System Number: 04396
Date: 28 February 
Recipient: Henry John Cockayne Cust
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P35
Document Type: ALdS
LONDON BRIGHTON AND SOUTH COAST RAILWAY.
The Baronet's Valentine
To the Editor of the Pall Mall Gazette -
Pending the decision of the Court, we will not go much into this matter - Only permit me,
the in your j columns, to correct a current error, suggesting "that Mr Whistler has eclipsed himself in the "Gentle Art," by both keeping the noble Sportsman's Valentine, and declining to surrender the picture" -
When the picture was demanded in return for the Valentine (!) I sent cheque for the
hundred 100. gs, through my Solicitors, to this amazing Patron of Art - and wiped out the picture -
Sir William Eden refused the money - he is going in for bigger stakes - 10.000. francs.
was has been paid into Court - the picture has been entirely repainted - and the Portrait, which activated called forth the bold Baronet's brilliant [two illegible words] "confidence" tactics . . . deeds of "confidence" . . . doesn't exist! -
For the moment, voilà où nous en sommes -
Pretty, isn't it!
J. McNeill Whistler -
Long's Hotel -
Longs Hotel -
Feb. 28 -
1. 28 February 
Dated by reference to the Court in JW's appeal in the Eden v. Whistler case, which opened on 27 February.
Letter to the editor published, entitled 'The Baronet's Valentine', Pall Mall Gazette, 1 March 1895. A similar letter, under the same title, appeared in the Westminster Gazette, 1 March 1895. In the Westminster Gazette the second sentence starts: 'Only you are in error when you suggest . . .' The third paragraph begins: 'Sir William Eden refused the money - he is going in for bigger stakes . . .' In the fourth paragraph, '. . . and the Portrait, which actuated the the bold Baronet's brilliant tactics . . .' There are other minor changes in punctuation and capitalization, and it is signed: 'J. M'N. Whistler'.
4. The Baronet's Valentine
Double underlined. Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], who, on 14 February 1894, paid JW what he considered an inadequate amount for Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408).
6. voilà où nous en sommes
Fr., that is where we are in the matter.