The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09879
Date: [8] September 1894[1]
Author: Harper's Magazine[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York
Call Number: MA 1950
Document Type: MsLc

September 1894

J. McNeill Whistler Esqre.

Dear Sir

Our attention has been called to the attack made upon you by Mr Du Maurier[3] in the novel "Trilby[4]" which is now appearing in our Magazine[.] If we had had any knowledge of personal reference to yourself being intended we should not have permitted the publication of such passage as could be offensive to you. As it is we have freely made such reparation as is in our power.

We have agreed to stop future sales of the March number of The European Edition of Harpers Magazine and we undertake that when the story appears in the form of a book the March number shall be so rewritten as to omit every mention of the offensive character. Moreover we engage to print and insert in the European Edition of our Magazine for the month of November this letter of apology addressed to you.

Assuring you again of our sincere regret that you should have sustained the slightest annoyance in any publication of ours,

We are, Dear Sir
Yours faithfully

[p. 2] From letter of Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., Sept. 8, 1894:

We are glad to inform you that Mr. Whistler is now content to sign the proposed agreement, amended so as to omit the American edition of the March number of the Magazine. We have accordingly signed the agreement, and we enclose the letter of regret etc., for your signature.

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1.  [8] September 1894
Dated from reference to letter of Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., Sept. 8, 1894.

2.  Harper's Magazine
This was published in newspapers of JW's choice, see JW to W. Webb, 4 October [1894], #06208.

3.  Mr. Du Maurier
George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834-1896), author and caricaturist [more].

4.  Trilby
Du Maurier, George, 'Trilby,' Harper's New Monthly Magazine, serialised, begun 1 January 1894; reprinted (expunged) as Trilby: A Novel, New York, 1894; regular ed., London and New York, 1895.