UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02141
Date: [4 January 1889][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Hogarth Club[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H242
Document Type: ALd


Gentlemen -

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[3] (said of Oldham) - entering the room at about midnight, came up towards 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[4] 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

I thereupon 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 -


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Notes:

1.  [4 January 1889]
This is a draft of a letter to the Hogarth Club dated 4 January 1889 (#02142). It is a rough draft and a section of the lower left edge has been torn and lost.

2.  Hogarth Club
A private club for artists and those interested in the Arts.

3.  Mr Stott
William Stott of Oldham (1857-1900), genre and landscape painter [more].

4.  Mr Reid
John Robertson Reid (1851-1926), genre, landscape and marine painter [more].