The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01950
Date: 28 March 1890
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: John McClure Hamilton[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H51
Document Type: ALdS[2]


March, 28. / 90.

Dear Sir -

I beg to acknowledge a quite unexpected and unmerited invitation to your house - of this I do not propose to take any advantage; but I am glad of the occasion to offer you my sincere thanks for your great help, however unintentional, in frustrating the little plot of your friend[4]. -

Certainly, to your [p. 2] interesting frankness the other evening at the Grosvenor, and to your firm belief in this persistent Yankee's capacity for carrying out his unscrupulous intentions, do I owe my immediate action in Belgium, and it's delightful result[5]! -

Your admission also of intimacy as the work went on - your approval of the Preface - and finally your patronage of the book by your [illegible] & participation in it's [sic] purpose, as asserted in its dedication to yourself, establish firmly for you, an enviable position amidst your confrères, upon which I am pleased to be the first to offer you my hearty congratulations -

J. McNeill. Whistler

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'McClure Hamilton letters'


1.  J. McClure Hamilton
John McClure Hamilton (1853-1936), artist [more]. See his reply, #01951.

2.  AL[d]S
This is likely to be a draft (or copied) version of the original letter.

3.  21, CHEYNE WALK,
Address printed in yellow.

4.  friend
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more], who had planned to publish an edition of JW's correspondence, originally with JW's support, but eventually in oposition to JW's own plans.

5.  result
JW's lawyers were able to seize copies of Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890, and prevent their sale and distribution (see #03751).