The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02150
Date: 14 January 1889
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Herbert Minton Cundall[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H248
Document Type: ALdS

Dear Sir -

I beg to acknowledge the receipt, this morning, of your letter of the 12th inst -

Pray present my compliments to the Gentlemen of the Committee, and say that I am obliged to them for the action which they have taken in justice to the Club as well as to myself, in the matter of the conduct of Mr. Stott of Oldham[2]. -

It gives me pleasure also to assure you that I was as much surprised, as the Committee could have been, by the notice taken of the affair in the [p. 2] "Independance Belge"[3], - with which journal, I need not say, I have no relation whatever of any sort. -

Copies of my letter to the Committee were sent by me, immediately after the commission of Mr Stott's offence, to intimate personal friends in Paris and elsewhere, in order that no misrepresentation of my action in regard to it might find even a moment's currency to the prejudice either of the Club, of myself, or of the friends in whose hands I left the affair to await any further proceedings which Mr Stott of Oldham might think fit to initiate. -

I take it for granted that in due time the Gentlemen of the Committee will apprize me of the form and substance of Mr. Stott's apology -

And I am, dear Sir
Your obedient Servant

J McNeill Whistler

Tower House
Tite Street -

Jan 14. 1889.

To the Sec.
Hogarth Club -

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1.  Herbert Minton Cundall
Herbert Minton Cundall (1848-1940), secretary of the Hogarth Club, London [more]. He had written to JW on 12 January (#02147, #02148). There is a copy of this letter, written by Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more] (#02149).

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

3.  Independance Belge
JW's letter to the Hograth Club was published in L'Indépendance Belge on 10 January 1889 (see Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B. 55).