The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08920
Date: 27 November 1878
Author: John Postle Heseltine[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS


196, QUEEN'S GATE. S. W.

27. Novr / 78.

My dear Whistler,

Pray accept the enclosed cheque for 25 gs[3]. as a mark of my sympathy with you and as a protest against what seems to me an illogical verdict - if for the plaintiff then the damage done seems to me more than one farthing -

Some day when I can [p. 2] come and see you I shall carry off an etching or two against this.

So I rest
Yours very sincly

J. P. Heseltine.

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1.  John Postle Heseltine
John Postle Heseltine (1843-1929), accountant, amateur etcher, collector of prints and drawings [more].

2.  '128'
Added in another hand, probably numbered by James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more]. This document came with JW's bankruptcy papers to Rose.

3.  25 gs
The case of Whistler v. Ruskin was heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878. JW was awarded a farthing in damages and had to pay his own costs. According to Pennell, 'Mr. J. P. Heseltine wished to get up a subscription for Whistler, started it with a subscription of twenty-five guineas, and a list was opened at the office of L'Art, 134 New Bond Street. But nothing came of it, except that Whistler sent one of his pastels to Mr. Heseltine.' (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, p. 245). Heseltine did later acquire many fine pastels, some, such as Tillie: Study in Pink and Mauve (M.370), directly from JW (see also M.423, 773, 791, 806, 1071).