System Number: 04391
Date: 1 August 
Recipient: Edward Tyas Cook
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P30
Document Type: MsLcS
"Whom" Mr Whistler had on his own toast"
To. the Editor of the "Pall Mall Gazette"
My letter should have met with no reply at all - it was a statement - authoritative and unanswerable, if there ever were one.
Because of the attention drawn to it, in the press, I felt called upon to advise the public that one of my own works is condemned by myself.
Final this, one would fancy! -
The dealers business is to buy and sell - and in the course of such traffic, these same busy picture bodies, without consulting me, put upon the market a painting that I, the author intended to efface - and, thanks to your courtesy, I have been enabled to say so effectually in your journal
All along have I carefully destroyed plates, torn up proofs, and burned canvases, that the truth of the word quoted shall prevail, and that the future collector shall be spared the mortification of cataloging his pet mistakes.
To destroy is to remain.
What is commercial irritation beside a clean canvas! - what is a gentlemanly firm in Bond Street beside Eternity.
I am sir
Your Obed. Servt.
J McN. Whistler.
'To / Sir Augustus Harris?'
1. 1 August 
Dated by publication (see below).
Published in the Pall Mall Gazette, 1 August 1891, #11431, and Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 291-92; also in Thorp, Nigel (Editor), Whistler on Art: Selected Letters and Writings 1849-1903 of James McNeill Whistler, Manchester, 1994, and Washington, 1995, no. 45, pp. 124-25. This copy is possibly in the hand of William Bell, JW's secretary [more], but is signed by JW.
4. Whom" Mr Whistler had on his own toast
Double underlined. An extra set of inverted commas has been inserted in this phrase.
C. W. or one of his sons, Charles and Walter Dowdeswell, of Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, art dealers.
8. comme un cheveu sur la soupe!
Fr., Like a hair in the soup!
New paragraph signified by ¶ sign in line and left margin.