System Number: 03519
Date: [20 January 1889?]
Recipient: Herbert Minton Cundall
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 7/52-54/1
Document Type: MsLd
I beg to acknowledge your letter of .
Pray present my compliments to the Gentlemen of the Committee and convey to them my sense of surprise at their attitude of dissatisfaction.
Their regret at the occurrence
Surely the Gentlemen
will perceive do not propose to question me again upon the matter. Still I wish to meet them in the task all simple courtesy knowing full well with that however unusual may appear their pertinacity they cannot mean other than shall be meant among gentlemen Beyond this there s I need not point out to men of the world that there is nothing strange in the publicity the matter has attained a week after its occurrence and most certainly the Gentlemen of the Committee would scarcely propose that any man one gentleman should abstain from making clear his position in a matter of honor which admits [p. 2] of no delay - while the the routine of Committees in regular routine pondered for required weeks upon the rules of correspondence & consideration. I beg here to state to that after waiting in the early morning of the day
I beg to state formally that the very next morning after the occurrence in the Club I sent for Mr Roussel into whose hands I placed this matter from which moment I could take no step without his consent - We
awaited fully three days any initiation that might have been taken by Mr Stott of Oldham - during which time I abstained from all written communication
The Gentlemen of the Committee will now of course understand that it became imperative that no further time should be lost in preventing misstatements especially abroad where these matters are looked upon from no trifling point of view.
I told the story
everywhere in town [p. 3] at my Club and and especially read my letter immediately at the Beefsteak Club and elsewhere reading
4. Independence Belge
JW's letter of 4 January 1889 to the Hogarth Club (#02140) was published in L'Indépendance Belge and the New York Herald, 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).
'Still I wish ... gentlemen' is written at right-angles to the main text, in the left-hand margin.