The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10340
Date: 19 February 1878
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Jonathon Blott[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B84
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr Blott -

I am sorry Howell[2] did not see you until yesterday, which accounts for my receiving your letters[3] - As I understood from him he simply gave you this cheque of mine for his own convenience, having the faculty of renewing it with you by the payment of such interest as you charge him - He now tells me that he arranged the matter with you yesterday, and aggreed[4] [sic] to see [p. 2] you tomorrow, Feb. 20; renewing his liability to you in the middle of April -

He also tells me that he has discussed with you the question of my needing £150 - at once, and my willingness to deposit with you my Carlyle picture[5] for security, paying such interest as we might aggree on.

What with the building and several of my clients being absent, I really would like to borrow £400 - altogether, for which I would give you ample security of your choice.

Can you kindly arrange with Howell tomorrow to come and see me, when we can discuss matters fully - I should be in all day Thursday and glad to see you -

Yours faithfully

J A McN. Whistler

96. Cheyne Walk Chelsea.

Feb. 19. 1878 -

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1.  Jonathon Blott
Jonathon Blott (b. ca 1847), oil and colourman [more]. This is one of a series of letters regarding financial transactions between JW, Blott, and C. A. Howell, dating from February to June 1878 (#02183, #00309, #09002, #11161, #00310, #10055, #09255 and #07619).

2.  Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

3.  your letters
Not traced.

4.  aggreed
JW twice spelt this wrong, and in each case the extra 'g' was underlined. It is possible that Howell checked the letter, and JW made a corrected copy to be sent to Blott.

5.  Carlyle picture
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). Blott may have been involved depositing the painting with H. Graves and Co. for publication of an engraving.