in left-hand margin in Morse's hand. It has been scrawled over in pencil and blue crayon.