The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02608
Date: [18/25 July 1877?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Frederick Dawson Leyland [2]
Place: [Liverpool?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L142
Document Type: ALd

My dear Freddie -

I must simply refuse to quarrel with have any quarrel whatever with you - and utterly repudiate your fathers method of fighting his battles double handed -

Ever yours


I am afraid, do you know, really I am afraid that your father[3] must fight his battle single handed

Ever Yours

'No. 16'[4]

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1.  [18/25 July 1877?]
This draft letter follows F. D. Leyland's letter of 17 July 1877 (#02607), in which he told JW that he supported his father in the quarrel over JW's socialising with the Leyland family (see #02585). The recipient had also written in friendly terms to JW on 3 April 1877 (#02606).

2.  Frederick Dawson Leyland
Frederick Dawson Leyland (b. 1856), son of F. R. Leyland [more].

3.  father
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more]. The quarrel arose partly over money but escalated when JW invited the press to visit Leyland's house and view his completed decoration of Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).

4.  'No. 16'
Written in JW's hand in lower left corner, in pencil. JW's plans to publish the correspondence, which included making fair copies of it and numbering the letters in sequence, came to nothing.