I beg to express
my regret my how deeply I feel deep sense of regret at the occurrence episode that took place of last night in the drawing Club room of the Hogarth Club - when one of the newly elected members Mr Stott ( said of Oldham) - entering the room at about midnight, came up to wards me and addressed me without the without [an]y manifestation preface of any kind, [...] the following words:
"You are a liar and a coward" -
We were alone in the room with Mr. Reid who witnessed fully what took place -
I immediately rose up and slapped Mr. Stott's face - a spontaneous movement and gentlemen you must admit most inevitable consequence of such gross insult.
I am also grieved to add that the first slap, was followed by a second one, and the incident closed by a kick administered [p. 2] upon a part of Mr Stott of Oldham's body that finally turned towards me
but need not be further and that I leave to him to specify - These are the fa
returned to resumed my interrupted conversation with Mr Reid and was no further disturbed by Mr Stott of Oldham - Mr I think that it is my [d]uty to inform you Gentlemen of these [even]ts, and I ask any one of you [be]fore giving his opinion on the matter [fee]ling sure of your sympathy in mythe unpremeditated course of action forced upon me and I earnestly beg that some official measures be [also?] taken to prevent the [reoccurrence?] of such [gross?] intolerable provocation, and monstrous insult -
2. Hogarth Club
A private club for artists and those interested in the Arts.