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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01805
Date: 20 April 1882
Author: Algernon Graves[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G171
Document Type: ALS


MEMORANDUM
FROM
HENRY GRAVES & COMPANY,
PRINTSELLERS AND PUBLISHERS,

6, PALL MALL, LONDON, S. W.

LONDON, Apl. 20 1882

TO J M Whistler Eq

Dear Sir

I have been so busy since I saw you that I have put off from day to day - what I promised to do for you[2], and now I forget what it was I promised to do[.] if you will drop me a line - & inform [p. 2] me I will endeavour to attend to it at once -

My father[3] is rather surprised he has not had a further remittance from you on a/c of Carlyle[4] - I think it is time you sent him another cheque[;] it will spur us on to sell the picture for you

Yours faithfully

A. Graves


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Notes:

1.  Algernon Graves
Algernon Graves (1845-1922), of H. Graves and Co., print dealers [more].

2.  do for you
JW was collecting evidence that might be used against Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more]. Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101) was one of two pictures deposited with Graves by Howell, presumably with JW's permission, as security on a loan of £100 from Graves (see A. Graves to JW, 9 September 1878, #01797). On 27 January 1882 JW asked Graves for a copy of Howell's letter to Graves about the transaction (#10917).

3.  My father
Henry Graves (1806-1892), print dealer and founder of H. Graves and Co. [more].

4.  Carlyle
On 30 September 1878, Graves had lent JW £120 using Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) as security (see A. Graves to JW, 23 January 1882, #01803). By February 1881, JW owed the firm £300 although on 9 February, he paid £50 towards the repurchase of the picture; the balance of £250 was to be paid within one month (see H. Graves and Company to JW, receipt dated 9 February 1881, #01801). There are no records of payment over the next fourteen months.