System Number: 03770
Date: 22 June 1888
Author: Marion Henry Spielmann
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M104
Document Type: ALS
[embossed stag motif]
16, PORCHESTER TERRACE,
HYDE PARK. W.
22 June 88.
My dear Whistler,
Had I known that my outspokenness would have so vexed you I
shwould have been more restrained. But as you are generally in the habit of criticizing others freely I did not think you would mind being told the truth.
I'm afraid your intended "point" as to my being a "professional journalist" doesn't "hook on" - as your countrymen say. I presume (p. 2) a magazine editor must be that, whether you (or I) like it or not.
Be not downcast: the Wyke Bayliss interview is full of possibilities.
You do me too much honour. Both the brown-paper-covered "work" & the Agenda-paper & report of the Society (of which you sent down to deny the accuracy! Eh? Ha, Ha!) were neither sought-for (p. 3) nor "quaintly acquired." They were simply both sent in!
And so you consider it a lack of dignity of the Press to notice the lecture & the Society. Who would have thought that the great Whistler
himself would have betrayed himself into "a confession?"
Fare you well
M. H. Spielmann
4. Wyke Bayliss
Wyke Bayliss (1835-1906), painter and architect [more], successor to JW as President of the Royal Society of British Artists. JW's version of the press reports about his resignation and quarrel with the Society was reproduced in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 211-12).
6. Tout cela s'explique
Fr., all that is explained.
7. M. H. Spielmann
Spielmann has written his signature with a tail and a sting.