System Number: 01052
Date: 12 September 1890
Author: Graham Ellis
Recipient: Sidney James Low
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 in which you cull from the "Hawk" Mr. Moores version of the fracas in the vestibule of Drury Lane Theatre on Saturday night last,
Now as a perfect stranger to both gentlemen Not being personally acquainted with either of the parties, and therefore quite disinterested, 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
3. issue of Wednesday last
St James Gazette, 10 September 1890.
Hawk, not located, presumably 8 or 9 September 1890.
6. Saturday night last
JW's quarrel with Moore took place in the foyer of Drury Lane Theatre on Saturday 6 September 1890.