The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02809
Date: 12 December 1878
Author: James Anderson Rose[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 11/103
Document Type: ALS

W. C.

12 Decr 1878

My dear Whistler

You & Howell[2] must come here at once. Mackrell & Co have written me[3] that Nightingale[4] is pressing for something to be definitely done and requiring me to send my proposals for settlement at once. I have written them that I will do so tomorrow.

And that I hear Levy[5] is threatening to put up the bills this morning and if this is done all hope of my being able to arrange matters [p. 2] are at an end. I must not write to Levy[,] Mackrells must do this[6]

Yours ever truly

J Anderson Rose

You must find Howell & bring him here[.] I shall not be here after 5. If you and Howell can[not] come today you must come here with Howell the first thing tomorrow Friday. But do not put it off till tomorrow as I shall be in Court all day

Jas Whistler Esq

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1.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

2.  Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more]. Howell seems to have been proposed as some kind of guarantor for the settlement of JW's debt to Nightingale (see correspondence between Mackrell & Co. and J. A. Rose, #12015, #05235).

3.  written me
See Mackrell & Co. to J. A. Rose, #12011. 'Mackrell' was John Mackrell (1824-1909), solicitor, of Mackrell & Co. [more], solicitor for Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more] of JW's new studio house, the White House (see note below).

4.  Nightingale
JW was in dispute with Nightingale over the construction cost of the White House, which far exceeded the original estimate. Obliged by the London Metropolitan Board of Works to make additions to the design of the house, JW was indignant at the size of the final bill. The dispute contributed to the growing crisis in JW's finances. (see his correspondence with E. W. Godwin, #08736, #01748, and G. & W. Webb to JW, #08735).

5.  Levy
Levy and Co., sheriff's officers, 75 Chancery Lane. They were empowered to collect money or goods in payment of debts.

6.  must do this
Levy did, in fact, post bills on the White House, advertising it for sale. The same day, Mackrell & Co. wrote to Levy requesting their removal (Mackrell & Co. to Messrs Levy, #13214).