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System Number: 09028
Date: [2 May 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Alan Summerly Cole[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection
Document Type: PLfc[3]

Dear Allan -

Of course I shall be delighted to see Mrs. Richie[4] on Monday and others whom you may bring.

4.30 all right -

What a duffer you are not to come and breakfast tomorrow. I am going to the 'Continong'[5] tonight with the Mitfords[6]! [...]

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1.  [2 May 1878]
Dated from note in sales catalogue.

2.  Alan Summerly Cole
Alan Summerly Cole (1846-1934), textile expert and museum official [more].

3.  PLfc
Published in Grasberger sale catalogue, Philadelphia, c. 1926, p. 14, item number 28. Another version of the text is in typescript and contains more of the letter than the printed sales catalogue did (this text is therefore incorporated here). It is not known if the original letter contained further text. Entry is dated '(May 2, 1878)'.

4.  Mrs. Richie
Mrs Richie, friend of Alan S. Cole.

5.  'Continong'
JW sometimes uses this jocular mispelling for the word 'Continent.' However, it does not seem possible in this context that he was announcing his departure to the Continent. It could possibly be a theatrical allusion.

6.  Mitfords
Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford (1837-1916), Lord Redesdale (1886), diplomat, Secretary of the Office of Works, and collector [more], and and his wife Clementine Gertrude Helen Mitford (1854-1932), née Ogilvy, wife of the 1st Baron Redesdale [more].