The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09461
Date: [13 September 1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Editor, Sunday Times[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PL

SIR, -

The St. James's Gazette has not thought fit to accede to my solicitors' request. Instead of doing so, there appeared in to-day's issue of that journal a paragraph in which it is stated that "Mr. Whistler alleges that the description of the fracas at Drury Lane, given by Mr. Augustus Moore[3], some extracts from which we printed on the 10th inst., is grossly incorrect and unfair to him." Now this is ingenious, for not only are the delightfully indifferent ones of London and Paris les Bains, whose appreciation alone is entertaining, led to fancy that I could really have written a letter of explanation to that reputable paper, but by trailing in this way a journalistic herring across the scent, it is clearly proposed that I should entangle myself in endless "copy," as I am told it is called, for the St. James's Gazette. I have written nothing, and, as usual, it is for others to explain away what has occurred. My solicitors[4] have received my instructions to proceed against the St. James's Gazette. -

I am, sir,


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1.  [13 September 1890]
Dated by publication. This could be considered a continuation of #09460; the letter is headed 'Mr. Whistler writes further''.

2.  Editor, Sunday Times
#09460, #13260, #13194, #13195 and #09461 were published in 'Mr. Whistler and the St. James's Gazette', Sunday Times, 14 September 1890; and in 'Mr. Whistler and the St. James's Gazette', Whirlwind, 20 September 1890 (GUL pc 11, pp. 25, 27). An apology was printed in the St James's Gazette on 16 September 1890.

3.  Mr. Augustus Moore
Augustus Martin Moore (d. 1918), journalist and acting manager [more].

4.  My solicitors
George Webb (b. ca 1835), of G. and W. Webb. lawyer [more]; and William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].