The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05449
Date: 12 May 1899
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Messrs Simpkins[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S93
Document Type: ALcS[2]


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[4]", 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[5], 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

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1.  Messrs Simpkins

2.  ALcS
The paper has a deep mourning border.

3.  Copy
Triple underlined.

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.

5.  Mr. William Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].