Mon Cher -
The programme is altered - There will not be a partie, cover or otherwise. I will be in Mister Grove's at 6 o'clock THIS EVENING and we will go to a French place I know and on to the Grasshopper - nous deux -
I have a lovely letter to show you - apropos of F. R. L.!
1. [7 January 1878]
In his diary, A. S. Cole recorded going with JW to the Gaiety Theatre on 7 January 1878 to see John Hollingshead's farce The Grasshopper (Cole's diary, MS copy, LC); 7 January was a Monday. This date is confirmed by references to a dispute with F. R. Leyland (see below).
Grasberger sale catalogue, Philadelphia, n.d. (c. 1926), p. 12, cat. no. 23. It was described as 'Autograph Letter Signed with Butterfly. 1p. 8vo ... $27.50'. The original has not been located.
4. Mister Grove's
This should almost certainly read 'Thistle Grove'. The Coles had a small house there. In addition, it is likely that Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more], was staying in the same street with JW's friend, Charles James Singleton, Jr (1841-1918), accountant [more].
6. nous deux
Fr., the two of us.
7. F. R. L.
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more]. On 3 January 1878 B. Verity and Sons sent JW a bill for gas used while he was decorating Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178), which Leyland refused to pay, although it was for his house (#05962). Several letters refer to the ensuing dispute (i.e. #05963, #05965, #09576).