The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13744
Date: 16 January 1879
Author: Theodore Frederick Allingham[1]
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS



16 Jany 1879

Dear Sir

Lazenby [sic] Liberty[3] & Co

The enclosed[4] from Messrs Lazenby [& Co] is one specimen of the [communication] to which I have [left] myself open in my endeavour [two illegible words] our friend - It was no [illegible line] [Mr Blott[5]?] would [two illegible words] to make good [three illegible words] a most awkward [three illegible words] the least of it as [three illegible words] I have kept these [three illegible words] others from their [three illegible words] of the [three or four illegible words] gave them [three illegible words] be will if they would [p. 2] wait - I have not replied in fact under circumstances I know nothing to enable me to reply. Will you therefore kindly answer these letters and explain matters & put me right with Messrs Lazenby & Co and any others who may accuse me of having misled them - [Harper Morvern?] for example.

Yours faithfully

Thos Allingham

J Rose Esq.
11 Salisbury Street


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1.  Theodore Frederick Allingham
Theodore Frederick Allingham (b. 1845), solicitor [more]. Allingham was in the process of handing over JW's financial matters to J. A. Rose.

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

3.  Liberty
Arthur Lasenby Liberty (1843-1917), designer, founder of Liberty and Co. [more], traders in Japanese, Chinese and Indian artefacts. Other documents relating to JW's outstanding debt owed to Liberty may be found at #08962, #13745. JW was declared bankrupt on 6 May 1879.

4.  enclosed
Probably the letter from Liberty's of 15 January (#13746), though possibly referring to the bill dated 25 December 1878 (#08962), and other communications from Liberty's including #08740 and #08946.

5.  Blott
Possibly Jonathon Blott (b. ca 1847), oil and colourman [more].

6.  '144'
Added at top of page two, probably by J. A. Rose.