The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09462
Date: [2 April 1889][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Editor, The Morning Post[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLc[3]

SIR, -

I have read Mr. Bayliss's letter[4], and am disarmed. I feel the folly of kicking against the parish pricks. These things are right in Clapham, by the common.

"V'là ce que c'est[5], c'est bien fait -
Fallait pas qu'il y aille! fallait pas qu'il y aille!"

And when, one of these days, all traces of history shall, by dint of much turpentine, and more Bayliss, have been effaced from the board that "belongs to us," I shall be justified, and it will be boldly denied by some dainty student that the delicate butterfly was ever "soiled" in Suffolk Street.

Yours, &c.,

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [2 April 1889]
This is a response to a letter from W. Bayliss to the Morning Post, 1 April 1889 (#11419).

2.  Editor, The Morning Post
Not identified.

3.  PLc
Published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890, p. 225, under the heading "Aussi que diable allait-il faire dans cette galère?"; see also #06801.

4.  Mr. Bayliss's letter
Wyke Bayliss (1835-1906), painter and architect [more].

5.  V'là ce que c'est
Fr., 'There it is, it is well done - No need for him to go! no need for him to go!' Quotation not identified.