System Number: 08952
Date: 25 December 1878
Author: Farmer and Rogers
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: MsD
[various royal coats of arms and warrants]
TO FARMER & ROGERS,
THE GREAT SHAWL & CLOAK EMPORIUM
171, 173, 175 & 117, 119, REGENT STREET.
TERMS - CASH WITHOUT DISCOUNT.
|To a/c as Rendered Mich[aelma]s / 78||£34||13||0|
|The favor of a Cheque for the above amount will greatly oblige|
1. Farmer and Rogers
Shop specialising in hats, cloaks and woven materials. JW had suggested the firm as a source of materials to Rachel Agnes Alexander (b. ca 1837, m. 1861), née Lucas, wife of W. C. Alexander [more], on 26 August 1872 (#07571).
The bill is actually addressed to 'Mrs. Whistler'. This could not be Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more], who had retired for health reasons to Hastings. It may have been Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more], who sometimes called herself 'Mrs Whistler'. In any case, JW was supposed to pay the bill, and failed to do so. JW was declared bankrupt on 6 May 1879. The bill came with his bankruptcy papers to James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].