The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03520
Date: [20 January 1889?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Herbert Minton Cundall[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 7/54/2-55
Document Type: MsLd[3]

Dear Sir, -

Matters of much importance have prevented my acknowledging before now my your letter of the 19th inst.

Pray present my compliments to the gentlemen of the Committee and convey to them my regret at the any want of clearness which in my first last letter[4] which shall have shall have given them the trouble to refer rise to any difficulty again to what I had thought had been answered

Which shall[5] have given rise to any the difficulty they have experienced in understanding my answer to their question[.]

I said Whereas I had written "I[t] gives me pleasure also to assure [p. 2] you that I was as much surprised as the committee could have been by the notice taken of the affair in the "Independeance [sic] Belge[6]" with which Journal I need not say I have no relation whatever of any sort," and believed that I had exhausted the subject I begin to perceive and so supposed I had exhausted the subject, I now perceive that I may have offended by over delicacy of method, so that and instead of continuing which with which journal I need not say I have no relation whatever of any sort" I ought to have emphatically stated that I [would?] indeed say I have no relation whatever

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1.  [20 January 1889?]
This is one of several draft replies (#02154, #02155, #03519, #03520) to a letter dated 19 January 1889 (#02152).

2.  Herbert Minton Cundall
Herbert Minton Cundall (1848-1940), secretary of the Hogarth Club, London [more].

3.  MsLd
This incomplete draft appears to have been written at JW's dictation, possibly by Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].

4.  last

5.  letter
JW's letter to H. M. Cundall regarding his quarrel with William Stott of Oldham (1857-1900), genre and landscape painter [more], written on 14 January 1889 (#02150).

6.  Which shall
'which shall ...question' is encircled with a line indicating that it should replace the previous lines.

7.  Independeance [sic] 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).