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System Number: 03740
Date: 10 March 1881
Author: Thomas Fothergill McNay[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Jack E. McNay[2]
Author: [Middlesbrough?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M74
Document Type: ALS


10. Mar. / 81.

My dear Jack,

Whistler was out last night & he had had Paddons[3], Frank Miles[4], Capt Templar[5][,] Eldon[6] [sic] & Howell[7] to luncheon @ his Studio, & he had given the latter a "roasting". I had lent him the letter as to Howell's having been at Hughenden &c, and he started Howell on that, as he knew he did'nt [sic] know Beaconsfield[8]. Whistler wrote to you last night, at my house & you will see how ingeniously Howell tried to excuse himself - In replying to the enquiry dont spare Howell in the least, for he deserves no mercy - nor will he get any from me, or Whistler or F. Miles - for he is without exception the most slanderous & unmitigated scoundrel at large - He has been circulating all kinds of lies about myself & Pollie[9] to Paddons, but, by God, he'll live to repent it - Get Frank to write some of his terse sentences to Whistler in the style of his letter to Ross[10] -

I enclose you Copy of rhyme [p. 2] which Rossetti[11] wrote on Howell some years ago -

Very busy, so no time for more now.

Yours ever affecty


I have taken new offices @ [71?] 41. Parliament St. next door to Durnfords' -

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1.  Thomas Fothergill McNay
Thomas Fothergill MacNay (1836-1907), civil engineer [more].

2.  Jack E. McNay
John ('Jack') Edward MacNay (1834-1893), General Manager of the Stockton and Darlington Railway [more].

3.  Paddons
Samuel Wreford Paddon (b. 1843), diamond merchant and collector [more].

4.  Frank Miles
George Francis ('Frank') Miles (1852-1894), painter [more].

5.  Capt Templar
Colonel James Lethbridge Brooke Templar (1846-1924), balloonist [more].

6.  Eldon
Matthew Robinson Elden (1839-1885), artist [more].

7.  Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more]. This letter relates to an incident recorded by JW in Whistler, James McNeill, Correspondence. Paddon Papers. The Owl and the Cabinet, London, [1882]. It concerned Howell's rather ill-judged boast that he knew Lord Beaconsfield (see note below).

8.  Beaconsfield
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1882), Prime Minister of Great Britain [more].

9.  Pollie
Pollie, possibly a relation of J. E. McNay.

10.  Ross
Ross, an acquaintance of T. F. McNay.

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