System Number: 08097
Date: [10 December 1885]
Recipient: William Thomas Stead
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALdS
To the Editor of the Pall Mall Gazette.
No! kind Sir -
Your reporter has overshot the mark -
Surely Mr. Whistler never explains - and certainly Art requires no "indignant protest" against the natural unseemliness of the pure - the prurient virtue of the impotent -
"Horsley soit qui mal y pense" was meanwhile a sweet sentiment - why more - and why "morality" -
1. [10 December 1885]
Date of publication in the Pall Mall Gazette.
This is an early draft of a letter first published in 'Occasional Notes,' Pall Mall Gazette, no. 6471, vol. 42, 10 December 1885, p. 3, and later in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, p. 195. This draft is scored out but another draft which appears on the reverse of this sheet, #08096, is the same as the published text.