The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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Record 14 of 18

System Number: 02909
Date: 21 December 1897
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: George McCulloch[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 2/1
Document Type: MsLc[2]


110 Rue du Bac.

Dec: 21. 1897.

My dear Mr McCulloch.

I was thinking of you only yesterday with a certain remorse. For in the midst of all my preoccupation I fear your affair[3] has been neglected.

I now do at once as you request though as a business complication I do not quite understand how far I commit myself if anything were to happen to either of us!

You know I am well pleased to do anything that shall help you in your present vexed position, for none of us should have trouble of the kind. But I think perhaps it would be as well if you would write me a letter engaging in some practical way that I am not to be made responsible for loss.

This in great haste.

Very sincerely yours.

J. McNeill Whistler

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1.  George McCulloch
This was probably written to George McCulloch (d. 1915), landscape painter [more], although another possibility is George McCulloch (1848-1907), collector [more].

2.  MsLc
Written in the hand of Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

3.  your affair
The business affair has not been identified. It might be connected, however, to the sales of prints. McCulloch had not been paid for sales of his mezzotint portrait of a bishop, sued the print dealer, and eventually won the case. JW was unclear about the exact details, and did not appear in court, although it would appear that Joseph Pennell supported McCulloch: see Pennell to JW, #04585 and JW to Pennell, #07870.