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System Number: 04373
Date: 31 July 1888
Author: Samuel Wreford Paddon[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P12
Document Type: ALS


crest with tower and motto:] TANDEM TRANQUILLUS

55, EARLS COURT SQUARE,
S. W.

31 July 1888.

My dear Whistler

Have you any desire to see the strangest letter ever written about Charl[es] Augustus Howell[2]? - if so, come over one evening & I will show you copy of a letter written to the Proprietors of 'Boodles[3]' (such as Thursday last) which if it were untrue, would place me in exactly the same position as the Parnellism & Crimes[4] letters wd the proprietor [p. 2] of the Times. - if you cannot spare the time to come over & have any interest, you shall have copy of the let[t]er [sic] - I venture to bet, within three months, one guinea our friend, will not be a "Member of Boodles"

Yrs faithfully

S W Paddon


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Notes:

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

2.  Charles Augustus Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

3.  Boodles
Gentleman's club.

4.  Parnellism & Crimes
An allusion to a celebrated political scandal of the late eighteen eighties centring on the London Times and Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891), Irish Nationalist leader and MP [more]. In March 1887 the Times published a series of hostile articles about Parnell in 'Parnellism and Crime,' culminating on 18 April with a facsimile letter supposedly written by Parnell (and which also incriminated other members of his nationalist party). This led to a Special Commission of Inquiry, which began proceedings in December 1888. Lewis represented Parnell and the chief nationalist parties concerned and his investigation led to the exposure of the forgeries of Richard Pigott. JW himself refers to the scandal in a letter to George Henry Lewis, #02541.