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System Number: 06249
Date: 11 October 1898
Author: George and William Webb[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W244
Document Type: ALS


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TO PREVENT DELAY PLEASE ADDRESS
GEO & WM WEBB.
ALL COMMUNICATIONS ON BUSINESS TO THE FIRM.

39, NEW BROAD STREET,
LONDON, E. C.

TELEPHONE NUMBER 1282.

11 Oct 1898

Dear Sir,

We are glad to receive the original draft dated 20th Feby 1895 found in the Dossier papers you have just received from M. Bazille[2] your advocate in the Cour d'Appel.

This is the draft which we on that day obtained from the London & Westminster Bank Ld who drew on their Agents Messrs Mallet Frères & Cie of Paris for £105 that we might send it to M. Ratier[3] your Paris advocate. We transmitted it according to your instructions in a letter to M. Ratier dated the 20th Feby 1895 with directions as follows:-

"Mr Beurdeley[4] has asked us to forward you £105 being the amount which Mr Whistler paid to us on the 9th Novr last & which we then offered to Sir W. Edens[5] Solicitor & which we subsequently sent them on the 14th Novr and they returned to us on the 15th Novr. Mr Beuderley has copies of all the letters that show this. We have sent him the original letters from Messers [Walkers?] Baylis the Solicitors of Sir W. Eden"

[p. 2] When Mr Bazille your Council stated the draft was not to be found, he had it was all the while, among the papers but in its transit from Court to Court had evidently did not understand what it was been overlooked.

On 5th Feby 1898 we obtained from the London & Westminster Bank the cash for the draft upon [giving?] them an indemnity in respect of its loss, and remitted this amount for the payment in the suit.

Yours sincerely very faithfully

Geo & Wm Webb & Co

J. McNeil Whistler Esq
8 Fitzroy St
Fitzroy Square


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Notes:

1.  George and William Webb
JW's lawyers.

2.  M. Bazille
Maitre Bazille, lawyer, Cour d'Appel, Paris. This letter relates to JW's dispute with Eden over Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), a portrait of Eden's wife. On 14 February 1894, with the picture seemingly nearing completion, Eden sent JW a 'Valentine' cheque for 100 guineas. JW was dissatisfied with his work and refused to hand it over. Eden commenced legal proceedings and the dispute dragged on for several years. JW was eventually allowed to keep the picture provided that he did not make use of it. See JW's account of the trial: Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].

3.  M. Ratier
Antoine ('Antony') Ratier (b. 1851), lawyer and politician [more]. See correspondence between JW and G. & W. Webb in relation to the missing bank draft, #06244, #06245.

4.  Mr Beurdeley
Paul Beurdeley (1842-after 1902), advocate at the Cour d'Appel, Paris [more].

5.  Sir W. Edens
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more].