System Number: 05468
Date: [25 June 1890]
Recipient: George Washburn Smalley
Place: [New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S113
Document Type: ALdS
21, CHEYNE WALK,
To be misunderstood my dear Smalley is ones safety in life - but not [to] be recognised is must be ones humiliation sadness - I don't know - but to be mistaken for another - is a humiliation qui fait douter de tout! - Of all fins connaisseurs that you should bring about That this new emotion should be made known to me D Surely you of all fins connaisseurs [p. 2] might have divined that the drummer who could go off with the collection however hastily gathered, could would not be likely to leave the title behind - above all things carry off the title! -
And I ask you, who know - if the man who bethought himself of the dainty "Art of Making Enemies" might not with out police risk have written all the letters that make the book - or indeed have done much better?
No - a question that doubtless will be asked myself next week - before many days are over -
My dear friend
let me c'est tous [sic] simple! this hurried criminal bolted ran off with my both book & title - but so simple! - or rather with as much of it as he could remember! - for the rest of it you will see next week in a little volume for whose form shape and get up I hope you will feel as much sympathy as for the indecent pastiche in sage green upon [ en?] harmonies what, in the studio, had been picked up by this rat d'atelier -
The handwriting appears side-on to the printed letterhead. The address is printed in yellow.
4. qui fait douter de tout
Fr., which makes one doubt everything.
5. fins connaisseurs
Fr., fine connoisseurs.
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, and Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890, are the books in dispute.
8. rat d'atelier
Fr., studio rat.