System Number: 05455
Date: [18 July 1879]
Recipient: Mary Montgomerie Singleton ('Violet Fane')
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S100
Document Type: ALS
THE WHITE HOUSE.
Dear Mrs Singleton -
The Gods are against me for the moment - and my breakfast next Sunday is stopped - pour cause! - Fishmongers and bakers have risen up in arms - and stampede is the order of the camp - however as [p. 2] usual I shall beat the ennemy [sic] and as you remain in town until the 'end of things' - I heard you say it - I shall persuade you still again - when I rally my capacities -
With undying hope - but regrets pour le nonce
Very sincerely Yours
J A McN Whistler
'Mr Whistler Book'Mrs Singleton
22. Grosvenor Place
[stamp:] POSTAGE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LONDON - S. W / 6 / JY 18 / 79
1. [18 July 1879]
Dated from postmark.
3. pour cause
Fr., for good reason.
John S. Charles (fl. 1876-1887), fishmonger in Pimlico, London [more], whose unpaid account was among JW's papers when he was declared bankrupt on 8 May 1879. His house and belongings were to be sold, and no further 'Sunday breakfasts' were possible.
5. pour le nonce
JW is light-heartedly combining French and English: 'for the nonce', i.e. for the moment.
6. Mr Whistler ... Book
Written in another hand, in pencil.