The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01916
Date: 30 April [1867][1]
Author: Deborah Delano Haden[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW and William McNeill Whistler[3]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H17
Document Type: ALS

Sloane St

April 30th

My dear Jemmie & Willie

I wrote to you on Saturday, but addressed my letter[4] to 5 Cité Bergère - so that you may not have got it - Perhaps you will get it now that you know it is there. I hear that you are saying injurious things of Seymour[5] & giving a false impression of this wretched Traer[6] [p. 2] affair. It is a cruel shame of you both - cruel to him & more cruel to me. I never believed that you could have done what you have done -

Sis -

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1.  30 April [1867]
Dated from day of the week, and D. D. Haden to JW, #01915.

2.  Deborah Delano Haden
Deborah ('Debo' or 'Sis') Delano Haden (1825-1908), née Whistler, JW's half-sister [more].

3.  William McNeill Whistler
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

4.  letter
Probably a reference to D. D. Haden to JW, #01915.

5.  Seymour
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more].

6.  Traer
James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. The affair concerned Haden's treatment of Traer, who had died suddenly on a trip to Paris in April 1867, allegedly in a brothel. Haden arranged for Traer's burial, with what JW and his brother William regarded as unseemly haste. A row between JW and F. S. Haden in a Paris café came to blows. Haden later claimed that in the heat of the confrontation, JW pushed him through a plate glass window. The affair caused a permanent family rift, despite the intervention of Deborah Haden and George William Whistler (1822-1869), engineer, JW's half-brother [more] (see G. Wm. Whistler to F. S. Haden, #06681).