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System Number: 11320
Date: 15 September 1887
Author: Walter Dowdeswell[1]
Place: London
Recipient: William Ayerst Ingram[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 11/1049-50
Document Type: Ms and TLc[3]

Dowdeswell & Dowdeswells,
Fine Art Publishers,
Two doors from the Grosvenor Gallery,
160, New Bond Street,

Telephone No. 3779.

September 15th 1887.

My dear Willie,

You really must forgive me for allowing your letter to remain so long unanswered, but having nothing to do at all at Ilfracombe, you've no notion how difficult I found it to do anything.

However now that I am once more back in the Work House I can put my heart into the okum picking.

I return you Lepatourel's[4] letter. Whistler ('he's [sic] away at Ostende) evidently feels that he can't bring the matter before the Society, and that it should be done by one of the members.

I will write as you propose to the guarantors, at the earliest opportunity, and will see the President on his return - and take his instructions.

I haven't been able to find the list of guarantors yet - and so am still somewhat in the dark but shall soon see light I hope.

I found I couldn't manage to get to Falmouth - much as I should have liked to. I came back only last night - and (p. 2) Charlie[5] went down to Ilfracombe this morning so that I am alone here, and consequently haven't much time to spare.

Ever very sincerely yours,

Walter Dowdeswell.

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1.  Walter Dowdeswell
Walter Dowdeswell (1858-1929), art dealer [more].

2.  William Ayerst Ingram
William Ayerst Ingram (1855-1913), marine and landscape painter [more].

3.  Ms and TLc
Apart from slight hand-written corrections to the transcription, an MS note at the top of the page reads 'Letter to W. Ayerst Ingram, in relation to affairs of the Society of British Artists'.

4.  Lepatourel's
A. F. or A. J. Le Patourel, painter, acting secretary of the SBA [more]. The matter under discussion was a proposal to hold an exhibition of JW's work at the RBA; this idea was eventually abandoned.

5.  Charlie
Charles Dowdeswell (m. 1897), art dealer, son of C. W. Dowdeswell [more].