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System Number: 01043
Date: [1/10 January 1868][1]
Author: Henry B. Edenborough[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler E31
Document Type: ALS


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5 Sheffield Gardens

Friday - M -

Dear Whistler.

I shall be delighted to dine with Rosetti[3] [sic] tomorrow evening. I have heard you speak of him so frequently that his seems a familliar [sic] name and "nary stranger". I shall be with you at six - for usual cocktail.

I am glad Huth[4] viewed [p. 2] "those documents a telling of the truth" in the proper light, the thing is for him to influence others who are unacquainted with the details[5] to look on them in the same manner

Resevoir

H B Edenborough


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Notes:

1.  [1/10 January 1868]
Dated from reference to the letter from Louis Huth to JW of 25 December 1867 (see note below).

2.  Henry B. Edenborough
Henry B. Edenborough (b. 1840?), Captain of Corvette, Peruvian Navy [more].

3.  Rosetti
Probably Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), artist and poet [more].

4.  Huth
Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more].

5.  details
Both JW and Louis Huth were members of the Burlington Fine Arts Club, a club for artists and connoisseurs. Indeed Huth was on the Club Committee and had been one of JW's proposers on his election to the Club on 22 February 1867. JW had recently been in trouble with the Club. The 'details' were those in a statement written by JW to Huth (see JW to L. Huth, #02240) and his second proposer William Boxall (1800-1879), portrait painter, Director of the National Gallery [more] (see JW to W. Boxall, #00498) on 19 December 1867, in response to earlier allegations of assault made against him by Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], a fellow Club member. JW's quarrel with Haden dated to April 1867 and concerned Haden's treatment of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more], who had died on a trip to Paris, allegedly in a brothel. Haden arranged for Traer's burial with what JW and his brother William regarded as unseemly haste. A violent confrontation arose between the three men in Paris. Haden later claimed that in the heat of the quarrel, JW had pushed him through a plate glass window. In its aftermath Haden campaigned for JW to be excluded from the Burlington Club. JW was asked to resign on the threat of expulsion in June 1867 (see R. N. Wornum to JW, #10442). Aggrieved with the summary way in which he felt the Club had treated him, JW refused to entertain the charges against him, claiming the Club had no right to interfere in a private matter (#02240). However, Haden's allegations resulted in JW's expulsion from the Club on 13 December. Undeterred, JW wrote to William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), civil servant and critic [more], of his intention to draw up 'an explanation and refutation of the charges brought against me [...] which I shall give to Boxall and Huth - that they may hand it in to the Committee' (JW to W. M. Rossetti, 16 December 1867, #09390). JW wrote to Huth on 19 December (#02240), and Huth replied on 25 December (#02241).