The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08760
Date: [29 January 1879][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 4/36
Document Type: ALS

The White House

'29 Jany 1879[3]'

Dear Rose -

I have just seen a letter from Levys[4] to the man to say that they are going to send this morning at 11. to remove sufficient to cover remainder of Execution expenses - Now I enclose £50. (fifty pounds) -


With this you might get the man out altogether paying Oetzmann[6] and all - If a fiver or so more were necessary pay it for me - I shall have more money soon - But if you have arranged [p. 2] with Charlie Singleton[7] to file a bill petition in Bankruptcy[8] and make him receiver or trustee (as I hope you have) then he can come in instantly and put them all out this morning - and this money had better be taken to pay the Webbs[9] for rent - In any case do see that it is done instantly and if you want to see me telegraph - but do without if possible -

Charlie Singleton's address you know is 8 [Furnivale?[10]] Inn - Send John[11] for him if necessary - It would be as well out of every thing if you have only already managed to file the petition - and I fancy this move on the part of Levy is perhaps the result of his getting wind of it - Singleton was with you of course on Monday -

J A McN Whistler -

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1.  [29 January 1879]
From date added in another hand at top of page.

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

3.  29 Jany 1879
Written in another hand, possibly that of Rose.

4.  Levys
Levy and Co., Sheriff's officers, authorised to sell debtor's property to settle debts.

5.  33
Written in another hand, in a circle. The legal documents kept by Rose on each case were numbered.

6.  Oetzmann
Frederick Augustus Oetzmann (1857-1922), of F. Oetzmann and Sons, pianoforte manufacturer [more].

7.  Singleton
Charles James Singleton, Jr (1841-1918), accountant [more].

8.  Bankruptcy
JW petitioned to be declared bankrupt in January and was declared 'insolvent' on 6 May 1879.

9.  Webbs
George Webb (b. ca 1835), of G. and W. Webb. lawyer [more], and William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more], JW's lawyers.

10.  Furnivale
This name is partly illegible. Singleton was in fact staying at 8 Staple Inn in 1878, according to Kelly's London Postal Directory.

11.  John
Probably John Cossins, JW's valet [more].