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System Number: 05577
Date: 21 January 1889
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Alfred Stevens[1]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S223
Document Type: ALc


Copie de la lettre a Mr A. Stevens.

'Copie[2]
Theodore Roussel[3]'

Tower House - Tite Street - Chelsea
London -

21 Janvier 1889.

Vous avez du être absent, mon cher ami, autrement j'aurais reçu réponse à ma lettre dans laquelle je vous racontais l'affaire Stott[4] - du reste, vous avez du en lire le compte-rendu dans l'Indépendance Belge du 10[5].

Maintenant, voici ou en sont les affaires: Stott, gilflé [sic] deux fois, et achevé par un coup de pied quelque part, est rentré parmi vous autres pour dire qu'il est content et que j'opère sans douleur. Or, je viens de lire dans un journal[6] d'ici, que Stott, dit "of Oldham", a jugé à propos de faire publier dans l'Indépendance Belge, une version qui lui fût moins pénible; offrant pour tout argument, qu'il est trop gros pour être souffleté -

Malheureusement pour Mr Stott, et chose peut être dont il ne s'est pas douté, le Comité du Club a reçu en même temps que ma lettre, une autre lettre de Mr John Reid[7], le seul témoin de son désastre.

Ci-inclus, je vous envoie la copie de cette lettre, que Monsieur Reid m'a lui-même envoyée.

[p. 2] Maintenant, laissez moi vous dire, quels que soient les efforts de Mr Stott pour se rendre possible, qu'après m'être mis entièrement à sa disposition, séance tenante, j'ai, dès le lendemain matin, fait appeler mon ami Monsieur Theodore Roussel, et que nous avons attendu sans le moindre succès, des nouvelles de Monsieur Stott, qui après douze jours de réflexions, est arrivé à la conclusion qu'il devait voyager. Et voilà dans quel état vous l'avez revu.

A bientot, Mon cher ami
Je vous serre la main

Signé: J. McNeill Whistler -

copie de la lettre de Monsieur John Reid au Comité du Hogarth Club.


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Translation:

Copy of the letter to Mr. A. Stevens.

'Copy'
Theodore Roussel

You must have been away, my dear Stevens, otherwise I would have received a reply to my letter in which I told you about the Stott affair - besides, you must have read the report in the Belgian Independence of the 10th.

Now, this is the present situation: Stott, slapped twice, and finished by a kick somewhere, has returned amongst you to say that he is content and that I operate without [causing] pain. Well, I have just read in one of today's papers, that Stott, said to be "of Oldham", had seen fit to have published in the Indépendance Belge, a version which seemed to him to be less painful; making his case solely, that he is too big to be slapped -

Unfortunately for Mr Stott, and something perhaps which he did not expect, the Club Committee had received at the same time as my letter, another letter from Mr John Reid, the only witness of his disaster.

I enclose a copy of this letter, which Mr Reid sent me himself.

[p. 2] Now, allow me to tell you, whatever Mr Stott's efforts may be to render himself acceptable, after having put myself entirely at his disposal, meeting him, I had, on the following morning, called for my friend Mr Theodore Roussel, and we awaited without the least success, news from Mr Stott, who after twelve days of reflection, has come to the conclusion that he should travel. And that was the situation when you saw him again.

With best wishes, my dear Stevens

Signed: J. McNeill Whistler

copy of the letter from Mr John Reid to the Committee of the Hogarth Club


Notes:

1.  Alfred Stevens
Alfred Émile-Léopold Stevens (1823-1906), history and portrait painter [more].

2.  'Copie'
These two lines were written in another hand in the top left corner, and 'Copie' is double underlined.

3.  Theodore Roussel
Theodore Roussel (1847-1926), painter and print-maker [more].

4.  affaire Stott
William Stott of Oldham (1857-1900), genre and landscape painter [more]. On 3 January 1889 Stott quarrelled publically with JW in the Hogarth Club (see JW's letter to the Hogarth Club, #13461, and Whistler, James McNeill, [The Whistler-Stott Quarrel. Letter to the Hogarth Club], Indépendance Belge, 10 January 1889).

5.  Indépendance Belge du 10
L'Indépendance Belge on 10 January 1889 published JW's letter to the Committee of the Hogarth Club, stating that Stott had called JW a liar and a coward, so JW slapped his face and kicked him out of the room. Stott's letter to the editor published on 19 January said he was too big for JW to have done this. JW sent a letter from John J. Reid corroborating his version which was published on 28 January. Finally a report of Stott's resignation appeared on 7 February (GUL pc16, pp. 64-6).

6.  journal
Not identified.

7.  John Reid
John Robertson Reid (1851-1926), genre, landscape and marine painter [more].