Documents associated with: Paddon, Samuel Wreford
Record 13 of 36
27 March 1882.
You say that you hate long letters; so do I -
Howell sent me down a week since a mass of correspondence from you covering nearly twenty years and if I may be allowed to express an opinion [,] your letters to me respecting him are scarcely a fitting sequel, but that of course is your own affair and not mine -
You show your hand so clearly in your last letter that it is quite unnecessary [p. 2] for me to reply to it -
In talking to some one on Friday last about the "Beaconsfield" matter, I was met by the answer "Why I was present on one occasion when Howell speaking to Mr Jack MacNay referred to Mewburn as ["]Beaconsfield"!
No, I have not found you at all dull, but so far an interesting study, but now I should like you to understand very clearly that nothing that you can say will prejudice my opinion of Howell -
I am sure you will give me credit for all kindly intentions towards you when I suggest [p. 3] your carefully reading over your letters to me and asking yourself whether you do not regret the position you have taken in this matter. - why I suggest this is because although I know you are incomparable as a painter and amazing as a story teller, I think your "creations" in black and white are not a success - the lines are too hard - there is nothing whatever soft about them, and in fact as a whole they are neither harmonies nor symphonies.
Now, my dear Whistler, I do trust you will consider this affair done with
Very sincerely Yours -
S Wreford Paddon
This is a reply to JW to S. W. Paddon, [22 March 1882], #04366. Published in Whistler, James McNeill, Correspondence. Paddon Papers. The Owl and the Cabinet, London, , Letter VI, p. 5. For full annotation of the pamphlet, see JW's letter to S. W. Paddon, 10 March 1882, #09519.
4. Beaconsfield matter
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1882), Prime Minister of Great Britain [more]. The matter concerned Howell's rather ill-judged boast that he knew Disraeli. The incident is recorded by JW in Whistler, James McNeill, Correspondence. Paddon Papers. The Owl and the Cabinet, London, .