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System Number: 07879
Date: [August 1871 / October 1876?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [unknown]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscripts Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3/21/9
Document Type: ALS


2 Lindsey Houses - Chelsea

Dear Sir -

I enclose this note I have received from Mr. Leyland[3] about the affair -

I cannot myself undertake to do the drawings - but I am going to Speke[4] and can get a friend of mine in Liverpool to make them for me and will send them together with his bill if you like -

I don't know that [p. 2] the fire places or mantel pieces are so remarkable - but what is really fine are the panelings in the dining hall, and a very swell ceiling in the large drawing room - However, if you say so, working drawings with measurements &c &c - shall be made of the lot - or sketches only at first if preferred -

Faithfully Yours

J A McN.Whistler

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1.  [August 1871 / October 1876?]
Dated from address, and JW's association with F. R. Leyland.

2.  2
Written in upper right-hand corner.

3.  Leyland
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more].

4.  Speke
JW visited the Leylands several times, at Speke Hall, the Elizabethan mansion near Liverpool. The letter may refer to architectural plans of the interior and drawings of Leyland's collection, or to the house of some other friend, such as Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more], or Philip Henry Rathbone (1828-1895), collector [more].