System Number: 02568
Date: [April 1876]
Recipient: Frederick Richards Leyland
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L104
Document Type: ALS
My very dear Leyland -
It has just arrived, and the "Princess" has gone back in its stead -
You were grand when you helped me buy the lacquer cabinet - but this is unkind -
[p. 2] When the other morning the gift was made, my eyes were clouded with sympathy at what I took for your desire to testify appreciation of beautiful work done - "naif enfant"! - you lacked faith in my pink door and show your sense of my judgement by this wicked sarcasm! -
Ever Yours -
J. A McN W.
This may be a draft or copy of a letter to Leyland, or it may never have been sent, since it remained in JW's estate.
5. Boulevard du Temple
Theatrical district in Paris.
7. lacquer cabinet
This may be the cabinet sold at JW's bankruptcy sale at Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge, Auction catalogue, 12 February 1880 (lot. no. 76) "Japanese china cabinet, fitted with ebony drawers, and lac panels, painted with figures, on a stand. 3 ft. 9 in. [by] 2 ft. 4 in." The cabinet sold for £10.10.0 to Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].
8. naif enfant
Fr., naive child.
10. Enfin mon cher
Fr., So, my dear fellow.