The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09024
Date: [7 January 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Alan Summerly Cole[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: [Published][3]
Document Type: PLfc

Monday morning.

Mon Cher -

The programme is altered - There will not be a partie, cover or otherwise. I will be in Mister Grove's[4] at 6 o'clock THIS EVENING and we will go to a French place I know and on to the Grasshopper[5] - nous deux[6] -

I have a lovely letter to show you - apropos of F. R. L.[7]!

[butterfly signature]

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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).

2.  Alan Summerly Cole
Alan Summerly Cole (1846-1934), textile expert and museum official [more].

3.  [Published]
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].

5.  Grasshopper
Nellie Farren and Ellen Terry starred in John Hollingshead's farce The Grasshopper at the Gaiety Theatre (see JW's letter to T. Watts, 2 January 1878, #09575).

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).