The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11856
Date: 20 March 1863[1]
Author: Isaac Henry Keene[2]
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/48/59/2
Document Type: ALS

8 Kennington Green

20 March 1863

Dr Sir,

I am very sorry this such inexcusable delay should occur - haveing [sic] sent instructions to Mr Child[4] - the day after I saw you and recd a reply that it should be immediately attended to I also enclosed your note to me

to my surprise on calling there yesterday I learnt from Mr Hare[5] the conveyancing clerk that they had been so terribly busy, that they had not done any thing in it but would wait upon you that day

nothing will convince me that such delay is not quite unjustifiable - this explanation [p. 2] is due to you [-] I wish that it was a better one - I would have done the thing myself in half an hour - only out of respect to you I put you in communication with one of your own profession - but for haveing let the House[6] I could have sold it for 1000 last week -

Yours Respectfully

I H Keene

Rose Esq

[p. 3] I have had the sashes eased the blinds naild [sic] up - Shutters made to skye [sic] light & kitchen windows door made to [heive better?] bells hung - as desired &c - the whole House has been painted paperd [sic] & the House is in good Tenentable condition -

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1.  20 March 1863
This is a reply to the letter sent to Keene by J. A. Rose, which Rose mentions in his letter to JW, 18 March 1863, #11847. See also list of alterations and repairs suggested by C. W. Downes, 9 January 1863, #11857.

2.  Isaac H. Keene
Isaac Henry Keene, builder, landlord of 7 Lindsey Row [more]; his grammar and spelling is idiosyncratic throughout.

3.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

4.  Child
Solicitor or agent for I. H. Keene

5.  Hare
Hare, conveyancing clerk to Child.

6.  House
7 Lindsey Row.