The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02507
Date: [July 1867][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Alphonse Legros[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L43
Document Type: ALdS

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Cher Legros Monsieur

Votre lettre d'ignoble poltron, écrite à Mon. Haden[3] [pour] être lu devant le cercle "Burlington Club[4]", te rends meprisable aux yeux de tout homme de coeur - Je ne te batterai plus - C'a n'en vaut pas la peine - Car grace aux services rendus à un homme comme Haden, qui de son temps t'a traité comme un chien! et aux plaintes comiques que tu as apporté à sa vengeance couarde, avec aussi l'attestation de ton medecin tu t'es rendu detestable pour tous ceux qui te connaissent [p. 2] et ridicule à Paris pour la vie -


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Dear Legros Sir

Your letter of vile cowardice, written to Mr Haden to be read out in the circle of the "Burlington Club", makes you despicable in the eyes of all noble-hearted men - I shall not beat you again - It is not worth the effort - Since, thanks to services rendered to a man like Haden, who treated you like a dog in his day! and to the comical complaints that you added to his cowardly attempts at revenge, not to mention your doctor's certificate, you have made yourself loathsome to all your acquaintances [p. 2] and ridiculous in Paris for life -



1.  [July 1867]
Dated from reference to the Burlington Fine Arts Club (see below). This is one of two undated drafts of a letter to Legros (see #02506).

2.  Alphonse Legros
Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), painter, etcher and art teacher [more].

3.  Haden
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more]. Legros' letter to Haden is dated 16 June 1867, and describes a quarrel with JW (#12943).

4.  Burlington Club
In April 1867, JW quarrelled with Haden over Haden's treatment of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Traer died suddenly on 23 April of alcohol related causes, during a trip to Paris. Haden arranged for Traer's burial, with what JW and his brother William regarded as unseemly haste. On 26 April, a violent row took place between the brothers-in-law in a Paris café and Haden fell (or allegedly was pushed by JW) through a plate glass window. Both JW and Haden were members of the Burlington Fine Arts Club and in the aftermath of the Traer affair Haden campaigned for JW to be excluded from the club, having brought to its attention several alleged previous incidents of assault involving JW, including an incident concerning Legros. JW was expelled at a general meeting of the Club on 13 December (see JW to W. Boxall, #00498).