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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05455
Date: [18 July 1879][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Mary Montgomerie Singleton ('Violet Fane')[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S100
Document Type: ALS


THE WHITE HOUSE.
CHELSEA EMBANKMENT.

Dear Mrs Singleton -

The Gods are against me for the moment - and my breakfast next Sunday is stopped - pour cause[3]! - Fishmongers[4] 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[5]
Very sincerely Yours

J A McN Whistler


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Envelope:

'Mr Whistler[6]      Book'

Mrs Singleton
22. Grosvenor Place
S W.
[stamp:] POSTAGE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LONDON - S. W / 6 / JY 18 / 79


Notes:

1.  [18 July 1879]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Mary Montgomerie Singleton ('Violet Fane')
Mary Montgomerie Lamb (1843-1905), pseudonym 'Violet Fane', writer [more].

3.  pour cause
Fr., for good reason.

4.  fishmongers
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.