The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00832
Date: 7 August 1890
Author: Charles W. Deschamps[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler D38
Document Type: ALS[2]

7th August. 90

My dear Whistler,

I find that I shall need a certain sum of money by next week; a more pressing need than I had expected.

I should therefore be greatly relieved if Mr Ionides[3], or some other of your friends could be tempted to purchase the picture[4]. - If you have not already done so, perhaps you will not mind writing to Mr Ionides, as you suggested. -

How I wish it were possible for you to buy!

Believe me
Ever yours sincerely

Ch W. Deschamps -

Faulkner's office
Main Line
Waterloo Station S E -

Excuse pattes de mouche[5]. Am writing in train

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1.  Charles W. Deschamps
Charles William Deschamps (1848-1908), art dealer [more].

2.  ALS
The letter has a narrow mourning border.

3.  Mr Ionides
Alexander Constantine Ionides (1810-1890), shipping merchant and collector [more].

4.  picture
Possibly Trouville (YMSM 70) or Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean (YMSM 72); see also #02363.

5.  pattes de mouche
Fr., scrawl (literally flies' legs).