110. Rue du Bac.
May 12. 1899.
Messrs. Simpkins -
if there be the faintest uncertainty or anxiety, on your part, as to the selling of the book, "The Baronet & the Butterfly", I beg that you will take this letter as assurance that I accept the responsibility for any legal proceedings against yourselves -
[p. 2] Moreover, if you will call upon Mr. William Webb, 39. New Broad Street, E C, my Solicitor, he will confirm the assurance - and make the understanding explicit -
I trust, meanwhile,
that to your sense of "success" in these matters, not to spoil a brilliant affair by awkward delays,
And I am Gentlemen,
Your obt Sert
J McN Whistler
1. Messrs Simpkins
The paper has a deep mourning border.
4. The Baronet & the Butterfly
Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24]; the bookseller was presumably afraid of the book being libellous, since it was an account, from JW's point of view, of the Eden v Whistler dispute, trial and appeals.