System Number: 00932
Date: 9 December 1886
Author: Helen Lenoir
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler D138
Document Type: ALS
SAVOY THEATRE, LONDON, W. C.
ADDRESS TELEGRAMS / "SAVOYARD, LONDON".
Dec. 9 1886
7 P. M
Dear Mr Whistler
I am very sorry I had to be out this afternoon and I am just going out again for the evening, so in case you call I leave this for you.
I only got at Mr Carte today because he ran away yesterday - and I have told him as much as I could cram into the 7 minutes he gave me - He has promised to see me early tomorrow [p. 2] morning and let me have a reply - and I shall send you a telegram or a letter by hand - He (Mr Carte) is also going to telegraph you about the dinner - I shall send to the studio as I suppose that is best in the morning.
Now about the cheque - as business is business - what Mr Carte asked me was first as to your security from the society - second as to his from you. I told him you were satisfied with the society's owing it to you as you considered them responsible [p. 3] - and as to himself that you proposed giving him 3 pictures as security till you repaid it - - I want you to let me know exactly how you would propose to do it? - If arranged I suppose the proper way would be [to] hand Mr Carte the pictures to be his property till you bought them back? I know you won't mind my asking plain business questions on a business matter - as Mr Carte naturally
cons examines me as to exactly what I do mean and I cannot always tell him. -
If you are going to your club or elsewhere perhaps you would post me a card tonight so that I could put everything clearly to Mr Carte in the morning.
Excuse incoherence as I am in a rush
5. letter by hand
6. security from the society
JW lent money to the Society of British Artists, of which he was President.
8. 3 pictures
The pictures concerned were probably Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101), Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) and Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).