The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11321
Date: [4/6 October 1887?][1]
Author: William Ayerst Ingram[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 11/1052
Document Type: TLd[3]

Dear Whistler,

Before throwing myself heart and soul into the projected Whistler show[4], I want to assure myself that it is possible that I can work in perfect harmony with you in the matter. The strictures contained and the blame implied in your Secretary's[5] letter and your telegrams lead me to address you on the subject. In August you caused Lepatourel[6] to write, and told me to take up the matter again, and I at once wrote to you asking what I could do, and saying I should be glad [of a?] hint from you. Your reply[7] to this came last Saturday week, in the shape of a wire asking when Gotch[8] and others were coming to town, and upon my replying, your secretary wrote to decline my offer of returning up to town, and "to acknowledge the receipt of [your] telegram and the gentlemen into your, etc., - whatever that may have meant. I never knew even that the subject was to be discussed at the meeting of the [5 ar?] until [you?] wrote me for owing to some mistake my notices were never sent on to me. Then came the "too late" telegram[9], and now at last commences the work. Are you feeling that I have lost interest in the matter, or am not sufficiently in sympathy? with you? Such I took to be the meaning of your correspondence. Unless you can feel that you thoroughly trust me, and have complete confidence in me, it will be best for me to stand on one side, and allow others the privilege and pleasure which I had proposed for myself. I shall be glad to know your wishes in the matter, before I take any steps one way or the other.

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1.  [4/6 October 1887?]
This letter refers back to one from Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more], dated 27 September 1887 (#10836) and was probably written soon in response to a telegram from JW to Ingram on 3 October 1887 (#10838).

2.  William Ayerst Ingram
William Ayerst Ingram (1855-1913), marine and landscape painter [more]. He had written to JW on 10 September 1887 (#02271).

3.  TLd
A handwritten note at the top of this typed sheet indicates that this is a draft of a letter from Ingram. Some handwritten amendments to the typed text have been incorporated into this transcription.

4.  projected Whistler show
An exhibition of JW's work planned for the SBA (RBA) was postponed and finally abandoned.

5.  Secretary's
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].

6.  Lepatourel
A. F. or A. J. Le Patourel, painter, acting secretary of the SBA [more].

7.  Your reply
Not located.

8.  Gotch
Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854-1931), painter [more].

9.  'too late' telegram
These words were contained in two somewhat curt telegrams from C. J. W. Hanson and JW to Ingram on 1 and 3 October 1887 (#10837, #10838). Ingram's concerns appear to have been quickly resolved, judging from his letter of 6 October (#02272) and JW's next telegram (11 October, #10841).