System Number: 09784
Date: [16 May 1901]
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/119
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS
Ratier is to give you full account of what did take place in Court. All concerning the allegation of Madame Salerons lawyer -! Was it immediately denied? Remember that Ratier first said that she complained, through her lawyer, that I had nude models posing in the garden - and that the Judge was greatly scandalized by this - Afterwards when pressed, - with a view to action for damages Ratier said that it was but the faintest & vaguest insinuation for which I could not make her responsible!! Say how surprised [p. 2] I was at this second account differing so entirely from the first! - Say that we must be protected from malicious statements by neighbours - or there is no limit to their abominations - Ask, as I told you, for some account of the lawyer's statement - some report of the case - which we can deal with -
Say that Ask if Mr. Ratier was able to be present at the first sitting of the Court as well as at the last? -
Say that I know how devotedly kind he has been in his care of me - but the cares of the State overwhelm him - You cannot serve the Republic . . & Whistler! -
These little matters of mine are all important to my work - Remember also that I am not alone - & we cannot deal with insolent neighbours from whom the law would seem not to protect us! - To sum up say that Ratier cannot personally give the attention necessary to daily [p. 3] annoyances - and as I told [you] before I must give these matters into the hands of a lesser person -
Wherefore I beg him to give you my papers - my Dossier that you may bring it back to me that I may meditate upon it at my ease -
Of course in all great battles there remains but one Ratier! -
Now O K - mind you miss nothing of [p. 4] what I am telling you! -
And this [is] not a case of "no mortal eye"!!. So don't you forget! - in short distinguish yourself as you know you can!
Monsieur E. G. Kennedy
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2 1/2d
[postmark:] LONDON-W / 6PM / MY16 / [01?]
1. [16 May 1901]
Dated from the postmark, and the date written in another hand on the envelope, and the reference to Mme Saleron (see below).
The stationery has a mourning border. A large 'X' has been drawn through the address on the envelope.
6. Madame Salerons
Mme Saleron, JW's neighbour at 110 rue du Bac [more]. JW and Mme Saleron had a long-standing dispute over the conduct of her servants and the use of the garden at 110 rue du Bac. On 6 March 1901 he telegraphed R. Birnie Philip that he had lost the case and that Saleron said she had seen 'nude models in garden', which shocked the judge (#04796).