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, or some other of your friends could be tempted to purchase the picture. - 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!
Ever yours sincerely
Ch W. Deschamps -
Waterloo Station S E -
Excuse pattes de mouche. Am writing in train
The letter has a narrow mourning border.
5. pattes de mouche
Fr., scrawl (literally flies' legs).