The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08788
Date: [January 1867?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Frederick Richards Leyland[2]
Place: [Liverpool?]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 6B/21/10
Document Type: ALS[3]

2 Lindsey Row.
Old Battersea bridge -
Chelsea -

Dear Leyland -

I am going to ask you for more money! - This you see is the festive season at which a struggle with the ennemy [sic] becomes daily more difficult - I come to you for ammunition as mine is exhausted, and I am to do great decisive battle with strong forces on Thursday I fear! - Will you kindly send me the ballance [sic] left for your picture[4], which [p. 2] is steadily progressing - and depend upon me for it's completion as soon as possible -

Believe me dear Leyland
faithfully Yours.

J A. M. Whistler

R. F. [sic] Leyland Esq.

'Send 50 gnas. balance'[5]

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1.  [January 1867?]
A date in early January is likely because of the reference to the 'festive season'. This could be 1867, if Leyland's notes written on a letter from JW of 5 October [1867], (#08793), indicating a payment to JW of £50 on 4 January 1867, relate to this request. JW's exact date of entry to 2 Lindsey Row is not certain, but he must have moved in before 1 February (see JW to C. A. Howell, 1 February 1867, #10039).

2.  Frederick Richards Leyland
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more].

3.  ALS
Quoted in part in Ferriday, Peter, 'Peacock Room' in The Architectural Review, no. 749, vol. 125 (June 1959), p. 409.

4.  picture
The Three Girls (YMSM 88).

5.  'Send 50 gnas. balance'
Note written in Leyland's hand. He seems to have paid JW £105 in addition to the original price agreed for the picture (see JW's acknowledgement, 26 May [1867/1868?], #08789).