The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01052
Date: 12 September 1890
Author: Graham Ellis[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Sidney James Low[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler E40
Document Type: ALdS

10 Throgmorton Avenue

12 Sept 90

To the Editor of the St James' Gazette

Dorset Street Whitefriars E C


My attention has been drawn to your issue of Wednesday last[3] in which you cull from the "Hawk[4]" Mr. Moores[5] version of the fracas in the vestibule of Drury Lane Theatre on Saturday night last[6], Now as a perfect stranger to both gentlemen Not being personally acquainted with either of the parties, and therefore quite disinterested[7], as an eyewitness of the affair from a place of vantage, I say that the the [sic] account of the affair in the Hawk is most incorrect. and the correct version is as follows -

Mr. Whistler approached Mr. Moore from the side la put his hand on his shoulder, and struck him across the face with a small cane, knocking a cigarette out of Mr. Moore's mouth, and afterwards aimed several cuts at the body, there was a rush to seperate [sic] the two and in the rush Mr. Whistler was pushed down on to one knee, Mr. Moore did not strike him, and certainly did not knock him down, in fact I have never seen a man look more frightened than Mr. Moore did, and it was not until several people were standing between them that Mr. Moore, indulged in a declaration to the effect of "hold me back or I shall kill him," Mr. Whistler was not ignominiously thrown from the Theatre and I think it will show how frightened Mr. Moore was, when he thought that Mr. Whistlers card was half a foot square

Signed Graham Ellis

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1.  Graham Ellis
Graham Ellis, possibly a journalist [more]. A draft note is written on the verso (#13261).

2.  Sidney James Low
Sidney James Mark Low (1857-1932), journalist and editor of the St. James's Gazette (1888) [more].

3.  issue of Wednesday last
St James Gazette, 10 September 1890.

4.  Hawk
Hawk, not located, presumably 8 or 9 September 1890.

5.  Mr. Moores
Augustus Martin Moore (d. 1918), journalist and acting manager [more].

6.  Saturday night last
JW's quarrel with Moore took place in the foyer of Drury Lane Theatre on Saturday 6 September 1890.

7.  disinterested
Ellis did however know a mutual friend, who wrote a note on the verso (#13261) and passed on this draft to JW.