110. Rue du Bac - Paris -
Wednesday Feb. 15 -
My dear George -
Today you will have received letter from Mr Alexander telling you of their having written to Mr Fred. Allen of New York and enclosing you copy of my affidavit - asking you also for me to send there an affidavit of your own to be forwarded to America -
This would not only make the whole case complete, but of course with the powers that be over there, your influence - for legally on the chart of the world, "Ely Place" is the "Greenwich" from which all measurements are taken! - do I not insist upon this in many languages! - your influence then, would bring about the giving instantly of these infernal letters of extradition that are so important and about which there might be such a lot of tardy routine. - Make it strong my dear George - remember the impression the couple made upon you! - one line of description in the midst of the cold orthodox form of your drawn up document would give it such colour! - and you are such an artist you know George - you remember my telling you at the time of the Grosvenor - in the Gallery one night! -
Dont forget also that I warned you beforehand of the impending visit of the two scamps - told you that I had sent them on to you in order that you should get rid of them after taking full stock of their foolish iniquity! -
If you send the affidavit on direct to Allen, you have his address you know on the copy of his Affidavit I sent you - (by the way you never said you received it - but I suppose you got it all right) - In any case do please send me a copy of your affidavit -
Alexander is [p. 2] enchanted with his visit to you! and most properly impressed! I do wish Rattier had seen you - "Le grand George", I told him would be charming to him - He was awfully disappointed at not managing to find you - I shall send them all over to you in time, and bring about a sort entente cordiale - really more important than anything accomplished at the Embassies! -
You see my dear George it is evident that I must fight always - Look at the years of envy malice & hatred with which I have been surrounded in England -
'Letter to Lewis
Sent. March 26'
1. 15 February 
Dated from day of the week and reference to Frederick Allen (see note below)
This relates to JW's attempted action for fraud against Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more], and Mary Bacon Ford, née Martin, art agent [more], the 'two scamps' referred to in this letter. See F. H. Allen, affidavit, #00144, #11704. See also F. H. Allen to JW, #00141, and to H. A. Alexander, #00143. In 1888, backed by a syndicate of New York investors, the Fords had tried to persuade JW to sign a contract to undertake a series of American etchings and a lecture tour (see M. B. Ford to JW, #01448). However, JW objected to the harsh terms of the contract and was suspicious of the Fords' motives.
5. 'Ely Place'
Lewis's office was at 10 and 11 Ely Place .